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July 14, 2020
Contact: Ford Porter
Phone: 919-814-2100

North Carolina K-12 Public Schools to Require Key Safety Measures to
 Allow In-person Instruction 

Districts may choose to conduct school entirely by remote learning

North Carolina will continue to pause in Safer At Home Phase 2 for three more weeks
July 21, 2020
Contact: Ford Porter
Phone: 919-814-2100

State Announces Delivery of Personal Protection Equipment for Agricultural Workers
State Partnership Delivering 900,000 Masks and Infection Control Supplies to Protect Health and Safety of Farmers and Agriculture Workers

R ALEIGH: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is taking further action to prevent and respond to COVID-19 outbreaks among the agricultural workforce, delivering critical personal protection equipment for use by agricultural workers across the state.
 
“Agriculture is vital to our economy and food supply and it is critical that we protect farmworkers and their families from this virus,” said Governor Cooper.
 
Farmworkers are deemed an essential workforce and it is imperative that people who cultivate and harvest North Carolina’s wide variety of crops are protected. To support prevention efforts that are proven to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, NCDHHS is implementing its plan this week to deliver over 900,000 masks and other infection control supplies to North Carolina Cooperative Extension county centers across the state for distribution to farms and agricultural operations. In addition to masks, the deliveries included hand sanitizer and cloth face coverings for workers to take home.
 
Thirty-one counties have been selected to receive the first delivery, including: Alamance, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe , Forsyth, Franklin, Granville, Greene, Guilford, Harnett, Henderson, Johnston, Lee, Lenoir, Lincoln, Martin, Mecklenburg, Nash , Pender, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Wake, Wayne, Wilson .
 
Governor Roy Cooper Signs Executive Order No. 153 Limiting the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages After 11pm

Governor Cooper signed an Executive Order to limit the sale of alcoholic beverages after 11pm. Please see the press release for more details as well as links below for the Executive Order and FAQ. Executive Order 153 took effect on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:00pm.
 
Read the Executive Order .
Read the FAQs
The NCDHHS #StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit for K-12 has updated guidance for teachers and school staff to reopen our schools in the safest ways possible. Learn more about NC’s plan to minimize exposure to #COVID19 for the 2020-21 school year.


 
 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) today issued a Request For Proposals for an initiative that will send up to 250 Community Health Workers to historically underserved areas with high COVID-19 caseloads. Starting in August, teams of trained frontline public health professionals will connect North Carolinians affected by COVID-19 with needed services and support.  
Preparing for 2020 Hurricane Season
Preparedness and Safety Messaging for Hurricanes, Flooding, and Similar Disasters

The right message at the right time from the right person can save lives. Every natural disaster is unique and emergency responders have to quickly adapt to the ever-changing nature of a crisis. To be able to more quickly and effectively disseminate messages before, during, and after an emergency, many key messages can be written in the preparedness phase. CDC developed a reference document that contains key messages on hurricane and flood related health threats.

The  Preparedness and Safety Messaging for Hurricanes, Flooding, and Similar Disasters can h elp local responders quickly create and adapt health communication products for affected communities. The document contains messages on various topics including food safety, carbon monoxide poisoning, waterborne diseases, and mold.
Going to a Public Disaster Shelter During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Emergency managers, shelter managers, and public health professionals are taking measures to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 among people who seek safety in a disaster shelter during severe weather events.

Here are some tips to help you prepare and lower the risk of infection while staying safe in a shelter.
What Could Happen if the Pandemic and a Major Hurricane Collide?

As the coronavirus continues to cause chaos in North Carolina, forecasters predict an above-normal hurricane season. State officials urge people in at-risk areas to make plans now.
 The Unveiling Of The Sarah Keys Evans’ Plaza
August 1, 2020
Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Park
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina  

 
Few people in the Roanoke Valley and beyond know that at 22 years of age, on August 1, 1952, Sarah Louise Keys Evans refused to give up her seat on a state-to-state charter bus in Roanoke Rapids North Carolina. The “Trailblazer” as she likes to be called by her act of courage prompted the landmark case, Sarah Keys v. Carolina Coach Company in which the Interstate Commerce Commission outlawed segregation of Black passengers in buses traveling across state lines. The ruling was announced publicly six days before Rosa Parks’ historic defiance of Jim Crow laws in Montgomery, Alabama. This was the start of the Montgomery Bus Boycotts of 1955. While the story of Sarah Keys Evans has been eclipsed by the events in Montgomery, her activism was a necessary step and key success in ultimately dismantling Jim Crow transportation laws in the South in 1961.

The Sarah Keys Evans Inclusive Public Art Project funded by Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and Eastern Carolina Christian College & Seminary will collaborate with other community organizations to tell the story of Mrs. Sarah Louise Keys Evans.
 
Napoleon Hill, a local Enfield, NC artist, has been selected to honor and celebrate Sarah Keys Evans' historical contributions to humankind through the proposed artwork themed -“ Closing the Circle ”, which is depicted through eight chronological mural panels and two bronze plaques mounted on two semi-circular brick walls. 
 
The art will be located in Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Park, an active community space in Roanoke Rapids.
 
The Z Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) investment in Inclusive Public Art is intended to help share stories of diversity, equality, inclusion and equity as they relate to the people and places of North Carolina, especially those whose stories are often untold. 

Going Stir Crazy During This Time?

Going outside and enjoying the beautiful spring weather can help with the case of cabin fever. Just remember to keep up with social distancing of six feet apart and wash your hands.

Halifax and Northampton County have some great walking trails.

Here are just a few!



NCDHHS COVID-19 Community Testing Events Announced; Testing is Free

Raleigh, N.C.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has announced community testing events in Edgecombe , Halifax , Hertford, Johnston, Northampton , Sampson and Wake counties as part of the initiative to increase access to free COVID-19 testing for historically marginalized communities that currently have limited testing sites.
There is no cost for testing.

For an up-to-date list of events, visit the  Community Testing Events  page of the NCDHHS COVID-19 website. Testing events associated with this initiative are listed under the name of their coordinating vendor, Vidant Health or Orig3n, Inc.
Funding/Grants

U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing up to $1 billion to help rural businesses and farmers meet their working capital needs during the pandemic; with money from the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package. The new program is patterned on USDA’s existing Business and Industry program but with a higher loan guarantee level and lower requirements for collateral. Eligible applicants may contact their local USDA Rural Development  State Office   in the state where the project is located.

For more information, visit  www.rd.usda.gov . Deadline: September 15, 2021
GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

  • EDA invites applications for economic development grant opportunities

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) invites applicants to submit applications under its Public Works program 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, respectfully. 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, resiliency plans, planning and regional technical assistance projects. Matching share funds are required and must be committed at the time of the project and for the same scope of work. 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.gov . To access the funding notice and application forms, please go to: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321695 .
 
  • USDA announces that the Rural Business-Cooperative Service is accepting FY 2020 applications for the Rural Cooperative Development Grant program

The US Department of Agriculture’s has announces that the Rural Business Cooperative Service (Agency) is accepting FY 2020 applications for the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program. The primary purpose of the RCDG program is to improve the economic condition of rural areas through cooperative development. Maximum award amount is $200,000 and awards are available only for institutions of higher education or non-profit organizations. To learn more and view the solicitation, please go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=327995 .

  • Department of Education announces funding opportunity to support education technology, media and materials for individuals with disabilities

The US Department of Education is inviting applicants to apply for FY 2020 funds under the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program. Through this opportunity, the Department will identify and disseminate types of educational technologies that can enhance teaching and learning in educator and leader preparation programs in institutions of higher education (IHEs); and support learning networks for IHE faculty on using educational technologies to enhance teaching and learning in educator and leader preparation programs. Applications are due by August 21. A funding webinar is available https://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/osep/new-osep-grants.html (see CFDA 84.327F in table) and further information and application forms can be accessed from the table as well.  

  • Department of Education announces Rural Tech Project

The US Department of Education has announced a challenge to advance high-quality technology instruction in rural communities. The Rural Tech Project, with a total cash prize pool of $600,000 invites high schools and local educational agencies to develop competency-based distance learning programs that enable students to master skills at their own pace with the goal of preparing them for the well-paying, in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow. Rural high schools and LEAs interested in entering the challenge should submit a proposal for a competency-based program by 5:59 p.m. ET on Oct. 8, 2020. The online submission form asks for a program overview, including the delivery model, curriculum topics, and intended collaboration with local employers and other partners. Up to five finalists will each receive an equal share of the initial $500,000 prize pool and progress to Phase 2. From January to June 2021, finalists will develop detailed program plans and build partnerships before programs launch. They will have on-the-ground assistance, expert mentorship, and access to virtual resources as they plan, run, and refine their programs for two academic years. Finalists will also be supported by a Community Engagement Manager, who will assist with on-the-ground setup, implementation, and evaluation of each program. During summer 2023, finalists will document their outcomes and learnings in a final submission; the judging panel will then recommend one grand-prize winner to receive an additional $100,000. To submit a proposal, please go to https://www.luminarylightbox.com/rural-tech-project/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= .

  • XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling offers $5M to Boost Innovation in Job Training

The nonprofit XPRIZE recently announced a new prize competition: the XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling Competition where $5 million in prizes will be awarded for innovations that could revolutionize job training for under-resourced communities.  Recognizing the significant economic dislocation being caused by the coronavirus, automation and continued shifts in business practices, the XPRIZE releases this competition to solicit teams to propose new ways to reskill, train, and retain workers in a range of occupations. Teams must prove that their reskilling techniques can be accomplished in half the time required for current techniques, in an affordable, accessible and collaborative manner. Retraining will focus on more than 80 occupations that are growing at rates faster than the national average, require only a high school diploma or post-secondary certificate, and pay above the living wage. To learn more, please go to: https://rapidreskilling.xprize.org/prizes/rapidreskilling .

  • National Endowment for the Arts announces Out Town Creative Placemaking Grants Program

Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. Grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. These projects require a partnership between a local government entity and nonprofit organization, one of which must be a cultural organization; and should engage in partnership with other sectors (such as agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment and energy, health, housing, public safety, transportation, and workforce development). Applications are due by August 6. To learn more, please go to: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/other-information .  
COVID-19 Recycling Relief Grant Program

The N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS) announced a new grant funding opportunity available to local governments and private recycling businesses last month through the COVID-19 Recycling Relief Grant Program.
Proposals are being accepted on an ongoing basis for projects to purchase equipment and/or resources to support residential recycling programs that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may request up to $20,000 in state grant funding and must provide a cash match equivalent to 20 percent of the requested grant funding.
Please review the full request for proposals (RFP) at: https://deq.nc.gov/conservation/recycling/programs-offered/grants-local-governments.
For more information, contact Sandy Skolochenko at (919) 707-8147, sandy.skolochenko@ncdenr.gov or Matt James at (919) 707-8133, matt.james@ncdenr.gov .
Backyard Composting Grant Announcement

DEACS is excited to announce a new grant program to assist local governments with the promotion and implementation of backyard composting for their residents. DEACS recognizes that backyard composting is a key component of waste reduction and creates a valuable soil amendment from food scraps and yard waste.
With the release of this RFP, DEACS is seeking proposals that request grant funding to support food waste reduction through backyard composting. Applicants may request up to $20,000 in state grant funding and must provide a cash match equivalent to 20 percent of the requested grant funding. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis while funding is available.
For more information, contact Emily Burnett at (919) 707-8121,  emily.burnett@ncdenr.gov , or Matt James at (919) 707-7813, matt.james@ncdenr.gov
Other Recycling Grant Opportunities

The Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC) offers funding to help local governments invest in recycling carts, MRF upgrades, recycling trucks or transfer stations to increase material recovery. Find more details at https://www.serdc.org/Recycling-Infrastructure-Grant
The Recycling Partnership offers two grant programs:
  • Recycling Cart Grants can help local governments purchase recycling carts to offer new service or to upgrade bag- or bin-based residential recycling collections.
  • Polypropylene Recycling Grants offer funding for upgrades at public or private MRFs to facilitate processing, sortation and marketing of polypropylene packaging. 
Planning and Development
Expanded Services for Member Governments

The Planning and Development Services Department is pleased to announce expanded services to member governments through new partnerships with Stewart Inc. as well as with CodeWright Planners, LLC in association with the Timmons Group, Both& Planning, and the Brough Law Firm.

UCPCOG issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) in the spring of 2020 and, after a review process of seven (7) firms and their teams, selected two (2) firms that have extensive land use planning, zoning, legal, and other experience working in a local government setting. This has been done to streamline the firm selection process for UCPCOG member local governments, providing you quick access to qualified planning services firms with individuals, consultants, and project teams authorized to operate in North Carolina.

Firms selected possess expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Long-range planning (e.g., updates of community Comprehensive Plan, Site-Specific Master Planning/Design)
  • Current Planning (e.g. administration of zoning ordinances, code enforcement assistance)
  • Regulatory Amendments (e.g., updates and amendments to Zoning Ordinances, Subdivision  Ordinances, UDOs, and land use regulations as required by NCGS Chapter 160D)

Because UCPCOG is an extension of our local member governments by NC Statute and has completed this RFQ and selection process, members can opt to negotiate and contract directly with these firms without going through an RFQ process of your own.

In order to further facilitate your planning and land use needs, UCPCOG PDS will be happy to discuss those needs and share detailed information about the selected firms including team and project experience, references, and current rate sheets. We can then make formal introductions to their Principles engaging in our region. Please feel free to contact Planning and Development Services Director, Ron Townley at  rtownley@ucpcog.org .

UCPCOG does not need to be involved in the direct service relationship between the firm(s) and our members beyond this point, unless requested by the local government.

Below, please find some initial introductory information about these preferred firms.

We look forward to helping you make their acquaintance.

Aspiring and current local government managers are encouraged to attend the ICMA University Emerging Leaders Development Program to build knowledge, skills, and abilities in the management and technical topics that are needed to be successful. Through a unique format of monthly teleseminars with senior Credentialed Managers and public administration professors, this program minimizes your time away from work and maximizes your local government expertise to prepare for the leadership seat. Graduates of the program will receive a certificate of completion from ICMA University.



EPA Announces Release of
Water Utility COVID-19 Financial Impact Tool

EPA released a new tool to help water utilities assess the financial impact of COVID-19 on operations. Throughout the COVID-19 national health emergency—and as communities across the country reopen—water utilities have reliably provided safe drinking water and critical wastewater services. This new tool will help provide important information about the financial and operational health of water utilities, which play an integral role in protecting human health and the environment for our nation.

“It’s important for water utilities to understand – as early as possible – how to carry out their responsibilities and plan reinvestment for their communities as local economies start to recover from COVID-19,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “This tool will support the financial resilience of water utilities today and into the future by providing in-depth insight into how operations during COVID-19 have affected their financial standing.”

Developed by EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center, the Water Utility COVID-19 Financial Impact Tool leads water utilities through questions that can determine how their revenues, expenses and cashflow have been affected. This tool will help water utilities understand the financial health as they plan for ongoing operation and maintenance and capital infrastructure needs, including implementing plans to repair, replace and modernize aging infrastructure.

Visit the EPA website to access the Water Utility COVID-19 Financial Impact Tool .
The Made in NC Awards is an annual contest hosted by Our State magazine that celebrates the cream of the crop of handmade, locally sourced, artisanal products in North Carolina.
Any North Carolina maker with a product made in North Carolina that falls under one of the following categories: Food, Drink, Style, Craft, or Home & Garden may submit entries.

 All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on August 12.

Internet Connectivity Survey for NC Households and Businesses

At a time when businesses, workers, and students need internet access more than ever, connectivity remains a challenge. Take this 5 minute survey to help NC DIT and the Friday Institute gather data on internet connectivity for NC households and businesses. The data will inform research, policy and funding recommendations to assist communities where internet access is inadequate.

WorkForce Development
NCWorks Live Chat Feature
 
You can now connect with an NCWorks Career Adviser via Live Chat at  www.ncworks.gov . During business hours, there will always be someone there to assist you.
 
The NCWorks Career Center staff have continued to offer job seeker and career services virtually including:

  • Career Planning and Coaching
  • Resume Review & Development
  • Scholarships for Training
  • Business Recruitment & Retention Services
  • Skills Assessment & Labor Market Information

Note: The NCWorks Career Centers do not process Unemployment Insurance claims. This is handled by the Dept. of Employment Security exclusively online or by phone. 
North Carolina Introduces the New NCcareers.org

Governor Roy Cooper introduced the new NCcareers.org July 15, an integrated career information system that offers North Carolinians ways to explore careers and job opportunities. Governor Cooper praised the portal during video remarks he offered at the annual Career & Technical Education Conference.

"North Carolinians need resources to navigate the quickly changing job market," Governor Cooper said. "The new NCcareers.org helps people research the education and training options that lead them to find good, high paying jobs available right now across our state."

As the state's economy continues to adapt to the impact of COVID-19, work environments and employers' needs have shifted significantly. The career portal will offer skills and interest assessments for people in all stages of their careers, as well as the ability to explore occupations and local job openings, and the capability to identify education and training opportunities tailored to an individual's career interests.

The portal is available now at NCcareers.org .
AGING
The Critical Role of Area Agencies on Aging During COVID-19

A recent Journal on Aging and Social Policy research article highlighted the critical role of Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, built on their ability to quickly assess, coordinate, and respond to the local needs of older adults. Based on a study of AAAs across the country, the article found that the agencies were quick to adapt to the changing environment; creative and resilient in service provision – rethinking meal delivery, limited contact for in-home services, and new approaches to volunteer coordination; and a strong partner to local health system and support networks. Such a combination makes AAAs critical response and recovery partners in the effort to preserve the health and well being of older adults in their local communities.

These findings come as no surprise to federal legislators, who invested over a billion dollars in the network of AAAs to provide nutrition, home and community-based services, and support for caregivers, through their COVID-19 response bills.

Previous research suggests these partnerships between AAAs and health networks help to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and nursing home admissions. Building upon this existing hub of service delivery and support for older adults is critical as communities seek to limit unnecessary admissions during COVID-19.

Read the full article on the innovative role of AAAs during COVID-19  here .
States Allow In-Person Nursing Home Visits As Families Charge Residents Die ‘Of Broken Hearts'
JULY 13, 2020
 
States across the country are beginning to roll back heart-wrenching policies instituted when the coronavirus pandemic began and allow in-person visits at nursing homes and assisted living centers, offering relief to frustrated families.
For the most part, visitors are required to stay outside and meet relatives in gardens or on patios where they stay at least 6 feet apart, supervised by a staff member. Appointments are scheduled in advance and masks are mandated. Only one or two visitors are permitted at a time.

Before these get-togethers, visitors get temperature checks and answer screening questions to assess their health. Hugs or other physical contact are not allowed. If residents or staff at a facility develop new cases of COVID-19, visitation is not permitted.

As of July 7, 26 states and the District of Columbia had given   the go-ahead to nursing home visits  under these circumstances, according to LeadingAge, an association of long-term care providers. Two weeks earlier, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services clarified  federal guidance  on reopening nursing homes to visitors.

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia were similarly planning to allow visits  at assisted living centers .

Visitation policies may change, however, if state officials become concerned about a rise in COVID-19 cases. And individual facilities are not obligated to open up to families, even when a state says they can do so.
COVID-19 Pandemic is Impacting the Physical Activity of Older Adults

By now, we're all aware that COVID-19 is especially dangerous for older adults--the older you are, the higher your risk for serious illness and even death if you contract the virus. Because there is no treatment or a vaccine yet, it's vitally important that we practice social distancing and wear masks to protect ourselves from the disease.

But as we work to keep ourselves safe, we also need to be sure we're not falling into physical inactivity. When we cut ourselves off from shopping, walking in malls, and going to the gym and other places where we can exercise, we can become sedentary. Older adults who don't get regular exercise may become prone to chronic diseases, weakened muscles, and frailty.

Exercise programs you can do at home are especially important during isolation, and are a good way to maintain or even improve your muscle health and mobility. Exercise also helps prevent falls, a common cause of disability and hospitalization for older adults.

Good ways to work in more movement include:

  • Interrupting prolonged sitting time by taking strolling or standing breaks (such as moving around during commercials while watching TV).
  • Performing light household chores like cleaning and gardening and enjoying leisure activities such as dancing or short-distance walking.
  • Joining family members in-person (when safe) or remotely by FaceTime or Zoom to stay active and gain emotional support.

HealthinAging.org , maintained by the American Geriatrics Society, offers helpful suggestions for getting the right amount of physical activity.
Workshops/Webinars
New Resources for DCTA Recipients and Smaller Distressed Communities

HUD has developed a library of resources relevant to Distressed Cities Technical Assistance (DCTA) recipients and smaller distressed communities impacted by a natural disaster. Explore this collection of resources which features COVID-19 pandemic response resources as well as general resources. Check back regularly for new resources and information!

The following resources are the newest webinars, reports, and other information available on the DCTA Program Resources page .

Webinars and Events

Upcoming Webinars

August 11, 2020, 12:00 PM EDT

August 11-12, 2020, 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM EDT

August 19, 2020, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT

Previously Recorded Webinars

Division of Water Infrastructure Announces Fall 2020 Application Training at Five Virtual Training Times

Training dates: Wednesday, July 29, 2020; Friday, July 31, 2020; Tuesday, August 11, 2020; Wednesday, August 12, 2020; and Friday, August 14, 2020

The Division of Water Infrastructure in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announces training for the Fall 2020 funding round. Funding offered this round is available through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), the “Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019” (ASADRA), the State Reserve Program, the Asset Inventory and Assessment grant program, and the Merger / Regionalization Feasibility grant program. Funding through ASADRA will be administered through the CWSRF and DWSRF programs and is available only to those who submitted applications by April 30, 2020 or Letters of Intent to Apply (LOIA) by June 17, 2020. All applications must be received by the division no later than close of business on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Application training for the following funding programs will be offered virtually from July 29 through Aug. 14 on five different dates.
Offerings for Training at Accessible Prices
 
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the School recognizes that local governments are increasingly being asked to meet rising challenges with fewer resources. To help meet your needs, we are expanding discount options. The Center for Public Leadership and Governance will now offer an automatic 25% discount on all of its open enrollment  programs .
 
In addition, the Local Government Federal Credit Union continues to offer scholarships for school programs. The next deadline to apply for a  scholarship  is September 1.

Crisis Communications Skills for Local Elected Officials Zoom Session

Aug 21, 2020
10:00 am – 12:00 pm  

In today’s governing environment, local elected leaders are surrounded by frustrated and often angry citizens. Dealing with constituents’ anger and fear is a new reality for many local leaders. In this engaging interactive workshop, you will learn the four most important principles of crisis communications; you will learn practical pointers for connecting with constituents who are upset, and share what works and what doesn’t in short breakout sessions.
 MEW Webinar Series: Clean Energy Jobs in NC and Clean Energy as a Recovery Mechanism from COVID-19
NCSEA and E2 are set to release a report detailing the size and economic importance of the clean energy industry in North Carolina in 2019. Last year, more than 110,000 North Carolinians worked in clean energy, making the state No. 9 in the country for jobs in solar, energy efficiency and other clean energy sectors. Unfortunately, clean energy jobs took a hit along with many other parts of our economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please join NCSEA and E2 to hear more details about the state of clean energy jobs in our state; how clean energy is uniquely positioned to help lead North Carolina’s - and our nation’s - economic recovery, and how you can help us make the case to lawmakers for smart policies to keep clean energy moving forward.

Registration required to receive the webinar link.

As a benefit to our members, stakeholders, and supporters during this tough time, NCSEA will be offering each of these webinars free of charge! 


AUGUST 11, 2020  
Innovative Financing Models for Low and Moderate Income Participation in Clean Energy

AUGUST 25, 2020
North Carolina’s Role in the International Clean Energy Market

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020  
TBD

OCTOBER 6, 2020
Investment Capital in Clean Energy - Where We've Been and Where We're Headed

OCTOBER 15, 2020  
Integrating Clean Energy into Utility Resource Planning
 
If you have questions on sponsorship or need help getting registered, please reach out to Matt Abele at  mattabele@energync.org .  
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