Council of Governments
Creative Regional Solutions

October 14, 2020
News & Updates for the Mid-Carolina Region
MCCOG Virtual Learning Series: Register Now
The Rural Dementia Caregiver Project
Congratulations Barbara White!
Awards for Harnett County Health Department
NADO Research Foundation Travel Information Case Studies
Coronavirus Wastewater Surveillance Systems Webinar
EDA Economic Development Grant Opportunities
Visit Our New Website
Kenan Center Report on Impact of COVID-19 Retailers
MCCOG Virtual Learning Series: Register Now

Mid-Carolina Council of Governments, in partnership with East Carolina Council of Governments and WithersRavenel, is pleased to announce a series of free virtual training events for our local governments and regional partners, The Show Must Go On.

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of crisis planning, operational efficiencies, cash flow modeling and, above all, agile thinking. Organizations not only need to adapt to the current upheaval, but also anticipate whatever world awaits on the other side. Public service operations must continue.

These free virtual training events, scheduled for each Wednesday until November 4, aim to help public officials efficiently and effectively manage some of the toughest challenges and unfunded mandates that lie ahead for local government leaders and public servants.

Mark your calendars for the following dates. You may attend one session or all five. Click here to register.

The Benefits of Using Trenchless Technologies
Wednesday, October 21
Disruptions to traffic, business, communities - water and wastewater system work can be rough on cities and towns. But trenchless technology makes replacement and rehabilitation work much less painful. Hear from the engineers who revolutionized the City of Greensboro’s program.
Presented by Kevin Eason, PE, and Robbie Bald, PE

Embracing Proactive Infrastructure Planning
Wednesday, October 28
Is your infrastructure dying a slow death? How Asset Management Planning, Prediction Modeling, Capital Improvement Plans and Rate Setting can help your community in the present while properly preparing for the future.
Presented by Eddie Staley, GISP, and Seth Robertson, PE

COVID Got Your Finances Down?
Wednesday, November 4
Are you looking for creative ways to keep capital projects and initiatives moving? We’ll share ideas on grants and loans, financial analysis and modeling, rate adequacy and setting, and business analytics and proactive planning.
Presented by Seth Robertson, PE, and Melissa Cardinal

The Rural Dementia Caregiver Project
Do you care for someone with memory loss? The Rural Dementia Caregiver Project may help you!

The Rural Dementia Caregiver Project, funded by the National Institute on Aging, is a research study that is evaluating an online workshop to help caregivers of people with memory loss reduce their stress and lean new skills.

There is no cost for participating and your involvement will help improve the workshop for other caregivers. Click here for more information.

Congratulations Barbara White!
Recently, MCCOG Team Member Barbara White was certified by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors as a Certified Senior Advisor. Barbara serves as our Family Caregiver Resources Specialist with the Mid-Carolina Area Agency on Aging, a program of MCCOG.

The Society of Certified Senior Advisors (SCSA) is the premier membership organization committed to educating and certifying individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds who desire to serve older adults. Through its award-winning Working with Older Adults curriculum and accredited Certified Senior Advisor credential, SCSA ensures its members have up-to-date knowledge about the wide range of health, social, psychological and financial issues impacting the everyday lives of their clients.

Click here to lean more about SCSA.
Awards for Harnett County Health Department
Congratulations to the Harnett County Health Department for receiving the bronze award in the "Best of Harnett" "Best Medical Facility" and "Best Pediatric Clinic" categories!

In addition, Health Department personnel received individual awards. Lee Harris, RN received the bronze award for recognition in the "Best of Harnett- Best Nurse" category.

Allison Beam, MPAP, PA-C, CPH recieved the bronze award for the "Best Doctor/Physicians Assistant" category.
NADO Research Foundation Travel Information Case Studies
From 2019 to 2020, the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation conducted research and developed case studies on a variety of transportation technology topics related to Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).

These case studies highlight federal, state, regional, local, and nonprofit agencies using ITS to address practical transportation issues. A full downloadable report will be released soon, but the following case studies related to travel information technologies in rural and small metro areas are available now:

Previously, the NADO Research Foundation released rural transportation technology case studies related to mobility and transit and safety and health. This research was conducted with support from the US Department of Transportation’s ITS Joint Program Office.

MCCOG is a proud member of NADO.
Coronavirus Wastewater Surveillance Systems Webinar
Tracking infectious disease transmission through wastewater has been an important tool for safeguarding public health for 25 years. Recent scientific breakthroughs show that levels of coronavirus genetic material in sewer systems can provide an advanced warning of an increase in coronavirus transmission in a geographically-targeted area. These measures can also help identify areas where the virus is spreading, waning, or absent; can identify asymptomatic cases; and can predict cases a week sooner than incident cases seen in the health system.

Join the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center and other partners on October 28 at 2pm for a free, 75-minute webinar as experts from academia and practice discuss their experiences with the research behind wastewater surveillance for COVID-19 and its implementation at institutional to regional scales.

Click here to learn more and register. 
EDA Economic Development Grant Opportunities
The US Economic Development Administration (EDA) invites applicants to submit applications under its Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Programs. Through these programs, EDA invites applications to request grant assistance for clearly defined construction or non-construction assistance projects that will advance job creation, job retention, and private investment or enhance economic development decision-making.

Through EDA’s grant programs construction may support the construction of new public assets or the renovation of existing public assets, which include but are not limited to water/sewer lines, tanks, systems, pumps; incubators; access roads; workforce training facilities; commercialization centers; port improvements; and other similar projects.

EDA’s non-construction projects can support a wide array of activities, including highest and best use analysis, cluster and supply chain mapping studies, and regional technical assistance projects.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  For Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs the match is generally 50 percent, although communities may qualify for a higher grant rate. 

To learn more and to discuss potential projects, please contact Hillary Sherman at hsherman@eda.govClick here to access the funding notice and application forms.
Visit Our New Website
Mid-Carolina has been taking steps to prepare for a comprehensive re-branding of the organization. As part of this process, we have developed a new, temporary website. The website address is www.midcarolinacog.org.

Click here to visit the new site.
Kenan Center Report on Impact of COVID-19 Retailers
The adverse impact of COVID-19 on retail and food establishments has been swift and blatant. Big names in the sector for years have toppled due to the rapid structural changes in how and when product is distributed. These changes have profound implications for communities.

A new report by the Kenan Center for Private Enterprise highlights four trends as a result of COVID-19 on retail establishments that those working in economic development should be aware of. Click here review the report.
Share Your Good News
If you have news, events, announcements or other items you would like included in an upcoming FYI, please email Justin Hembree, MCCOG Executive Director.

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.
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 local governments and the people they serve.