Homegrown Leaders
July 20 - 22, 2021 New Bern, NC
Homegrown Leaders is a three-day, regional leadership and community economic development training that equips existing and emerging leaders with the skills they need to plan for and lead in addressing long-term and sustainable economic advancement in their community and region.

Applicants are now being accepted for the next cohort of Homegrown Leaders who live in or serve the following counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Carteret, Craven, Greene, Lenoir, Pamlico, and Pitt. 
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of resiliency and a regional lens for both building long-term solutions to common problems and innovative opportunities for growth. 
  • Learn and apply skills needed to address current and emerging critical issues and economic trends that will impact the future of their communities and regions:
    • Economic development (Participate in an in-depth examination of the building blocks of community economic development; receive an analysis of current data and regional economic trends; and take part in an exploration of critical local/regional economic development issues and opportunities.)
    • Leadership development (Learn collaborative leadership skills; explore emotional intelligence; and learn strategies for working with others and leading in difficult conversations.)
    • Economic impact of racial inequity (Engage in an analysis of the historical impact of social structures and power relationships on specific economic issues, social conditions, and marginalized populations; and participate in an in-depth conversation on how rural community leaders can eliminate barriers and expand opportunity for the future economic well-being of all rural North Carolinians and their communities.)
  • Build relationships by networking with other leaders from the region. 
  • June 11, 2021 | Application period closes.
  • June 21, 2021 | Accepted applicants are notified and registration opens.
  • July 2, 2021 | Registration completed ($250 due and proof of COVID-19 vaccine submitted).
  • July 20-22, 2021 | Homegrown Leaders Training (New Bern, NC).
*We have limited scholarships available. Please make sure to fill out the section at the end of this application if you would like to be considered for a scholarship. No payment is required in order to apply. 
You are eligible to apply if you live in or work in the following North Carolina counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Carteret, Craven, Greene, Lenoir, Pamlico, and Pitt. 

If you live in or work outside of this geographic area, be sure to sign up for the Rural Center newsletter or follow us on social media to receive notifications of future Homegrown Leaders trainings. 
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In order to protect the health of all staff, faculty, and training participants, the NC Rural Center will require that all in-person attendees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are selected to attend this training, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by the registration deadline of July 2, 2021, unless you have been approved for a reasonable accommodation for this requirement. 
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If you are selected, you will be notified by June 21, 2021 and asked to either accept or decline your participation. If you accept, you will be required to register and pay by July 2, 2021. You will also be required to participate in the entire training