North Carolina Association of Regional Councils of Governments Seeking Executive Director

The North Carolina Association of Regional Councils of Governments (NCARCOG) is a statewide association that represents the interests of all 16 Regional Councils of Governments (COGs). NCARCOG is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer of the NCARCOG and is responsible for administering and directing the association’s regular operations.

Applicants must have a 4-year degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Rural Planning, Political Science or Business Administration. Desired qualifications include a certificate in municipal or county administration from the North Carolina School of Government and a minimum of 10 years experience as a lead administrator in local, regional, or state government.

Further information regarding the position description may be found at . A letter of interest and resume detailing the applicant’s education and professional experiences should be submitted by September 28th to Robert Hiett, NCARCOG Executive Search Chairman, at .  The position will remain open until filled.

KTRPO Feasibility Study

The Kerr-Tar Rural Planning Organization is looking for a NCDOT-prequalified consultant to develop a Feasibility Study to conduct a corridor study to determine the feasibility of constructing the Granville County portion of the East Coast Greenway from the City of Oxford to the Town of Butner. The Request of Letters of Interest [RFLOI] can be found here. The deadline to receive RFLOI’s is 5:00 pm on September 30, 2021.

Kerr-Tar RPO Feasibility Study 

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 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 or emailed to 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

EDA STEM Talent Challenge

The US Economic Development Administration (EDA) launced the STEM Talent Challenge to support programs to train science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) talent and fuel regional innovation economies across the nation.  The $2 million STEM Talent Challenge will provide funding for work-and-learn programs to increase America’s STEM-capable workforce in emerging and transformative sectors such as space commerce, aeronautics, digital manufacturing, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, and cybersecurity.

Competition applicants may request up to $250,000 for implementation of a 24-month workforce program that complements their region’s innovation economy.  The deadline to apply is October 12, 2021.  Click HERE for a helpful one-pager.

Click HERE for the Notice of Funding Opportunity.  

For more information, visit

A webinar will be scheduled to learn more about the application process.  For the latest updates, check their website and stay tuned for email updates.