November 2020 Newsletter
November Highlights
Here is what you'll find in this month's newsletter:

  • Important Dates
  • Celebration!
  • KTCOG on Facebook
  • COVID Support Systems
  • Assistance for Older Adults
  • Caregiver Vouchers
  • Medicare Open Enrollment
  • Support for Senior Centers and Food Pantries
  • New Staff Member: James Cunningham
  • Regional Food Policy
  • KTRPO TAC/TCC Meeting
  • Sustainable Fleet Technology Virtual Conference
  • NC BikeWalk Summit
  • Bike & Pedestrian Plan
  • Bike Amenities Application
  • Community Change Grant
  • Regional WiFi Map
  • Resurfacing Projects Awarded
  • Regional Job Fair
  • Success Stories
  • October Job Fair Update
  • Census 2020 Update
  • Join Our Staff
  • Open for Business Loan
  • RETOOLNC Grant
  • NC Cares for Art Grants
  • NC Paused in Phase 3
  • PARTF Grant Cycle Announced
  • State Archives Virtual Workshop
  • Animal-Vehicle Collisions Soar
Mark Your Calendar!
  • Next RAAC Meeting:
  • Wednesday, November 4 @ 2:00 pm
  • Via Zoom
  • Next Workforce Development Board Meeting:
  • Tuesday, December 1 @ 6:00 pm
  • Via Zoom
  • Next COG Virtual Board Meeting:
  • Thursday, December 3 @ 6:00 pm
  • Via Zoom
But First...CELEBRATE!
Congratulations are to be extended to Franklin County Economic Development for submitting a photo to the National Association of Development Organizers (NADO). The photo, entitled Flight of the Navigator, highlights the use of drones in the UAV program at Vance Granville Community College as an investment in our regional economy. The photo was taken at the Executive Airport located adjacent to Triagle North in Louisburg. A total of three photos were submitted from our region, with this photo receiving Runner Up! We are extremely proud of this recognition and thankful to Franklin County. The 2020 NADO Photo Contest results have been posted online and this photo may be used in future NADO publications.

Photo taken by McKinley Perkinson, Project Manager, Franklin County Economic Development.
Like us on Facebook!
Beth Davis, our Regional Engagement Specialist has created a KTCOG Facebook Page. We invite you all to like this page and share any posts that you think might benefit your network. The best kind of advertising is word of mouth, and Facebook is kind of like the digital version. We welcome any and all feedback regarding the content of this page because we want it to be relevant information. Check it out HERE.

You can also find Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging on Facebook as well. Check them out HERE.
COVID Support Services
The COVID Support Services project with Duke University Health System continues as Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging provides COVID-related supply bags to hundreds of residents through community based organizations. This month they will be participating in three community COVID-testing events and distributing COVID supply bags. They anticipate over 500 registrants in Vance, Granville, and Warren Counties. KTAAA staff will be interviewed by a local radio station at the event to spread the word about available COVID resources.
Assistance for Older Adults with COVID-Related Needs
KTAAA received federal grant funding through the CARES Act to support COVID-19 related needs of adults age 60 and older in the region. COVID related needs include food, PPE, assistive items for the home, medical alert devices, etc. Services are available through referrals only, via physicians’ practices, social workers, case managers, and other human and social service agencies. CARES services are provided at no charge to the older adult. For more information CLICK HERE.
Caregiver Directed Vouchers
Are you a caregiver in need of a break or a little extra help? Respite care enables caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities. Caregiver Respite Vouchers are available. To see if you quality, contact the KTAAA at 252-436-2040 or complete the ONLINE FORM to see if you qualify.

It is expected that a new Family Caregiver Specialist will be on staff in November.
Medicare Open Enrollment
Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15-December 7. Trained KTAAA staff will assist the region's senior centers with enrollment procedures adapted to the pandemic conditions. Billboard designs are in the works for the region to remind older adults to take advantage of the open enrollment services.
Support for Senior Centers and Food Pantries
KTAAA continues to support the local senior centers as they plan for their gradual, safe reopening as conditions allow. KTAAA has provided cleaning equipment, PPE, and advisory assistance as needed.

KTAAA is also supporting food pantries and local community efforts to ensure older adults have their needs met during the pandemic. Produce boxes and frozen meals are provided to hundreds of residents each month.
New Staff Member: James Cunningham
The Planning and Economic Development Department is pleased to introduce Mr. James Cunningham, IV as the new Economic Development Disaster Recovery Coordinator for the five county region. Since starting last month, James has been meeting with the Economic Development Directors, assessing each county's most immediate needs. He will assist with producing reports, data mining, researching federal and state grant opportunities, and mapping WiFi locations. James' position is through EDA CARES Act funding. Please welcome James to the region!
Adoption of Regional Food Policy
During the September KTCOG Board Meeting, a Regional Food Policy was adopted. This policy was created and drafted through a collaboration among Green Rural Redevelopment Organization, Inc. (GRRO), Working Landscapes, Community Food Strategies, the NC Rural Center, and Kerr-Tar. After formal adoption by the COG Board, this policy will assist in the establishment of regional Food Councils, conducting regional food system assessments, identifying socially responsible businesses that address region-wide food system needs, and the adoption of local food plans among county and municipal governments that align with the overall themes of the Regional Food Policy.
The last KTRPO TAC/TCC Meeting for 2020 was held on Thursday, October 22. The TAC and TCC were presented with information on the NC MOVES 2050 draft plan and updates from NCDOT. The TAC and TCC approved an Amendment to the FY 20-21 KTRPO and alterations for Criteria Weights applying to highway projects in Division 5 during Prioritization 6.0. Scoring of projects submitted during P6.0 will take place in mid to late 2021. KTRPO will provide updates once available.
NC Moves 2050
The North Carolina Department of Transportation would like citizen feedback on NC MOVES 2050, the Department's update to the state's long-range Transportation Plan. Please participate in the Plan Recommendations Survey by November 9. Click HERE to participate.

Persons who do not speak English or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English may receive interpretive services by calling 1-800-481-6494. A draft summary of the plan is available HERE. The Department and the RPO thank you in advance for your input.
Sustainable Fleet Technology Virtual Conference
Discover the latest and greatest in sustainable fleet technology, operations, and implementations at the 4th Annual Sustainable Fleet Technology Virtual Conference. The 2020 Conference will now be a series of webinar sessions on a variety of topics highlighting the leading edge of sustainable fleet practices and alternative fuel opportunities.

Each session, covering current technologies in the fleet industry, will feature several expert speakers from all around the country. Sessions will discuss the latest and greatest opportunities for biofuel, electric, natural gas, and propane fuels and fueling, with a strong focus on data-driven decisions, tools, and technologies. All webinar sessions will be offered free of charge. Save the dates and register below by clicking on the sessions you are interested in attending.

2020 NC BikeWalk Summit: Inclusive Transportation
BikeWalk NC is hosting a virtual Summit November 5-6, 2020. This year's Summit will focus on Inclusive Transportation. Registration for this event is now open. With discussions of inclusion and equity at the forefront, transportation and mobility choices are often the beginning points for inequitable access to jobs, services, and even areas of recreation.

The Summit this year will feature the voices of many people not often heard from. There will be a panel on how to be sure the right people are at the table when discussing transportation projects that will affect them most; discussions on barriers our current transportation systems have on the visually impaired and the mobility disabled; and sessions on the effects of land use choices and transportation projects on the environment. If interested in attending, register HERE.
Bike and Pedestrian Plans
KTRPO staff continue to begin work and make necessary updates to the bicycle and pedestrian plans for the municipalities of Oxford and Norlina. KTRPO staff look forward to providing updates on these plans as they become available.
Bike Amenities Application
The North Carolina Division of Public Health is pleased to offer a limited number of free bike racks, Bike Fixtations, and signage for Bike Fixtations for North Carolina communities. Bike Fixtations are outdoor self-service repair stations that can be used to inflate tires or repair a flat. These available amenities can be used to help support North Carolina communities promote and increase physical activity opportunities. For more information on the program and to apply, please see HERE.

In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to supporting active routes (e.g. bike lanes, multi-use trails) to everyday destinations (e.g. schools, workplaces, libraries, parks). Priority will be given to communities that serve minority populations, low-income households, and/or persons with disabilities.
Community Change Grant
America Walks in partnership with other community organizations announce its annual Community Change Grant. This program will award grantees $1,500 in community stipends for projects related to creating healthy, active, and engaged places to live, work, and play.

The goal for this year's grant awards is to knit together seemingly disparate threads too often considered in isolation, including, but not limited to racism and the public sphere; climate and environmental justice; access and inclusion; walking and moving as a mechanism for bringing about political change; and how COVID-19 along with the need for economic recovery and a growing awakening around racial injustice might alter the landscape of working.

Proposed projects should have a particular focus on engaging in key issues with new perspectives and diverse partners/audiences highlighting the vital role that walking and transportation patterns can play.

Funded projects must demonstrate that they will show increased physical activity and active transportation in a specific community; work to engage people and organizations new to the efforts of walking and walkability; and demonstrate a culture of inclusive health and design. Projects will create healthy, active, and engaged communities that support walking as transportation, health, and recreation. Projects must show a strong and intentional foundation of equity and authentic engagement of the whole community.

Interested communities may acquire more information HERE. The deadline to apply is November 9. Awardees will be notified in December 2020. Funds must be used in the 2021 calendar year.
Regional WiFi Map
With many students in our region going virtual for school, we've put together a regional map of free and public WiFi locations. This map will show you where you can go to access internet for virtual classes or online assignments if you don't have internet access at home. Click HERE to view the map. If you are aware of any additional locations, please send to James Cunningham at
Resurfacing Projects Awarded to Franklin, Vance, and Warren Counties
Thanks to five new contracts awarded by the NC Department of Transportation, totaling more than $17 million, nearly 120 miles of area roadway will be resurfaced. Under a $2.8 million contract, Carolina Sunrock will mill and resurface pavement and improve shoulders along 29.7 miles of state-maintained roads throughout Franklin County. Under a $3.8 million contract, Carolina Sunrock will mill and resurface pavement and improve shoulders along 29.4 miles of state-maintained roads throughout Vance and Warren counties. The additional contracts will be used to mill and resurface pavement and improve shoulders along state-maintained roads throughout Durham and Wake counties. This work can start as soon as March 15, with most of the projects completed before the unofficial end of the paving season in mid-November, and all roads done by the end of July 2022.
Regional Job Fair
Vance-Granville Community College has scheduled open air job fairs featuring hundreds of local positions. These events are in response to the dramatic need for employees across our service area.  The job fair begins at the college’s Warren County Campus (Warrenton) on November 17; at Main Campus (near Henderson) on November 18; at South Campus (Creedmoor/Butner) on November 19; and at the Franklin County Campus (Louisburg) on November 20. VGCC’s Career Services, Small Business Center and Customized Training have teamed up to offer the first open air job fair event in our service area. Employers from across Granville, Franklin, Vance and Warren Counties will be there seeking to fill jobs from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. 
This event is free and open to the public. We are also excited to have NCWorks on location for the events. Participants will meet employers from across our service area who will be hiring and eager to fill jobs with competitive wages, benefits and more. Job fair seekers will also be able to gain tips on getting their ideal job.   
VGCC Career Services encourages job seekers to consider adding to their skill set through additional training and/or education. We can help with career exploration for career-changers or determining the next step in developing an established career. In addition, our students receive assistance with resumes, interview preparation, and job search skills.
Attendees are expected to adhere to social distancing guidelines and capacity levels will be observed and mandated throughout each event. Job fair participants are reminded that health screenings and masks or face coverings are required for everyone while on campus. For more information, visit:, or contact Linda Fletcher, Director of Career Services, at 252-738-3466 or
Success Story
During these challenging of times COVID-19, NCWorks Kerr-Tar has had a lot of great success and has helped so many people to improve their lives. Ms. Brittany Perry reached out to NCWorks because she wanted a change and was looking to gain a skill that would help her become self-sufficient.  Ms. Perry was deemed eligible for the WIOA program and excited to start the CDL program at Vance Granville Community College. In October 2020, Vance Granville Community College held a celebration for the graduates. Ms. Perry was grateful to be given the opportunity to obtain her CDL.
October Job Fair
NCWorks Kerr-Tar has had to change the way we do business due to COVID-19. In order to adhere to guidelines, events are now being held in the NCWorks parking lot. In October, NCWorks, in partnership with Hire Dynamics held a job fair in the Oxford NCWorks parking lot. We were able to market the event through and Facebook. By 10 am, there were 10 cars waiting to been seen by Hire Dynamics, and there was a steady crowd throughout the event. Hire Dynamics made many offers on site, with one attendee starting that same night.  We look forward to holding many more events like this in the future.
Success Story
One individual reached out to NCWorks for assistance with furthering their training to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License. They were referred to Career Advisor and presented their CDL permit and DOT physical. The career advisor saw their potential and completed an eligibility assessment. Due to income and family size it was deemed they would qualify for the WIOA program as an Adult participant. In July, they enrolled into the WIOA program and started training at Carolina Trucking Academy in August, successfully completing their training with an offer letter from Davis Corbett Trucking. 
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In Other News...
Census 2020 Update
The 2020 Census finished collecting responses on October 15th. Below are the response rates among Kerr-Tar counties. The Census is important in determining federal funding and representation in the US House. The Council of Governments joins with local government partners in thanking those residents who responded.

According to the Census Bureau, Kerr-Tar's counties and the State of North Carolina have the following reported self-response rates as of October 16, 2020:

  • Franklin County: 62.2%
  • Granville County: 68.1%
  • Person County: 66.4%
  • Vance County: 57.5%
  • Warren County: 47.5%
  • North Carolina: 63.4%
  • United States: 67%
Join Our Growing Staff!
The Kerr-Tar COG has several openings that we would love to fill! If you or someone you know would be a great candidate, have the CLICK HERE for more details on each position. Currently, we have open positions for:

Open for Business Loan
Many small and local businesses in the Kerr-Tar Region have been negatively affected by COVID-19. In an effort to provide support to those businesses, the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments is rolling out the Open for Business Loan Program. This loan program is designed to help small to medium size businesses recover from the economic effects of this pandemic.

The Open for Business Loan is a non-forgivable interest free loan, ranging from $10,000-$100,000. Eligible borrowers are small to medium size (1-99 employees) businesses who have been in business for at least 12 months and must be located in Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance or Warren counties. Documentation providing evidence of a loss of revenue since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic is required. All loans will require a personal guarantee and additional collateral. Funds can only be used for working capital and/or equipment and require an application fee of $200. Standard loan terms of 5 to 10 years. To apply, CLICK HERE.

The Open for Business Loan Program is locally administered, funded by the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration with funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  Applications are available on the Kerr-Tar COG website, or by calling Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments at 252-436-2040. Applications should be completed as soon as possible as funding is limited.
RETOOLNC Grant Application Opening Soon
The Department of Administration Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) has partnered with Carolina Small Business Development Fund and the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development to establish the RETOOLNC Grant Program Fund to provide grant funds for small businesses (for-profits) adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligigble businesses are certified HUB and DBE firms with 50 employees or less. Grants are ONLY available to certified businesses with $1,500,000 or less in revenue, according to 2019 tax filing.

The RETOOLNC Grant application will open very soon. Applications will be reviewed in the order received until all of the available funds are exhausted. The HUB Office will notify each certified firm when the portals are open with each nonprofit. Not certified? Contact the HUB Office: or 984-236-0148.

To learn more, CLICK HERE.
NC CARES for Art Grants Available Now
As part of the state's spending plan for federal CARES Act funding, $9.4 million was designated to provide direct aid to arts councils and arts organizations in an effort to mitigate business disruptions caused by COVID-19. These funds will be distributed on a per capita basis to all North Carolina counties with a population less than 1 million people.

Organizations that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply to receive CARES for Arts funding:
  • Must be 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization located in North Carolina
  • Must have arts and culture in the agency's mission statement; or must have arts and cultural programming as a core activity (25% or more of budget most recently approved before September 1, 2020)
  • Must demonstrate the costs of business interruption caused by COVID-19 and/or increased expenses incurred by pandemic related-activities

To apply or find out more information, CLICK HERE.
North Carolina Remains Paused in Phase 3
Governor Roy Cooper has announced that North Carolina will remain paused in Phase 3 for three more weeks as health officials continue to monitor North Carolina’s viral trends. North Carolina has seen increased hospitalizations and trajectory of cases in recent weeks. Governor Cooper underscored the importance of wearing masks, social distancing, and frequent hand washing. He encouraged using good judgment despite fatigue or frustration with the pandemic. Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen and Secretary of Department of Public Safety Erik Hooks sent a letter to local officials in communities with increased viral spread urging their continued action in fighting COVID-19 and suggesting additional measures to mitigate its spread. Read more about that letter here.
2020-2021 PARTF Grant Cycle Announced
The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Authority has announced the beginning of the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant cycle for counties and municipalities. In 2020, PARTF awarded more than $5 million to 17 local governments. A local government entity can request up to $500,000 with each application. To learn more about PARTF, please CLICK HERE.

Applications are due on May 3, 2021. To learn how KTRCOG can help you and your organization with a PARTF application, please contact Michael Kelly at
State Archives "Managing Public Records for Local Government Employees" Virtual Workshops
The State Archives of North Carolina have announced the next round of workshops for local government employees. The introductory course, "Managing Public Records for Local Government Employees" will be offered on four different dates in November. This free, virtual workshop provides an overview of the maintenance, retention, and disposition of public records. Topics include an overview of public records law, principles of records management, maintaining confidential records, record retention, and disposition schedules, electronic records and email management, and scanning public records.
Workshop Dates 
Tuesday, November 10 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
• Thursday, November 12 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
• Monday, November 16 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
• Wednesday, November 18 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Please register soon as spots are limited. CLICK HERE to register. Please allow up to two business days to receive confirmation of registration. If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Records Analyst Josh Hager at
Animal-Vehicle Collisions Soar in Latest NCDOT Report
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) announced that the frequency of animal-vehicle collisions in the state climbed dramatically in the past year. Wake County topped the list for highest number of animal collisions. The increase can be attributed in part because of the growth in the state and county. Development has pushed animals, primarily deer, into areas where they are more likely to encounter vehicles.

NCDOT reminds motorists that autumn is also the time of year when deer show up in greater numbers along roadways increasing the likelihood of a collision. Most crashes occur between 6:00 pm and midnight. With the end of daylight saving time on November 1, the time shift increases the chance of encountering a deer during the evening commute.

NCDOT offers these tips for motorists:
  • Always maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and others, especially at night, so you can respond quickly.
  • Most deer-vehicle crashes occur where deer are more likely to travel, near bridges or overpasses, railroad tracks, streams, and ditches. Be vigilant when passing through these landscapes.
  • Drive with high beams on when possible and watch for eyes reflecting in the headlights.
  • Deer often travel in groups so if you see one deer near a road, be alert that others may be nearby.
  • If you see a deer near a road, slow down and blow your horn with one long blast.
  • If your vehicle does strike a deer, do not touch the animal. Pull your vehicle off the road if possible and call 911.

Courtesy of NCDOT
Executive Director
Diane Cox

Area Agency on Aging
Nancy Francis

Planning & Development
Michael Kelly

Workforce Development
Lou Grillo

Mission Statement
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
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