Time: Monday @ 5:00 p.m. - Tuesday @ 5:00 p.m.
Location: Monday, May 8 - The Rural Center, 4021 Carya Drive, Raleigh NC
Tuesday, May 9 - NC Museum of History, 5 E Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC
Join the Rural Center for the first-ever Rural Day, a statewide celebration of North Carolina’s rural communities.
Monday, May 8
Reel Rural: Documenting Rural Life
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
NC Rural Center
Come to town early and join us at the Rural Center for a reception and conversation about recent depictions of rural North Carolina in documentary films with the producers of Raising Bertie and The Real Mayberry.
Tuesday, May 9
Rural Day Convocation
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Registration & Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Program
Rural Day kicks off with a convocation of rural champions from across the state. Join us for a continental breakfast and conversation with top state leaders about their vision for North Carolina. Then, get some advice from Rural Center staff about how best to engage with legislators and other public officials, and hear some examples of how to tell the “story of rural” from local leaders.
Legislative Visits & Rural Fair
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
NC Legislative Building
Head to the Legislative Complex for meetings with your legislators, and make sure to visit the Rural Fair, featuring more than 20 organizations from across North Carolina representing various rural communities and issues. Chat with experts and get useful information that will help you make a strong case for your interests when you meet with your elected officials.
Rural Day Reception
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
NC Executive Mansion
Celebrate a successful day in the gardens of the Governor’s Mansion. Network with rural champions, catch up with old friends, and share your stories from your meetings with state leaders.
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