• COG Board Meeting will be Thursday, March 28th at 7:00PM at the COG Office.

  • TAC/TCC Meeting March 28th at the COG Office, 3-5 PM
The Government Records Section of the State Archives is pleased to announce dates for the Spring 2019 workshop on managing public records. This workshop is free and designed for local government employees and elected officials.
March 6, 2019 (1pm-4pm)
Warrenton, Warren County Armory Civic Center
EDA Regional Innovation Strategies Grant
The EDA is pleased to announce the 2019 Regional Innovation Strategies Grant Competition is now open for proposals. The deadline to apply is April 4, 2019 . The EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) leads the Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program. Under the RIS Program, the centerpiece of the Regional Innovation Program authorized under Section 27 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (15 U.S.C. § 3722) , EDA currently awards grants that build regional capacity to translate innovations into jobs: (1) through proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs and (2) through operational support for organizations that provide essential early-stage risk capital to innovators and entrepreneurs.
The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center is pleased to announce the 2 nd Annual “ Keep Our Air Clean” Student Art Contest beginning in March. Students in grades kindergarten through college are encouraged to submit artwork centered around actions people can take to reduce air pollution from vehicles. The winners will have their artwork prominently displayed on billboards across the state.

For further information on the competition, please visit:
Harry Mills, Stacy Woodhouse, and Bo Carson went on the Research Triangle Regional Partnership economic development marketing trip to promote Triangle North and our counties to 30 site selection consultants and real estate brokers. The trip was to Charlotte, Columbia/Greenville, SC.
The COG’s partner, NC Rural Center, has partnered with USDA to launch the Rural Food Business Assistance Project. The Rural Food Business Assistance Project provides direct technical assistance and training to agribusinesses and builds regional support networks of organizational stakeholders supporting local farmers, value-added processors and food service businesses.

The Rural Food Business Assistance Project is a program launched by the NC Rural Center in partnership with the USDA Rural Business Development Grant. Its goal is to support current and aspiring food entrepreneurs in order to stimulate the growth and development of thriving agribusinesses across North Carolina.

The Rural Food Business Assistance Project focuses on breaking down the barriers between food entrepreneurs and the business knowledge they need to be successful while also connecting them to the resources and markets in their region.

Support and Technical Assistance are provided to project participants in the following ways:
  • Scholarships: Project participants may receive a scholarship to cover the registration costs of any courses, trainings, and conferences they are interested in attending that relate to their specific businesses.
  • Assessment: Each project participant is assigned a coach who assesses the participant’s business goals, skills, and needs.
  • Connection: Based on their individual assessments, coaches direct participants to the organizations, experts, programs, conferences, capital, and regional contacts that can further support them reaching their business goals. 
319 Nonpoint Source Grant Program
The NC Department of Environmental Quality is accepting proposals for projects that implement a watershed restoration plan (such as stormwater and agricultural best management practices) to restore the water quality of waters impaired by nonpoint source pollution. State and local governments, interstate and intrastate agencies, public and private nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions are all eligible to apply for 319 funding.

2019 Tentative TCC/TAC Meeting Dates
Meetings are held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Kerr-Tar COG Offices located at 1724 Graham Avenue in Henderson

·        January 2019 - No Meeting Scheduled
·         February 21, 2019
·         March 28, 2019
·        April 25, 2019
·        May 23, 2019
·        June 27, 2109
·        July - No Meeting Scheduled
·        August 29, 2019
·        September 26, 2019
·        October 24, 2109
·        November 2019 - No Meeting Scheduled
·        December 2019 - No Meeting Scheduled
*Please note, meeting dates are subject to change in order to accommodate NCDOT deadlines
Elected officials serving as members of the KTRPO TAC are required to submit Statements of Economic Interest (SEI) and Real-Estate Disclosure (RED) Forms annually to the North Carolina State Ethics Commission. The due date for 2019 will be April 15. Please schedule an appointment with KTRPO staff to complete these necessary forms. 
The KTRPO joint Technical Coordination Committee (TCC) and Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) met on Thursday, February 21 st at the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments’ offices in Henderson. The Committees took action on the following items: approval of the KTRPO’s Title VI plan; approval of amendments to KTRPO’s Planning Work Program (PWP) for FY 19-20, and election of new TAC Chair and Vice-Chair.

The Committees are proud to announce Franklin County Commissioner, Sidney Dunston and Granville County EDC Director, Mr. Harry Mills will serve as Community Leaders representing the KTRPO on the NCMoves 2050 Plan. NCMoves 2050 will serve as a blueprint in helping guide and shape the state’s future transportation policies and investments over the next 30 years.

The next meeting of the TCC and TAC will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 3:00pm-5:00pm. The focus of this meeting with be a presentation of the NC MOVES 2050 Plan update process by NCDOT staff. 
Area residents will get a chance to learn more about the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s  draft 10-Year transportation plan  for 2020-2029 at a week-long open house in Durham next week. The department unveiled its proposed funding and construction plan in January with more than 1,600 transportation projects across the state.

The list includes 18 new projects for Division 5, which covers Durham, Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren counties. Projects were selected based on technical data, as well as input from local officials and the public. A list of the projects in the draft plan and additional information is available on  the NCDOT website .

The transportation plan is updated every two years. Projects scheduled in the first five years are considered committed, while projects in the final five years of the draft 10-year plan will be re-evaluated again as part of the development process for the 2022-2031 plan. That will start later this year.

Each of the department’s 14 highway divisions are hosting a week-long public comment opportunity on the projects in the current draft plan. In Division 5, it will be from Feb. 18-22 at the Division office at 2612 North Duke Street, Durham, during normal business hours.
The sessions will serve as opportunities for interested residents to review maps and handouts about the projects, ask questions of local NCDOT staff, and submit comments.

For interested residents who can’t attend the  public comment sessions , there is an opportunity to  submit comments online  through April 15. The draft plan will be considered for final approval by the Board of Transportation this summer.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to provide input. Anyone requiring special services should contact David Keilson at 919-220-4600 or , as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.
Visit NC Farms Mobile App
The Council of Governments, in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, and local
Co-Operative Extension Offices are still accepting applications for the Visit NC Farms Mobile App. If you are a local farmer, local food producer, a restaurant using local foods, or sale local goods at a Farmers Market, please contact your local Agricultural Extension Office for details about being included in the mobile app. 

The COG presented two sessions on the farm app at the 2019 Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference held at Louisburg College held on February 16 th
Water Quality Application
The NC Division of Water Infrastructure (NCDWI) within the NC Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) is holding a grant application training on March 25, 2019 at Triangle J Council of Governments in Durham. Attendees will learn about funding opportunities offered through the Division as well as receive tips on submitting competitive applications. Please RSVP to Jennifer Haynie at or 919-707-9173 by Friday, March 15 th . If interested in attending, please provide Jennifer with your name, organization, e-mail, and phone number. 
Open Call for Projects through Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project
The North Carolina Clean Technology Center (NCCETC) will have an open call for the second round of funding to apply for Clean Fuel Advanced Technology projects starting January 14, 2019. Request for Proposal (RFP) applications are due March 29, 2019 . All eligible counties are encouraged to apply. For further inquiries, please visit
Smart Cities Triangle Spotlight
Reporting Potholes
With the recent cold weather and winter advisories, the Department of Transportation crews are staying busy due to increased potholes on roadways. Potholes are common during the winter season when water seeps into cracks in the road and ice forms. Those cracks widen, causing the asphalt to rise and traffic loosens the pavement, eventually creating a pothole.

Safety is the Department’s number one priority. With 80,000 miles of state roads, drivers, law enforcement and others can assist in identifying locations where potholes need to be repaired.

To speed up the response process, motorists may visit:
contact/ and let the Department know where the potholes are located. The report will be forwarded to the County maintenance office to handle the request. 
Applications are now being accepted by the NC Department of Transportation for the new competitive grant program to fund non-infrastructure projects promoting objectives of the Safe Routes to Schools program. Organizations can apply to receive between $50,000 - $100,000 in funding over a three period. This application is extended to municipalities, counties, health departments, RPOs, COGs, school districts, foundations, YMCAs, and other allied partners. Applications may be found at the following:  
Please contact either Stephanie Harmon, or Nicole Westley, Region 7 Active Routes to School Coordinator at (919) 989-5202 or for more information. 

Let the games begin! Opening Ceremonies will be held in Warren County at John Graham Gymnasium on Tuesday, March 19th at 10:00AM. Volunteers from all areas of the community are welcome. Anyone interested in becoming involved in the Senior Games program as a staff member, sponsor or volunteer, please contact: Laura Yeatts or call (252) 436-2040. For more information visit

March Events Include:
March 19th Opening Ceremonies & Basketball
March 22nd Shuffleboard
March 26th Billiards
March 29th Badminton, Croquet, Table Tennis
*NEW* Online Family Caregiver Support Group
The Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging has created an Online Family Caregiver Support Group through its Facebook Page. The purpose of this group is to discuss information, events, questions and ideas that correlate with aging care amongst other caregivers. Caregiving is honorable act that is given by a family member, partner, friend or neighbor who advocates for and provides unpaid and on-going assistance to someone who is ill, disabled, or frail.

The main purpose of establishing this group is to target caregivers who are heavily confound to caregiving responsibilities and are limited with outings away from home. For many caregivers, it is difficult to regularly attend groups, services or enjoy time with the ones whom they love due to caregiver obligations. For many caregivers, it is quite challenging to find resources, supports and other levels of help. Each have different situations and complications. If interested in joining, log on to Facebook and follow Kerr Tar Area Agency on Aging. On the page, locate the group and request to join. For questions, comments or concerns, please contact Harvey Holmes at (252) 436-2040. 
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 Hospital Cafeteria Meeting Room
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

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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


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