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March 2019
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North Carolina's Commitment to Address Climate Change and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy

Executive Order No. 80 acknowledges North Carolina’s leadership in technology innovation, research and development, and skilled workforce to promote clean energy technology solutions. It calls for market innovations that drive economic expansion and job creation to produce a smart, resilient, and a modern electric grid while balancing reliability, cost, economic growth, equity, and environmental and public health impacts leadership in technology innovation, research and development, and skilled workforce to promote clean energy technology solutions. It calls for market innovations that drive economic expansion and job creation to produce a smart, resilient, and a modern electric grid while balancing reliability, cost, economic growth, equity, and environmental and public health impacts.

Upcoming Events
According to the Wilson Daily Times Work could start this spring on fixing Lucama's Water Issues.

Two companies are in position to win contracts to fix Lucama’s water treatment plant and one of the town’s bad wells to improve drinking water quality for residents.
NC Water and Wastewater Rates Dashboard

What is the North Carolina Water & Wastewater Rates Dashboard?

This interactive rates and financial benchmarking dashboard is designed to assist utility managers and local officials with analyzing residential water and wastewater rates against multiple characteristics, including utility finances, system characteristics, customer base socioeconomic conditions, and geography. Financial indicators are added in a separate tab. This resource for utilities in North Carolina is provided by and funded by the Division of Water Infrastructure of the NC Department of Environmental Quality. 

FY2019 (January 2019) residential rates for utilities across North Carolina can be compared with:

  • All other utilities in the State,
  • Utilities of the same size,
  • Utilities with similar operating revenues,
  • Utilities with the same water source type,
  • Utilities in the same watershed,
  • Utilities within 25, 50, or 100 miles,
  • Utilities in counties of the same economic tier, and
  • Utilities that serve communities with similar income levels
You can compare rates for 0 to 15,000 gallons/month at 500 gallon intervals.

A study found that even light-intensity movement for 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of death incurred by sitting.

For many people, life is largely sedentary. We sit in the car, at work, and when relaxing at home. A recent study estimated that American adults now spend an average of 11 to 12 hours a day sitting.

Research has shown that long periods of sitting increase the risk of heart disease and death overall. But the amount of activity needed to counter these dangers has been unclear.
Conferences / Seminars
Webinars / Workshops

Did you know that North Carolina ranks 8th in the nation for the number of human trafficking cases?  




Recognizing Human Trafficking
Introductory Training for Local Government Workers

When
Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT
 

Where
Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments
121 W. Nash St
Wilson, NC 27893


The Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments, in conjunction with UNC School of Government, will host a 90-minute introductory training for any local government staff or individuals working in close proximity with the public or in public spaces. Training will provide basic information about the indicators of sex and labor trafficking and resources for you to share with colleagues.  
 
Please join us for this workshop if you perform your duties in or near homes, businesses, public spaces, and waiting rooms OR if your duties include first response, inspections, solid waste management, code enforcement, and libraries. Please share this email with key staff and encourage them to join us for this workshop as well. 

For background information, download the free SOG publication, "Exploring the Intersections between Local Governments and Human Trafficking: The Local Government Focus Project Group," available at www.sog.unc.edu



Thank you for your attention and response. I look forward to seeing you at our event.
 
Sincerely,
 
Angela Stanley
Upper Coastal Plain Planning and Development Services
252-234-5970
NC Hearts Gigabit
2nd Annual Interactive

Join us in us in Raleigh for the second annual NC Hearts Gigabit Interactive, a showcase of solutions demonstrating why access to modern broadband matters to rural and urban vitality, workforce development, and leadership in technology innovation as a state. Let's power the future of local communities in North Carolina!

Learn more about why Broadband Access Matters, one of five can't miss panel sessions. Take a deep dive into peer-to-peer sharing on the successful development of local applications for telehealth, disaster recovery, public safety, precision agriculture and "smart" communities. 

Session moderated by Asst. Secretary of Rural Economic Development Kenny Flowers, with panelists from Wilson Greenlight, RiverStreet Networks, NC FirstTech and others.
 
Friday, April 26
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, Raleigh
Tickets on sale now!
EO80 Clean Energy Plan Workshop
March 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

As a part of the state’s Clean Energy Plan Development Process, the Governor’s Executive Order 80 will address climate change and transition to a clean energy economy. This event is open to the public and is an opportunity for people to access the workshop process and provide input. For more information on the Clean Energy Plan Process go to  deq.nc.gov/CleanEnergyPlan   or contact Sharon Martin at  Sharon.Martin@ncdenr.gov  or 919-707

Details
Date: March 19

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Website:

Venue
285 NE Main Street 
Rocky Mount, 27801 United States + Google Map
Phone:
252-231-3490
In May and June 2019, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will deliver six workshops around the State to focus on Collaborative Approaches to Advance Complete Streets.

The first one will be held at the UCPCOG office in May. The workshops, which will be delivered by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, VHB, and Ramey Kemp & Associates, are intended to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to focus on building support for complete streets projects.

Our hope is to help a diverse audience of stakeholders understand the purpose of the Complete Streets policy and learn how to most effectively work with State and local agencies to inform transportation decisions.

As communities across the State seek to implement NCDOT’s Complete Streets Policy, these workshops will be an opportunity to share valuable information about the policy and how different stakeholders can help support its implementation.  
 
Workshops will be held from 10:00am to 4:30pm on the dates noted below in the following locations:

Wilson – May 7
Marion – May 15
Southport – May 20
Sylva – May 31
Edenton – June 11
Albemarle – June 17

To learn more and register, visit www.completestreetsnc.org
 






Friends of Residents in Long-Term Care works to improve the quality of life for the 100,000 North Carolinians who can no longer live independently.

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019
  • 2:00 PM  3:00 PM

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019
  • 9:00 AM  2:00 PM
  • Albemarle Building Room #245 (map)

Grants /Funding

Administration for Community Living Announces Legal Assistance Enhancement Program (LAEP) Funding  

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announced a new Legal Assistance Enhancement Program (LAEP).

This  funding opportunity  will support legal assistance enhancements and innovations in four key areas: 
  • Outreach efforts to effectively educate clients and the aging network about legal assistance; 
  • Intake strategies that are integrated with the broader aging network; 
  • Essential partnerships within and outside the aging network that serve communities of older adults; and 
  • Delivery of full-range legal assistance, from legal advice through representation. 

ACL invites applications that seek to achieve quantifiable and sustainable enhancements that build upon existing programmatic work to increase the effectiveness of legal assistance for older Americans with social or economic need. 

Funding: ACL intends to award 8 grantees, with available funding ranging from a minimum of $100,000 to a maximum of $250,000 per grant per year, for up to 3 years depending on the availability of the funding. 

Applicants: Public or private non-profit entities, including state and local governments, Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American), faith based-organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.

Timing: Grant applications are due April 29, 2019.
Letters of Intent are due March 28, 2019. Interested organizations may join an informational conference call on March 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET, conference line: (202) 774 – 2300, Participant Code: 998 668 238. 

Contact information: 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
Administration for Community Living 
Eva LaManna 
Phone Number: (202) 795-7311 
E-mail:  eva.lamanna@acl.hhs.gov   

Community Connect Grant Program
Department of Agriculture
Utilities Programs
Funding Opportunity Number: RDRUS-CC-2019 

BROADBAND

The Community Connect Grant Program provides financial assistance to eligible applicants that will provide service at or above the Broadband Grant Speed to all premises in rural, economically-challenged communities where broadband service does not exist. The deployment of broadband services on a “community-oriented connectivity” basis stimulates economic development and provides enhanced educational and health care opportunities in rural areas. RUS will give priority to rural areas that demonstrate the greatest need for broadband services, based on the criteria contained herein.

Posted Date:Feb 12, 2019
Last Updated Date:Feb 12, 2019
Original Closing Date for Applications:Apr 15, 2019  
Current Closing Date for Applications:Apr 15, 2019  
Archive Date:May 15, 2019

Estimated Total Program Funding: 
Award Ceiling:$3,000,000
Award Floor:$100,000
Commercial Driver's License Program Implementation Grant
Funding Opportunity Number:FM-CDL-19-001

The goal of the National CDL Program supports the Department's strategic goals and FMCSA's mission by ensuring that only qualified drivers are eligible to receive and retain a CDL and focuses on maintaining the concept that each driver has only one driving record and only one licensing document, commonly referred to as "One Driver, One License, One Record". Further, States are required to conduct knowledge and skills testing before issuing a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) and/or CDL; to maintain a complete and accurate driver history record for anyone who obtains a CLP and/or CDL; and to impose driver disqualifications as appropriate. This NOFO provides important information about the FY 2019 CDLPI program activities/projects and guidance related to preparing and submitting a grant application. The FMCSA will award grants under this announcement in two separate categories, the CDLPI Basic Grants and CDLPI High Priority/Emerging Issues Grants.

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

Last Updated Date:Mar 01, 2019
Original Closing Date for Applications:Apr 16, 2019  No Explanation
Current Closing Date for Applications:Apr 16, 2019  No Explanation
Archive Date:May 16, 2019

Estimated Total Program Funding:$32,012,500
Award Ceiling:$32,012,500
Award Floor:$0

Funding Opportunity
Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation
Funding Opportunity Number:HRSA-19-082

The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) is a multi-year opioid-focused initiative by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in rural communities at the highest risk for SUD. This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the RCORP-Implementation. RCORP-Implementation will advance RCORP’s overall goal by strengthening and expanding SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery service delivery in high-risk rural communities.

***Note Key the Funding Opportunity number into the Search to retrieve the Grant Info.




New Funding Opportunity for Alzheimer’s
Disease Programs Initiative (ADPI):
Grants to States and Communities

A new grant opportunity from the Administration for Community Living has been announced for the Alzheimer’s Disease Programs Initiative (ADPI).

Through the ADPI: Grants to States and Communities opportunity, ACL will fund cooperative agreements to support and promote the development and expansion of dementia-capable home and community-based service (HCBS) systems in States and Communities.

There are two application options contained in this announcement: Grants to States (Option A) and Grants to Communities (Option B). The dementia-capable systems resulting from program activities under either option are expected to provide quality, and person-centered services and supports to help people living with dementia and their caregivers in remaining independent and safe in their communities.

No entity is eligible to apply for both State and Community options.
Please visit the link above for more details about the grant opportunity and application process. This grant opportunity closes on April 1, 2019.

To stay current on grant opportunities within the Administration for Community Living, please visit www.grants.gov and search for ACL.
Senior Corner
Blood pressure control and Cognitive loss

MCI is a condition in which people have more difficulty with thinking, remembering, and reasoning than normal for people their age. It’s not as severe as dementia, which is a form of cognitive loss that interferes with daily life. MCI is an established risk factor and often a precursor for dementia. There have been no proven interventions that prevent or delay the incidence of MCI or dementia.

The Administration for Community Living wants to hear your ideas for future activities of the Elder Justice Coordinating Council (EJCC) .

EJCC coordinates activities related to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation across the federal government. 
What issues do you think the EJCC should prioritize over the next two years?

ACL is looking for comments and ideas about any aspect of the EJCC. ACL is accepting comments through September 30, 2019. Here are some questions to get you thinking:
  • How have the EJCC's past activities benefited you or your affiliated programs?
  • What activities, tools, resources, or components could most effectively advance elder justice at the state and local levels?
  • How could the EJCC benefit the larger elder justice community?
  • What is the best way to measure the EJCC's impact and effectiveness?

You can submit comments electronically to ejcc@acl.hhs.gov with "Thoughts and Ideas" in the subject line.

NOTE: Please do not use this mailbox to report suspicions of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

Any suspected abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation should be reported to your state's Adult Protective Services .

ACL is also not authorized to receive personally identifiable information beyond the contact information of the person submitting input. ACL will not review any comment that includes any other personally identifiable information such as names, addresses, phone numbers, or Social Security numbers.

 
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