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."
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
COVID-19 Project

The Lumber River Workforce Development Board received funding from NC Commerce Division of Workforce Solution to operate a COVID-19 Employment & Training Project. This project is designed to assist dislocated individuals by placement into full-time permanent employment positions through the use of On-the-Job Training (OJT) services, and employers by providing an OJT wage reimbursement incentive to hire and train these individuals. The project also provides limited temporary employment positions in partnership with local health departments to assist with COVID-19 contact tracing. To date, the program has placed five individuals in OJT and three contact tracers.

For Program Year 2020 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021), as of December 31, 2020, the Lumber River Council of Governments Workforce Development Board has $69,551.97 for expenditures with the COVID-19 Employment and Training Project.
Finish Line Grant (FLG)    

The Lumber River Workforce Development Board (LRWDB) was approved for a third year of Finish Line Grant operations to assist community college students that are approaching program completion and are faced with financial hardship. The LRWDB has a partnership with Bladen, Richmond, Robeson, and Sandhills community colleges to provide this assistance. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, staff has persevered and continues to provide FLG assistance virtually in order to meet the students’ needs.
As of December 31, 2020
407 +
FLG awards have been granted
FLG students have attained their credential
For Program Year 2020 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021), as of December 31, 2020, the Lumber River Council of Governments Workforce Development Board has $70,425.13 for expenditures with the Finish Line Grant (FLG) Project.
Biden extends the national ban on evictions through March 2021

The current order was set to expire on January 31st. Restrictions on foreclosures of properties with federally-guaranteed mortgages were also extended to March 31st. Additionally, the deadline to apply for forbearances on such mortgages is extended to March 31st.
COVID Relief Package Hits Governor’s Desk; Cooper Releases Recommendations
North Carolina Extends Modified Stay At Home Order as Numbers Begin to Stabilize in an Effort to Continue to Slow the Spread
Executive Order No. 189 will be in effect through at least 
Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Executive orders for “to-go” or delivery sales of mixed beverages and evictions moratorium also extended
NC Ranks 6th in Nation for Total Doses of Vaccine Administered

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranked North Carolina the 6th state in the nation for total vaccine doses administered, a testament to a phenomenal job done by North Carolina vaccine providers.
The state was also recognized by the Washington Post as being one of only three states providing thorough reporting on vaccine administration by race. The state’s dashboard will be updated every weekday beginning next week. It is the source for the most accurate and timely information for vaccine data for the state.
New Tools Help North Carolinians Get Vaccine Information

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released new tools to help North Carolinians get their COVID-19 vaccine questions answered and to find vaccine locations in the state.

The newly expanded COVID-19 vaccine help center can be reached at 888-675-4567 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Callers can get help with general COVID-19 vaccine questions, information on eligibility groups, clinical questions about the vaccine, how to find vaccine locations and transportation services.
Host a Lead for NC Fellow
Apply by February 19, 2021
In partnership with the UNC School of Government, the League of Municipalities sponsors the Lead for NC fellowship program. This opportunity places recent graduates in cities and towns across North Carolina, where they will play a pivotal role in the operations of a local government.

Lead for North Carolina is more than an internship opportunity where fellows shadow various departments or provide administrative assistance to current employees. It is our hope that the fellow will work on transformative projects within your community. Fellows should work on projects that have been on your "to-do" list for forever or the wicked problems that affect your community.
Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) Builds New Tool for Rural Communities to Build Their Outdoor Recreation Economies

The Rural Economic Development Toolkit will provide a resource for communities building up their outdoor recreation economies. Most communities will need additional resources to implement their plans. To overcome this hurdle, ORR compiled a list of federal grants and technical assistance to accompany the toolkit, which will support these communities in securing the funding and assistance they will need to accomplish their economic goals.
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).
Webinar Recording Available

How Regional Development Organizations Support Small Water Systems Infrastructure

During this webinar, Jean Klein from the Lumber River Council of Governments and staff from the Southeast Nebraska Development District highlighted how they work with small local municipalities on asset inventory for water systems infrastructure, collaborate on projects that enhance economic development and quality of life, coordinate with state and federal partners, and much more.
Rural Summit 2021

March 15, 2021—March 17, 2021

The Rural Summit will call attention to a number of public policy issues and priorities affecting our state’s rural people and places, with a special thematic focus on entrepreneurship and small business development Additional policy issues on the event agenda include: broadband, healthcare, social determinants of health, water and wastewater infrastructure, regional collaboration, racial equity, and communities mobilizing for change. You will not want to miss this informative and action-oriented policy change event.
Better Community Planning & Economic Development
Secrets of Successful Communities (Series 1 of 4)

February 24, 2021 | 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Join LeverageNC in a four-part series titled Better Community Planning & Economic Development for NC cities and towns.

Secrets of Successful Communities – Every community has its own strengths and weaknesses, but successful communities often share some common characteristics. This workshop will examine the “secrets of successful communities.” It will explore how some communities are able to maintain their economic vitality and quality of life in a rapidly changing world, while other communities continue to lose jobs, population and their once unique character and identity. This series will give you the tools and techniques that successful communities use to thrive!

Each hour-long session will be offered via a Zoom live webinar beginning at 1:00 pm.
This webinar has been approved for 1 certification maintenance credit by AICP.
Spring 2021 Application Training

The Division of Water Infrastructure in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announces training for the Spring 2021funding application round.Funding offered this round is available through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). All applications must be received by the Division no later than close of business on Friday, Apr. 30, 2021.Virtual application training for the following funding programs will be offered virtually via WebEx on March 2 and March 5, 2021.

Two Virtual Training Times Available via WebEx:
Tuesday, March 2, 2021(9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.)
Friday, March 5, 2021(9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.)
Small Business Update: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Stimulus Q&A

At the end of 2020, the federal government passed a $900 billion coronavirus-related stimulus bill designed to help small businesses in multiple ways. These included the reopening of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), expanding the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC), setting aside new funds for Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grants and creating new live venue grants.
Funding Opportunities
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

Emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by the COVID pandemic.

Eligible entities include:
  • Live venue operators or promoters
  • Theatrical producers
  • Live performing arts organization operators
  • Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria
  • Motion picture theater operators
  • Talent representatives, and
  • Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements
Qualifying businesses should review details and monitor the website for the grant opening.
US Department of Education offering Talent Search Grants

US Department of Education invites public or private agencies, institutions of higher education, and/or secondary schools to apply under the Talent Search Grant program for funding to support the identification of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds with potential for education at the postsecondary level and encourage them to complete secondary school and undertake postsecondary education.

Applications due by February 26, 2021.

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