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Professionals certified as Homegrown Leaders

Three professionals from Henderson County — Angie Hunter of Henderson County Habitat for Humanity, Chris English of Blue Ridge Community College and Brendan Shanahan of the city of Hendersonville — were among 29 graduates of the Homegrown Leaders program, a regional leadership and economic development program that develops and supports highly-motivated leaders who are committed to building regional collaboration across multi-county regions in the state.

Homegrown Leaders is a program of the Rural Center and is sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission and corporate, government and philanthropic partners. Class participants included economic development professionals, educators, and civic and nonprofit leaders. “Rural leaders like our Homegrown Leaders graduates are critical to the long-term growth and vitality of North Carolina’s communities,” N.C. Rural Center President Patrick Woodie said.