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."
Lumber River Council of Governments' American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 Information Hub

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Area Agency on Aging

Nutrition Program

Region N Nutrition Providers continue to serve the older adults in our region during this unprecedented time.
Bladen Division on Aging
LRCOG Area Agency on Aging
(Serving Robeson & Scotland Counties)
Richmond County Aging Services
Senior Services of Hoke County
Lumber River Workforce Development Board
Program Updates
The Lumber River Council of Governments Workforce Development Division provides services through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program to Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth customers throughout Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland counties. The services provided through the (WIOA) program focus on training, career exploration, and employment assistance. The customer impact stories presented highlight services provided through the Lumber River Workforce Development Board programs.

For a complete listing of services and contact information please click links below.
Mark Radford Jr. is a WIOA Adult Program participant served by NCWorks Career Center – Scotland County. Mark came to the NCWorks Career Center seeking assistance with training opportunities and career counseling. Mark enrolled and completed the Truck Driving Training program at Richmond Community College and has obtained his commercial driver’s licenses. Mark secured full-time employment on January 13, 2021, with Prime Trucking of Springfield, Missouri.
Chrishaud McLeod is a WIOA Youth Program participant served by Scotland County Schools In-School Youth Program. Chrishaud is a senior at Scotland High School and will graduate this year. Chrishaud will attend North Carolina State University and was accepted into the Goodnight Scholars Program. The Goodnight Scholars Program prepares North Carolina's top STEM talent to become leaders in their future endeavors. Additionally, Chrishaud was selected as Scotland County Schools' nominee for the CTE Presidential Scholars Program.
On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program

Need skilled workers? On-the-Job Training (OJT), a federal program funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), lets you hire and train skilled workers and get reimbursed for your efforts.
All Adults in NC Eligible for COVID Vaccine
Everyone in North Carolina age 16 and older is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. If you haven’t already received your shot, you can find participating vaccine providers at to schedule your vaccine appointment.What you should know:

  • The vaccine is free everywhere in North Carolina.
  • No photo ID or insurance is needed.
  • Depending on where you get your vaccine, you may need to make an appointment.
  • Everyone can be vaccinated, regardless of their immigration status. Getting vaccinated will not affect your immigration status.

Vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are available in North Carolina. Please note that only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for people 16 and 17 years old.

Out of an abundance of caution, NCDHHS is following the recommendations of the FDA and CDC and has paused the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine until we learn more, as our primary concern is the health and safety of all North Carolinians.

If you have an appointment for Pfizer or Moderna, please go to your appointment as planned. If you have an appointment for Johnson & Johnson, your appointment will be re-scheduled.
Senate Bill 689 County Broadband Authority

Senate Bill 689 County Broadband Authority clarifies authority to allow counties to partner with private or non-profit internet service providers in order to expand service in unserved and underserved areas of the county by doing the following:

  • Adds the following as an authorized purpose for which counties may levy property taxes under G.S. 153A-149(c): “To provide grants to high-speed internet access service providers or to build facilities and equipment of a broadband service.” 
  • Authorizes a county to build internet technology infrastructure and sell or lease the infrastructure to private or non-profit internet service providers for the purpose of providing high-speed internet service within the county. 
  • Authorizes and clarifies county ability to use county general fund revenue as well as state or federal funds to construct the technology infrastructure. 
  • Authorizes and clarifies county ability to use county general fund revenue, as well as state or federal funds, to provide grants to private or nonprofit providers of high-speed Internet access service to expand service within the county. 
  • Does not authorize counties to provide high-speed Internet broadband service.
Senate Bill 517 Innovative Statewide Broadband Infrastructure

Senate Bill 517 authorizes counties to lease existing broadband infrastructure, provides funds for GREAT grant expansion, provides funds to the Institute of Emerging Issues to convene stakeholders to study regulatory relief that would lead to broadband expansion, and provides funds to the NC Department of Information Technology for the creation of a statewide broadband access map.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Vaccination Dashboard
North Carolina COVID-19 Information Hub
North Carolina’s First Cybercrime Hotline

United Way of North Carolina and the Cybercrime Support Network (CSN) announce the launch of North Carolina’s first cybercrime support and recovery hotline. The new system allows North Carolina residents to dial 2-1-1 to report and find resources to recover from identity theft, financial fraud, cyberstalking, cyberbullying and other cybercrimes. This initiative was made possible through a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Grant that was awarded by The North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission. Additional support for the project has been provided by the N.C. Department of Information Technology (NCDIT).
Funding Opportunities
Duke Energy Hometown Revitalization Grants
Application period open April 1 – May 31; grant decisions by July 31

Across our service territory, the pandemic has challenged many small businesses as they pivot to accommodate the changing environment. In order to meaningfully address our North Carolina community needs, the Duke Energy Foundation is organizing a $500,000 grant program to provide Hometown Revitalization Grants in 20 communities across the state. Each community will be awarded $25,000 via a partnership with a local 501c3 nonprofit, and the funds will be used to support small businesses.
EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs including CARES Act Funding

EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs provide economically distressed communities
and regions with comprehensive and flexible resources to address a wide variety of economic
needs. Projects funded by these programs will support the DOC Strategic Plan (2018-2022) by,
among other things, advancing innovation, enhancing the manufacturing and export capacities
of regions, providing workforce development opportunities, and growing ecosystems that attract
foreign direct investment.
Build to Scale Program

The US Economic Development Administration is accepting applications under the Build to Scale Program. The program consists of two parts – the Venture Challenge and the Capital Challenge. The Venture Challenge is designed to foster high-growth entrepreneurship, accelerate company growth, and scale proven entrepreneurship support models. The Capital Challenge is designed to increase access to capital in communities where risk capital is in short supply by providing operational support for early-stage investment funds, angel capital networks, or investor training programs. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 11:50 p.m.
Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19

This notice solicits applications for projects to demonstrate the effectiveness of local
government implementation of evidence-based health literacy strategies that are culturally
appropriate to enhance COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and/or other mitigation measures (e.g.,
public health prevention practices and vaccination) in racial and ethnic minority populations and
other socially vulnerable populations, including racial and ethnic minority rural communities. This
initiative will align with, but not duplicate, existing federal efforts to disseminate resources for
COVID-19 responses.
Suggested Read
Coates' Cannon
Assessing and Collecting System Development Fees (SDFs): It’s All About the Timing
Authored by: Kara Millonzi

The General Assembly has granted local government utilities explicit authority to charge capacity fees, referred to as system development fees, on “new development” to fund certain water and wastewater capital. SeeG.S. 162A, Art. 8. As more local utilities adopt and implement system development fees (SDFs), issues have arisen related to when the fees apply and when they must be collected. This blog post walks through the circumstances under which SDFs may be assessed and when they must be collected. It also discusses what happens when the SDF law does not apply. The post incorporates recent legislative changes from S.L. 2020-61.

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