The Center for Rural Development is a national model for economic development in rural areas. Our mission is to provide leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and improved quality of life. The Center provides diverse programs in leadership development, advanced technologies, public safety, and a variety of performing arts and cultural events that reach both state and national audiences.
The Center currently serves students from each of our 45 counties through a variety of youth leadership programs. The region’s future depends on the development and education of its youth. These programs help to keep our best and brightest students in the region. The Center encourages students to develop the skills they need to seize their potential as the next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders.