COG Board meeting with be Thursday, August 23, 2018 at the COG
the Date: Annual Banquet will be Thursday, September 27, 2018
Rural Center Announces New Lending Opportunity for NC Small
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
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 here.
Recently, the COG
Executive Committee approved a $ 260,000.00 E.D.A. Revolving Loan
for Lake Gaston Jet Ski, LLC to acquire property and building at
417 Lizard Creek Road in Littleton, N.C. This property was
previously abandoned and in bank foreclosure. This loan will
provide a new business for Warren County and new jobs for the
& 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 MEETING CANCELED
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)
Division of Water Infrastructure Announces Fall
The Division of
Water Infrastructure in the N.C. Department of Environmental
Quality announces training for the Fall 2018. Funding
offered will be announced shortly after July 18. All
applications must be received by the Division no later than
close of business on Sept. 28, 2018.
Reserve Program: This program funds both wastewater and
drinking water projects as well as the Asset Inventory and
Assessment Grants and Merger/Regionalization Feasibility
Grants. Funding limits for water and wastewater projects as
well as the grant programs are as follows:
Loans and Grants for Water and Wastewater
Infrastructure. Funding is available to all Local
Government Units (LGUs) and non-profit water corporations and
has grant limits of $3M per applicant per project type
(water/sewer) over a period of three consecutive fiscal
years. Loans with a targeted interest rate have a limit of
$3M per applicant per project type over a period of three
consecutive fiscal years. Loans at market interest rate have
loan limits up to $3M per applicant per project type per
year. Grant percentages of project costs are based upon
Inventory and Assessment Grants. This program funds both
wastewater and drinking water projects. It is available
to LGUs and non-profit water corporations and has a limit of
$150,000 per applicant per project type (water/sewer) over
three consecutive fiscal years. Funds related to this
grant are available to inventory the existing water and/or
sewer system and document the condition of the inventoried
Regionalization Feasibility Grants. This program funds
both wastewater and drinking water projects. It is
available to LGUs and non-profit water corporations and has a
limit of $50,000 per applicant per project type over three
consecutive fiscal years. Funds related to this grant
are available to determine the feasibility of consolidating
the management of multiple utilities into a single utility
operation or to provide regional treatment and the best way
of carrying out the consolidation or regionalization.
Water State Revolving Fund - This program funds wastewater
and green projects. It is available to all LGUs and
non-profit water corporations and offers low-interest loans
up to $30M per applicant.
Water State Revolving Fund - This program funds drinking
water projects. It is available to all LGUs, non-profit
water corporations, and for-profit water corporations and
offers low-interest loans up to $20M per applicant.
Development Block Grant – Infrastructure - This program funds
wastewater and drinking water projects. It is available
to counties and municipalities and offers grants up to $2M
per applicant every three years.
If you are
considering applying for funding related to any of the
available programs listed above, the Division of Water
Infrastructure encourages you to attend a training
session. If you cannot attend training, Division staff
will be available to meet on an individual basis. Application
training will be held during the weeks of July 30 and August
6, 2018. Training begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4:00
p.m. Application materials will be available on the
division website before training begins at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wi//application-forms.
Space is limited at each location. Please
RSVP to Jennifer Haynie at firstname.lastname@example.org (919.707.9173) at least a week prior to the
training event you plan to attend. Please provide your
name, organization, e-mail, phone number, and the location
you plan to attend.
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, Research Triangle Park
(30 seats available)
Triangle J Council of Governments
4307 Emperor Boulevard, Suite 110
Durham, NC 27703
2018 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference and
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: https://www.sustainablefleetexpo.com/.
Three Person County bridges are set to receive
some much-needed makeovers. With an increase in daily traffic
expected, the improvements are coming at an important time.
About 7.5 miles west of Roxboro, the John Brewer
Road Bridges extending over South Hyco Creek and Richland Creek
will be the first to receive updates. Contractors will begin work
on the 57-year-old bridges as soon as July 16 and are expected to
open for traffic by May 17, 2019.
The third bridge to receive improvements is the
section of Flat River Church Road passing over North Flat River.
Built in 1976, the bridge is about 5 miles south of Roxboro.
Contractors will begin work on July 25 and are expected to open
the roadway for traffic by November 30.
The North Carolina
Department of Commerce announced in June a $1.6 million grant for
the 1,349-acre megasite located in Person County. The grant
funds, administered through the Rural ReadySites program, will go
towards extending water to the megasite. Also announced, Vance County was approved a
$2.45 million grant request which will use the money to expand
infrastructure to a tract of land recently selected as an
expansion to the Henderson-Vance Industrial Park.The Rural ReadySites Program, assist rural
communities prepare prospective sites for industrial development.
The program invest in public infrastructure construction and improvements for sites that have a
strong potential to attract prospective employers, aide in the
creation of jobs, and strengthen the local, regional, and state
economy. Eligibility for the Rural ReadySties Program includes:
· The applicant must be a government entity in a
former Tier 1 or Tier 2 county
· The site must be publicly owned or controlled
· The site must be a minimum of 50 contiguous acres
· Funds must only be used to construct public
infrastructure with priority given to water, sewer, and
industrial access improvements.
· Additional consideration will be given to sites
located in counties with the greatest economic distress.
The Town of Louisburg is to be commended, the
Town’s CMAQ Application for FY 18-19 was approved by the NCDOT
for $559,291. The funds applied for will go towards the Town
installing approximately 2,400 linear feet of sidewalk along West
River Street to provide for a safer pedestrian route to Joyner
Park. Prior to approval, the Town’s application
received a favorable report from the KTRPO CMAQ Subcommittee
and the full TAC/TCC.
Thanks to a N.C. Department of Transportation
contract, the Franklin County portion of U.S. 1 will soon see
pavement improvements. Stretching from the Wake County line to
the Vance County line at Tar River, the nearly 12-mile stretch of
roadway will be resurfaced.
Contractors will begin work as soon as September 15
and are expected to finish the project by November 30, 2019.
Work on the roadway stretching from the Wake County
line to N.C. 56 will be restricted to nights Monday through
Saturday, but may occur at any time throughout the day on
Resurfacing from N.C. 56 to the Vance County line
will not occur during the morning and evening commuting hours
Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
Detour routes will be made available as the project
progresses and a paving schedule is developed.
Governor Roy Cooper in June signed into law the
Build NC Bond Act of 2018, a new financing tool to help expedite
critical highway projects.
“For families trying to get to work and school
faster, for farmers and business owners seeking to get their
goods to customers, and for CEOs looking to grow in North
Carolina, transportation is essential,” Gov. Cooper said.
"Build NC is a bipartisan effort that pulled Republicans and
Democrats together to help deliver critical transportation
projects to communities more quickly, helping North Carolina
attract opportunities and stay competitive."
Under Gov. Cooper’s direction, the N.C. Department
of Transportation has accelerated 350 highway projects and made
room for an additional 144 projects in the current 2018-2027
transportation plan. NCDOT pushed for Build NC as an added tool
to expedite more infrastructure projects for quicker delivery.
“Transportation is the backbone of our state’s
economic competitiveness and our quality of life,” said
Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon. “Build NC is a tool that
will allow us to continue strong project delivery.”
Build NC will only be used if NCDOT is able to
maintain its strong project delivery pace, which increases
expenditures and decreases its cash balance. If that balance
reaches a certain level, the department can ask the state
treasurer to issue up to $300 million in bonds annually over the
next 10 years to maintain project delivery at current levels.
Build NC bonds will be applied to projects
consistent with the Strategic Transportation Investments Law that
requires projects be selected through a data-driven scoring
process. These are projects in the regional and division tiers.
Repayment of any bonds sold will come from within
the state Highway Trust Fund.
Please join Dementia
Alliance of North Carolina and the Kerr-Tar Area Agency on
Aging, Tuesday, August 7th, at Vance-Granville Community
College for a full day of education and networking.
Online registration is available at #.
Featured sessions include: Keeping the Peace: Is
It Possible When Dementia Progresses? Aging and Memory:
What’s Normal and What’s Not, a Family Caregiver sharing
their story and more.
We will also have sponsors and exhibitors
providing comprehensive resource material on site throughout
If you have questions about the event, please
contact Harvey Holmes, Family Caregiver Specialist, at email@example.com
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
Franklin County Caregiver Support Group
Louisburg Senior Center
2nd Monday @ 7:00 P.M
Warren County Caregiver Support Group
Warren County Senior Center
2nd Tuesday @ 3:00 P.M
Granville County Caregiver Support Group
Granville Primary Care Education Classroom
1st Wednesday @ 12:00 P.M
Person County Caregiver Support Group
Person County Senior Center
4th Tuesday @ 6:00 P.M
Person County Caregiver Support Group
2nd Tuesday @ 6:30 P.M
Road to Success: Kerr-Tar’s Robert Smith Paves the Way for Others
Robert Smith has been a customer of ours for some
time. He started by coming in for job search assistance and then
he attended a couple of job readiness workshops. A career
advisor met Mr. Smith one day when she was assisting another
customer in the Career Resource Center. Mr. Smith was interested
in obtaining his CDL-A license. He had previously signed up for
another trucking school, but was worried that he would not be
able to complete the program due to distant commute. When I told
him about Carolina Trucking Academy, he instantly brightened up.
We discussed the requirements of WIOA Title I, and he completed
the application for Carolina Trucking Academy.
The next day when he came back in for his
appointment, the career advisor inquired about his interest
in Heavy Equipment Operator Training. Mr. Smith was provided
labor market information, they spoke about companies in the local
area that would be working with the Career Center to hire
customers upon completion, and discussed the potential for growth
in the field. Mr. Smith was ecstatic!
The career advisor completed his enrollment
into WIOA Title I services, and gave him a short orientation to
the program. Mr. Smith started in the very next class, four days
later. He had no previous experience in heavy equipment operation
or construction before this course. The career
advisor maintained contact with him throughout the course,
and for the entire duration, he was enjoying every minute of it.
Mr. Smith passed the course with flying colors, and the career
advisor invited him to come in so he could be provided his
certificate, and also to inquire about what he thought of the
training. When Mr. Smith came in he disclosed that not only had
he completed the course, but he was offered a job by the owner of
the school to actually teach the class! Mr. Smith was floored. He
is so excited for this opportunity.
**Names have been changed**
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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