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Subject:                          March 2018 Kerr-Tar GOC Newsletter


News letter from Katie Conner.



Current Events

COG Board meeting on March 22, 2018 at the COG Office, 7:00 P.M. 
Executive Committee will meet at 6:00 P.M. 

March 22 Opening Ceremonies for Senior Games @ John Graham Gymnasium, Warren County 9:00 A.M.



Regional Highlights



North Carolina Department of Commerce Employer Needs Survey Results 

Earlier this month, the NC Department of Commerce released the findings from its recent 2018 Employer Needs Survey, which was conducted by the Labor & Economic Analysis Division (LEAD).  There are some fascinating results from this survey, and you can find a copy of the full LEAD presentation here.  Some of the highlights include the following:

  • Half of all hiring employers had at least some difficulty hiring in 2017 – up from previous surveys.
    • This increase may have more to do with low unemployment, a tight labor market, and structural changes in the economy than to growing problems with the labor force itself – but we can’t know for certain.
  • A higher percentage of Manufacturers continue to have hiring difficulty than non-manufacturers.
  • Hiring difficulties are greatest in small- and mid-size NC’s metropolitan areas (excluding Charlotte & the Triangle) 
  • Employability Issues (work ethic, professionalism, etc.) are oft-cited reasons for difficulties in entry-level positions.
  • Relevant work experience frequently cited for hiring difficulties in mid-level and experienced positions.
  • 28% of total employers & 41% of Manufacturers say they use workforce system resources (Career Centers, NCWorks Online, NCCCS, WDBs)
  • Most common reasons for not using workforce system resources: 45% Unaware of Resources (higher in rural areas); 41% Services Don’t Match Needs (lower in rural areas).  Only 7% said Poor Quality Services.


New Report Offers Strategies to Improve Health and Equity in Rural Communities  
The NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis has released a final report and series of practice briefs from the Exploring Strategies to Improve Health and Equity in Rural Communities project.  The project focused on enhanced understanding of culture and history, priorities, assets, partners, and promising strategies unique to and common across rural communities and regions.  The NORC Walsh Center team engaged partners across sectors to explore how assets can be leveraged to strengthen rural communities and to create conditions that promote overall health and well-being.  The NADO Research Foundation served as national partner on this project.  Click here to access the final report and practice briefs.   




The Master Plan for Water & Wastewater Infrastructure

If you live in rural North Carolina, you know that maintaining and improving our water and wastewater systems are critical needs for our communities. That's why the Rural Center's 10 Rural Counts strategies for economic development identifies accelerating modernization of essential rural water and wastewater infrastructure as one of our top priorities for state and federal advocacy. 
What are the top challenges facing our rural communities? What is already being done across the state to plan for the future, create regional economies of scale, and promote and expand best practices? Importantly, what is the state's role in funding and supporting local water infrastructure? 

For our spring 2018 Rural Counts webinar, we welcome two experts from the NC Department of Environmental Quality to share with us what's going on in North Carolina to meet these critical needs. 
The North Carolina State Water Infrastructure Authority (Authority) was created by the North Carolina General Assembly to assess and make recommendations about the state's water and wastewater infrastructure needs. One of the Authority's key tasks was to define and address these needs through a first-of-its-kind
State Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Master Plan. The Authority immediately recognized that the Master Plan needed to address issues beyond just the cost of water infrastructure. A holistic look at the challenges facing public water and wastewater utilities revealed that the state must also help utilities address the organizational and financial management challenges that may contribute to their physical infrastructure limitations. 

Join us
as we provide advocacy updates and learn more about the Master Plan for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure. 
The Master Plan for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure
Wednesday, March 21
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Register Now!
Francine Durso
Senior Project Manager
Division of Water Infrastructure 
Jennifer Haynie
Environment and Special Projects Supervisor
Division of Water Infrastructure
John Coggin
Director of Advocacy
NC Rural Center


Butner is a town in Granville CountyNorth Carolina, United States. Butner is located in southwestern Granville County.  The population was 7,591 at the 2010 census.  Originally an agricultural community, it became a training camp during World War II known as Camp Butner. Butner is now an industrial hub, also home to several distribution centers including Food Lion. There are many upcoming events happening in the town of Butner, for a calendar of upcoming events, click here.


Planning & Economic Development


Please join with the Planning Department in welcoming their newest staff member, Stephanie Harmon. Stephanie grew up just outside of Boone. She attended ASU and received a BS in Exercise Science, working in healthcare for a few years before deciding to return to school. She attended Western Carolina University and received a BS in Geography, completing 2 internships with small communities in the area, concentrating on planning. She returned to ASU once again and received a MA in Geography, with coursework mainly focused in planning and community development. After Graduate School she began working with the Middle Georgia Regional Development Center in Macon, GA. It was there where she focused on land use planning and ordinance development. She also worked for the City of Canton, GA as a Zoning Administrator and Forsyth County, GA focusing on Long Range Planning. Her most recent planning job before joining Kerr-Tar was with the Georgia Mountains Regional Development Center in Gainesville, GA. There she focused on transportation planning and such issues as: bicycle and pedestrian planning, rails to trails, and regional transportation programs. Between working in Gainesville, GA and accepting this position she lived and worked in Boone. She worked full-time in healthcare and also taught Geography part-time at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute.  She is very close with her family and has two cats. We welcome Stephanie to Region K!


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)


CMAQ Applications: The NCDOT has notified the Kerr-Tar RPO of available funding for FY18-19. Funding for projects intended to improve air quality and reduce emissions are available to local governments and municipalities located in: Franklin, Granville, and Person Counties. If interested, please contact either Alrik Lunsford or Stephanie Harmon for more information.

Deadline: Members of the TAC are to be reminded of the upcoming deadline to have disclosures submitted to the State Ethics Commission. The deadline to complete the 2018 Statements of Economic Interests is April 16, 2018. Kerr-Tar RPO staff are available to assist Committee members.


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


First Responders Clean Transportation Demonstration Day
On Wednesday, February 28, COG staff and members of our region’s law enforcement and emergency services departments participated in a First Responders Clean Transportation Demonstration at the Center for Automotive Research in Garysburg. Attendees were able to learn about the new and exciting technologies available for First Responders that reduce fuel consumption, increase fuel efficiency, and are good for the environment. The COG was fortunate to have representation from Franklin and Person Counties.   



Participants: Michael Kelly; Franklin County Sheriff Deputy Deny Buchanan; Greg White, Person County EMS Operations Manager; Lewis Powell, Person County EMS Shift Supervisor & Alrik Lunsford.




This March, the Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging will be introducing a program, Powerful Tools for Caregivers to Vance County. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself. This program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. This class will give YOU, the family caregiver, tools to:
•             Help you reduce stress
•             Communicate effectively with other family members, your doctor, and paid help
•             Take care of yourself
•             Reduce guilt, anger, and depression
•             Help you relax
•             Make tough decisions
•             Set goals and problem-solve
Classes consist of six sessions held once a week.  Two experienced Class Leaders conduct the series (many are experienced caregivers themselves, who have successfully applied the techniques they teach).  Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming will help you take the “tools” you choose and put them into action for your life!
Participants will receive a book, “The Caregiver Helpbook”, developed specifically for the class.  Classes will be FREE, thanks to support from Spring St. Missionary Baptist Church!
Classes will be held at Spring St Missionary Baptist Church, 511 Orange St Henderson from 12:00 p.m-1:30 p.m.  Sessions are held every Monday and begin on March 26th. For more information or to register, contact Anita Williams at (252) 436-2040.  Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.


Let the games begin!  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.   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

Important Dates:
March 22- Opening Ceremonies & Basketball- Warren County- John Graham Gymnasium 9:00 A.M
March 29- Shuffleboard- Person County- Huck Sansbury Gym- 9:00 A.M.


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


Community Advisory Committee Members Needed
We are in dire 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 me Kimberly Hawkins at (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.



Triangle Literacy Council and Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments Workforce Development Board to Start Construction Pathway for Area Young Adults

DURHAM, N.C. (March 1, 2018) – Today the Triangle Literacy Council (TLC) and the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments’ Workforce Development Board announced the launch of a Regional Construction and Skills Trades Career Pathway for young adults, ages 16 to 24, in Henderson, NC. The 24 week-long program, called Constructing Pathways to Prosperity, will offer three integrated components to area young adults: high school equivalency preparation, occupational training, and construction work-based learning.

Click here to read more.


Looking for a job - look at 

March 2018 Work Force Event Calendars by location:
Henderson Workforce Center
Oxford Workforce Center
Person County Senior Center 


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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