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RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

A LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM OF THE N.C. RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Lift your sights

Lift your spirits

Hone your skills

Return to serve

2011 INSTITUTE

Session I March 9-11, 2011

Session II April 6-8, 2011

Session III May 4-6, 2011


RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

The Challenge Before Us

So much is changing in rural North Carolina – the economy,

the population, the natural and built environments, even the

way we communicate with one another. For some rural communities,

these changes are being transformed into exciting

new economic opportunities and a better quality of life. For

others, hope is beginning to fade as opportunities slip away.

Leadership Makes the Difference

While outside decisions and investments can make a critical

difference, the single most important factor in the future of

our communities will be the presence of highly skilled, highly

motivated leaders who are committed to bringing about positive

change in today’s challenging economic environment.

Are You Ready for the Challenge?

If you are already an active leader in rural North Carolina

who wants to make a bigger difference in the future of your

community, your region and your state – we hope you will

consider applying for the 2011 Rural Economic Development

Institute. Here’s what the institute can do for you.

The Institute

By participating in the institute, you will:

• Increase your understanding of the latest strategies in

economic and community development.

• Improve your leadership and team-building skills.

• Understand more about resources available to your community

and how to take advantage of them.

• Learn the fundamentals of long-range strategic

planning and how to make it work.

• Receive books and materials you’ll refer to for years to

come.

• Join a network of rural leaders who regularly share information

and experience.

Lift Your Sights, Lift Your Spirits

Most of all, the institute will give you a chance to become

energized and motivated for the task ahead. As you know, a

life of public service is both rewarding and hard. By spending

time with others who share your passion for service – in an

environment that is relaxed, intellectually stimulating and

supportive – you will have the chance to refresh your spirits

and return home ready to serve.

Just Nine Days

The institute is packed into nine tightly structured days

spread over three months. Each three-day session includes lectures,

discussions, learn-by-doing exercises, meals and socials.

DELIVERING RESULTS

Begun in 1989, the institute has equipped more than 800 rural

leaders with the skills and knowledge to bring about improvements

in their communities. The results are evident throughout

North Carolina. Institute graduates have:

• Revitalized community pride and built cohesion.

• Launched projects in workplace literacy, job creation and

training, strategic planning, housing,

and crime reduction.

• Organized local leadership programs.

• Run for and been elected to public office.

Nine Days Plus –

Plus – commitment. The institute is not a passive process. You must

be committed to attend all sessions, to take an active part in the discussion,

to do your homework and to return home and put what you

learn to work.

Who Should Attend

The institute is designed for rural leaders who are active in decisionmaking

roles in their communities. Elected and appointed officials,

businessmen and women, professional staff in economic and community

development, as well as nonprofit, civic and grassroots leaders are

urged to apply.

Space is limited. In the selection process, consideration is given to

diversity of leadership roles, geographic area, cultural background and

gender.

Cost

The cost of the institute is subsidized through generous contributions

of public and private organizations. Each participant (or participant’s

employer or sponsoring organization) pays only $495 for

tuition. Participants are responsible for their own hotel and travel

costs. Payment is due after selection and no later than March 2, 2011.

A limited number of scholarships are available for cases of hardship.

Housing

The institute is a residential program held in Raleigh. A block of

rooms has been reserved at an area hotel for participants. After selection,

information on hotel arrangements will be provided to each

participant.

How to Apply

Complete and return the attached application form. Applications

must be received no later than January 28, 2011.

Submit applications to: Rural Economic Development Institute,

N.C. Rural Center, 4021 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610, Attn: Shaheen

Syal. Or submit by fax (919-250-4325) or e-mail (ssyal@ncruralcenter.org).

Applicants will be notified by e-mail whether they have

been accepted by February 11, 2011. Questions? Contact Shaheen

Syal at 919-250-4314 or ssyal@ncruralcenter.org. Scholarship applications

also are due January 28.


“The world will belong to passionate, driven leaders — people who not only have

enormous amounts of energy but who can energize those whom they lead.” Jack Welch

THE 2011 INSTITUTE

SESSION I

March 9-11 (Wednesday - Friday)

Improving “people skills”

Participants will identify their own leadership styles,

learn how to resolve conflict and learn how to build

effective teams.

An overview of comprehensive economic development

Participants will expand their knowledge of key

economic development issues and discover how

to assess the needs of their communities.

SESSION II

April 6-8 (Wednesday - Friday)

Participants will study the building blocks of rural development.

This intensive session covers critical issues, trends and proven

strategies for improving –

• Business development

• Workforce development

• Physical infrastructure

• Civic and social infrastructure

SESSION III

May 4-6 (Wednesday - Friday)

Planning for change

Participants will learn to identify their communities’

priority issues, develop a strategic plan and move from

vision to action.

Fostering collaboration

Graduation

Participants will learn skills necessary to foster

effective collaborations. This session will focus on

understanding the rich diversity that exists in their

communities.

At a formal luncheon on Friday, May 6, participants

will celebrate nine days of hard work, professional

growth and a network of new friends.

WHAT OUR GRADUATES HAVE TO SAY. . .

“I made lasting friendships at the Rural

Economic Development Institute that are

still strong today. The institute gives you an

appreciation of the needs that are out there

in rural communities – water and sewer,

education, small business development and

Internet connectivity to name a few – and

has led me to take an active role in addressing

some of those needs in my county.“

Dr. H. James Owen

former president

Piedmont Community College

“I developed a real sense of confidence as a

community development professional after

graduating from the Rural Economic Development

Institute in 1996. At the institute I

learned how to establish community connections,

and that has helped tremendously

in my work training minority women to

take on leadership roles in this community.”

Ann Woodford

executive director

One Dozen Who Care, Cherokee County

“Capacity building in economically distressed

rural communities is of utmost importance,

and that is what the Rural Economic Development

Institute does. Too often we look to

grant funding for the answer, when it is the

capacity of local rural leaders that really

makes a difference. The institute also teaches

a broad and inclusive approach to economic

development.”

Curtis Wynn

CEO

Roanoke Electric Cooperative

“I was inspired so much by the Rural Economic

Development Institute and I had all

this new information to share, that I came

home after graduating in 1994 wanting to

do something similar here in Montgomery

County. Our local leadership effort, Leadership

Montgomery, is still going strong

today.”

Judy Stevens

director

Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation


RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE APPLICATION

Name:

Organization:

Title/Position:

Business mailing address:

Business phone:

Fax:

E-mail address (required):

County:

Home address:

Home phone:

County:

How long have you lived in your present community?

How did you learn about the institute?

c Graduate c Brochure c Website c Other (specify)

Race: Gender: Date of birth:

Please check the category that best describes the area in which you presently work/serve.

(check only one)

c Community/Non-profit c Business c Education cGovernment

c Health Care c Media c Religion cLaw

c Labor c Social services c Other (specify)

Answer the following questions as completely as possible within the space given. Please type or

print in black ink.

1. List your previous experience and current role and responsibilities in economic and community

development in the state, region or community.

2. What do you consider to be the most significant contributions you have made to economic

and community development in the last five years?


3. Describe/list the three economic and community development issues in your community that

you consider most critical.

4. What specific skills, knowledge or resources would you hope to acquire as a result of participating

in the institute?

5. How do you plan to apply what you learn in your community?

6. What other leadership or economic development programs have you participated in?

STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

I understand the purpose of the Rural Economic Development Institute, and if I become a participant, I

will commit to attend all sessions on the scheduled dates and devote the time and energy necessary to

make this a successful experience. I understand that submission of this application does not guarantee my

acceptance into the program. I also understand that if I am accepted, the full fee of $495 is due no later

than March 2, 2011, after which no refunds will be given.

Applicant’s Signature:

Employer’s Signature:

Date:

Date:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 28, 2011

Return completed form to: Rural Economic Development Institute, N.C. Rural Center, 4021 Carya Drive,

Raleigh, NC 27610, Attn: Shaheen Syal. Or submit by fax (919-250-4325) or e-mail (ssyal@ncruralcenter.org).

Applicants will be notified by e-mail whether they have been accepted by February 11, 2011.

Questions? Contact Shaheen Syal at 919-250-4314 or ssyal@ncruralcenter.org.

SCHOLARSHIPS

A limited number of scholarships are available, based on need. To apply, complete the scholarship

application on the next page and submit it with your application to the institute.


The RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE offers:

A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO ECONOMIC

DEVELOPMENT. The program addresses business development,

workforce development, physical infrastructure and civic

and social infrastructure through the exploration of critical

issues, emerging trends and promising strategies.

A HIGH QUALITY CURRICULUM. The program employs a

curriculum that reflects current information on issues, trends,

data and resources, and cutting-edge theory and practice in

leadership, strategic planning and emerging technologies.

AN EXTENSIVE RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION

PROCESS. The center recruits both individuals with a high

level of commitment and a class that reflects the diversity of

rural North Carolina in terms of geographic location, race,

gender, institutional setting and leadership roles.

A FOCUS ON COHESION. The diverse class provides

a forum for rural leaders to discuss issues from varying perspectives,

explore regional and cultural differences and problemsolve

ways to overcome the barriers of race, age and socioeconomic

status that are obstacles to economic and community

development efforts.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION LEARNING. The training sessions and

homework assignments afford participants opportunities to practice

new leadership skills and apply what they learn to the problems and

issues in their communities.

A PARTICIPATORY PROCESS. The institute brings people and

knowledge together through a participatory learning process that is

stimulating, challenging and fun. “Faculty” can be divided into three

groups:

The participants themselves. Leaders learn from one another.

Throughout the institute, participants share information and

experience and challenge one another to new ways of thinking.

State and regional resources. The institute features dynamic

presenters from a range of academic institutions and economic

and community development organizations.

Resident trainers. The institute’s in-house faculty includes individuals

with extensive backgrounds in leadership training and

community economic development.

TRAINING SESSIONS. Participants develop a network of

professional relationships and friendships that is fundamental

to generating and sustaining rural development initiatives.

4021 Carya Drive

Raleigh, NC 27610

HERE’S IMPORTANT

INFORMATION FOR

ALL RURAL LEADERS.

PLEASE SHARE IT

WITH OTHERS IN

YOUR COMMUNITY

WHO MIGHT BENEFIT.


SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

2011 Rural Economic Development Institute

The institute offers a limited number of scholarships for individual hardship cases. Scholarships cover

tuition costs only. Other costs, including travel and hotel accommodations, must be paid by the individual

or organization.

To apply for a scholarship, complete the information below. Attach additional sheets if necessary. This

scholarship form must accompany a completed application for the institute.

Name: ____________________________________________________________________________

Organization: ______________________________________________________________________

County: ___________________________________________________________________________

Mailing Address: ___________________________________________________________________

Work Phone: ______________________________________________________________________

Cell Phone: ________________________________________________________________________

E-mail Address (required):____________________________________________________________

STATEMENT OF NEED

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