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Foothills Regional Commission Newsletter, August 30th, 2021

Registration now open for ARC's Appalachia Envisioned virtual conference

On October 6, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Commonwealth of Virginia, and hundreds of Appalachian doers, thinkers, and leaders will convene at ARC's virtual conference, Appalachia Envisioned.

Attendees will be the first to hear about ARC’s new strategic plan during a conversation with Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin and States’ Co-Chair Governor Ralph Northam.

Though virtual, ARC is also bringing the Region to attendees through three documentary-style videos and interactive sessions featuring ARC partners in three key opportunity areas—outdoor recreation, entrepreneurship development, and leadership and community capacity.

Additional information and registration can be found here.

Notice: Rescheduled Foothills Regional Commission Executive Committee Meeting This Week

The Foothills Regional Commission Executive Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 at 12 p.m. at FRC's office at 111 W. Court Street in downtown Rutherfordton.

FRC's full meeting schedule for FY 2021-2022 can be found here.

Resource: Promising Practices for Emergency Rental Assistance

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has made funding available to assist households that are unable to pay rent or utilities. The funds are provided directly to states, U.S. territories, local governments, and Indian tribes. Each Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) grantee has some flexibility to develop their rental assistance program to suit the needs of their local community, while complying with requirements outlined in their ERA financial assistance agreement, the ERA statute, and Treasury’s guidelines.

As grantees across the country build program infrastructure designed to meet the specific needs of their communities, many have reported that early successes have relied on leveraging local resources, data-driven operational analyses, and incorporating continuous operational improvement strategies into their regular practices.

Information about specific promising strategies is available here.

More U.S. Census data for the region

We're continuing to look at the data released by the U.S. Census Bureau earlier this month. FRC's Karyl Fuller — Economic & Community Development and RPO director — created the following table showing the changes in race and ethnicity for the counties in our region between 2010 and 2020.

A larger graph, which Karyl also created, illustrating the race and ethnicity of each North Carolina county is available on the FRC website here. (You'll need to click on it to zoom in and scroll.)

For more information, visit Carolina Demography's First Look page here.

In the news: FDA approves Pfizer vaccine for those 16 years and older

Last Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which Pfizer is calling Comirnaty, for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.

The Pfizer vaccine will continue to be available under emergency use authorization for teens 12-15. FDA approval for this age group will require additional time as the vaccine was not authorized for younger teens until May 2021, six months after it was granted EUA for people 16 and older.

Vaccines are widely available in North Carolina. Through Aug. 31, anyone 18 and older who gets their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a participating location will receive a $100 Summer Card* in the form of a Prepaid Mastercard® while supplies last.

Read the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service's response to the FDA decision here and the FDA's full release here.

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