January 17, 2020
News & Updates for the Mid-Carolina Region
Grants, resources, news, training, important dates, and more.

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Honoring Dr. King's Dream
“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mid-Carolina offices will be closed on Monday, January 20 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.
Disaster Recovery Grant & Loan Programs
The NC Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) has opened a second application period for grants and zero-interest loans that are available to help local governments recovering from storms that hit the state during the past few years. 

This is the second round of state recovery grants and loans offered by NCORR. Through a first round of funding, the agency awarded more than $22.4 million in grants and loans to 22 local governments that were struggling financially due to impacts from Hurricane Florence. The state is still awaiting notification from HUD on the availability of Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funding for Hurricane Florence. To date, NC has spent more than $3.3 billion in state and federal funding to help survivors of hurricanes Matthew and Florence.

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Bridget Munger, NCORR
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Justin Hembree, Mid-Carolina Team
EMAIL Justin
910-323-4191 ext. 33
Grants Available for Agricultural Projects
Supporting the agricultural industry, impacting rural communities, and stimulating economic development are key objectives for the 2020 NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (NCTTFC) grant cycle. Funds will be awarded in the fall of 2020 for selected innovative projects.
Past NCTTFC projects include fair and farmers market improvements, cost-share grant programs for farmers, training for qualified farm family members in community colleges, researching alternative crops, and support of agricultural education programs.

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Application deadline is March 6.

Justin Hembree, Mid-Carolina Team
EMAIL Justin
910-323-4191 ext. 33
Amy Cannon Recognized
Cumberland County Manager Amy Cannon was recently recognized by the International City & County Management Association (ICMA) for 30 years of service to local government. The ICMA Local Government Service Awards Program recognizes and celebrates members' dedication to public service and professional management at the local level. Awards are based on the number of years of full-time employment in local government.

Cannon is an ICMA Credentialed Manager. She has been the County Manager since June 2014 and is the first woman to serve in that position. She previously served as the Deputy County Manager and Assistant County Manager for Financial and Administrative Services. She was the County's Finance Director from 1998 to 2013.

Cannon began her career in local government as an Internal Auditor with the City of Fayetteville and has worked for Cumberland County since May 1990. She is a Fayetteville native and graduated from Seventy-First High School. She earned an accounting degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is a North Carolina Certified Government Finance Officer.

“Amy has faithfully served the citizens of Cumberland County for three decades. We are proud of the leadership she has provided as our County Manager and congratulate her on this tremendous milestone,” said Marshall Faircloth, Chair of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners.
Sampson County Caregiver Support Groups
The Sampson County Family Caregiver Support Group meets the third Tuesday of every month at 2pm. The Sampson County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren/Kinship Care Support Group meets the third Wednesday of every month at 10am.
Angela G. Faircloth
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ICMA Southeast Regional Conference
The 2020 International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Southeast Regional Conference will be held in Durham March 4 through March 6. The focus of this year's conference is to help local leaders and their communities tackle challenges related to icybersecurity, climate change, economic development, affordable housing, equity and equality issues, and others.
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Can COGs Make a Manager's Job Easier?
During the upcoming NC City and County Management Association (NCCCMA) Winter Seminar in Winston-Salem, the NC Association of Regional Councils of Governments will host a concurrent session entitled “Regional Councils of Government in NC: How Can They Be Utilized to Make a Local Government Manager’s Job Easier.”

The session, set for 3:30pm on Thursday, February 6, will be moderated by Lee Worsley, Triangle J COG. Panelists will be Anthony Starr, Western Piedmont COG, Sarah Thompson, Southwest Planning Commission, and Matthew Dolge, Piedmont Triad Regional Council. We are hopeful the conversation will provide a better understanding of possible local government-COG partnerships and, more importantly, inform managers of what they should expect from their COGs.

CLICK HERE for information about the NCCCMA Winter Seminar.
NC Rural Water Association Training
The NC Rural Water Association (NCRWA) is offering the following training courses in Fayetteville:

Thursday, January 30 -C-Distribution Certification School (Includes Trenching/Shoring)
Wednesday, February 12 -Biological Wastewater Grade II Certification School
Monday, February 17 -Wastewater Laboratory Analyst: Class I Exam Prep

CLICK HERE for course details, registration information, and other NCRWA training.
Important Dates
January 22 Mid-Carolina RPO TAC Meeting
January 28 Caregiver and Beyond University
January 30  Mid-Carolina Board of Directors Meeting
February 4-5  NC Association of Regional Councils of Governments/The Forum Meeting
February 5-7  NC City & County Management Association Winter Seminar
March 4-6 ICMA Southeast Regional Conference
March 10-12 NC Main Street Conference
March 15-18  National Association of Development Organizations Policy Conference
March 17-18  Senior Tar Heel Legislature
March 26  Mid-Carolina Aging Advisory Council
April 8-April 27  Mid-Carolina Senior Games
April 9  Mid-Carolina RPO TCC Meeting
April 15  Mid-Carolina RPO TAC Meeting
May 5-7 NC League of Municipalities CityVision Annual Conference
June 16-17 Rural Day
June 18-20 NC City & County Management Association Summer Seminar
July 9  Mid-Carolina RPO TCC Meeting
July 22  Mid-Carolina RPO TAC Meeting
August 13-15 NC Association of County Commissioners Annual Conference
August 30-September 2 - SE4A Annual Conference
October 8  Mid-Carolina RPO TCC Meeting
October 28  Mid-Carolina RPO TAC Meeting
Let Us Know
Please let us know if you have questions, need additional details about the information we have shared or if there is a way the Council can be of service. Also, if you have news, events, announcements or other items you would like included in an upcoming FYI, please EMAIL Justin Hembree, Mid-Carolina Team. You may also call Justin at (910) 323-4191 ext. 33.
Mid-Carolina Council of Governments
Mid-Carolina Council of Governments is a multi-county, planning, development, and human services organization. We reach across county and municipal borders to provide technical assistance to our local governments and to administer programs that benefit our region’s citizens.

Our mission is to provide creative regional solutions to relevant and emerging issues in Cumberland, Harnett, and Sampson Counites while providing a standard of excellence in the delivery of federal, state, and regional services for our communities.