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N.C. Rural Center

N.C. Rural Center

RALEIGH, N.C. – As young people leave rural towns at an increasing rate, a two-day conference in Raleigh will explore how to make rural communities more attractive to current and future generations.

The 2011 Rural Partners Forum, hosted by the N.C. Center for Rural Economic Development will be held at the North Raleigh Hilton Nov. 16-17 with the theme, “Re-Imagine Rural: Transforming North Carolina’s Rural Communities through Youth Engagement.”

The first day will include the presentation of the Rural Center’s recent survey of young adults and students from the state’s rural counties; a panel discussion with rural youth and another with experts in education and economic development; a “Rural Resource Fair” to connect rural nonprofits with funders; and a “Youth Resource Fair” that will provide guidance in creating youth and young-adult focused programs.

Day two features sessions on engaging youth in a meaningful way, including examples successful programs, and the announcement of a three-year, multi-million effort to nurture future rural business people, workers and leaders.

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue will give the keynote address at the luncheon on Nov. 17.

The conference fee is $200, with a 20 percent discount for attendees ages 16-24; single-day rates are available. Details and registration information are available online.

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