A three-day program to be held later this month has been designed to help rural leaders understand the importance of resiliency and a regional focus on long-term solutions.

Homegrown Leaders, offered through the North Carolina Rural Center, is a regional leadership and community economic development training program that organizers say will help leaders build skills to plan for and lead in addressing long-term and sustainable economic advancement in their community and region.

The next training is July 20-22 in New Bern and is for those who work Beaufort, Bertie, Carteret, Craven, Greene, Lenoir, Pamlico and Pitt counties. Complete and submit the online application by Friday.

Participants will examine the building blocks of community economic development, learn collaborative leadership skills and look at the economic impact of racial inequity.

The program is for leaders in healthcare, education, government, nonprofit, faith-based, small business and entrepreneurs, economic development professionals, and other community-minded people.

The North Carolina Rural Center serves the state’s 80 rural counties, with a special focus on individuals with low to moderate incomes and communities with limited resources.

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