Volume I; issue iv | October, 2019
Eastern Carolina Council of Governments (ECCOG) would love to share your news with the Region. Email your stories to eccadmin@eccog.org

Quote for the Month-
"To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings.' - Rosabeth Moss Kanter, professor of business at Harvard Business School
Upcoming Training Opportunities
October 16 - Region P Manager's Meeting
Please join us for the ECCOG Fall Regional Managers’/Administrators’ Meeting on October 16 , 2019 from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00p.m. Topics will include ethics training, employment law update, and the duties of Eastern Carolina Council of Governments (ECCOG) to help our region. Click here for the full agenda
October 18 - Green Growth Toolbox workshop - click here for more information
Evidence Based Program Workshops:
October 29 - Fiduciary Responsibilities for Local Elected Officials
 Local elected officials are stewards of the public trust. They are responsible for guiding multi-million dollar county and municipal corporations that depend on numerous sources of revenues and that have multiple layers of policy and management responsibilities. Understanding their financial fiduciary responsibilities is one of their most important duties.

October 29 - Regional Sessions to Inform the NC Strategic Economic Development Plan
On behalf of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the  ncIMPACT Initiative  at the UNC School of Government will host eight regional sessions to collect input from stakeholders across the state that will inform North Carolina’s Strategic Economic Development Plan. A session is available in each of the state’s prosperity zones. Please click  here  to see a complete list of regional sessions and register for the one you choose to attend.
November 1 - Social Media Strategies II-Beyond the Basics
If you are a local government professional who is actively managing your town/county social media accounts, this program is for you! This course will show you how can you use Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms to inform and engage your community. Bring your devices to class and get all the tips you need for increasing reach and engagement through various social media platforms! The course will be held on November 1 in Chapel Hill. Please use this link to register.
NCDOR Finance Workshops
The local government division of the N.C. Department of Revenue (DOR) will be hosting various workshops for county and city finance staff and property tax staff. The workshops will be split between morning and afternoon sessions, with morning workshops focusing on forms submitted to the NCDOR Information Unit and afternoon workshops focusing on Refunds and Distributions. The workshops are free but please use this link to register.
  • Oct 2 | Wilmington | Both Workshops
  • Oct 3 | New Bern | Both Workshops
  • Oct 4 | Elizabeth City | Both Workshops
  • Nov 12 | Albemarle | Both Workshops
  • Nov 13 | Morganton | Both Workshops
  • Nov 14 | Sylva | Both Workshops
  • Dec 9 | Smithfield | Both Workshops
  • Dec 10 | Carthage | Both Workshops

February 10-13 - N ational Flood Insurance Program/Community Rating System Advanced Course - click here for more information
Patrick Flanagan - Senior Transportation Planner
Patrick Flanagan was born and raised in eastern NC and started his planning career at ECC in 2009. While Patrick’s passion is transportation planning, his background is in community and regional planning. In his work at ECC Patrick has developed strong relationships with area staff and local elected officials and built a reputation of striving to improve Eastern North Carolina through quality planning efforts. He currently oversees the Down East RPO and Eastern Carolina RPO. Working with local governments, Patrick assists on Comprehensive Transportation Plans, Corridor Studies, Project Prioritization, and Project Permitting for all modes of transportation. He also represents Eastern North Carolina on the statewide NCDOT Prioritization Workgroup, ensuring that rural transportation concerns are being addressed.
State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants
These grants help to build safer, stronger and better educated communities, focusing on three areas: safety, education, and community development.

Updates to the NC VW Settlement webpages.
The NC VW Team completed the VW Application Workshops for Phase 1 of the program on July 25, 2019. Based on input from the workshops, the NC VW Team made a few updates and provided additional information for applicants including:
  • updated applications (dated August 2, 2019 in the footer) – revisions were made to the budget sections for easier use and character counters added to the essay sections,
  • presentations from both workshop sessions,
  • sample Diesel and DC Fast applications,
  • link to download the NC DEQ EV Mitigation Tool,
  • a registration link for the MJ Bradley Infrastructure Location Identification Tool and Visualization Map, and
  • additional local resources for applicants.
Please remember: Applications are due September 30, 2019 at 5p.m. Eastern Time.
Emergency Coastal Resilience Request for Proposals
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced the launch of their Emergency Coastal Resilience Request for Proposals (RFP). This funding comes directly from the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019 (P.L. 116-20) to support projects that increase the resilience of coastal communities impacted by hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Yutu, and wildfires in 2018. For more information including application instructions, visit their website and register to attend the   applicant webinar .
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Emergency Coastal Resilience Grant
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is requesting proposals for the Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund to support projects that increase the resilience of coastal communities impacted by hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Yutu and wildfires in 2018. Full proposals are due on November 12, 2019. To learn more, please go to: https://www.nfwf.org/coastalresilience/emergency/Pages/home.aspx

EDA Disaster Supplemental Funding Opportunity
Funds are available to eligible grantees in communities impacted by Presidentially-declared major natural disasters in 2018, including Hurricanes Florence, Michael, and Lane, Typhoons Yutu and Mangkhut, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes, as well as those impacted by floods and tornadoes in 2019. For the full Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=319126
Funding Available for Rural Health Care Providers Post-Hurricane Florence
The NC Office of Rural Health (ORH) has received a one-time $1 million grant from Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to support health care providers in 34 FEMA-identified counties affected by Hurricane Florence. Click Here to Read More
Regional Happenings
Town Planner
The Friendly City by the Sea seeks applicants interested in serving as Town Planner for its historic waterfront community of 3000. The general statement of duties include administrative and technical planning duties in directing the activities of the Town's planning, code enforcement, and certain inspections functions.   lick here for more information
Equipment Operator
The Town of Wallace is currently seeking a qualified individual to fill a position for Equipment Operator. This position performs responsible semi-skilled work in the operation of a variety of medium to heavy equipment used in the maintenance and repairs of streets, storm drainage system and sidewalks. Job tasks include (but are not limited to): operation of back hoes, dump trucks, excavators, paving and surfacing equipment and filling in on other crews within Public Services. Responsible for routine maintenance and maintaining records of work activities.

The state Clean Water Management Trust Fund has awarded Cedar Point more than $1 million to help pay for 56 acres on the White Oak River to be used as a park. Click here to read article.
ECC AAA helps with Hurricane Recovery
Hurricane Florence brought considerable devastation to eastern North Carolina in September 2018 leaving a path of destruction where many are still trying to recover to this day. In response to assist older adults with their recovery efforts, ECC-AAA applied for several recovery grants offered by those who also care and serve older adults. 
ECU Studies Flooding in Eastern NC
East Carolina University is conducting a study on flooding in eastern North Carolina funded by NOAA. The outcomes of the study will be web-based decision-making tools produced collaboratively by researchers, community planners, and emergency managers. The tools will help answer important questions such as: What is the history of flooding? Where are the economic and health risks the greatest? Where should mitigation projects be directed? We will be seeking emergency managers, community planners and other decision makers for a focus group in early 2020. For more information or to register your interest in the focus group, please contact Scott Curtis ( curtisw@ecu.edu ), 252-328-2088

ECC AAA & Dementia Alliance NC
Eastern Carolina Council Area Agency on Aging (ECC-AAA) and Dementia Alliance NC partnered in September to present two free Community Dementia Workshops; one in Carteret and the other in Onslow County. Participants joined in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. They discovered the difference between the two, explored what is happening in the brain, and how to better connect with someone living with dementia. 
Voter ID Information and Assistance for Local Governments
Beginning in 2020, voters in North Carolina will be asked to present photo identification to vote, though certain exceptions apply. There are many different ID cards that are acceptable. Pursuant to Session Law 2018-144 , as amended by Session Law 2019-22 , preapproved employee identification cards issued by local government entities may be presented as valid forms of photo identification to vote.  However, these cards must be preapproved by the State Board of Elections before November 1 st to be eligible for use in the 2020 election.   
Why Evidence-Based Programs?
At ECC, we have staff who are trained to offer workshops and to train lay-leaders in several evidence-based programs. Currently, two staff are conducting a Chronic Pain Self Management workshop in Pamlico county to help participants understand pain and learn tools to help manage life around their condition, rather than letting their condition rule their lives. Tools include physical activity, healthy eating, getting better sleep, using the mind, communication, understanding emotions, decision-making, problem-solving, action-planning, and others that help break the vicious symptom cycle around chronic pain. 
Resolving Concerns through the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
This is a series coming out every newsletter. Last month the focus was on "Failing to Take Care Planning Seriously" this month the problem is "Disregarding Resident Preferences".
Duplin Re-Entry Council continues fight to become an established council
The Duplin Re-Entry Council continues to establish an council to help reduce crime and victimization rates in Duplin County
Older Americans Act Re-authorization 2019
The Older American’s Act is the legislation that supports the majority of home and community-based services, Family Caregiver Support and Ombudsmen programs in our communities. For more than 50 years, programs and services authorized through this bill have helped older adults age in place and remain a vital part of their communities. 

The Older Americans Act expires on September 30, 2019. Currently, the House Education and Labor Committee approved the passage of the “Dignity in Aging Act” (HB 4334). This bill would reauthorize the Older Americans Act for five years (2019 through 2024) and has strong bipartisan support. Advocates hope that the full House will take up this bill in the very near future. 

There is a slightly different scenario in the Senate. While there is strong bipartisan support for reauthorization, the members of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) do not agree on the harm-reduction provision within the funding formula.

Stay tuned for updates. It is extremely important that the Older Americans Act is Reauthorized. It is critical that services and programs remain relevant to our ever-growing, ever-changing older adult population.  
Next Scheduled Meetings
October 15 - ECCAAA Service Provider Meeting
October 16 - Region P Manager's Meeting
October 29 - Fiduciary Responsibilities Workshop
October 28 - RAAC/STHL