NC Outdoor Recreational Industry Office Listening Session May 21st

Mr. David Knight of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Office located in the North Carolina Department of Commerce,  will be conducting a listening session in the Kerr-Tar COG region on Monday May 21, 2018 from 10:00 am until noon at the Granville County Expo Center located at 4185 US-15 South, Oxford.  Please feel free to share this information with area industries, educational institutions, chambers, tourism officials, elected officials, city and county managers that may have an interest in learning more about the functions of this office.  This is a rapidly growing market for North Carolina and offers the Kerr-Tar region unique opportunities.  This event is coordinated in conjunction with the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. (EDPNC)

An agenda can be viewed here for more information.

NC Dept. of Commerce Announced 2017 NC Main Street Award Winners

Congratulations to the Town of Warrenton for being recognized as an Award Winner for the 2017 MAIN STREET AND SMALL TOWN MAIN STREET COLLABORATION AWARD PROMOTION – Discover History Worth Repeating.

Congratulations to the City of Roxboro for being recognized as an Award Winner for the ECONOMIC VITALITY – Best Adaptive Reuse Project – Hall’s Way.

To view the entire Press Release click here.



LUCA Training Dec. 19, 2017

The Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) is the once a decade opportunity for local governments to verify the Census Bureau’s address list for their areas.  Accurate boundary and address information is key to connecting Census questionnaires with households and getting the most accurate Census data possible.

The LUCA registration period is open now, and LUCA training sessions are scheduled across the state – .  New sessions are being added.  Please check the schedule regularly for new dates and locations.

Local governments may send any staff to the most convenient LUCA session to learn the details of the program.  The sessions are free and will last 3-4 hours.  Attendees should complete the LUCA Training Notification document at the bottom of the online schedule to make sure materials area available for everyone.

You may attend a LUCA training session regardless of your local government’s registration status.  See the participation map for current LUCA participation in North Carolina. Visit the Census Bureau’s LUCA website for more information and registration materials for the LUCA program – .



Healthy Places for Healthy People

Kerr-Tar area counties and municipalities are encouraged to apply for planning assistance through the EPA’s Healthy Places for Healthy People. The agency has scheduled a webinar for interested applicants on October 13 at 1:00 pm Eastern.

The intent of the program is designed to create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant downtowns and neighborhoods that can improve health, protect the environment, and support economic growth within select communities. More information may be obtained via

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 25, 2017.

2017 Annual Awards Banquet

Award Winners for 2017 from left to right were:

Edgar Smoak of Granville County – Outstanding County Elected Official, William Tatum of Youngsville, Outstanding Town Administrator, Joe Shearon of Louisburg, Outstanding COG Board Member, Michael Inscoe of Henderson, Outstanding Municipal Elected Official and Debra Weary of Granville County, Outstanding Clerk to the Board.



New Officers were also installed for FY 2017/2018 from left to right:

Vice-Chairman, Jimmy Clayton of Person County, Chairman, Quon Bridges of Oxford, and Treasurer, Sidney Dunston of Franklin County.

To read the full News Release click here.