2021 APA-NC Awards Nominations Now Available

The APA-NC Awards Program includes NC Great Places Awards and Marvin Collins Planning Awards. These awards recognize the places, people, and projects that represent the highest standards of achievement in the North Carolina planning community. Awards are presented annually.

To enter your forms or to preview the required information, please click on the submission link below.  All forms are due: June 3, 2021

All nominations will be reviewed by the APA-NC Awards Committee. Winners will be recognized locally, online, and during the North Carolina Planning Conference. 

To submit nominations, click HERE.

Vote Now!

The polls are open for the “Keep Our Air Clean” Student Art Contest – vote now for your favorites!  Vote for your favorite art in each age category (kindergarten through high school).  Winners in each category will be featured on billboards across the state!  Polls close at midnight on Sunday, May 9.  Vote now by clicking HERE!

Request for Letter of Intent to Bid: One-Stop Operator

The Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board (Kerr-Tar WDB) is currently accepting Letters of Intent to Bid from entities to serve as One-Stop Operators for the local certified NCWorks Career Centers services which cover Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, and Warren counties. There are three certified Career Centers in the region in Granville, Vance and Warren Counties. The one-stop operator will also be responsible for coordinating services at access points in the other two counties in the region.

Purpose: The Kerr-Tar WDB is seeking Request for Proposals for the purpose of selecting organizations with the capacity and expertise to design, administer and implement an innovative and compliant system of one-stop workforce development services for the benefit of business and job seeker customers as designated One-Stop Career Center Operators.

Timeline: The Kerr-Tar WDB will release this request for Letters of Intent (LOIs) on April 1, 2021.  The deadline for submission of LOIs is 12:00 PM EST on April 9, 2021. The initial period for performance is July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. Funding available shall not exceed $25,000 per center for annual contract. A fully-executed contract must be in place within the first 30 days of the new program year with the successful respondent.

Organization Qualifications: Who may be a One-Stop Career Center Operator? Eligible entities include [WIOA Section 121(d) (2) (B)]:

  • A public, private, or non-profit entity, or
  • A consortium of entities that must include at least three (3) or more required one-stop partners located in the local area

It CAN be:

  • An institution of higher education
  • An employment service State agency established under the Wagner-Peyser Act [29 U.S.C. 49 et seq.] on behalf of the local office of the agency
  • A community-based organization, nonprofit organization, or intermediary
  • A private for profit entity
  • A government agency
  • Another interested organization or entity, which may include a local chamber of commerce or other business organization, or a labor organization


  • An elementary or secondary school, or
  • Staff of the local workforce development board

LOI Guidelines and Requirements: Interested agencies shall complete, sign and return their Letter of Intent (see Attachment A for suggested format). The LOI will be considered complete when the following areas are addressed:

  • The type of organization intended to bid;
  • The identification of the county and program/opportunity that the entity is responding to;
  • The location of the agency intending to bid;
  • An acknowledgement that the period of performance begins on July 1, 2021 and must be completed by June 30, 2022;
  • The LOI is signed by the authorized signatory for the agency;
  • The completed and signed LOI is received by the Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board by the required time/date.

Contact Information: Completed Letters of Intent may be emailed to info@kerrtarcog.org

Please note the attached MEMO with detailed information regarding this process.  Please contact Lou Grillo, lgrillo@kerrtarcog.org, or Diane Cox, dcox@kerrtarcog.org, with any questions.


Resurfacing Projects Awarded for Vance, Person, and Warren Counties

Thanks to three new contracts awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation, totaling more than $9.6 million, nearly 78 miles of area roadway will be resurfaced.

Carolina Sunrock of Raleigh was the low bidder and has been awarded all three contracts.

  • Under a $3.9 million contract, crews will mill and resurface pavement and improve shoulders along 26.9 miles of state-maintained roads throughout Vance County.
  • Under a $2.98 million contract, crews will mill and resurface pavement and improve shoulders along 27 miles of state-maintained roads throughout Person County.
  • Under a $2.77 million contract, crews will mill and resurface pavement and improve shoulders along 23.6 miles of state-maintained roads throughout Vance and Warren counties.

Work can begin as soon as the end of April and must be complete by Nov. 1, 2022.