LRCOG News & Updates
Our Mission
"In its dedication to regional excellence, the Lumber River Council of Governments is
proactive in identifying local and regional needs and the resources to address
those needs in an effective and fair manner."
Upcoming
January 7, 2020- Robeson County Census Meeting
10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the LRCOG Office

January 14, 2020- Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) Meeting 10:30 am at the LRCOG Office

January 16, 2020- LRCOG Board Meeting
7:00 pm at the LRCOG Office

January 27, 2020- Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
12:00 pm at the LRCOG Office

January 31, 2020- Senior Games Ambassador Meeting
1:00 pm at the LRCOG Office

February 4, 2020- Caregiver Support Group
6:00 pm at the LRCOG Office

February 10, 2020- LRWDB Evaluation Committee Meeting
9:00 am at the LRCOG Office

February 11, 2020- LRWDB Youth Committee Meeting
9:00 am at the LRCOG Office

February 13, 2020- Regional Aging Advisory Council Meeting
10:00 am at the LRCOG Office

February 19, 2020- LRWD Board Meeting
8:30 am at the LRCOG Office

February 21-22, 2020- LRCOG Board Advance
Resources
The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring approximately 500,000 temporary workers to help conduct the 2020 Census.
Anyone interested in Census jobs should apply online either by following the Jobs link from the NC Census site ( census.nc.gov ) or at 2020census.gov/jobs .

To view the pay rate per county click here.
American Community Survey 2014-2018 5-Year Estimates Now Available
Today the U.S. Census Bureau released new 5-year estimates from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS). As part of the nationwide release of over 40 demographic topics, estimates profiling the 65 and older population are now available.
Funding Opportunities
USDA Rural Development’s ReConnect Loan and Grant Program will accept the next, second round of applications starting January 31, 2020 thru March 16, 2020. Congress authorized up to $200 million for grants, up to $200 million for 50/50 grant/loan combinations, and up to $200 million for low-interest loans. Program information, eligibility requirements, and forms and resources are available on USDA’s website. Funds can cover costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas.      
North Carolina Department of Information Technology Grant Program : the second round of the GREAT grants by the State Broadband Office opens December 16, 2019 and the application deadline is March 16, 2020. These funds are provided to private providers of broadband services to facilitate the deployment of broadband service in economically distressed Tier One counties.
The Division of Soil and Water Conservation is now accepting applications for stream debris removal funding to address drainage impacts and stream blockages related to Hurricanes Michael and Dorian in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
EDA invites applications for disaster and economic development grant opportunities
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) invites applicants to submit applications for several open program
USDA Rural Utility Service releases policy and application procedures for ReConnect Program
GoldenLeaf Foundation offers disaster recovery resources to support repair or replacement of infrastructure and equipment damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Matthew, Florence, Michael, and Dorian.
Congratulations!
LRCOG 47th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner
On Thursday, October 17th the Lumber River Council of Governments hosted it's 47th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner.

The following individuals were recognized at the Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner:
Leon Maynor Award
Local Leadership
Calvin Haggins Award
Outstanding LRCOG
Board Member of
the Year
John K. McNeill Jr. Award
Region N Manager of the Year
Mayor H. Goldston Womble, Jr.
Town of White Lake
Mary Jo Adams
Chairman, LRCOG Board
Mayor Pro Tem, City of Laurinburg
Katrina Tatum
Manager
Town of Fairmont
Regional Aging Advisory Council Member of the Year
Annie Kohen Award
Regional Clerk of the Year
L.E. McLaughlin, Jr. and Bob Gentry Award
Regional Leadership
Dennis Holloway
Richmond County
Jennifer Tippett
Clerk
City of Laurinburg
John Alford
Commissioner
Scotland County
Rural Planning Organization
Transportation Advisory Committee Member of the Year
Dr. Stanley Richardson Award
Workforce Development Board Member of the Year
Mayor Bill Bayless
City of Hamlet
Jay Todd
Chairman, LRWDB
LRCOG Staff
Years of Service
Barbara Locklear
20 Years
Kendrick Thomas
5 Years
Lumber River Council of Governments receives
NADO Impact Awards

The Impact Awards program honors NADO members for their creative approaches to advancing regional community and economic development and improved quality of life. These projects have made significant impacts on their regions and demonstrate the diversity of services and program delivery provided by regional development organizations across the country.
Lumber River Council of Governments Dementia Friendly Communities NADO Award
Area Agency on Aging
Dementia Friendly Communities
Lumber River Council of Governments Temporary Disaster Employment Program NADO Award
Community & Economic Services
Southern Coastal Plain Ground Water Monitoring Program
Lumber River Council of Governments Temporary Disaster Employment Program NADO Award
Workforce Development Temporary Disaster Employment Program
Services Spotlight





AREA AGENCY ON AGING
Senior Nutrition Program

Would you like to deliver meals to home bound seniors?

Call Twilla Allen at (910) 618-5533 or twilla.allen@lrcog.org to sign up to deliver meals to home bound seniors in the Laurinburg, Lumberton, Maxton, or Pembroke areas.
Family Caregiver Program
During the month of November, we recognize the efforts of unpaid caregivers across the country by celebrating National Family Caregivers Month. This month is set aside to raise awareness of caregiver issues, educate family members, and increase support for unpaid caregivers. This year’s theme was “Be Care Curious,” reminding caregivers to be involved in their loved ones’ treatment options and care decisions.
The Lumber River Council of Governments provides a variety of support services for family caregivers, including respite care, community education, supplemental services, and a support group in Robeson County, which meets on the first Tuesday of each month.
Civilian Active Shooter Awareness Training
The Lumber River Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging, along with the Ombudsman Program, held a Civilian Active Shooter Awareness Training on October 22 nd . The purpose of the training was to provide guidance to those who may find themselves caught in an active shooter situation, as well as what to expect from responding law enforcement. The audience consisted of over 50 participants who represented long-term care facilities, law enforcement agencies, senior centers, hospice agencies, faith-based organizations, hospital personnel, transportation service agencies, departments of social services, housing authority agencies, home healthcare agencies, community colleges, and library adult services personnel.

The highlight of the training featured the distinction between the “human brain,” which goes into “Fight, Flight, or Freeze” mode during high-stress situations, and the “Lizard Brain,” which stays in “Run” mode only. The individual’s ability to make the two brains function together is the goal for a better chance of survival during an active shooter situation.



WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Workforce Development Awards of Distinction Banquet

On Thursday, December 5, 2019, the Lumber River Workforce Development Board hosted the annual Awards of Distinction Banquet at the Lumber River Council of Governments. The banquet recognized our outstanding participants and employers throughout the Lumber River local area. The Lumber River Workforce Development Board Member of the Year, Jay Todd was honored and presented with a plaque by for his outstanding contributions to our Lumber River Workforce Development Board.
Jay Todd, Lumber River WD Board Chairman and Patricia Hammonds, Lumber River WD Board Administrator
The following individuals were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments:
Bladen Community College Awards Finish Line Grants
It is too often that financial emergencies such as unexpected healthcare costs or car repairs prevent community college students from completion of their studies and reaching that milestone. Last year, Governor Roy Cooper announced the Finish Line Grants program to help community college students complete their training when facing unforeseen financial challenges.
NCWorks Career Centers
Receive Certification
The NCWorks Career Center Certification signifies that the career centers throughout the Lumber River local area to include Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland counties have satisfied the requirements and standards established by the NCWorks Commission for quality customer service.
NCWorks Career Center
Open House
During the first two weeks of October, Lumber River Workforce Development Board Staff collaborated with our NCWorks Career Center Operations Managers and staff to host a series of “Open House” events at each of our career centers located i n Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland counties. These events targeted local area businesses and employers and were excellent opportunities for those interested to come out and meet the center staff, tour the facilities and view the day to day operations, and most importantly, to learn more about the business services that we have to offer. as part of our ongoing outreach campaign, the NCWorks Career Center Open House events will be held biannually in an effort to promote our services and the workforce system and to make local area businesses and residents aware of everything we have to offer!
CONTACT US

Lumber River Council of Governments | Phone: 910-618-5533 | Fax: 910-521-7556