Dianne Nobles Ward, Promotions Director at the Visitor Center in Tabor City, is one of 36 recent graduates of the Rural Economic Development Institute (REDI), a leadership program of the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center. Rural Center President Billy Ray Hall presented the certificate. “The leadership program was a wonderful learning experience” said Ward. “As a result of the program the Southeast Region has formed a group to meet regularly and discuss the issues in our towns and communities.” REDI is an intensive, three-month training program designed for those who lead rural communities. This year’s class included town administrators, community volunteers, business owners and a minister. More than 800 rural leaders have graduated from REDI since the program began in 1989.