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August 21, 2017
Contact: Scott Dadson, Executive Director
828-287-2281, ext. 250

NC DHHS Shares Detailed Design for Medicaid Managed Care: Public Input Welcome
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released a detailed proposed design for transforming the state Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs to managed care, as directed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2015. DHHS is accepting comments on this proposal through Sept. 8, 2017.
Medicaid managed care will be a significant change for the North Carolina Medicaid system. DHHS is releasing its proposed program design to ensure stakeholders have an opportunity to comment on managed care specifics.
Read the full press release here
Isothermal breaks ground for new Applied Sciences and Workforce Development Center

SPINDALE (Aug. 14, 2017) – Ground was broken for the new Applied Sciences and Workforce Development Center on Monday. Approximately 100 people were in attendance at the ceremony.

Representatives from many of the funding partners for the project spoke briefly during the event. Isothermal employees were in attendance as the ceremony was part of the college’s annual convocation event, which marks the end of the summer break for faculty and students.

The project is possible due to generous support of the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the Rutherford County Board of Commissioners, the Isothermal Community College Board of Trustees, the Appalachian Regional Commission and Golden LEAF Foundation.

In addition to instructional space and advanced technologies, the project will include incubation space and innovation space for new and existing businesses.

“This project will enable us to continue to build a better future for our community,” said Pres. Walter Dalton of Isothermal Community College. “We are very pleased to arrive at this point in the process and we could not have done it without our valuable partners in this project.”

The low bid on the contract was awarded to Beam Construction of Cherryville. The company’s bid of just more than $6.5 million included a list of extra features that board of trustees had hoped to include. The project includes Beam’s base bid of $6,271,000 plus the list of features including heavy duty concrete, a privacy screen and security gate, faculty parking, a movable partition, landscaping, roller blinds, overhead interior doors, stained concrete floor finish, an interior metal panel wall, electric screens and a building automation system. The construction cost, designer fees, other fees and the required 3 percent contingency cost total just more than $7.5 million, well under the school’s construction budget of $8.7 million.

“This is a great day for Rutherford County and for the entire community,” said Chairman Bryan King of the Rutherford County Commission. “We're thankful to everyone who provided support to this project. We're building our future right here.”

The project technically began last spring with the demolition and removal of several temporary buildings that were constructed by the Isothermal Maintenance Department in the early 1970s but remained in use until mid-2016.

Construction on the building is expected to commence in the next several weeks with a projected completion date of October 2018.

More than 100 people were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Applied Sciences and Workforce Development Center on Monday. Turning the first shovels were funding partners and others instrumental in the project including Leonard Hollifield, chairman of the Isothermal Board of Trustees (left to right); Chivous Bradley, past chairman of the Board of Trustees; Olivia Collier of the Appalachian Regional Commission; Mark Sorrells of the Golden LEAF Foundation; Brett Keeter of U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry’s Office; Chairman Bryan King of the Rutherford County Board of Commissioners; Stephen Matheny, vice president of Administrative Services; Isothermal President Walter Dalton; and Will Miller of the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

 Rutherford receives housing repair assistance funds
Rutherford County has received another grant of $100,000 from the N.C. Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) through its Urgent Repair Program ’17 (URP17). The grant will provide urgently needed repairs for low-income homeowners with special needs in Rutherford County.  The grant will be administered by Rutherford Housing Partnership (RHP), a local nonprofit that provides urgently needed repairs for qualified low-income homeowners. 
Applicants interested in being considered for help through these funds must submit an application to RHP by September 1.  All applications on file September 1 will be ranked and selected for inclusion in the program by September 15.  All funds will be expended by December 31, 2018.
To receive a preliminary application and/or an assistance policy, call RHP at 248-3431 and leave your name and address.  To pick up an application, go by the RHP office at 718 W. Main St., Forest City; or next door at the Habitat ReStore, 686 W. Main Street, Forest City. Applications are also available at Isothermal Planning & Development Commission, 111 W. Court St., Rutherfordton. 
All preliminary applications currently on file will automatically be ranked and considered for assistance after September 1.
The NCHFA Urgent Repair Program, which is funded by the N.C. Housing Trust Fund, provides repairs necessary to prevent immediate threats to the life and/or safety of the homeowner, prevent homeowner displacement, and provide accessibility for the homeowner.  In Rutherford County, volunteers provide as much of the labor as possible.
Assistance is provided as an unsecured, deferred interest-free loan, forgiven at a rate of $1,000 per year, until the principal balance is reduced to zero.

To be eligible for assistance through URP17 in Rutherford County, the applicant:
  • must reside within Rutherford County;
  • must show evidence of ownership and occupy the home in need of repair;
  • must earn a household income 50% or below the NC statewide non-metropolitan median household income, based on family size;
  • must have urgent repair needs that threaten the life and safety of occupants;
  • must have a special need (i.e. be elderly, handicapped or disabled, a veteran, elevated blood lead levels in children, a family with more than 5 household members, or a single parent with a dependent living at home)
  • and must have no other available resources to repair his/her home.
 The median NC statewide non-metropolitan household income, as determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is $59,200.  To qualify for this assistance, a one-person household can make no more than $20,700 a year; a two-person household, $23,700; a three-person household, $26,650, and so on.
In addition, half of the repairs funded by the NCHFA Urgent Repair Program must help homeowners who make less than 30% of the median income -- $12,450 for a one-person household; $14,200, two-person household; $16,000, three-person household, and so on.
The Urgent Repair Program may not repair all deficiencies in the house since the maximum assistance is limited to $8,000.
For more information,
call Nell Bovender, 828-248-3431

Members and External Partners participate in IPDC Headquarters Survey
Thank you for taking the time to participate our survey about the current condition and use of our headquarters at 111 W Court Street in Rutherfordton!  We received many thoughtful and candid responses about how our building serves our members in its current condition and how it could better serve your needs with any improvements.  Additionally, we received feedback about your impression of our building’s indoor and outdoor appearance and how important those factors are to you.  Responses included suggestions about lighting improvements, addition of windows, larger meeting spaces, change of carpet and décor, and links between our building’s condition and our overall brand among other helpful things. 
We are in the process of identifying our space needs and feedback from our external partners in addition to feedback from our employees is crucial.  If you did not get a chance to participate in our headquarters survey, you still have a chance! Responses are anonymous and are still being collected at
Various Grants and Programs from Housing and Urban Development: 

Service Area Competition Funding for Health Center Program
Application Deadline: September 19, 2017
Funding to provide comprehensive primary healthcare services to an underserved area or population.
Roadmaps to Health Coaching - Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Offers guidance and support from a community coach for communities who want to improve the health of their populations and work toward building a culture of health. Geographic coverage: Nationwide. Sponsors: County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Spectrum Issues RFP for New Digital Education Program
Application Deadline:  August 11, 2017
Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations that provide digital education in Spectrum communities on the benefits of broadband and how to use it to improve residents' lives.
BroadbandUSA published What Speed Do You Need? To help community members learn the minimum download speed requirements for their local institutions.
Communities with existing broadband connectivity can use this infographic to quickly determine if their institutions have the speeds that they need, and communities seeking to enhance broadband access can understand baseline speed requirements. Click here to access this new resource.
TD Bank Housing for Everyone Grant Program
The TD Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for its annual Housing for Everyone grant competition.  This year’s theme is housing for Single Parent Families that has access to healthcare, schools, jobs and essential services.  Twenty-five grants for $125,000 will be awarded to affordable housing focused non-profits within TD Bank’s footprint.  Applications are due September 1, 2017 at 4:00pm ET.
Santander Bank Grant Program for New England Neighborhoods
Santander Bank offers grants to non-profits working in the communities where their customers and colleagues live and work. Grants support programs that serve low-to-moderate income households in three focus areas – affordable housing, financial education, and economic development and neighborhood revitalization.  Grants range from $10,000 to $100,000.  The next deadline to apply is September 8, 2017.
Our Town Grant Program for Placemaking
The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications for Our Town, a grant program supporting placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places.  This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create or preserve a distinct sense of place.  Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.  Applications are due September 11, 2017.
A Blade of Grass Invites Letters of Interest for Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art
Deadline: September 18, 2017 (Letters of Interest)
Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to socially engaged projects that promote art as a catalyst for social change.
Promise Neighborhoods 2017
Deadline: September 5, 2017
The Promise Neighborhoods program is newly authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The purpose of the Promise Neighborhoods program is to significantly improve the academic and developmental outcomes of children living in the most distressed communities of the United States, including ensuring school readiness, high school graduation, and access to a community-based continuum of high-quality services. The program serves neighborhoods with high concentrations of low-income individuals; multiple signs of distress, which may include high rates of poverty, childhood obesity, academic failure, and juvenile delinquency, adjudication, or incarceration; and schools implementing comprehensive support and improvement activities or targeted support and improvement activities under section 1111(d) of the ESEA. All strategies in the continuum of solutions must be accessible to children with disabilities and English learners.
FY 2017 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant NOFA Released
The NOFA for the FY17 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants is posted on  Applications are due on Monday, August 28.  This NOFA makes available up to $5,000,000 for Planning Grants, including Planning and Action Grants.  Planning Grants are two-year grants that assist communities with severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and building the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented.  Planning and Action Grants are three and a half year planning grants that pair planning with action.  Under these grants, the planning process activities would take place during the first 24 months of the grant period.  The planning process will identify Action Activities that will be carried out during the latter portion of the grant period.  Action Activities must build upon the planning for the target housing and neighborhood.  Potential applicants should download the NOFA and related forms from the website.  Questions can be sent to
FY 2017 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Funding Information
HUD posted information, including publication timelines, for the forthcoming FY17 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant NOFA.  Anticipated allocation is $132 million for Implementation Grants.  HUD expects to publish the NOFA for Implementation Grants in late summer.
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The Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA) is the only opportunity offered to local governments to review and comment on the U.S. Census Bureau’s residential address list for their jurisdiction.  Municipal and county governments have a chance to participate which can help ensure an accurate census for your community. 

LUCA is a voluntary, once-a decade opportunity for local governments to review and update the Census Bureau’s residential address list for their government prior to the decennial census.  By participating in LUCA, you may update the Census Bureau’s address list by correcting, adding and/or deleting addresses.  You may also identify any nonresidential addresses and those not located within your government’s legal boundaries. 

The purpose of the decennial census is not only to appropriate seats to the U.S. House of Representatives.  Census data is used in the distribution of federal funds for over 1,000 programs administered by 26 federal agencies, to provide statistical support for grant applications that fund community and regional development, education, agriculture, energy, and environmental programs, and to help your community better plan for future needs. 

How IPDC Can Assist

Participating governments are authorized to designate an alternate reviewer such as a regional planning agency to complete their jurisdiction’s LUCA on their behalf.  IPDC is happy to offer LUCA assistance to member governments.  

You will receive an invitation from the U.S. Census Bureau to participate in the 2020 LUCA.  This invitation should have reached you in July, 2017.  We encourage all member governments to participate in order to ensure our region is properly represented for years to come. 

If you wish for IPDC to assist your local government in handling the LUCA process, here are the steps that must be taken:

Local Government Responsibility:
  1. Register ‘yes’ for 2020 LUCA participation before December 15th, 2017.
  2. Designate IPDC as your LUCA liaison to guide the entire review process.
  3. Provide any necessary materials to IPDC that may be needed to conduct the scope of work.
IPDC Responsibility:
  1. Review of the 2020 Census LUCA Address Count for your local government.
  2. Geocode the local, digital-format address list (found on the 2020 LUCA website).
  3. Use this information to generate address count tallies to compare to Census Bureau tallies.
  4. Utilization of new Geographic Update Partnership Software (GUPS) for GIS work.
  5. Finalize the process by updating the Census address list for your jurisdiction.



July 2017
  • An invitation letter and registration forms mailed out to local governments
October 2017 – February 2018
  • IPDC staff to attend LUCA training workshops
February 2018
  • Participation materials will be mailed to registered participants/LUCA liaison
  • IPDC to complete local government LUCA operation
  • Materials must be completed within 120 days
August 2019
  • Feedback materials offered to participants with results of Address Canvasing
April 1st, 2020
  • Census Day

Cost Estimate

Based upon guidance from the U.S. Census Bureau, IPDC has determined that staff will spend a minimum of 12 hours per LUCA operation.  Utilizing the IPDC rate of $45 per hour, the minimum cost will be $540.00
For work taking more than 12 hours, IPDC will bill on a per hour basis. 

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