LRCOG News & Updates
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"In its dedication to regional excellence, the Lumber River Council of Governments is
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those needs in an effective and fair manner."
Tuesday, June 15th was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Lumber River Area Agency on Aging held a walk to raise awareness for elder abuse. We would like to send a special thank you to Amedisys Hospice, Holistic Adult Day Care & Health Agency, Carter Pharmacy, and Kenly McLaurin, Jr. Miss South Atlantic.
Take A Stand Against Elder Abuse
Report Abuse to Your Local DSS
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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
Governor Cooper Issues Executive Order Extending Pandemic Response Measures

House Bill 812 Clarify Remote Meetings During Emergencies amends current law to clarify that a public body may take action during a remote meeting if it allows for submissions of written comments on the subject of the public hearing between the required meeting notice and 24 hours prior to the noticed time for the hearing. The bill also allows a public body that has issued notice for an in-person meeting to amend the notice to make the meeting a remote meeting up to six hours before the noticed time for the in-person meeting.

Governor Cooper signed House Bill 812 on June 16, 2021.
S722 Revise Municipal Redistricting/Census.makes various election scheduling changes due to the delayed receipt of census data. The bill delays 2021 municipal elections for certain affected municipalities to 2022. For counties required to redistrict, the bill requires the board of county commissioners to revise electoral districts and adopt a resolution containing the new districts on or before November 17, 2021, regardless of the requirement in G.S. 153A-22(e). The legislation has passed the House and now heads to the Senate for concurrence vote.
Floodplain Administrator "Virtual" Workshop
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 8:30AM -12:30PM

The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management Floodplain Management staff will provide virtual training that is geared towards local government employees responsible for floodplain management but who have little or no training and formal education in the field of floodplain management and/or the National Flood Insurance Program.
Ethics in Publics Works
June 22-24
9:00AM - 11:00AM

Topics include legal requirements and restrictions under North Carolina state law that apply to public officials and employees – conflicts of interest in public contracting, prohibitions on accepting gifts and favors from vendors and contractors, misuse of confidential information, and misuse of public resources (otherwise known as embezzlement).
Funding 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, 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. 

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. To learn more and to discuss potential projects, please contact Hillary Sherman at
Infrastructure and Capacity Building
Challenge Grants

The purpose of the Challenge Grants program is to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities by enabling infrastructure development and capacity building. Awards aim to help institutions secure long-term support for their core activities and expand efforts to preserve and create access to outstanding humanities materials.

Applications are due September 28, 2021.
Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC)

USDA is making available up to $3 million in cooperative agreements under the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) for eligible entities to help them provide planning support, technical assistance and training to foster placemaking activities in rural communities.

Qualified entities can use the funds to help rural communities create plans to enhance capacity for broadband access; preserve cultural and historic structures; and support the development of transportation, housing, and recreational spaces.

Applications are due July 26, 2021
Suggested Read
Coates' Cannon
Budgeting for American Rescue Plan Act Funds
Authored by: Kara Millonzi

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