CPRC News & Updates

November 22, 2023

Welcome to the NEW Central Pines Regional Council newsletter! We hope you like this new layout! The Pine Needler will be sent out twice a month and will be full of upcoming events and regional news, all for your information.

Department of Environmental Quality Holding Public Meetings for CPRG

The DEQ is having in-person meetings to provide information and engage stakeholders on the Climate Pollution Reduction Grant and hear what kinds of projects are being planned in their areas. Meetings will be held in Fayetteville on November 28 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm and in Morganton on December 5 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

The State of NC’s CPRG Planning process, led by DEQ, is separate from the metro-area CPRG planning process lead by Central Pines, but the efforts will be coordinated. Community members in Lee and Moore counties are most encouraged to spread the word, register to attend, and be engaged in the State's process. Learn more about CPRG planning efforts via the links below.

NC's CPRG Work
Our CPRG Work

Provide Your Input on Triangle Region's Transportation Goals

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) are beginning their process to develop the region's next long-range metropolitan transportation plan, "Destination 2055." A survey is currently open to gather public feedback on the goals and objectives that will guide the creation of the plan. The survey will be open from November 16, 2023 until January 10, 2024. Please share this survey widely! 

Learn More & Take the Survey

Tri-COG FEEDS Survey

The term “food system” describes the interconnected systems involving all actors along the food value chain from food production to waste, that ultimately influence nutrition, health, community development, and agriculture. Central Pines Regional Council, The Upper Coastal Plain, and Kerr-Tar Council of Governments are collaborating on a regional initiative to strengthen the region’s food system, called Tri-COG Food Ecosystem Economic Development Strategy, or Tri-COG FEEDS. The intent of this survey is to understand the interest of local governments in supporting food system efforts and how the Councils of Governments can support local governments in this process.

Take the Survey

This Edition:

  • DEQ Public Meetings for CPRG
  • Triangle Region's Transportation Goals
  • Tri-COG FEEDS Survey
  • Staff Shout Outs!
  • Work Local
  • Upcoming Events

Popular Links & Resources

Image Credit: Long Walk Home - Gallup Downtown Murals - by Richard K. Yazzir, 2005

Native American Heritage Month

November is recognized as Native American Heritage Month, a time dedicated to honoring and celebrating the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and contributions of Native American communities. Throughout this month, various events, educational programs, and cultural activities are organized to raise awareness about the history and ongoing challenges faced by Native Americans. It serves as an opportunity for reflection, appreciation, and fostering a deeper understanding of the indigenous peoples' enduring impact on the cultural tapestry of the United States.

Learn more about Native American Heritage Month!

CPRC Staff Shout Outs!

Tara Nattress Helps Durham County by Writing Grant for $3.3M

Our Grant Assistance Program is lucky to have Tara Nattress as a part of the team! Tara worked with Durham County to write a grant to renovate and redesign the Redwood Convenience Site in Eastern Durham County to address the increase in resident use, improve sustainability measures and stormwater infrastructure, and expand service offerings. This site is one of three in the county but the only location directly serving historically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Funding will enable immense investment in recycling infrastructure for these neighborhoods. Tara was asked to speak at an EPA Press Event last month along with several other notable leaders, including Congresswoman Valerie Foushee, Durham County Manager Dr. Kimberly J. Sowell, Region 4 EPA Chief of Staff John Nicholson, Secretary of NCDEQ Elizabeth Biser, and Durham County Solid Waste Program Manager Chrissie Koroivui.

Emily Barrett Completes Local Government Federal Credit Union Fellows Program

Last month, Emily Barrett, CPRC Environment & Resilience Director, successfully completed the Leading for Results program at the UNC School of Government as a Local Government Federal Credit Union (Civic) Fellow. Emily was among 25 individuals from across North Carolina identified as a critical leader in their local government and was selected in a competitive process from over 170 applicants to the program.

The Leading for Results program focuses on personal and organizational leadership. Participants were introduced to models of leadership as well as management and leadership tools and strategies. LGFCA (Civic) Fellows had the opportunity to gain insight into their individual leadership styles and strengths and practice ways to increase their effectiveness within their organizations. Way to go, Emily!

Work Local

CPRC Openings

Career Opportunities in the Region

There are so many amazing career opportunities to serve your community and work for local government in the Central Pines Region. Check out the most recent job postings here!

More Job & Career Opportunities
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Learning Opportunities & Events




Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, November 23 & Friday, November 24

Central Pines Office will be closed for the holiday.

Decoding Brownfields -FREE WORKSHOP

Thursday, November 30

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Piedmont Triad Regional Council, Kernersville

For more information and to register, click HERE

CPRC Open House & Ribbon Cutting

Wednesday, January 24

2:00 - 5:00 pm

@CPRC Office

Save the Date!

More details to follow!

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