From:                              Katie Conner

Sent:                               Wednesday, February 07, 2018 4:45 PM

To:                                   Katie Conner

Subject:                          February 2018 COG Newsletter


Current Events

RPO Meeting will be Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at the COG office.   

 Regional Aging and Advisory Committee (RAAC) meeting, February 14, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the COG office.



Planning & Economic Development


Next Kerr-Tar TAC/TCC meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Action Items will potentially include revision of the Kerr-Tar Local Input Point Methodology updated for P5.0 if needed and revision to the Public Involvement Program (PIP), as well as discussion of the draft KTRPO FY18-19 Planning Work Program.


Upcoming 2018 KTRPO Meeting Schedule:
(Meetings are held from 3-5pm in the Kerr-Tar COG Offices, 1724 Graham Avenue, Henderson, NC 27536)
Tuesday February 13, 2018
Thursday March 8, 2018
Thursday May 24, 2018
Thursday June 28, 2018
Thursday October 25, 2018
(Please note that additional meetings may need to be scheduled to accommodate NCDOT deadlines)


The Planning Department is pleased to introduce Sharon Thomas as the new Mobility Manager. Prior to accepting this position, Sharon was a Medicaid Home Health provider for over 12 years as well as a Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Medicaid provider.  She has over 20 years of executive administrative experience in operational and personnel activities. Sharon is currently working on literature to inform the community about the NCDOT 5310 Grant program to better inform the targeted population of elderly and disabled residents in the region.  Please join us in welcoming Sharon to the Council of Governments!


The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University has announced a call for projects through the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT). The CFAT project is supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds provided by the NC Department of Transportation. The primary purpose of the CFAT project is to reduce transportation related emissions in 24 eligible North Carolina counties. The eligible non-attainment counties in the region include: Franklin, Granville, and Person. The CFAT project is designed to be as flexible and accommodating as possible to reach public and private sector applicants that have an interest in and commitment to mobile related emission reduction technologies. The basic criteria for eligibility are that the project: is transportation related, reduces criteria pollutant emissions, and is located within OR benefits a non-attainment or maintenance area. Eligible counties in the region are encouraged to submit an RFP by February 16, 2018.


First Responder Clean Transportation Demonstration Day

The NC Clean Energy Technology Center is inviting all law enforcement, emergency service, fire, and rescue personnel in Franklin, Granville, and Person Counties to attend a First Responders event on Wednesday, February 28 at the NC Center for Automotive Research. First Responders are encouraged to come and learn about alternative fuel vehicles and clean transportation technology applications. The technologies featured will hopefully assist agencies in saving money, improving efficiency, and extending vehicle service life.   
This event is free, but registration is required:


On Tuesday, February 6 the COG hosted a Ready Rating Workshop in conjunction with the North Carolina League of Municipalities and the American Red Cross. This event introduced the region’s first responders with the Ready Rating System (ReadyGo and ReadyAdvance) available through the Red Cross. This self-assessment tool provides local governments with information needed to complete necessary Emergency Action Plans in the event of disasters. The event was well attended. More information on Ready Rating is available at the following:



In January, Alrik Lundsford and Michael Kelly received GIS Training for RPO’s from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The training provided them with a firm working knowledge of GIS and its application in RPO planning. For completing the course, they received three hours in professional development training.


Click here for the 2018-2020 NCDOT Highway Maintenance Improvement Plan (HMIP).  This is a GIS based site where you can see if/when maintenance is being done on state roads in your community.

 Here is the link to the NCDOT "Report a Problem" page.
The 2016 annual average daily traffic (AADT) counts are available in an interactive map which can be found here





Let the games begin! Registration is now open for the Region K 2018 Senior Games. Senior Games is a holistic approach to body, mind and spirit staying fit, while enjoying the company of friends, family, spectators, and volunteers. Volunteers from all areas of the community are welcome. Athletic and SilverArts are open to individual’s age 50 and better. Sports events include basketball shooting, billiards, bocce, cornhole, golf, horseshoes, shuffleboard, softball throw, table tennis, cycling, track and fields events, pickleball, badminton, bowling, tennis and many more. The SilverArts category will include events in Heritage Arts such as knitting and quilting, Visual Arts such as drawing and photography, Literary Arts such as essay and poems and Performing Arts such as dance and vocals. The full list of events, schedule and event locations can be found in the registration packets, which can be picked up and turned in to the local county senior centers.  Online registration is available at  Anyone interested in becoming involved in the Senior Games program as a staff member, sponsor or volunteer, please contact: Laura Yeatts or call (252) 436-2040. For more information visit
. Registration deadline is February 23, 2018.


Caregiver Support Groups

Within our Region, caregiver support groups are offered monthly in the following counties: Warren, Granville, Person and Franklin. If you are a caregiver, or know someone who is, we highly recommend attending! Our caregiver support groups offer information, assistance, guidance, and support! The following times for the meeting are listed below:

Franklin County Caregiver Support Group
Louisburg Senior Center
2nd Monday @ 7:00 P.M
(919) 496-1131

Warren County Caregiver Support Group
Warren County Senior Center
2nd Tuesday @ 3:00 P.M
(252) 257-3111

Granville County Caregiver Support Group
Granville Primary Care Education Classroom
1st Wednesday @ 12:00 P.M
(919) 690-3273

Person County Caregiver Support Group
Person County Senior Center
4th Tuesday @ 6:00 P.M
(336) 599-7484

Person County Caregiver Support Group
Cambridge Hills
2nd Tuesday @ 6:30 P.M
(336) 599-7484


Local Contact Agency
Living independently is one of the most valuable objectives in anyone’s life. For some, transitioning from a hospital, rehab facility or a nursing home may be difficult and may have some concerns. Options Counselors are trained to work with individuals, family members, and significant others to help make a connection to imperative resources and services will make the transitioning process for the resident go well. The program is funded through the Local Contact Agency (LCA). The LCA is an organization that is responsible for working with the individual and the staff within the facility to discuss options for transferring into the community. The program serves adults 60 years and older and individuals with disabilities of any age. For more information about the LCA or Options Counseling, please contact Harvey Holmes, Family Caregiver Resources Specialist, at (252) 436-2040 or


Money Follows the Person (MFP) program

The Division of Medical Assistance and the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program have requested an extension of the Local Contact Agency (LCA) contract through December 31 2018.  We are awaiting a contract amendment and next steps from the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services. Living independently is one of the most valuable objectives in anyone’s life. For some, transitioning from a hospital, rehab facility or a nursing home may be difficult and may have some concerns. Options Counselors are certified staff who work with individuals, family members, and significant others to help make a connection to imperative resources and services will make the transitioning process for the resident go well. The program is funded through the Local Contact Agency (LCA).  The LCA, housed within the Kerr-Tar AAA, is designed to offer information and referral for the individual and the staff within the facility and start the discussion of options for transferring into the community. The program serves adults 60 years and older and individuals with disabilities of any age.


Dementia Friendly America (DFA) Program
On January 25 Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging staff facilitated a Dementia Friendly America (DFA) Program at Vance-Granville Community College South Campus. DFA is a global movement developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom and now underway in the United States. The purpose of DFA information session is to help individuals within the community understand five key messages about dementia, how it affects people, and how we as a community can each make a difference. This one-hour information session covers dementia through various activities and discussion. Tracy Wallace, Human Services Technology Program Head at Vance-Granville Community College South Campus and fifteen Human Services students took part in this movement in late January. DFA is not limited to a specific person, group or community. It is encouraged that all individuals take part in this movement. For further information regarding DFA, please contact Harvey Holmes, Family Caregiver Specialist, at or call (252) 436-2040.


Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

Between October and December 2017, Kimberly Hawkins, the Kerr-Tar AAA Long-Term Care Ombudsman responded to approximately 13 complaints across the region, addressed over 80 calls for technical assistance and hosted two community events. The Ombudsman also facilitated seven Community Advisory Committee (CAC) New Rules training. We are in need for new Community Advisory Committee members! These individuals volunteer to monitor the homes as Advocates. Their main purpose it to ensure and support the Residents Bill of Rights and address concerns noticed in the homes that affect the quality of life provided by the home to the residents. If you are interested in serving, please contact Kimberly Hawkins or call (252) 436 – 2050.




Are you having a hard time landing a job and feel defeated or frustrated? NCWorks Career Centers have staff that can help assist you.  If you need a little inspiration, read this success story and how an individual who was living in a shelter and trying to go to school has now gained employment.  Click here for the entire story.



“Integrated Service Delivery” or ISD 2.0 Training
Kerr Tar WDB staff, Deborah Cozart and the NCWorks Career Center will be hosting an “Integrated Service Delivery” or ISD 2.0 Training for local area NCWorks staff and community partners.  Individuals from the Division of Workforce Solutions (DWS) and Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board’s (WDB) NCWorks Team will the conduct training.
The ISD 2.0 training is scheduled for
February 8, 2018 from 1:00 pm  to  3:00 pm at Ker-Tar’s  new  NCWorks Business Service Training Center, located at 111 Hilltop Village, Oxford NC. 27565. 
The goal of utilizing “Integrated Service Delivery” in our NCWorks Career Centers is to provide a SEAMLESS delivery system and improve CUSTOMER SERVICE to businesses and job seekers. Overall, ISD 2.0 offers a better way to do business!


Looking for a job - look at 

February 2018 Work Force Event Calendar, click here


Communities Served:

Franklin County
Granville County
Person County
Vance County
Warren County

Town of Bunn
Town of Butner
City of Creedmoor
Town of Franklinton
City of Henderson
Town of Kittrell
Town of Louisburg
Town of Macon

Town of Middleburg
Town of Norlina
City of Oxford
City of Roxboro
Town of Stem
Town of Stovall
Town of Warrenton
Town of Youngsville


Executive Director
Diane Cox

Planning & Development
Michael Kelly


Workforce Development
Vincent Gilreath

Jillian Hardin



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