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Subject:                          Kerr Tar Regional COG November 2018 Newsletter



All the news and updates you don't want to miss.








Next COG Board Meeting with be Thursday, November 29th at the COG office.


The COG office will be closed the following dates:

Thursday, November 22nd

Friday, November 23rd



POLYWOOD Announces 384 Jobs in Person County


POLYWOOD, a manufacturer of outdoor furniture made from recycled plastics, will create 384 jobs over five years in Person County. The company will invest $35.3 million to open a manufacturing and distribution center in Roxboro. POLYWOOD manufactures low-maintenance, recyclable lumber from plastics and is a premier wood alternative in outdoor furniture. The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. (EDPNC) led the state’s support for the company’s expansion.

POLYWOOD’s project in Person County will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee. Partnering with N.C. Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System and Person County.




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)


The P5.0 Subcommittee met on October 4, 2018 to select projects for the draft point assignment list. A total of 14 projects were selected to receive a portion of the allotted 1,300 points for the Kerr-Tar Region. The KTRPO TCC.TAC met on October 25, 2018 to finalize the project list. An open house where public comments will be received on the final project list will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Kerr- Tar Regional Council of Governments offices.

This final list and aerials of the project locations can be found at:           
Public comments will be accepted until November 29, 2018



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


Register Here



Visit NC Farms Mobile App

The KTOCG is encouraging farmers in the region to participate in the Visit NC Farms Mobile App. This mobile app will showcase our local farms/agritourism industries and attract visitors to our region. If interested, please contact your local County Cooperative Extension Offices. Thank you to those farms who have already expressed interest in participating in the mobile app.  



Human Trafficking Event



The Planning Department would like to thank everyone who attended the Recognizing Human Trafficking Training for local government employees facilitated by Margaret Henderson from the UNC School of Government. Participants learned the basics about human trafficking as well as indicators for building inspectors, code enforcement officers, social workers, and school administrators working with the public and in public spaces. A great dialogue was developed, and there was vast amount of interest from the various attendees. The Planning Department looks forward to hosting a follow-up workshop geared towards hospitals, health departments, and health professionals.



NC Moves 2050 Plan


KTRPO staff attended the Statewide Stakeholder Group Kickoff Meeting in Raleigh on October 29, 2018. NC Moves 2050 Plan is a strategic transportation plan connecting communities across North Carolina, focused on creating a more responsive, diverse, and inclusive transportation system for keeping people and freight moving safely and efficiently. Public participation is highly encouraged. The public is encouraged to participate through November 30, 2018 at:



Mobility Manager


Sharon Thomas, Mobility Manager attended the 39th NCDOT Public Transportation Division (PTD) Training Conference Transit’s Transformation October 8-10, 2018 in Chapel Hill. The State’s Strategic Plan and the Statewide Locally Coordinated Plan where items discussed among the state’s Mobility Managers. Three strategies of the Strategic Plan were discussed for implementation:


·     Building Thriving, Healthy Communities - Partner for a Successful Future

·     Improving Access to Jobs and Supporting Economic Development - Support Local Transit Systems

·     Connecting Communities to Opportunities - Build A Connected Statewide Network


A roundtable discussion was held discussing topics involving: funding, mobility (on-demand/micro transit, access to services, etc...), smart communities, customer service, ridership-counting techniques, safety and zero-emission vehicles.

The Americans Disability Act (ADA) was another item discussed at the conference. The discussion of ADA transportation requirements included: working with transportation network companies (TNCs), paratransit on-time performance requirements, contractor monitoring, paratransit no-show suspension policies and paratransit eligibility determination requirements.


To learn more of the topic areas and discussion please follow the link below.'s%20Transformation.pdf




Left to Right: Michael Kelly, County Manager Angela Harris, Rep. Bobbie Richardson, and Charles Mitchell attending the 2018 Farm-City Luncheon at Vollmer Farm in Franklin County.




PASTA (Parenting A Second Time Around)


On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, the Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging will implement a program known as PASTA (Parenting A Second Time Around) in Roxboro. PASTA is a parenting program designed for relative caregivers who are not the biological parents of the children in their care. PASTA provides grandparents and other kinship caregivers with information, skills, and resources designed to enhance their ability to provide effective care for the young relatives they are parenting. PASTA consists of eight sessions. This program will be offered at the Person County Senior Center, November 7th -December 19th  on Wednesdays from 12:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M. The class can occupy a maximum of 15 people. Space is limited! To register or learn more information, contact Maynell Harper at (336) 599-7484 or



Older Adult Mental Health First Aid


On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, the Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging will partner with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare in holding an Older Adult Mental Health First Aid Training from 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. at Vance-Granville Community College, located on 200 Community College Road in Henderson. This is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adults and older adults, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adult/older adult in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. We encourage individuals working within healthcare, aging, mental health, human services or community outreach to attend. Deadline to register is December 10, 2018. To register, contact Harvey Holmes at (252) 436-2040 or



Caregiver Support Groups

Caregiver support groups are offered monthly in the following counties: Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren. If you are a caregiver, or know someone who is, we highly recommend attending! Our caregiver support groups offer information, assistance, guidance, and support for all caregivers! The following times for support groups are listed below. For more information regarding caregiver support groups, please contact Harvey Holmes, Family Caregiver Specialist at or call (252) 436-2040.


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 @ 3:30 P.M

(252) 257-3111



Chronic Disease Self-Management

Workshop #1



·       Vance County Senior Center

126 S. Garnett Street, Henderson NC 27536



·       November 08

·       November 15

·       Session for Nov 22 has been skipped due to Thanksgiving Holiday

·       November 29

·       December 06

·       December 13

·       December 20


Workshop Time:

·       1:30 PM – 4:00 PM


Lay Leaders:

·       Laura Yeatts- Kerr-Tar AAA, Aging Projects Coordinator

·       Harvey Holmes- Kerr-Tar AAA, Family Caregiver Specialist



Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshop #2


Information Session:

·       October 15, 2018

 10 A.M. – 11 A.M



·       Louisburg Senior Center

127 Shannon Village, Louisburg, NC 27549



·       November 06

·       November 13

·       November 20

·       November 27

·       December 04

·       December 11


Workshop Time:

·       1:30 PM – 4:00 PM


Lay Leaders:

·       Laura Yeatts- Kerr-Tar AAA, Aging Projects Coordinator

·       Delores Clark- Warren County Senior Center Volunteer




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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Left: Michael Kelly, Diane Cox, and Doug Elliott, NADO President

NADO Innovation Award

The KTCOG’s Workforce Development Board Triangle Literacy Council’s, Constructing Pathways to Prosperity Program received a 2018 Aliceann Wohlbruck Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations during the organization’s Annual Training Conference in Charlotte. The Program offers three integrated components to area young adults: high school equivalency preparation, occupational training, and construction work-based learning.



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



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