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January 2020
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Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service released proposed regulations in November 2018 and May 2019, which were followed by 544 pages of final regulations on Dec. 19, 2019.

Although the final regulations do not address all taxpayer concerns, the regulations do provide plenty of favorable and unfavorable guidance and must be carefully taken into account before making QOF investments.

Rocky Mount Identifies Downtown Assets

Liz Parham, Director of the NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center, facilitated a strategic economic development planning retreat with the City of Rocky Mount and the Center City Revitalization Board of Directors.

The group members identified what is driving their economy and dug deep into their strongest assets that have the best opportunities for economic growth and prosperity over the next five years, including downtown residential development and visual and performing arts inspired by the music of Thelonius Monk.
Wilson's Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park Wins
2019 Great Places in America "People's Choice" Award

Congratulations to Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson for this national recognition!

"The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park is truly an awe-inspiring place; a community living room filled with thirty massive kinetic sculptures spinning in the wind, reflecting sparkling lights after dark, and drawing locals and visitors alike for leisure, education, and entertainment. ... This catalyst project, which took eight years to complete, was designed to bring the Wilson community together and spur economic revitalization and tourism in Historic Downtown Wilson." — Rodger Lentz, AICP



Muni market participants are banking on a surface transportation reauthorization bill passing in the first half of next year before elections get underway in 2020. The November election leaves a small window to pass the American Transportation Infrastructure Act, a five-year surface transportation reauthorization.

A word of Caution for the New Year. Do NOT put 20 as the year when signing a document.

1-1-2020

If you sign a document and only put 20 as the year, someone could modify it to include a different year, by writing out 2020 it could potentially save you some trouble down the road.


Funding/Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development will make a second round of $550 million in Reconnect Pilot Program funding available in 2020.

Nationwide, USDA will make available up to $200 million for grants, up to $200 million for 50/50 grant-loan combinations, and up to $200 million for low-interest loans.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 Strategic Prevention Framework - Partnerships for Success grants. 

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $27,700,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 27-92
Anticipated Award Amount: 
From $300,000 to $1,000,000 per year
Length of Project: Up to five years
Cost Sharing/Match Required?: No

The purpose of this grant program is to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse and its related problems while strengthening prevention capacity and infrastructure at the community and state level. The program is intended to address one of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities. Recipients will identify the primary problematic substances in their jurisdictions and develop and implement strategies to prevent the misuse of these substances among youth and adults.

VA-GPD-PDO-FY2020
GPD Per Diem Only Grant Program (PDO)
Department of Veterans Affairs
Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program



Grants Notice Funding Opportunity Number:VA-GPD-PDO-FY 2020
Funding Opportunity Title:GPD Per Diem Only Grant Program (PDO)
 Funding Instrument Type:Grant
Category of Funding Activity:Housing Category Explanation: 
Expected Number of Awards: CFDA Number(s):64.024 -- VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:No
Version:Synopsis 1 Posted Date:Jan 03, 2020 Last Updated Date:Jan 03, 2020
Original Closing Date for Applications:Mar 02, 2020

Eligible Applicants:City or township governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
State governments
County governments
Special district governments
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities

Estimated Total Program Funding: (not posted)
Award Ceiling: (not posted)
Award Floor: (not posted)

Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies National Science Foundation




Document Type:Grants Notice Funding
Opportunity Number:20-537
Funding Opportunity Title: Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation: Funding Instrument Type:Grant
Category of Funding Activity:Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation: Expected Number of Awards:16 CFDA Number(s):47.041 -- Engineering
47.049 -- Mathematical and Physical Sciences
47.050 -- Geosciences
47.070 -- Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:No

Version:Synopsis 1
Posted Date:Jan 04, 2020
Last Updated Date:Jan 04, 2020
Original Closing Date:Apr 03, 2020
 Archive Date:May 03, 2020
Estimated Total Program Funding:$12,000,000
Award Ceiling:$1,500,000
Award Floor:$500,000

Agency Name:National Science Foundation
Description:The National Science Foundation's Directorates for Engineering (ENG), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), and Geosciences (GEO) are coordinating efforts to identify new concepts and ideas on Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies (SWIFT).

A key aspect of this new solicitation is its focus on effective spectrum utilization and/or coexistence techniques, especially with passive uses, which have received less attention from researchers. Coexistence is when two or more applications use the same frequency band at the same time and/or at the same location, yet do not adversely affect one another. Coexistence is especially difficult when at least one of the spectrum users is passive, i.e., not transmitting any radio frequency (RF) energy. Examples of coexisting systems may include passive and active systems (e.g., radio astronomy and 5G wireless communication systems) or two active systems (e.g., weather radar and Wi-Fi).

Breakthrough innovations are sought on both the wireless communication hardware and the algorithmic/protocol fronts through synergistic teamwork. The goal of these research projects may be the creation of new technology or significant enhancements to existing wireless infrastructure, with an aim to benefit society by improving spectrum utilization, beyond mere spectrum efficiency. The SWIFT program seeks to fund collaborative team research that transcends the traditional boundaries of individual disciplines.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC): Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision
Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living

HHS-2020-ACL-NIDILRR-RTEM-0388
Opportunity Title:Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC): Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision
ACL National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:No
Version:Forecast 1 Forecasted Date:Dec 26, 2019 Last Updated Date:Dec 26, 2019
Estimated Post Date:Mar 27, 2020
Estimated Application Due Date:May 26, 2020   
Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.Estimated Award Date:Sep 30, 2020 Estimated Project Start Date:Sep 30, 2020
Fiscal Year:2020 Archive Date:Jun 26, 2020 Estimated Total Program Funding:$875,000
Award Ceiling:$875,000 Award Floor:$850,000

Eligible Applicants:
City or township governments,
State governments
Private institutions of higher education
County governments
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Special district governments
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Independent school districts

Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility:States; public or private agencies, including for-profit agencies; public or private organizations, including for-profit organizations, IHEs; and Indian tribes and tribal organizations. Foreign entities are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

HHS-2020-ACL-NIDILRR-RTGE-0391
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Outcomes Research and Measurement
Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living

Opportunity Title:Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Outcomes Research and Measurement Opportunity :
Funding Instrument Type:Grant
Category of Funding Activity:Science and Technology and other Research and Development Category Explanation: Expected Number of Awards:1 CFDA Number(s):93.433 -- ACL National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:No

Date:Mar 13, 2020 Estimated Application Due Date:May 12, 2020 
Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Estimated Award Date:Sep 30, 2020 Estimated Project Start Date:Sep 30, 2020 Fiscal Year:2020 Archive Date:Jun 12, 2020
Estimated Total Program Funding:$875,000 Award Ceiling:$875,000 Award Floor:$850,000

Eligible Applicants:Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Special district governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
State governments
Private institutions of higher education
City or township governments
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Independent school districts
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
County governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)


WorkForce Development
Congratulating Diane Thomas, NCWorks Career Center-Rocky Mount Manager for successfully completing the second class of STAR!! 
Turning Point WDB celebrates your accomplishment and recognizes your dedication to advancing the NCWorks system.
Turning Point Workforce Development Board received NCWorks Career Center Certifications for all three centers (NCWorks Career Centers – Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount and Wilson) at the NCWorks Commission meeting, November 6, 2019 presented by Secretary Copeland, NC Commerce and Tom Rabon, NCWorks Commission Chairman.
Regional Advance Manufacturing Pipeline (RAMP-East) quarterly meeting hosted by Edgecombe Community College, updates were provided by all stakeholders (Economic Development Partnerships, Workforce Development Boards, NC Community College System, etc.).
Workshops/Webinars

When
Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
Where
3rd Floor of the Upper Coastal Plain COG  
121 W. Nash Street
Wilson, NC 27893  

  • Best practice areas for utilities from the Statewide Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Master Plan: The Road to Viability
  • Shifting from a reactive to a proactive management approach
  • Potential approaches to the concept of "strength in numbers"
  • Funding and other resources available
Contact
Angela Stanley  
Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments 
2522345955 

New Discoveries and New Work: Jeff Speck and Jarrett Walker

Explore Lessons Learned from Walkable City and Human Transit

Friday, January 17, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

Walkable City  and  Human Transit,  both published in 2012, are two of the most important planning books of the past decade. A lot has happened since 2012, however, and authors Jeff Speck and Jarrett Walker have had ample opportunities since then to put their ideas to work, evaluate the outcomes and refine their positions.
 
Join the Smart Growth Network and the Maryland Department of Planning at 1 p.m. Friday, January 17 as they share their recent insights, projects on the boards, and take part in what promises to be a lively conversation with each other and webinar participants. Have your questions ready! 
 
Participants of the live webinar are eligible for 1.5 AICP CM credits. 
Register via the link below. 

Best Practices for Modernizing Constituent Services Through Online Permitting
 
Still using paper-based permitting processes? Watch this  webinar  to hear how you can implement a user-friendly platform to help constituents complete permit applications.

No time to watch? Read the  webinar highlights  here.
Events



 
Join us on February 10, 2020, in Raleigh for our fourth forum in the ReCONNECT NC series, ReCONNECT to Technological Opportunity.

At the forum, participants will explore what their communities can do to leverage high speed Internet in an equitable way.

We are offering a special discount for community members who register together. Bring five people to the forum for the price of four! 

We are specifically encouraging communities interested in exploring a digital inclusion plan to take advantage of this deal.
Senior Corner
The Area Agency on Aging held their annual Regional Aging Advisory Council Christmas Celebration on December 11, 2019 at Nash Community College.

It takes a strong community of providers, host agencies, volunteers and many other stakeholders to ensure older adults are able to live in their communities for as long as possible. A huge Thank You to all who work so diligently all year long and Congratulations to all of our Award Recipients!

121 W. Nash St. Wilson, NC 27893
252-234-5952