Council of Governments
Creative Regional Solutions

September 4, 2020
News & Updates for the Mid-Carolina Region
New MCCOG Website
Caregiver Respite Services
Free Webinar - Managing Hostility in Public Discourse
Fayetteville State Small Business & COVID-19 Recovery Training
$1.6 Billion in CARES Act Funding to Help NC
COVID-19's Imapct on Utility Operations and Finances
Festivals & Events - What Will They Look Like in the Future?
New MCCOG 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.
Caregiver Respite Services
Respite care provides temporary relief to primary caregivers from the continuous support and care of an adult who is elderly or disabled and dependent on others. In a effort to ensure support for and the well being of our region's family caregivers, several local organizations offer respite care for caregivers.

If you have questions or need information, please contact:

Barbara A. White
Mid-Carolina Area Agency on Aging

Barbara A. White or Pat Guarnieri
Lifespan Respite
910-323-4191 or 828-265-5434

Audry Marshall
Project C.A.R.E.

Click here for more information about MCCOG's Family Caregiver Support Services.
Free Webinar - Managing Hostility in Public Discourse
As part of its Coaching Program Webinar Series, the International City/County Management Association is offering a free webinar entitled Managing Hostility in Public Discourse: Living in an Age of Anger.

Anger has become commonplace in today's political discussions and has left many of us wondering how to diffuse these volatile situations. A few simple strategies can help increase the ability to have a productive conversation and keep the wheels of your city/county government efficiently turning. 

Questions to be discussed include:
What is causing hate and divisiveness in today’s politics?
Is there a place for anger in public discourse?
What are tools to keep anger from disrupting a city/county meeting?

The webinar is set for Wednesday, September 9 from 1:30pm until 3pm. Click here for additional information and to register.
Fayetteville State Small Business & COVID-19 Recovery Training
Are you or do you know a business owner in need of COVID-19 resources and support? Are you or do you know an aspiring business owner concerned about starting a business during a pandemic?

Fayetteville State University and the US Economic Development Development Administration (EDA) are here to help!

The EDA University Center at Fayetteville State University recently announced the Small Business & COVID-19 Recovery Training (SBCRT) Program.

Students will participate in an 8-week online course that will provide entrepreneurial management, business resiliency, and economic recovery training. The program is free of charge. At course completion, all participants will have a business model canvas, financial projections and an opportunity to apply for business capital.

Space is limited and classes begin on Tuesday, September 22. Contact Malika Bennett at mmbennett@uncfsu.edu or 910-672-1017 for more information or to get a program application.
$1.6 Billion in CARES Act Funding to Help NC
Recently, US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $1.6 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants to four EDA Economic Development District organizations across NC to update economic development plans and fortify programs to assist communities in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EDA investments announced include:

Albemarle Commission, Hertford, NC, will receive a $400,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing technical assistance to local businesses and communities.

Centralina Economic Development District, Charlotte, NC, will receive a $400,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting local businesses, regional workforce development, and boosting capacity of local jurisdictions in Charlotte with response planning and securing economic recovery resources.

Southeastern Economic Development Commission, Elizabethtown, NC, will receive a $400,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by working together with the Cape Fear, Lumber River, and Mid-Carolina Councils of Governments to implement strategies to recover from the pandemic, and diversify and grow the southeastern NC economy.

Triangle J Council of Governments, Durham, NC, will receive a $400,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing technical assistance to local businesses and communities to advance pandemic economic recovery initiatives.

EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance, which is being administered under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) (PDF) program, provides a wide-range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. For complete information, please visit the recently updated EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance Page.

The mission of EDA is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the US Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for US workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.
COVID-19's Imapct on Utility Operations and Finances
The COVID-19 pandemic has suddenly and persistently disrupted many aspects of water and wastewater utility operations and finances since at least March 2020.

In NC, utilities have experienced growing amounts of payment arrears and growing numbers of customers that would normally have been eligible for disconnections due to non-payment but were shielded by Executive Orders 124 and 142.

A detailed statewide analysis by the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found a variety of financial impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic on hundreds of drinking water and wastewater utilities across the state.

Click here to review the analysis.
Festivals & Events - What Will They Look Like in the Future?
Leverage NC is launching its first educational offering on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 1pm until 2:30pm  entitled Festivals & Events – What Will They Look Like in the Future

This is a free webinar!  Click here to find more details and to register.
COVID-19 has changed the way we do everything – including festivals and special events. Many events have been cancelled this summer and fall, but how will large gatherings and festivals look in the future? What are the safety precautions for COVID-19 events and post-COVID? How do we do events virtually? And how do we use these lessons to make improvements to community gatherings?

Join Liz Parham, Director, and Lee Padrick, Chief Planner, both with the NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center, for a conversation with three festival coordinators to discuss what they see as challenges, opportunities and new ways to bring communities together during a pandemic.

Panelists include:
Stephanie Saintsing Naset, Director, NC Association of Festivals & Events, and Director, Lexington Barbecue Festival

Tom Harrison, Director, Washington County Travel & Tourism Authority, and Director, NC Black Bear Festival

Sharon Jablonski, Director of Cultural & Creative Development, City of Morganton, and Director, Historic Morganton Festival
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.