Council of Governments
Creative Regional Solutions

February 27, 2020
News & Updates for the Mid-Carolina Region
Grants, resources, training, important dates, and more.
For Your Information
DHS Preparedness Grant Programs
FAMPO Call for Projects
Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant and Loan Programs
Recreational Trails Grant Program
Harnett County Register of Deeds Honored
Build to Scale Program
National Regional Transportation Conference
Harnett County Milestone
Toolkit to Help Communities Prepare for Natural Disasters
Important Dates
Share Your Good News
DHS Preparedness Grant Programs
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released the FY 2020 Notices of Funding Opportunity for eight DHS preparedness grant programs totaling nearly $1.8 billion . The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation's readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies.

The grants focus on funding for programs that address the nation's immediate security needs and ensure public safety in our communities. Funding opportunities are available for the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG), Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP), Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), Intercity Passenger Rail- Amtrak (IPR) Program , Port Security Grant Program (PSGP), Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP), and Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP).

For more information on these grant programs visit www.grants.gov or www.fema.gov/grants . Final submissions must be made through the Non-Disaster (ND) Grants system located at https://portal.fema.gov . Contact the DHS Office of External Affairs, Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov with any questions.  You may also contact Justin Hembree, MCCOG, at jhembree@mccog.org for assistance.
FAMPO Call for Projects
The Fayetteville Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO) recently announced the availability of funding for certain costs associated with human services transportation.

FAMPO is soliciting project proposals for funding under the Federal Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) Program . An estimated $512,874 in grant funding is available under this program for transit projects in the MPO area. Eligible applicants include local government agencies, social service agencies, private and public transportation operators, and non-profit organizations.

The grant application deadline is March 27 .  For more information or to request a copy of the grant application, please contact Katrina Evans, FAMPO, at kevans@co.cumberland.nc.us .
Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation
The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy recently released the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation . HRSA plans to award approximately 89 grants to rural communities as part of this funding opportunity. Applications must be submitted by April 24, 2020.

Successful RCORP-Implementation award recipients will receive $1 million for a three-year period of performance to enhance and expand substance use disorder (SUD) programs, including opioid use disorder (OUD) programs and service delivery in high-risk rural communities. Award recipients will implement a set of core SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery activities that align with the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Five-Point Strategy to Combat the Opioid Crisis . Contact Justin Hembree, MCCOG, at jhembree@mccog.org for assistance.
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant and Loan Programs
The US Department of Agriculture has announced the opening of the application window for the new cycle of Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants and loans.  Approximately $71.7 million is available for funding opportunities under this program. Of that total, $12 million may only be used for telemedicine and distance learning projects to help address the opioid epidemic in rural America. An additional $9.4 million is intended for telemedicine projects that provide substance use disorder treatment services in rural areas. The remaining $50.3 million is available for all eligible projects.

Applications must be submitted by April 10.  To learn more about this opportunity, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=324339 . Contact Justin Hembree, MCCOG, at jhembree@mccog.org for assistance.
Recreational Trails Grant Program
The NC Trails Program provides resources to leverage local resources to augment construction of recreational trails. The application is a two-step process with a pre-application due April 8 and a final application due September 11 .

Visit https://trails.nc.gov/trail-grants/apply-grant to lean more . Contact Justin Hembree, MCCOG, at jhembree@mccog.org for assistance.
Harnett County Register of Deeds Honored
During the February 17 Harnett County Board of Commissioners meeting, Kimberly Hargrove was honored with a proclamation and awarded the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Kimberly first joined Harnett County as the Deputy Register of Deeds in 1985 and was elected Register of Deeds in 1997. Over the past 34 years , she has moved Harnett County forward, implementing efficient and innovative processes for maintaining the public records of the County’s citizens.
The Board of Commissioners thanked Kimberly for her exemplary service and contributions to Harnett County by presenting her a proclamation. Elaine Marshal, NC Secretary of State, also honored Kimberly with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Kimberly will retire at the end of November. We'd like to thank Kimberly for all of her hard work and dedication to the citizens of Harnett County and wish her the best of luck in retirement!
Build to Scale Program
The US Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently announced the new Build to Scale Program. The Build to Scale Program supports regional economic growth through three separate competitions:

Venture Challenge (formerly “i6”) makes $26 million available to support intermediary organizations like accelerators, universities, and non-profits supporting new business ventures.

Capital Challenge (formerly “Seed Fund Support”) makes $5 million available to increase access to capital in communities where risk capital is in short supply.

Industry Challenge (new for FY20) makes $4 million available to support entrepreneurship and accelerate company growth within the Blue Economy. The FY20 Industry Challenge is produced and co-funded in partnership with the US Department of Energy. The Industry Challenge will award grants to organizations that:

  • Support commercialization of blue economy technologies
  • Improve competitiveness of blue economy startups
  • Increase connectivity and collaboration between blue economy stakeholders

Click here to learn more.
National Regional Transportation Conference
The 2020 National Regional Transportation Conference will be held July 28 through June 30 in Kansas City, MO. The conference welcomes regional transportation planners, mobility professionals, state transportation representatives, and local and private sector partners.
Harnett County Milestone
Harnett County recently celebrated a milestone when the last steel beam was placed on the Harnett County Resource Center & Library ahead of schedule, signifying the completion of the structural steel phase of construction.
Construction began on the Harnett County Resource Center & Library this past fall. The building is located in the Harnett County Government Complex between the Harnett County Courthouse and the Health Department. The project also includes an expansion of the current Department of Social Services building to house Child Support Enforcement, which is currently housed in rented space in Erwin, along with site improvements that will make travel through the Government Complex more convenient and improve safety.
Nearly half of the new building (19,420 square feet) will be home to a new, modern Harnett County Public Library. The building will also serve as a new home for Harnett County Veterans Services, which will have direct access to the Harnett County Veterans Memorial Park and to other County departments, connecting the County’s 15,000 veterans to valuable resources and services.
The Resource Center & Library will include nearly 4,000 square feet of training space that can be subdivided to host smaller meetings and training sessions, as well as large events for both County and public use. Additionally, the building will house the County’s Administrative offices, including Administration, Finance, Human Resources, and Legal, along with Harnett County Parks & Recreation.
Planning began on the Resource Center & Library in 2015 following an evaluation of the County’s space needs. In 2017, the County made the final payment on the Harnett County Courthouse, which freed up debt capacity for a new County building.
The Resource Center & Library is necessary to address increased service demand related to Harnett County’s rapid population growth. It will accomplish the County’s 20-year-old Master Plan by consolidating County services within a single campus, and will create more efficient County operations and an overall better citizen experience. The facility will allow the County to provide enhanced programming and learning opportunities as well as substantial training and event space for County departments, partners, and the public.
The next important milestone for the Resource Center & Library will be the building dry-in, when the building’s shell is completed. This is expected to take place in June. The Harnett County Resource Center & Library is expected to be completed in Spring of 2021.
Follow progress on the Harnett County Resource Center & Library by visiting http://www.harnett.org/publicinfo/resource-center-library2.asp .
Toolkit to Help Communities Prepare for Natural Disasters
The US Environmental Protection Agency Urban Waters Federal Partnership has released a new toolkit entitled “ How to Prepare for Natural Disasters: A Pre-Disaster Toolkit for Small to Medium-Sized Communities .” The toolkit has resources that may be of interest to communities in preparing for natural disasters. To access the toolkit, please visit http://www.urbanwaterslearningnetwork.org/resources/pre-disaster-toolkit/ .
Important Dates
March 4-6 ICMA Southeast Regional Conference
March 10-12 NC Main Street Conference
March 11 Southeast NC Regional Trails Plan Stakeholders Workshop
March 15-18  National Association of Development Organizations Washington Conference
March 17-18  Senior Tar Heel Legislature
March 24 MCCOG Quarterly Managers Lunch
March 26 MCCOG Board of Directors Meeting
March 26  MCCOG Aging Advisory Council
April 1-3 NC Association of Regional Councils of Govenments/The Forum Meeting
April 8-April 27  Mid-Carolina Senior Games
April 9  Mid-Carolina RPO TCC Meeting
April 15  Mid-Carolina RPO TAC Meeting
May 5-7 NC League of Municipalities CityVision Annual Conference
May 13 COG Legislative Day
May 28 MCCOG Board of Directors Meeting
June 16-17 Rural Day
June 18-20 NC City & County Management Association Summer Seminar
June 25 MCCOG Board of Directors Meeting
July 9  Mid-Carolina RPO TCC Meeting
July 22  Mid-Carolina RPO TAC Meeting
August 13-15 NC Association of County Commissioners Annual Conference
August 27 Mid-Carolina Board of Directors Meeting
August 30-September 2 - SE4A Annual Conference
October 8  Mid-Carolina RPO TCC Meeting
October 22 MCCOG Board of Directors Meeting
October 28  Mid-Carolina RPO TAC Meeting
Share Your Good News
If you have news, events, announcements or other items you would like included in an upcoming FYI, please EMAIL Justin Hembree, MCCOG.

Please let us know if you have questions, need additional details about the information we have shared or if there is a way the Council can be of service.
Mid-Carolina Council of Governments
Creative Regional Solutions
Mid-Carolina Council of Governments is a multi-county, planning, development, and human services organization. We reach across county and municipal borders to provide technical assistance to our local governments and to administer programs that benefit our region’s citizens.

Our mission is to provide creative regional solutions to relevant and emerging issues in Cumberland, Harnett, and Sampson Counites while providing a standard of excellence in the delivery of federal, state, and regional services for our local governments and the people they serve.