2021 NADO Photography Contest

The 2021 NADO Photo Contest is open now through September 10.  This contest is an opportunity for our member organizations to tell the story of their regions through images that capture the people and places that make their communities great places to live, work, and play.  Photos submitted will be judged in five categories:

  • Building Vibrant Places
  • Strengthening the Built & Natural Environments
  • Investing in Our Regional Economy
  • Sustaining Our Communities
  • COVID-19 Response & Recovery

Prizes will be given to winning photos in these categories, as well as to a “People’s Choice” winner that will be selected by votes through the NADO Facebook page.

Looking for inspiration?  Click HERE to see last year’s winners and runners-up.  Please direct any questions to NADO Research Foundation Associate Director Brett Schwartz at bschwartz@nado.org.

For more information on this year’s contest and entry form, click HERE.

KTRPO TAC/TCC July Meeting

The July 22, 2021 meeting of the Kerr-Tar Rural Transportation Planning Organization will be held virtually on Zoom from 3:00-5:00 pm. Access information is available on the meeting agenda.

Members of the public who would like to make public comments during the Public Comments section of the meeting MUST register by emailing info@kerrtarcog.org before noon on Thursday, July 22, 2021. You must include your name, the phone number you will be calling from (if applicable), and email address. You will be recognized for comments in the order that you registered. The time limit for each speaker will be five minutes.

*If calling in, please provide KTRPO with the phone number you will be using.  

Click HERE to view agenda and other meeting materials.

Public Comment Period Begins for Draft Phase 2 Volkswagen Mitigation Plan

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality invites public comment on the state’s plan to invest $67 million in Volkswagen Settlement funds.  The Draft Phase 2 Mitigation plan focuses on efforts to reduce pollution impacts while incentivizing zero emission vehicles and increasing outreach to under-resourced communities.

The funds represent North Carolina’s share of the $2.9 billion federal settlement with Volkswagen due to its misrepresentation of diesel emission standards in certain vehicles. Governor Roy Cooper designated the Division of Air Quality as the lead agency to manage the project in November 2017. Wilmington Trust officially designed North Carolina as a State Beneficiary in January 2018.

In Phase 1 of the program, North Carolina awarded nearly $27 million to replace 111 school buses and 16 transit buses and to install 33 zero emission vehicle (ZEV) fast charging stations and 78 Level 2 charging stations across the state.

The Division of Air Quality will hold a series public information sessions to explain the draft plan. Members of the public and entities interested in receiving funds for eligible projects are encouraged to register and attend:

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 14: Western NC Region
  • 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 14: Centralina/Triad Region
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 21: Triangle Region
  • 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 21: Coastal NC Region

The Division of Air Quality will also hold a series of in-person public information sessions for counties eligible in the Historically Under-Resourced Counties Outreach Program. Additional meeting dates, locations and times will be posted on the DEQ Volkswagen Program webpage.

Comments may be submitted online via Microsoft Forms at https://bit.ly/3jMMu3i or emailed to daq_NCVWGrants@ncdenr.gov. Voicemail comments will also be accepted at 919-707-8429. All comments will be accepted until September 7, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Additional information regarding Phase 2 can be found on https://deq.nc.gov/vw-settlement.

 

We’re Hiring! RPO Coordinator

The Kerr-Tar Council of Governments is seeking a Regional Transportation Planner.  This position will coordinate the transportation planning processes of the Kerr-Tar Rural Planning Organizatio (RPO) for the following five counties:  Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, and Warren; serve as staff to the RPO’s Rural Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) and to the RPO’s Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC).  For more details and a full job description, click HERE.