NC Rural Center http://wunc.org en Money From Rural Center Shifts To State Department Of Commerce http://wunc.org/post/money-rural-center-shifts-state-department-commerce <p>Most of the money formerly under the oversight of the once-powerful Rural Center has officially reverted to the state. Until recently, the non-profit Rural Center handed out taxpayer-funded grants for economic development and infrastructure.</p><p>But an audit found the Center had earned 20 million dollars worth of interest off money given by the state over the years. Lawmakers disapproved, and expressed dismay at staff members’ high salaries. So they made plans to strip the Center of its power.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:54:01 +0000 Jessica Jones 26138 at http://wunc.org Money From Rural Center Shifts To State Department Of Commerce State Officials And Lawmakers Discuss Rural Center's Future http://wunc.org/post/state-officials-and-lawmakers-discuss-rural-centers-future <p>State lawmakers in Raleigh held a meeting Tuesday to discuss moving funding from some non-profit groups to the <a href="http://www.nccommerce.com/">state Department of Commerce</a>. The joint oversight commission included an update on the shrinking of the state’s <a href="http://www.ncruralcenter.org/">Rural Economic Development Center</a>, a formerly powerful organization that provided grants to rural areas. Most of the center’s assets are in the process of shifting to the Department of Commerce.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:39:42 +0000 Jessica Jones 24924 at http://wunc.org State Officials And Lawmakers Discuss Rural Center's Future North Carolina Nears A Budget http://wunc.org/post/north-carolina-nears-budget <p>The North Carolina General Assembly is set to vote on a budget this week, one that has defenders of public education up in arms. The proposed budget ends teacher tenure, holds teacher salary flat and cuts funding for teacher assistants. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:11:21 +0000 Frank Stasio & Alex Granados 19461 at http://wunc.org North Carolina Nears A Budget NC Budget Proposal Eliminates The Rural Center http://wunc.org/post/nc-budget-proposal-eliminates-rural-center <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.ncruralcenter.org/">North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center</a> and the Office of State Budget and Management are working to resolve issues in last week’s crippling audit.</p><p><a href="http://www.ncruralcenter.org/">The Rural Center</a> wants the state budget office to release funds already obligated to local governments and other rural partners.&nbsp; The problem is, the state budget office has lost confidence in the Rural Center and legislators have eliminated funding for the center in its preliminary fiscal year 2014-2015 budget.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:03:50 +0000 Leoneda Inge 19433 at http://wunc.org NC Budget Proposal Eliminates The Rural Center Governor Calls For New Leadership At NC Rural Center http://wunc.org/post/governor-calls-new-leadership-nc-rural-center <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is calling for new leadership at the NC Rural Economic Development Center.&nbsp; This comes after a scathing </span><a href="http://www.ncauditor.net/EPSWeb/Reports/FiscalControl/FCA-2013-7901.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">audit</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the non-profit.&nbsp; In </span><a href="http://www.governor.state.nc.us/newsroom/press-releases/20130717/statement-governor-mccrory-rural-center-audit" style="line-height: 1.5;">a statement released Wednesday</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Governor </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> pretty much called for Rural Center President Billy Ray Hall and Board Chairwoman Valeria Lee to step down.&nbsp; Both were instrumental in the Rural Center’s inception in 1987.</span></p><p>The fallout comes after a <a href="http://www.ncauditor.net/EPSWeb/Reports/FiscalControl/FCA-2013-7901.pdf">new state audit</a> of the Rural Center which shows a failure of the organization to provide proper oversight of millions of dollars in grants.&nbsp; Auditor Beth Wood says it’s disappointing.</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:51:09 +0000 Leoneda Inge 19156 at http://wunc.org Governor Calls For New Leadership At NC Rural Center