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Rural Day 2017

Join us on Tuesday, May 9, for our first-ever statewide Rural Day. Learn about the issues facing rural NC, meet with state leaders, network with other rural champions, and help put Rural NC's best foot forward


Monday, May 8, 2017

Reel Rural: Documenting Rural Life
The Rural Center (4021 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610)
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Meet and Greet Reception
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Film Screening & Discussion
Come to town early and join us at the Rural Center for a conversation with filmmakers about recent depictions of rural North Carolina in documentary films. Featuring:
                     Randolph Benson, Duke Center for Documentary Studies
                     Erin Cuevas, Producer, The Real Mayberry
                     Bill Hayes, Director, The Real Mayberry
                     Ian Kibbie, Producer, Raising Bertie
                     Ryan Stancil, Bit & Grain


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Convocation
NC Museum of History (5 E Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC  27601)
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. -  Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45 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. Featuring:
                     Roy Cooper, Governor of NC
                     Dan Forest, Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
                     Phil Berger, President Pro Tempore, NC Senate
                     Tim Moore, Speaker, NC House of Representatives
                     Steve Troxler, NC Agriculture of Commissioner

Rural Fair
NC Legislative Building (16 W Jones Street, Raleigh, NC  27601)
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Before you visit your legislators, make sure to visit the Rural Fair, featuring more than 20 organizations from across North Carolina representing various rural issues. Want to learn more about policies affecting education? Health? Infrastructure? Business Development? 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. Featuring:
                    Appalachian Regional Commission
                    Business Link NC
                    Dominion Energy
                    ECC Technologies, Inc.
                    East Carolina University
                    Hinton Rural Life Center
                    NC Community Health Center Association
                    NC Department of Commerce
                    NC East Alliance
                    NC Grange
                    NC Hospital Association
                    NC Rural Health Leadership Association
                    NC Sustainable Energy Association
                    Rosenwald Center
                    Vidant Health
                    ...and more!

"In Conversation"
NC Museum of History (5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601)
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Michael Regan, Secretary, Department of Environmental Quality
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - James Trogdon, Secretary, Department of Transportation
If you have some time between meetings with legislators, come back to the Museum of History for small-scale, informal conversations with leaders of state executive departments, who will be sharing their plans for rural North Carolina and ready to answer your questions!

Legislative Meetings Debrief
NC Museum of History Auditorium (5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601)
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
After you finish your meetings with your representatives, stop back by the Auditorium for a debrief session to let us know how they went. We'll compare notes about issues discussed and excting developments before heading to the reception to conclude the day.

Rural Day Reception
NC Executive Mansion (210 N Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601)
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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 meeting with state leaders.

Happy Hour
The Raleigh Times (14 E Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC  27601)
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Not ready to go home? Staying for the night? Join the few, the proud, and the lingering at a happy hour at The Raleigh Times. Just join us in the room closest to the Wilmington Street corner. Note: No RSVP needed for this event, where food and drink will be available for purchase.

Earlier Event: April 30
Hook & Vine Festival