From:                              Katie Conner

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To:                                   Katie Conner

Subject:                          Kerr-Tar Regional COG June 2018 Newsletter



Current Events

COG Board Meeting Thursday, June 28, 2018, 7pm at the COG Office



Regional Highlights


NC Outdoor Recreation Industry Office hosts Listening Session in the Kerr-Tar Region
On May 21, David Knight, Director of the new NC Outdoor Industry Office with the Department of Commerce, held a listening session in the Kerr-Tar region at the Granville County Expo Center. Over 35 industry representatives from across the region were present to discuss assets and opportunities for supporting and growing the outdoor recreation sector.
To read more, click
HERE for an article from the Henderson Daily Dispatch.



NC Rural Center Announces New Lending Opportunity for NC Small Businesses

The NC Rural Center recently launched a new small businesses lending organization for North Carolina.Thread Capital is a nonprofit organization focused on ensuring that all residents of North Carolina have access to the resources they need to start and grow businesses. Thread Capital provides access to capital, coaching, and connections in the belief that with these tools entrepreneurs will create jobs and promote more equitable economic mobility in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties.
Thread Capital operates as a subsidiary of the NC Rural Center. For more information, click HERE.


This NCDOT HMIP map has been expanded and now covers 5 years. Click here for the 2019-2023 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.  Please note: The HMIP is subject to change, especially in the later years.
If you would like the NCDOT Division 5 newsletter delivered to your Inbox once per month, click


NCDOT Seeks Public Comment on Transportation Projects
 Starting June 4, North Carolinians are invited to express their opinions about which regional and local transportation projects should be top priorities in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) – a 10-year plan that identifies funding for projects and schedules them for construction.
The N.C. Department of Transportation combines data and local input to determine which projects will get built, using a formula established in the Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) law to focus funding on projects that will reduce congestion, improve safety and promote economic growth.
During a public comment period that runs from June 4 through July 9, NCDOT will collect feedback from citizens who express their views at public meetings, online, by phone or in writing. 
Public Meetings
 NCDOT's 14 local transportation divisions will host informal meetings to present proposed projects and to receive public comment. The first meetings are
Monday, June 4, in Winston-Salem (Division 9) and Thursday, June 7, in Aberdeen (Division 8).  See below for the schedules and locations of all the public meetings.
At each meeting, citizens are invited to stop in and provide input on how the division plans to rank its project priorities. Please note that these meetings are not for maintenance projects, such as patching potholes, resurfacing roads or improving ditches.
NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for anyone with disabilities who wants to participate in the public meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Lauren Putnam, Public Involvement Officer, at 919-707-6072 or by email at as early as possible, so that these arrangements can be made.
Other Ways to Participate
In addition to the public meetings, NCDOT is offering other options for citizens to provide input starting Monday, June 4, through the STI website (  Citizens can complete a short, interactive survey to identify priority projects, or send a message to their local division planning engineer.
The online survey features an interactive state map with the proposed projects up for funding.  Citizens can review project information and provide feedback on which projects they think are important.
The STI website provides the phone numbers and postal addresses of local division planning engineers, for citizens who want to comment on transportation projects by telephone or mail.
In April, NCDOT released data scores for more than 2,100 transportation improvement projects across the state, in the first round of an evaluation process to determine which projects will be scheduled for construction.  Also in April, NCDOT identified 77 high-scoring Statewide Mobility projects that will be programmed for funding over the next decade.
Next Steps
After the comment period ends on July 9, NCDOT will combine the data scores and local input to produce the total project scores. A draft list of the top-scoring Regional Impact projects is scheduled for release in August. A similar process for local input will take place in the fall for local Division Needs projects.
Once all project scores are finalized, the top-scoring projects will be programmed for construction based on available funding. Other factors may determine whether a project ultimately moves to construction, including the completion of environmental and engineering plans, corridor spending limits prescribed by law, and other federal and state funding restrictions.
This information will be used to create the next STIP for the years 2020-2029. NCDOT will release a draft STIP for public comment in January 2019. The final 2020-2029 STIP is expected to be adopted by the N.C. Board of Transportation in June 2019.
The STI law, enacted in 2013, established a data-driven process that allows NCDOT to invest transportation dollars more efficiently and effectively.  NCDOT updates the STIP approximately every two years to ensure that it accurately reflects the state's current financial situation.
Meeting Date and Location for Division 5
JUNE 19, 4-6 P.M. – DURHAM
(DIVISION 5: Durham, Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren counties)
NCDOT Division 5 Office
2612 N. Duke St.
Durham, N.C. 27704



Planning & Economic Development


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)


On Thursday, May 24, 2018, the KTRPO PWP for FY 18-19 received approval at the TCC/TAC Meeting. Scoring of the P5 Regional Projects will continue, and the P5 Subcommittee meeting will be held in June. An announcement was made that the next meeting for the VW Settlement will be on June 28.


Ethics Compliance 
The KTRPO would like to thank the members of the TAC for submitting their 2018 SEI and RED Forms to the Council of Governments. These forms were submitted to the North Carolina State Ethics Commission for further review and evaluation. All voting members of the TAC must comply with the requirements set forth in the State Ethics Act. Once again, the KTRPO thanks the TAC members for their cooperation.


Notice of Rulemaking Action to Amend Classifications and Standards for the Protection of Surface Water
The NC Environmental Management Commission is holding public hearings announcing their intent to amend rules cited in 15A NCAC 02B .0100, .0200 and .0300 that establish the surface water quality standards and classifications in North Carolina.  Current updates protecting water concentrations for chemical elements were adopted by EMC in April 2016, but certain provisions were not approved under the Clean Water Act. The Division is also accepting comments on variances to the water quality standards and the Fiscal Note prepared for this proposal. For more information on the proposed rule revisions, please visit the Division of Water Resources’ Proposed Rules website


Registration is now open for the 2018 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference and Expo (SFT2018). This year’s event will be held August 22-23 at the Durham Convention Center. Attendees will learn techniques to reduce fleet emissions and operating costs and discover the latest in sustainable fleet technology, operations, and implementation. For more information on SFT 2018, please visit the following:


Governor Roy Cooper declared May 24, 2018 as Economic Development Day in North Carolina. This proclamation was driven by key economic indicators that give the State a competitive edge in job creation for a diverse range of industries.





Plan to attend the 4th Annual Regional World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Walk held in Henderson, NC at the South Henderson Church of God on 125 JP Taylor Road. The theme this year is ‘Be Funny About your Money: Protecting your Assets”  Come out to hear speakers from Wilson County DSS, Legal Aide on NC, Local faith-based outreach ministries and the NC Attorney General’s office. Come get free a t-shirt, goodie bag (first 300 attendees) and door prizes while they last. Lunch will be provided. This event will begin with registration at 8:30 am on June 15, 2018. Contact Kim Hawkins ( to learn more about the event. Spread the Word! Hope to see you there!


Live Healthy with Diabetes!
Registration open for Diabetes Self-Management Program Workshops

Registration is now open for Diabetes Self-Management Program workshops. The Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is sponsoring a Diabetes Self-Management Program being hosted by Person County Health Department and NC Cooperative Extension Service beginning in July. This six-week program focuses on learning to live a healthy life so that you can better manage your condition. This program, created at Stanford University, is designed for people with Type 2 diabetes or have pre-diabetes.

This workshop will be conducted over six-weeks starting July 9 until August 13, 2018 from 2 P.M. until 4 P.M. each session. These classes will be held at Cambridge Hills Assisted Living Facility, located at 5660 Durham Road, Roxboro NC 27574. Seniors interested in participating in this workshop can call Sandra Carden at 336-598-4697 by July 2, 2018.



Region K 2018 Senior Games Comes to a Close

The 2018 Region K Senior games wrapped up on Thursday, May 24th at the Vance Granville Community College Civic Center (VGCC Civic Center) with SilverArts and Awards Ceremony. The SilverArts show consist of performing arts, heritage arts and literary arts, there were 241 Gold, 133 Silver, and 71 Bronze medals awarded that day. There were many people in attendance that day, some were performing and others were there just to show support of their fellow teammates and friends. As everyone was arriving, they were able to view all of the art work, drawings, photography, crocheting, knitting and even gourd painting.

We had over 275 participants register for Senior Games for events such as Shuffleboard, Bowling, Golf, Table Tennis, Cycling, Track and Field, Pickleball, Bocce and so many more and over 250 qualified for State Finals which are held in the Fall by the North Carolina State Games Association. In 1983 North Carolina Senior Games (NCSG) began with a vision to create a year-round health promotion and education program for North Carolinians 50 years of age and better. Senior Games is a holistic approach to body, mind and spirit staying fit, while enjoying the company of friends, family, spectators, and volunteers.
The games, sponsored by Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging, were held at various venues throughout the five county region during March, April and May. Region K Senior Games is sanctioned by the North Carolina Senior Games. NCSG is sponsored statewide by the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services. The Local Games are held annually to promote health and wellness and to qualify participants for State Finals. For more information visit



We held out third Annual Volunteer Luncheon on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 12pm-2pm at the Henderson Country Club and had over 70 volunteers in attendance. Everyone enjoyed his/herself whilst getting to know their fellow volunteers.



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 is 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.


Save the Date

Are you interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Caregiving, and how you can help your family, friends, congregation, business and more? On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, the Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging will be holding an Alzheimer’s Conference at the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center from 8:00 A.M-4:00 P.M. More information to come soon. If you have questions about the event, please contact Harvey Holmes, Family Caregiver Specialist, at or call
(252) 436-2040




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.



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See below, June calendars for workshops offered at local career centers.

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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