Current Events

There is no COG Board Meeting in December.  Next COG Board Meeting will be Jan 25, 2018 at the COG office. 
COG Office closed December 25th, 26th, & 27th for Christmas.  Also closed January 1, 2018 for New Years Day. 

December 2017 Work Force Event Calendar, click here

 Regional Highlights

Governor Cooper Visits Henderson
Governor Roy Cooper announced on November 28, 2017 that Mako Medical Laboratories, LLC is creating 153 new jobs within the next five years in Vance County.  Mako specializes in developing and providing diagnostic lab tests by employing scientists, chemists, lab technicians and logistic personnel. Mako will invest $15.395 million to build a new testing facility with warehousing space in Henderson.  Mako Medical Laboratories, LLC corporate headquarters is in Raleigh,   North Carolina, and serves medical and health care facilities across the United States.
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.
Person County Senior Center tour and meeting with Region K CAC Board on Thursday, November 30th 2017. 

Planning & Economic Development

The Kerr-Tar Council of Governments will be hosting a Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Training on December 19, 2017 at the Granville County Convention and Expo Center. This event is being co-sponsored by the U.S. Census Bureau and the North Carolina State Data Center. The COG is encouraging our member governments to participate. Please contact our office about registering. Census Day in North Carolina will be April 1, 2020. Please join us in preparation for this most important day.

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 Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments’ Planning Department held a School Bus Anti-Idling Regional Workshop in Henderson on November 29th.  The workshop featured ways for local school districts to reduce school bus emissions, a discussion on best management practices, and a panel discussion on emerging trends in school bus designs. Attendees heard from top leading industry experts representing Carolina Thomas, LLC; Gregory Poole; and White’s International. The COG is thankful to all those who attended, making this workshop a success!
Brownfields Assessment Grant: The Kerr-Tar Council of Governments submitted a community wide brownfields assessment grant to the EPA in November. If awarded, these grant funds would allow the region to begin exploring specific sites for clean up and assessment.  
The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) was completed and submitted on December 1 to the Economic Development Administration. The document will serve as an economic blueprint for the region over the next five years. The COG is thankful to all those who served on the CEDS Steering Committee. Click here to view the CEDS plan. 
The Town of Warrenton successfully applied for and was awarded federal funds to assist the Town in it’s Warren County Trails project. Funds were received through the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA). The COG offered a letter of support to the National Park Service advocating the Town’s scenic amenities and interconnectivity to the region’s Lakes District.
NCDOT Sending $147.6 Million to Help Municipalities Improve Their Transportation Networks
More than 500 cities and towns across North Carolina have started receiving their allocation of more than $147.6 million in State Street Aid, also known as Powell Bill funds from the N.C. Department of Transportation. The initial allocation, half of the overall total, was sent out to 508 municipalities last week. The rest will be paid by Dec. 30. Towns and cities must apply for the funds, and there are the same number of recipients as in 2016.Please click on the following link to read the full NCDOT press release:
North Carolinians with ideas about how to use $92 million from a court settlement to improve North Carolina’s air quality are encouraged to share their ideas as the State of North Carolina develops its plan. Governor Roy Cooper has named the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) as the lead agency to develop its Volkswagen mitigation plan. The Division of Air Quality requests public input regarding what the state should include for potential funding in its mitigation plan. Individuals, tribes, governments, and groups are welcome to submit comments until December 31, 2017. If you have questions regarding the VW Settlement  please contact:
RPO Staff: Ann Stroobant’s last TAC/TCC meeting as Kerr-Tar RPO Coordinator and Secretary was November 30, 2017. She is leaving Kerr-Tar to take a new position. Her last day with Kerr-Tar will be December 13, 2017. Ann has been with Kerr-Tar for almost four years and has worked on numerous projects ranging from pedestrian and bicycle plans, special studies, NCDOT Prioritization Scoring and Methodology, CMAQ Grant applications, and CFAT projects. In 2016, she received an Excellence in Regional Transportation Award from NADO for her work on Bickett Boulevard in Louisburg.


AAA will host a Community Engagement Event on December 15 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the COG office. The AAA serves as the Local Contact Agency for the region. We work with long-term care residents who are interested in transitioning back to their community of choice. This has led to developing partnerships with various service providers and agencies throughout the region and state. One of the programs that we work with is called Money Follows the Person. This Medicaid program assists individuals who are returning to their community with funds up to $3,000 for one-time costs such as down payment on an apartment, utilities, and furniture. Guest speakers include experts from Vocational Rehabilitation, Money Follows the Person, Community Alternative Program for Disabled Adults (CAPDA), and Alliance of Disabilities advocates. Please plan to attend and RSVP to Laura Yeatts at 252-436-2040 or email
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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