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.

Kerr Tar Regional COG Annual Awards Banquet

The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments hosted their Annual Awards Banquet on September 22, 2016. To learn more please review the Kerr Tar Annual Report. 2016-annual-report  Guest Speaker, was Dr. Pat Mitchell from the NC Department of Commerce and Rural Economic Development.


You may review the News Release here. 2016-news-release

Photo of Award Winners from left to right:  Tony Cozart – Granville County Commissioner-Outstanding County Elected Official, Trevie Adams – City of Roxboro – Outstanding Clerk to the Board, Michael Felts- Granville County Manager – Outstanding Manager, Merilyn Newell – Mayor City of Roxboro – Outstanding Municipal Elected Official and David Smith – Granville County Commissioner – Outstanding COG Board Member Award.


Prioritization 4.0 News

New!! The Kerr-Tar P4.0 Subcommittee met on September 9, 2016 to assign our 1300 points at the Divison level. Please click here to see the Kerr-Tar Division Projects Local Points Assignment. These Division Projects will be presented for approval at the upcoming October 13, 2016 TAC/TCC meeting. Please send comments on our Kerr-Tar Division Projects Local Points Assignment to Ann Stroobant, Regional Planner, or mail Ann at Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments, PO Box 709, Henderson, NC 27536. If you would like to discuss the projects with a Kerr-Tar P4.0 Subcommittee member from your county, please click here for contact information. Click here for Kerr-Tar projects listed by county which the P4.0 Subcommittee used as a basis for selecting projects for our 1300 Division points.

Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging Plan

The NC Division of Aging and Adult Services approved the Kerr Tar Area Plan. The “Plan” is effective from July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2020. The Division’s Reviews Team conducted a through review of the plan and determined that it is comprehensive and recognizes the efforts by the Area Agency on Aging to improve access to services and promotes the well being of older adults, caregivers and their families. The Review Team identified the plan’s strength’s to increase capacity for outreach to caregivers and minority populations in the region.

Kerr-Tar Area Plan