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Subject:                          Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments April 2018 Newsletter



Current Events

NO COG Board meeting in April 


Regional Highlights



Kerr-Tar COG approved a $ 20,000 Micro-Enterprise Loan to Kevin and Lauren Sanford, owners of K&B Engine Repair, for the expansion of their business located at 1597 U.S. Highway 158 East in Macon, N.C.


The Warren County Tax Office is pleased to announce Warren County Government Celebration Day on Saturday, April 14 at Warren County Recreation Complex. Festivities will include: food vendors, original arts and crafts, music, raffles, and carnival rides. This event will start at 10:00AM.  Click here for more details. 


On Thursday, March 29, Oxford officials had a groundbreaking ceremony for the City’s new 750,000 gallon water tower and water line project. This groundbreaking symbolizes the next phase in the City’s comprehensive water and sewer infrastructure program. Funding for this project was provided through the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Department of Water Infrastructure.


Oxford Commissioners Quon Bridges, Alvin Woodlief, Patricia Fields, Ron Bullock, Frank Strickland, Danny Currin, and C.J. Harris along with Mayor Jackie Sergent, Amy Ratliff, City Engineer and Alan Thornton, City Manager attending the City’s 750,000 Gallon Water Tank Groundbreaking Ceremony.


Building Warrenton: A Vacant Properties Tour (Warrenton, NC) on Saturday, April 28th
Interested in starting a business in Warren County? Curious about some of the vacant spaces in the historic, downtown district of Warrenton, North Carolina? Want to be a part of the dialogue about the future of this small town main street? Join in on Saturday, April 28th, for The Jacob Holt House Foundation's "Building Warrenton: A Vacant Properties Tour" in Warrenton's downtown business district.  
"Building Warrenton: A Vacant Properties Tour" is free of charge to visitors. Properties on the tour will be shown for a limited amount of time on April 28th. Visitors are welcome to go through the whole tour, or pick and choose which buildings they would like to see. Pick up tour information at the Jacob Holt House (located at 122 South Bragg Street, Warrenton) from 10-10:30 am, or join the tour later and pick up information at any of the tour sites. 
Please click here for a complete listing of properties to be toured.  Feel free to email with questions.
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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, March 29, the KTRPO’s Local Input Methodology for Prioritization 5.0 was approved by the NCDOT’s Strategic Prioritization Office of Transportation. This methodology will provide the basis for KTRPO staff in their task of assigning points to various region-wide projects included in the State Transportation Improvement Plan. Immediately following the approval, on April 3 the NCDOT released the quantitative project scores for each region. KTRPO staff is in the process of reviewing the scores for the projects approved by the KTRPO TAC Board.


At the March 22 TAC/TCC meeting, the Committees approved a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Application submitted by the Town of Louisburg for the installation of a sidewalk along W. River Rd., connecting Joyner and Riverbend Parks. The sidewalk’s expected length is 2,400 linear ft. and will reduce vehicular congestion in the area and allow the parks to be more accessible to residents.


Members of the KTRPO Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) must submit their 2018 Statements of Economic Interest (SEI) and Real Estate Disclosure (RED) Forms to our offices prior to
April 16. The completion of these forms is required by the North Carolina State Ethics Commission. We thank those members of the TAC who have already submitted their forms. Any TAC member needing assistance, please contact either, Alrik Lunsford, or Stephanie Harmon,


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:


The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments has retained the assistance of Mighty River, LLC in determining Broadband access among residents and business owners in Franklin, Granville, and Vance Counties. The COG has updated its website on this project. Online surveys are available for residents and business owners via the following link:





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.




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.


Planning for Spring means many things through nature and spirituality are renewed.  Spring also means that the annual NC Youth Summit - Young Adults One Voice – is near.  On April 12-14, 13 young adults from the Kerr-Tar region will participate in the 12th annual statewide event in Cary.
Each year, this event brings approximately 400 young adults (16-24 years old) together in one location to: 

  • Attend workshops that guide them along their career paths;
  • Empower them to make a difference in their respective communities;
  • Foster relationships that drive a passionate movement among young adults as future leaders;
  • Provide the opportunity for youth from different cultures and backgrounds to engage, listen, and share their issues in a comfortable environment and determine commonalities, differences, and develop solutions; and
  • Strengthen collaborative efforts among the state’s workforce development system.

Prior to Friday’s kick-off, young adults will gather for business and college tours around the Triangle.  One business and one college from the region are among those tours – Novozymes and Louisburg College.   
More information about the Summit is available at
Young Adults One Voice, including the Program of activities.  Ben Foti can also be contacted for additional information.


NCWorks Provides Graphic Designer For Downtown Efforts

The Henderson Downtown Development Commission is hosting four interns through the NCWorks NextGen Program this Summer, providing support to downtown merchants, events and city and county departments.

The program provides a respectable wage to new bachelor’s degree graduates for an internship placement of up to 480 hours in their selected career field.

The first intern, Quintin Davis of Warrenton, started Monday and will staff the Arts Council at 233 S. Garnett Street Monday through Thursday from 9-2. Davis graduated from Warren County Early College High School and attended the University of Mt. Olive where he earned his B.S. degree in graphic design.

“I love that I get to gain more graphic design experience while working in the arts field,” shared Davis who also participated in UMO’s concert choir. “I look forward to helping Henderson with its marketing and branding efforts.”

His first projects include signage for Vance County Veterans Services and a photo shoot of locally produced products for the county’s Economic Development Commission.

Downtown Development Director Kaine Riggan provides supervision for the interns and is selecting the candidates to strategically fill key posts for downtown attractions, adding vibrancy to the central business district.

“The Croatan Club and the Emrose Gallery are the gold standard for how we want our historic buildings to look” shared Riggan. “Being able to staff it for regular hours says that we are ready for visitors and open for business.”

While Davis’ post will run through September, other recent graduates will start in May and stagger staffing needs throughout downtown for the next fiscal year. 

Riggan also hopes to utilize new NCWorks interns for staffing the Bennett H. Perry Jr. Museum on Church Street and the Classic Car Showroom on Horner Street throughout the summer season.

Downtown merchants, city and county departments and planners of downtown events may submit requests for assistance to or call (252) 820-9785.


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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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