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Subject:                          January 2018 Kerr-Tar COG Newsletter


Current Events

COG Board Meeting will be Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the COG office. 

RPO Meeting will be Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the COG office.   


 Regional Highlights



I-85 Update: S.T. Wooten Corporation is currently working on I-85 pavement rehabilitation. The road is under construction between the Virginia State Line at Mile Marker 234 and Exit 213, US-158 in Henderson, Vance County. It is anticipated that the construction will be completed by November 2018. As the work is completed, the road is opened up in roughly five mile sections. This summer, the last two sections of old concrete will be rehabilitated.



BroadbandUSA published What Speed Do You Need? To help community members learn the minimum download speed requirements for their local institutions.
Communities with existing broadband connectivity can use this infographic to quickly determine if their institutions have the speeds that they need, and communities seeking to enhance broadband access can understand baseline speed requirements. Click
here to access this new resource.


2018 Emerging Issues Forum

The 2018 Forum on February 5-6 is focused on creating value for an audience of local early childhood development practitioners (birth-to-age-eight) and those in the community who support them (e.g., business leaders, funders, elected officials, K-12 leaders, etc.).
In addition to a great line up of speakers on Feb. 5, the second day of the Forum features practical workshops designed to help “raise your community’s game” immediately on early childhood development. Topics include:
·    Starting on a shoestring
·    Effectively using data to drive your efforts
·    Issues in program selection and implementation
·    Communication and engagement
·    Working effectively across organizations
Workshop leaders come from the Institute for Child Success, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Public Consulting Group, NC Early Childhood Foundation and the NC Partnership for Children. All sessions feature local early childhood development practitioners from across the state.
IEI is launching an 18-month local capacity-building initiative involving 3-5 communities to be selected by application. Noted experts will deliver technical assistance and promote peer learning to help participating communities enhance their capacity to improve early childhood development outcomes that promote grade-level reading. Details will be announced at the Forum with applications due in early March. The workshop sessions preview the types of support made available in this initiative.
For more information and to register, visit the
WEBSITE today!


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)


January Quarterly Meeting
The next NCARPO Quarterly Meeting will be held in Raleigh at the NC Rural Center: January 25-26, 2018


On Tuesday, December 19th the COG hosted a Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Operation Training in Granville County. This training provided local governments from the region and surrounding areas with valuable information necessary to prepare for the upcoming 2020 Census. The presentation featured officials from the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management along with the United States Census Bureau. The COG is appreciative to all the local government representatives in attendance.


Triangle J COG Alt Fuels for School Bus Fleets Seminar


In the spirit of partnership, on December 12th the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments attended Triangle J Council of Governments’ Alternative Fuels of School Bus Fleets Seminar. This seminar was a continuation of the topics discussed at Kerr-Tar’s very own Anti-Idling School Bus Workshop held in November. Attendees heard from staff with the North Carolina Division of Air Quality on the Volkswagen Settlement. The Division will be accepting public comments until Friday, January 19. In the Spring, the Division will be holding stakeholder meetings throughout Region K. Once finalized, the COG will provide further details of this unique funding opportunity to North Carolina. Please visit the following for more information:


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





On Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging named Laura Yeatts the new Aging Projects Coordinator.  Laura is 28 years old, married with three children. She is currently enrolled in Southside Virginia Community College to obtain her degree in Business Management, which she will finish this year. Laura started her career at AAA in September 2017 as the Part Time Aging Planner/Program Manager.


Aging Profiles By County and State
Each year the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services (NC DAAS) releases a state and county profile of adults 65 and over, future projections and other useful information regarding the characteristics of older adults residing in our community.  Click
here for a copy of the profiles for our 5 county service area.


Dementia Friendly America
Dementia Friendly America (DFA) is an international public awareness initiative that began in the UK and is ran by the Alzheimer’s society. The purpose of this movement is to work to create dementia-friendly communities throughout society. Harvey Holmes, Family Caregiver Resource Specialist at the Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging, has recently been trained as a Dementia Friends Champion. His mission with this tool is to speak with individuals within the communities and help them become a “Dementia Friend”. As a dementia friend, the individual(s) will strive to understand the disease and make an effort, big or small, to assist someone with dementia. If interested in becoming a Dementia Friend, please contact Harvey Holmes, Family Caregiver Resource Specialist, at (252) 436-2040 or


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




Looking for a job - look at 

January 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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