Next Board Meeting: September 15, 2020, Full Board Meeting. The theme is Economic Development. Featuring Representatives from the Economic Development Administration. Time and Place to be announced.
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August 24, 2020
Contact: Scott Dadson, Executive Director
828-287-2281, ext. 250


Upcoming Meetings and Events

Accessibility for All at IPDC

In order to best provide our services for the entire region, IPDC has implemented an accessibility tool on our website. Please note the blue widget that says "Accessibility." This tool allows those that require an accommodation to use our site. To learn more about the accessibility widget and how you can add it to your platforms, please click here.
The Census 2020 is currently being conducted. It is important to participate in the Census. For more information on why the census is important to all of us, go to this report from NC Demography by clicking here.

Regional News

Free One-On-One Marketing, Financial, and Business Planning Offered through McDowell Tech

Are you struggling with marketing, cash flow, personnel, or employee training? The McDowell Tech Small Business Center (SBC) can provide FREE assistance to you.
Call Frank Silver the Director of the Small Business Center at 652-0634 to reserve a time for your FREE business consultation. This is available for a limited time only.

Apply to Serve on the NLC Board of Directors

nlcThe National League of Cities is now accepting applications for municipal leaders interested in serving on its board of directors. This is one of the most effective ways to bring your expertise to the service of cities, towns, and villages at the national level.

The NLC Board of Directors focuses on three broad roles: 1) fiduciary oversight; 2) strategic planning and thinking; and 3) implementation of policies and activities to support and advance the NLC mission and aspirations. All information on the role and application can be found in the attached document, here. The deadline to apply is September 22.

Child Care Hotline Extended to Families Seeking Child Care for School-Age Children

North Carolina families in need of childcare can call the child care hotline 1-888-600-1685 to be connected with child care options in their communities for school-age children up to age 12.

The hotline is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Licensed child care professionals meeting the NCDHHS health and safety guidelines are available to provide care through this service. For more information about child care during COVID-19, click here.


NC Medicaid Will Cover COVID-19 Testing Costs for the Uninsured

Effective Sept. 1, 2020, NC Medicaid will begin reimbursing COVID-19 testing costs for uninsured individuals enrolled in the NC Medicaid Optional COVID-19 Testing (MCV) program.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Live in North Carolina
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national or have eligible immigration status
  • Not be covered by Medicaid, Medicare or other health insurance

A simple online application for the MCV program will be available in September, and individuals will be able to apply using the Internet or mobile device. Until the online application is ready, we encourage Medicaid-enrolled providers who perform COVID-19 testing to download paper applications, available in English and Spanish, and collect them for mailing to the Medicaid address on the form. Paper applications are estimated to take 2-6 weeks for processing. Click here to learn more

Avoid the Three Cs

Economic & Workforce Development

Region C OJT Toonly Platform

Thank you to David Lee at NCWorks Career Center for creating the video!

Job Retention Grant from NC Department of Commerce

The Job Retention Grant (JRG)  program utilizes the Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide economic relief to North Carolina businesses and nonprofits negatively impacted by the public health emergency. The maximum grant amount may be up to two months of the eligible entity's average monthly payroll costs from 2019 plus an additional 25% of that amount. The grant amount may not exceed $250,000.

The total of all funds granted under the Job Retention Grant Program may not exceed $15 million. If the total amount of grants requested by qualified applicants exceeds the maximum amount of funds available, each grant award will be reduced on a proportionate basis. The grant deadline is September 1. Review the eligibility requirements for the JRG program at the Commerce website.

USDA Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge

The USDA Rural Development has announced the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) initiative to provide planning support and technical assistance to foster placemaking activities in rural communities. Funds will help enhance capacity for broadband access; preserve cultural and historic structures; and support the development of transportation, housing, and recreational spaces.

USDA is making $1 million in grants available. The maximum grant award is $250,000.Public or private groups, organizations, or institutions that demonstrate experience and expertise in providing placemaking planning support and technical assistance to rural communities. Applicants must demonstrate existing and proposed partnerships with public, private, philanthropic, and community partners to provide assistance. The deadline is September 10. To learn more, click here.

Fall 2020 NC IDEA Grant Cycle Open 

NC IDEA MICRO awards project-based grants up to $10K to young companies looking to validate and advance their idea. NC IDEA SEED offers $50K grants to early-stage companies, often the critical funding they need to scale faster.
Applications are now open for NC IDEA MICRO and NC IDEA SEED through Monday, August 31, at 5:00 pm. Click here to learn more
Click Here to Contact IPDC Staff about Grant Opportunities


Marion CDC is Accepting Housing Applications

The Marion Community Development Corporation is accepting applications for a two-bedroom/ two-bathroom home. The home price is $130,000 including closing costs. To qualify the Applicant(s) must have a household income of 80% or below the median household income for McDowell County in accordance with U.S. Housing and Urban Development, and qualify for financing through an FDIC insured lender. Click here to learn more and apply!

Rural Transportation

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