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Foothills Regional Commission Newsletter, September 6th, 2021

School of Government holding ARP Office Hours

Still got questions about American Rescue Plan Act Funds (aka ARP Funds, Coronavirus Local Fiscal Relief Funds, CLFRF, or Fiscal Relief Funds)? The UNC School of Government will be holding weekly office hours with the goal of helping participants navigate the federal guidance and state law authority as it pertains to these monies. Even if you do not have a specific question, it may be helpful to hear what other local governments are proposing across the state.  
The School of Government will begin each ARP Office Hour session with a brief overview/update and then open it up for questions about distribution, expenditure authority, and compliance requirements. Joining the calls will be School of Government faculty, as well as representatives from the NC League of Municipalities, NC Association of County Commissioners, NC Pandemic Recovery Office, Department of State Treasurer, and others, as their schedules allow. 

Sessions are free to join and there is no pre-registration required.
You can join a meeting here. The Meeting ID is 940 1136 1206 and the passcode is 522329.
Upcoming ARP Office Hours will include:
  • Wed., Sept. 8, at 8:30 a.m. - Will prioritize questions on working with nonprofits and other sub-recipients but will address other questions as time allows.
  • Tue., Sept. 14, at 12:00 p.m. - Will prioritize questions on water/sewer/stormwater infrastructure expenditures but will address other questions as time allows.
  • Thur., Sept. 23, at 8:30 a.m.
  • Mon., Sept. 27, at 12:00 p.m. - Will prioritize Uniform Guidance questions but will address other questions as time allows. 
  • Mon., Oct. 4, at 8:30 a.m.
  • Wed., Oct. 13, at 12:00 p.m.
  • Fri., Oct. 22, at 8:30 a.m. - Will focus on the Project and Expenditure Report (deadline Oct. 31, 2021) but will address other questions as time allows.
  • Tue., Oct. 26, at 12:00 p.m.

Livable Appalachia Summit now open for registration 

Click on the flier above for Livable Appalachia registration details or learn more at Additional details, including presenter information, are also available in this blog post.

9 Million+ Pounds of Roadside Litter Collected

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s crews, contractors and volunteers have collected more than 9 million pounds of litter from roadsides this year and are on pace to exceed the state’s record for litter collection set in 2019.   

Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette encouraged everyone to get involved in the 2021 Fall Litter Sweep from Sept. 11-25. To sign up for the litter sweep, go here. To learn more about the litter sweep, visit the program’s webpage. NCDOT's release on the matter can also be read in full here.


EDA Notice of Funding Opportunity: STEM Talent Challenge

The U.S Economic Development Administration’s STEM Talent Challenge aims to build STEM talent training systems to strengthen regional innovation economies. The $2 million STEM Talent Challenge will provide funding for work-and-learn programs to increase America’s STEM-capable workforce in emerging and transformative sectors such as space commerce, aeronautics, digital manufacturing, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity. 

Competition applicants may request up to $250,000 for implementation of a 24-month workforce program that complements their region’s innovation economy. The deadline to apply is October 12, 2021. The NOFO can be viewed here.


Reminder: NC is seeking infrastructure grant applicants

The State is building a portfolio of infrastructure projects to apply for the national Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant. Currently, 21 municipalities in Foothills’ region have populations under 3,000 and qualify for accelerated consideration. Other jurisdictions are still encouraged to apply and submit a letter of interest to the State — due Oct. 1, 2021 at 5 p.m. Click here for instructions. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to contact Program Manager Mackenzie Wicker at

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