Reconnect Rural and Urban


Reports and Findings



Forum Information:

Monday, February 11, 2019

Raleigh Marriott City Center
500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601


While there is a common and growing perception of a divide between rural and urban North Carolina, the truth is we are highly interconnected by people, place and prosperity.

Join us as we explore new ways to define, celebrate and leverage these interconnections to build a more prosperous NC.

Bridging Rural and Urban

There is a common and growing perception of a divide—across the nation and here in North Carolina—between rural and urban communities. Where economic growth was once a shared characteristic of both locations, there has been a steady economic decline in many rural communities in the last several decades, a result of trends that have left rural communities, on average, with populations that are older, poorer, sicker, less educated, faced with aging infrastructure, struggling healthcare systems and limited access to broadband.
But the story is much more nuanced—the success of rural and urban areas varies widely.

What is clear is that rural and urban communities are highly interconnected—by workforce, natural assets, supply chains and other elements. Finding ways to more effectively promote and leverage these interdependencies could lead to shared prosperity across the state.