NCWorks NextGen

Kerr-Tar WDB’s services for young adults, funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), have been re-branded as NCWorks NextGen. The new brand supports an effort among North Carolina’s 23 Workforce Development Boards to collectively communicate impact of WIOA Title I programs for young adults.  The tagline included with the new logo is Your Future Starts Here.  Click here to read more…

The City of Roxboro was recognized by the North Carolina Department of Commerce

The City of Roxboro was recognized by the North Carolina Department of Commerce – Main Street & Rural Planning Center as one of 39 North Carolina communities to have received accreditation from the National Street Center for meeting commercial district revitalization performance standards. The COG shares in this accomplishment with the City of Roxboro. Roxboro is a member municipal government served by Kerr-Tar. To view the complete press release from the Department, click here.

2017 NCHFA Urgent Repair Program

HOUSING REPAIR ASSISTANCE

The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments (COG) has been awarded $100,000 by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) under the 2017 cycle of the Urgent Repair Program to assist residents in the counties of Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren. The Urgent Repair program finances emergency home repairs for homeowners who are elderly or have special needs and whose incomes are below 50% of the median for the area.   Only repairs that address imminent threats to the life and/or safety of occupants of the dwelling unit or accessibility modifications will be performed under the program.   A total of 13 households are projected to be assisted.

In the Urgent Repair Program, one or two critical problems may be repaired, but the entire house is not addressed. Examples of work typically done under this program include roof or HVAC system repair, well or septic system repairs, adding accessibility features like ramps, bathroom grab bars and wider doors.

The COG will provide assistance, to those whose homes are selected for repairs, in the form of a loan. Homeowners will receive an unsecured deferred, interest-free loan, forgiven at a rate of $1,000 per year until the principal balance is reduced to zero.   The maximum amount of the loan available is $8,000.

Applications are available starting July 1, 2017 and must be returned to the COG office by 5:00pm on September 1, 2017.  Clients to be assisted will be selected by November 1, 2017.

Click here for the application.
Click here for the program assistance policy.

The funds provided by the NCHFA for the Urgent Repair Program come from the North Carolina Housing Trust Fund.

Help Identify New Projects for Prioritization P5.0

If you have an interest in submitting new projects for consideration, it is requested that forms be submitted by Friday, June 23, 2017, to Ann Stroobant. If you cannot provide all of the information requested on the form, please do the best that you can. We need to be able to locate the project and to identify its scope.

I have also included a link to the P5.0 Updated Schedule (5/23/17) for 2017-2018 for your convenience- please click here.

Help us identify potential new projects! Please return KTRPO forms to Ann Stroobant by June 23, 2017 as per instructions included in the links below:

  • Please click here for Background and what we look for in Identifying Candidate Projects
  • Please click here for the KTRPO Bike/Pedestrian Potential Project Submittal Form
  • Please click here for the KTRPO Highway Potential Project Submittal Form

We are trying to gather any new project information for each Kerr-Tar RPO county to consider and evaluate for possible Prioritization P5.0 submittal. If you have a transportation project other than highway and bike/pedestrian, please modify the forms accordingly. Transit and aviation projects require a 10% local match. Bike and pedestrian projects require a 20% local match.

It is expected that the revised Draft 2018-2027 STIP and the final list of Prioritization P5.0 Committed and Carryover Projects will be released on June 29, 2017. Based on the release of these items, David Keilson, our Division 5 Planning Engineer, could have additional project suggestions for us.

The Kerr-Tar P5.0 Subcommittee will meet to start discussing projects in July.

Non-Municipal Population Highlights

To see where your county stands and to view non-municipal population highlights, click here. The complete Census release of 2016 population estimates for sub county areas is available on census.gov through American FactFinder, QuickFacts, and the Population Estimates Program Web page.  In the coming months, the Census Bureau will release 2016 population estimates of national, state, and county population estimates by age, sex, race, and Hispanic Origin.