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Next COG Board Meeting with be Thursday, October 25th at the COG office.




The Planning Department is partnering with Project NoRest and the UNC School of Government to host a Human Trafficking workshop on October 25, 2018. This 90 minute introductory training is for any local government staff who work in or near homes and businesses (inspections, code enforcement, solid waste management, etc.), in public spaces such as libraries and waiting rooms, or in licensing/permitting functions.  All are welcome to attend.

This training will provide local government staff with knowledge on how to detect key indicators of human trafficking, as well as resources to share with your colleagues. The workshop will be held at the Kerr-Tar Offices. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. More information will follow.  



Rural Center's Rural Counts Program Coming to Henderson on

 October 22 

From its very beginning, the Rural Counts advocacy program has been committed to taking its lead from the wisdom of local champions and Rural Center partners. 


After collaboratively developing our 10 strategies agenda in 2016, we spent a year on the road hosting listening sessions and visiting with leaders from each of the 80 counties we serve. Those conversations helped us articulate the top economic development priorities facing rural North Carolina: broadband, health, and small business development.


Now, it’s time to put meat on the bones of those issues and find solutions that will work for our entire state. 


We hope you will join us for (at least) one of seven Zero Barriers Regional Policy Roundtables this fall. These day-long sessions will feature in-depth discussions about each of our three top policy issues. We will present suggestions of policies that may make a difference, and then we want your feedback on what is good, what is bad, and what is missing. We will use your feedback to shape specific policy recommendations for the NC General Assembly to consider when it convenes for the 2019 session next January.


A roundtable is rescheduled for Monday, October 22, in Henderson at Perry Memorial Library. We hope you will join us for part or all of the day!




2018 Annual Awards Banquet



From left to right: Tim Karan (Granville County); Outstanding County Elected Official, Sherry Mercer (Town of Bunn); Outstanding Municipal Elected Official, Esther McCrackin (City of Henderson); Outstanding Clerk to the Board, Heidi York (Person County); Outstanding County Manager, & Zelodis Jay (Granville County); Outstanding COG Board Member.



FY 2018/2019 COG Board Officers. From left to right, Sidney Dunston; Vice Chairman, Gary Plummer; Treasurer, & Jimmy Clayton; Chairman.



Opioid Data for Local Governments in North Carolina Webinar

October 10, 10:00 - 11:30 am

As North Carolina communities respond to the opioid crisis, measurement is an essential element for identifying the challenges and crafting successful solutions. This webinar will explore sources of state and local data relating to the opioid crisis, including the NC Opioid Action Plan Data Dashboard. The discussion will consider how local governments may use the Dashboard and other data in addressing the opioid crisis locally. No cost to attend.



Mary Beth Cox, Substance Use Epidemiologist, NCDHHS Division of Public Health

Stacy Taylor, Health Education Director, Henderson County Department of Public Health

Adam Lovelady, Associate Professor, UNC School of Government




Clean Path 2025: Taking Charge of Our Electric Power

Saturday, November 17, 2:00-6:30 pm @ The Friday Center

A gathering of North Carolinians interested in accelerating a just transition to economical clean electricity in our state.

Come learn what local governments, municipal electric utilities, electric membership coops and members of the public can do to quickly implement the Clean Path. Hear and share success stories from North Carolina and around the U.S. Learn what obstacles lie in the way of the Clean Path and find resources to help you achieve your sustainability and climate goals. 

·     Presentations on exciting clean energy advances by local governments, cooperatives and municipal utilities 

·     Exhibit hall including qualified local solar and battery installers

·     Public talk by engineer Bill Powers, author of the NC Clean Path 2025 report, and others

·     Networking reception




NC Department of Environmental Quality application deadline extended for fall cycle

The application deadline for the Division of Water Infrastructure’s Fall 2018 funding deadline has been extended to October 31, 2018 due to Hurricane Florence. For more information and to access application forms, please go to:



U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development

The US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Division is seeking applicants for priority points consideration under the Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) program. To receive priority points, applicants submit proposals which detail projects supporting regional economic development plans in rural areas. If selected, points will be awarded to listed projects and recognized by USDA for Rural Development funding. Applications are due September 30. For more information and to access application forms, please go to:




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 18, 2018

(Please note that additional meetings may need to be scheduled to accommodate NCDOT deadlines)



Prioritization 5.0: The deadline for submitting local input points on Division Needs projects has been extended to November 29, 2018. To finalize project selections for point assignments, the KTRPO will hold a Subcommittee meeting on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 2:00-3:00 pm and the next TCC/TAC meetings will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 3:00-5:00pm. Both meetings will be held at the Kerr-Tar COG office in Henderson. An Open House will also be held at a later date to allow for public input.





Lt. Governor Dan Forest addresses the crowd at the Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers 23rd Annual

Awards & Recognition Banquet held at the Vance-Granville Community College. [September 20,


Photo Courtesy: The Daily Dispatch


Photo Courtesy: The Daily Dispatch



Lord Granville Agricultural Heritage Association’s

12th Annual Harvest Show

Help Support our Scholarship Program

October 5, 2018 Noon – 5:00 pm

October 6, 2018 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

October 7, 2018 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Corner of 12th and G streets, Butner, NC

Daily admission $5.00

Three Day admission $8.00

Children under 12 free



Two funding opportunities are available for bicycle and pedestrian projects. The America Walks Community Change Grant and the NCDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative. See the links below for information on both programs. Also do not hesitate to contact KTRPO staff with any questions or assistance requests for either program.






Michael Kelly, Stephanie Harmon, and Alrik Lunsford attended the NCAPA’s Annual Conference in Winston-Salem, September 10-13. The three had a chance to attend various seminars related to planning, meet with fellow Planners, and attend an awards luncheon. Also in attendance from the Kerr-Tar region were: Barry Baker, Granville County Planning Director; Mike Frangos, Creedmoor Community Development Director; and Bobby Harris, City of Henderson Planner. 




Virtual Dementia Tour


The AAA conducts the Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) within the following counties: Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren. The VDT is a ground-breaking, evidence based and scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction based on research conducted by P.K. Beville, a specialist in geriatrics and the founder of Second Wind Dreams. The goal of this program is to provide needed knowledge about dementia so we can provide better person-centered care and attention for those living with the disease. If you are interested in having this unique program conducted at your facility or organization, please contact Family Caregiver Specialist, Harvey Holmes, at (252) 436-2040 or



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


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


Vance County Caregiver Support Group

Vance County Senior Center

3rd Tuesday @ 12:00 P.M.

(252) 430-0257


Warren County Caregiver Support Group

Warren County Senior Center

2nd Tuesday @ 3:00 P.M

(252) 257-3111





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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




Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments aims to

promote regionalism that provides opportunities for

local governments to enhance and improve the quality

of life for our citizens through effective delivery of

services and programs.


Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments

Contact Info:


252-436-2055 fax


Our mailing address is:

P.O. Box 709

Henderson, NC 27536




Kerr-Tar Regional COG | 1724 Graham Avenue, Henderson, NC 27536 2524362040