From:                              Gina Parham

Sent:                               Friday, May 04, 2018 11:10 AM

To:                                   Gina Parham

Subject:                          May 2018 Kerr-Tar COG Newsletter




Current Events

COG Board Meeting Thursday, May 24, 2018, 7pm at the COG Office

KTRPO Meeting Thursday, May 24 from 3:00-5:00pm at the COG Office

Senior Games- SilverArts & Awards Thursday, May 24 at 10am at VGCC Civic Center

Office Closed Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day Holiday


Regional Highlights


List of Potential North Carolina Opportunity Zones Submitted to the U.S. Treasury Include 7 tracts in the Kerr-Tar Region (From the latest SYNC NC Commerce Newsletter)
The State of North Carolina has recommended to the United States Treasury that 252 areas in the state be certified as Opportunity Zones, potentially opening a new source of investment capital for regions of the state that need it the most. The state submitted its recommendations on Friday, April 20 and final certification from the federal government is expected later this year.
"We're optimistic that the Opportunity Zones program will attract new investments for our most distressed rural and urban areas," said N.C. Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. "These investments will lead to new jobs, development of more affordable housing, and other economic benefits."
Recently passed federal legislation, known as The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R.1), created the Opportunity Zone program and authorized each state to designate up to 25 percent of its total low-income census tracts as qualified Opportunity Zones. The legislation creates a tax break for qualified investors who wish to re-invest unrealized capital gains, avoiding standard capital gain tax obligations.
Since February, N.C. Commerce has been coordinating the state's multi-phase and collaborative approach to identify which areas to nominate for federal consideration. Guided by data and driven by local priorities, the process has included an extensive review of census data, public input collected from the Department's website and direct outreach, and close collaboration with local officials from across the state.
Commerce has published a website where you can learn more about the selection process and review the candidate zones that were submitted to the Treasury. Visit




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)


Prioritization 5.0
The SPOT Office released scores for construction funding of projects to be included in the 2020-2029 STIP. KTRPO staff will begin the process of evaluating the project local submitted against the Local Input Methodology previously adopted. More information will be released to the full TAC/TCC and P5.0 Subcommittee at a later date.


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.


The Kerr-Tar Regional Transportation Planning Organization (KTRPO) would like to inform Henderson residents of the upcoming proposal to upgrade Dabney Drive project (TIP No.-5890). This project is only in the preliminary planning phase, but more information will be available from City officials and the NCDOT at a later date.


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 KTCOG applied for and was awarded a grant through the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Visit NC Farms Mobile App, will help promote agritourism in the region through a robust marketing campaign administered by the Council of Governments in coordination with our Agricultural Extension Offices, Economic Development Directors, Tourism Boards/Directors, Chambers of Commerce, and local farm communities.


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:


The 2018 Litter Sweep Campaign was in full effect during April 14 – 28, 2018. Our local counties partnered with NCDOT to help in making our region’s thoroughfares litter-free. We thank all the counties and local civic groups for their part in making the 2018 Litter Sweep a success!   
Granville County employees participating in the 2018 Litter Sweep.


On Friday, April 20, Diane Cox, Michael Kelly, and staff with Franklin County attended the NC Hearts Gigabit event at the NC Rural Center. The event featured moderated panel discussions from industry and local government leaders. An introduction was provided by Wake County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson, Governor Roy Cooper, and former Governor Jim Hunt provided the keynote address: Broadband Leadership for the 21st Century Economy.


On April 5, the KTCOG hosted an Economic Development Roundtable discussion moderated by Hillary Sherman, North Carolina’s EDA Representative. The KTCOG was fortunate to have all five of our region’s Economic Development Directors present along with the Prosperity Zone Planner to discuss EDA funding for regional projects.


Alrik Lunsford and Stephanie Harmon will be attending the 2018 ESRI Southeast User Conference in Charlotte from May 2-4. The conference will include: Plenary and Technical Sessions, User Presentations and a Hands-On Learning Lab for attendees to discover new trends in ArcGIS technologies. ESRI tech experts will equip attendees with new, innovative software solution tools that will improve the performance of data-driven decision making across their organizations. The KTRPO staff routinely uses ESRI GIS products for mapping and presentation purposes at the request of our counties and municipalities.





The Virtual Dementia Tour
On May 4th the Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging will be conducting the Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) at Kerr-Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation in Henderson. The VDT is an evidence-based and scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of sensory components and instruction based on research. If interested in learning more about the VDT and scheduling a tour for your facility or company, please contact Harvey Holmes, Family Caregiver Specialist at or call (252) 436-2040



Ombudsman staff will be presenting a general overview of the “Ombudsman” program on:
May 9, 2018 at South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church at 11 am. This event is open to the public. For more information, please contact the church staff at
May 23, 2018 at the Warren County Senior Center at 11:00 am. This program is also open to the public. Please contact the Warren County Sr. Center at (252) 257- 3111 for more information.


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!


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.



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See below, May 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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