Alternative Fuels Seminar

The Kerr-Tar staff is pleased to invite representatives from Person, Granville, and Franklin counties to participate in a seminar on Tuesday, December 6th at 10:30 a.m. at the COG Office (1724 Graham Avenue in Henderson). Speakers will include: Mr. Happy Fox, Alternative Fuel Consultant with Alliance Autogas and Mr. Matt Abele, Clean Technology Specialist with the NC Clean Energy Technology Center. Please RSVP to either Suja Jacob ( or Michael Kelly (


Family Caregiver Month

Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed November to be Family Caregiver Month in North Carolina.  This year’s theme is, “Take Care to Give Care”. The Kerr Tar Area Agency on Aging provides services to help individuals caring for their loved ones. In 2015, 15.9 million family and friends provided 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care to individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Caring for these loved ones can create severe emotional, physical and financial stress to the individuals providing it. Due to the stress of managing all the caregiving responsibilities, family caregivers have a disproportionate number of health and emotional problems.

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From the office of Governor, Pat McCroy, click here.

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

November is a time to pause and recognize those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers including friends and family who experience the disease every day.  The Kerr Tar Area Agency on Aging is planning events during the month to celebrate, advocate and remember our loved ones who have experienced this condition.  Currently, two events are planned in Warren and Vance Counties to recognize National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. The Warren County Senior Center is hosting a Candlelight Reflection Ceremony on November 18th at 11a.m. Candlelight Reflections is a ceremony remembering those we have lost and honoring individuals currently living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, their dedicated caregivers and in recognition of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregivers Month. On November 15th, a Memory Café is planned at the Vance County Senior Center for member caregivers. A Memory Café is a safe and comfortable space where caregivers and their loved ones can socialize, listen to music, play games, and enjoy other activities. The Café provides mutual support where loved ones can simply enjoy a meal and fellowship.  Click here for more details.


100-Job Expansion at K-FLEX USA in Franklin County/Manufacturer will invest $45 million at its Franklin County facility

Youngsville, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) announced Wednesday  that K-FLEX USA plans to nearly double in size with the expansion of its manufacturing operations in Franklin County. The company will create 100 new jobs and invest $45 million in its facilities and equipment over the next four years.

K-FLEX USA is a leading manufacturer of thermal and acoustic insulation, gaskets, seals and mats designed for buyers in the energy, construction, marine, automotive and athletics industries. K-FLEX USA is a unit of Italy’s IK Insulation Group, which makes and distributes a diversified portfolio of insulation products around the world. IK’s global operations employ 2,000 people. K-FLEX’s North Carolina workforce currently totals 195 full-time employees and contractors.

“We are excited to add to our manufacturing campus in Youngsville and look forward to continuing to be an active member in our community,” said Giuseppe Guarino, President of K-FLEX USA. “This new facility will ensure that K-FLEX USA can continue to meet the growing demand for our products in North America and around the world. We are grateful to Franklin County and the state of North Carolina for their support as we invest in our shared future.”

K-FLEX USA’s expansion adds 100 jobs at its Youngsville plant. Included among the new hires will be supervisors, skilled operators and maintenance technicians, among other personnel. While compensation will vary by position, the average yearly salary of K-FLEX’s new positions will be $49,100. Overall annual wages in Franklin County currently average $39,067.

K-FLEX’s expansion will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee today. Under the terms of the company’s JDIG, the company is eligible to receive up to $1.1 million in total reimbursements. Payments will occur in annual installments over 12 years pending verification by NC Commerce and NC Revenue that the company has met incremental job creation and investment targets. JDIGs reimburse new and expanding companies a portion of the newly created tax-base with the goal of increasing the overall tax benefit to the State of North Carolina. The state reimbursement is contingent upon local participation from Franklin County.

By law, JDIG projects must result in a net revenue inflow to the state treasury over the life of the award. For projects in Tier 2 counties such as Franklin County, 15 percent of the eligible grant is directed to the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account to help finance economic infrastructure in less populated counties. K-FLEX’s expansion could provide as much as $126,100 in new funds for the Utility Account

Numerous partners joined with N.C. Commerce and the EDPNC in supporting K-FLEX’s expansion. They include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, N.C. Transportation, Franklin County and the Franklin County Economic Development Commission.

Network South Locates in Franklin County/Business telephone systems and security firm locates to Youngsville

Mark Warren with Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments assisted in administering the grant Network South Inc. in Youngsville.  With the re-location of Network South, Inc., Franklin County welcomes a new business.  The company plans to add 10 more jobs in the near future. They purchased a vacant building at 457 Park Ave. in Youngsville and have renovated the property to accommodate their business.

This expansion is possible with the assistance of a Building Reuse Grant from the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Rural Development Division and supplemented with Franklin County support.  A grant for $125,000 assisted with the renovation of the building with matching funds from Network South.  The total investment by Network South is $806,074.

“It is exciting to see technology companies interested in Franklin County and we are thrilled that Network South has announced a new location in Youngsville,” stated Richie Duncan, director of Franklin County Economic Development. “Jobs and investment from Network South further demonstrates our growing strength in the network and security infrastructure ecosystem of the greater Triangle region.”

Network South, Inc. specializes in business communications and security, and has plans for expansion at their new facility in Youngsville. The company has received multiple awards which include the Pinnacle Master Award for Steady Growth and Profitability by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, a Triangle Business Journal Top 100 Small Business, and Top Movers and Shakers Award by Business Leader magazine.

“Franklin County provided us the opportunity to expand our operations in the fast-growing market of the Research Triangle Region,” says Jerry Norris, president of Network South, Inc. “With the help from Franklin County, we are looking forward to expanding our operations and reach throughout the region.”

About Network South, Inc.
Founded in 1994, Network South has served organizations of all sizes in the Research Triangle Region and across the U.S. by providing the finest in quality, cost-effective telecom and network solutions.

Local Food Economies

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) has launched a new initiative to engage local governments in the work of building local food systems.  Local Food Economies (LFE) is part of NC Growing Together (NCGT), a project that aims to bring more locally-produced foods into mainstream markets.  The LFE initiative was developed to support the work of local government and economic development agencies as they seek to expand the capacity and potential of businesses within the local food value chain.  Click here for more details.

Request for Proposal/Planning Consultation & Analytics Analysis

Request for Proposal

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Planning Consultation & Analytics Analysis

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments and NC Association of Regional Councils of Government has issued an RFP to solicit proposals for planning consultation and analytics services to update the Association’s 2014 Report: North Carolina Regional and Statewide Strategies for Comprehensive Community and Economic Development.

The 2014 Report is available for review at

The proposed solution shall provide the Association with current research and data, as well as a strategic framework based on update research for 2017. It must meet the following objectives:

  • Generate updated current, useful, and analytical reporting for the 2017 Report;
  • Provide regional and statewide knowledge that can be used by policymakers in strategic planning for economic and community development;
  • Provide data and reporting materials in a professional format.
  • Provide research and analytics built around the strategies of the four broad goals adopted in the 2014 Report:
    1.Build on each Region’s Competitive Advantages and Leverage the Marketplace
    2.Establish and Maintain a Robust Regional Infrastructure
    3.Create Revitalized, Healthy and Vibrant Communities
    4.Develop Talented and Innovative People

View the full Request for Proposal here.