IPDC Board of Director Meeting:  June 13, 2017 at the Le Grande Center at the Cleveland Community College.  Dinner Starts at 6:30 and will be $5 dollars at the door.  Business Meeting Starts at 7 pm to include adoption of FY 17-18 Budget.  Program is Workforce Development.  Please go to this survey to respond as to your attendance at this program:   Interested folks are welcome at our meetings and we encourage your attendance even if you are not on our Board.  
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June 5, 2017
Contact: Scott Dadson, Executive Director
828-287-2281, ext. 250

FY 17-18 Proposed Budget

The proposed budget for the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission has been finalized.  The Executive Committee of the Board will meet on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 10 am in work session to discuss the budget.  To see a copy of the proposed budget please go to this link:

The IPDC will hold a Public Hearing on this budget on June 13, 2017 at 4:30 at the IPDC offices located at 111 West Court Street in Rutherfordton NC.  

The IPDC Board will take action on this budget as well as amendments to the current Fiscal Year Budget at their regular meeting on June 13th at 6:30 pm at the LaGrande Center at the Cleveland Community College Campus in Shelby NC.  The Business Meeting will take place at 7 pm and will be followed by a program on Workforce Programs here in our Region presented by the staff and board of the Region C Workforce Development Board.  
A coalition of public and private organizations are partnering to assist in the state's recovery from Hurricane Matthew and other natural disasters
RALEIGH - A new program is helping North Carolina's small business owners get back on their feet and get back to business after a natural disaster.
A coalition of statewide partners led by the Rural Center recently launched the North Carolina Small Business Recovery Fund, a way to help the state's small business community recover from the effects of Hurricane Matthew, the western wildfires, Tropical Storm Julia, and Tropical Storm Hermine.
The fund was established to provide low-interest loans of up to $250,000 for terms of up to 10 years. The loans are available to help owners not only recover from a natural disaster but also plan for--and mitigate the effects of--the next hurricane, wildfire, or tropical storm. It's planning that could mean the difference between a short interruption in business and a total shutdown.
In addition to mitigating future loses, loans from the North Carolina Small Business Recovery Fund can be used to repair damaged buildings or equipment, purchase new buildings or equipment, or for other working capital and operational expenses. Funds may also be used to help businesses recover from lost revenues or reduced profitability as a result of the disasters or recovery efforts. Other uses can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
"The small business owner is the anchor of many rural economies," said Rural Center President Patrick Woodie. "An interruption in their business due to a natural disaster can result in missed payroll or lost jobs. Those are disruptions that can affect the very way of life of an entire rural community or small town."
By providing quick access to much needed capital, the fund connects business owners to financial resources under favorable conditions. Some eligible small-business owners may even qualify for up to two years of no interest and/or deferred payments.
"Many small business owners and entrepreneurs are operating month-to-month to create jobs in their communities and provide much needed services," said Barry Ryan, the Rural Center's senior director of programs. "The fund aids their recovery and supports them in a way that is fair and does not burden their long-term sustainability."
The North Carolina Small Business Recovery Fund is designed to provide gap funding to complement Small Business Administration (SBA) loans and other disaster recovery programs. Qualification for SBA assistance is not a requirement for the Small Business Recovery Fund. Businesses who did not apply for SBA assistance or whose applications were not accepted, are still eligible to apply for a loan through the Small Business Recovery Fund.
The Fund is designed to support businesses like Sandbar Oyster Company in Morehead City. Sandbar's innovative Oyster Catcher™ panels were severely damaged in Hurricane Matthew, meaning millions of their seed oysters were lost and sales to customers gone. 
"A direct hit by Hurricane Matthew on the Newport River near Beaufort damaged our oyster growing operation and compromised future earnings that we would use to operate and grow our company," said Niels Lindquist, one of the co-founders of the company. "After Hurricane Matthew, the Rural Center stepped up with a critical lifeline for Sandbar Oyster Company.  With the loan, we were able to right our ship and resume our journey growing our coastal-focused business."
Sandbar Oyster Company's  Oyster Catcher™ panels before Hurricane Matthew.
Oyster Catcher™ panels torn from their supports after Matthew. Oyster Catcher™ panels buried in mud after Matthew.
To learn more about the program, to review the full eligibility requirements, or to apply for a loan, visit:
For assistance, please contact:
Barry Ryan
Senior Director of Programs
N.C. Rural Center
The North Carolina Small Business Recovery Fund is a partnership of the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center, the N.C. Small Business and Technology Development Center, and the N.C. Community Colleges Small Business Center Network. Funding for the program is provided by Golden LEAF under the Disaster Recovery Act of 2016 passed by the N.C. General Assembly, along with additional support from BB&T and Wells Fargo. The North Carolina Small Business Fund and Community Development Initiative also received grants from Golden LEAF.
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Regional Economic Development Plan for IPDC/Region C Approved by USDA

Isothermal Planning and Development Commission commits $5,000 seed grant to collection of asset mapping data corresponding with its Regional Economic Development Plan.
RUTHERFORDTON, NC – The Isothermal Planning and Development Commission (IPDC)’s USDA Stronger Economics Together (SET V) plan was recently accepted as a USDA High Quality Plan.  IPDC is utilizing this SET V plan as the Regional Economic Development Strategy for its four-county region (including Cleveland, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford counties).
As a result of the USDA High Quality Plan distinction, IPDC has access to a $5,000 seed grant to support an initiative outlined in the plan.  The seed grant is provided by USDA Rural Development through a cooperative agreement with the Southern Rural Development Center.
After thoughtful deliberation, IPDC has decided to hire Alta Planning + Design to create geospatial data that will lead to the asset mapping projects called for in the SET V plan.
The data collected will include the regional locations of:
outdoor recreational opportunities, historic sites, wine/food trails, vacation rentals, equestrian infrastructure, hotels, restaurants, downtown centers, State Parks, walking/biking trails, private recreation facilities, view sheds, rivers, farms, farmer’s markets, wholesalers, retailers, processors, cold storage, and local food distribution routes. 
The asset mapping data will be applied to the SET V plan  in several ways.  For instance, the SET V plan calls for the following:  a Tourism Consortium to create an asset map of the region’s tourism attributes; an agricultural stakeholder group to conduct an asset map of the regional food system, and; a blue ribbon group to tie in transit opportunities to other asset mapping efforts. 
Providing those groups with professional, updated geospatial data will streamline the asset mapping projects called for in the SET V plan.  Groups will be able to make necessary changes to any of the data, which will be fully maintained by IPDC.
Additionally, the asset maps created by those groups will assist with public awareness campaigns for the region’s attributes. 
IPDC’s Regional Economic Development Strategy utilizes the SET V plan as the roadmap for the future economic development efforts of IPDC’s four-county region.  Key regional stakeholders have embraced a spirit of regionalism to support the initiative. 
The SET V High Quality Plan reflects a four module planning process with active participation from business, civic, and community leaders. Significant research and discussions led to the development of the plan, including a civic forum in October 2015 where stakeholders from all four counties were present and engaged, and five training sessions conducted throughout the region from January to May 2016.  A regional writing team was assigned the duty of developing the SET V High Quality plan based on the input it received at the civic forum, the five training sessions, and several post-training focus groups focused on the goal-setting, target development, and pathway identification.
Isothermal Community College has played an integral role in the development of the SET V High Quality Plan, the asset mapping project proposal and will continue to partner with IPDC on further development of the Regional Economic Development Strategy.  Isothermal Community College Coordinator of Grants, College Development, and Fundraising Sarah Morse and former Executive Vice President Dr. Kim Gold have played a hands-on role in the process, among many others.
Further development of IPDC’s Regional Economic Development Strategy will lead to an established Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), which is required in order to establish an Economic Development District.  IPDC’s Regional Economic Development Strategy aims to create an Economic Development District consisting of member governments within its four-county region. 
The Isothermal Planning and Development Commission is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving Cleveland, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford counties in economic, community, and workforce development, aging and housing services, and local government technical assistance. 
For more information on IPDC’s Regional Economic Development Plan, please contact Scott Dadson, Executive Director at (828)-351-2365 or
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Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing

Federal grants require local government grantees to have several different policies and documents. One of the documents required (for CDBG grants) is an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI), which is required to be updated every 5 years. The Plan was last updated in March 2012.
The Plan was reviewed and updated by in-house staff over the last several months. This work was reviewed by interested parties at a meeting at IPDC on April 13, 2017. A summary of the identified impediments to Fair Housing include:
  • Aged Housing Stock
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • General Public Attitudes toward Affordable Housing
  • Lack of Transportation
  • Language Barriers
Strategies to improve Fair Housing were also developed. They include:
  • Work with the major municipalities on a process to expedite construction projects that provide housing for protected class members; of which the majority would be those also requiring affordable housing.
  • Use of conditional use permits to waive some building code requirements, such as two parking spaces for each rental unit where the target population (often a protected class member) would not have income sufficient to support the ownership of multiple vehicles.
  • Create sidewalks and other bicycle/pedestrian amenities connecting affordable housing developments with a larger bicycle/pedestrian network ensuring all residents multimodal transportation options.
  • Remind the Planning Departments within the Isothermal Region of the need to work toward neighborhood developments that include amenities within the neighborhoods such as grocery and small retail so those without transportation would have amenities in close proximity to their housing choice.
  • Work with elected officials to improve awareness of the negative perception of affordable housing and to understand the effect of lack of affordable housing on a workforce and economic opportunities.
  • Find sustainable and affordable options for housing rehabilitation in existing neighborhoods
  • Continue marketing and education efforts seeking to inform protected class members about their rights and fair housing in general. Also, continue to work to reduce language barriers and to provide translation services, as needed.
  • Work towards a fair housing ordinance in those counties and municipalities without such ordinances.
The next step is for the IPDC Board to adopt this Plan, so that Housing Choice Voucher Program will be in compliance, as well as to make it available to our member jurisdictions for their use. A few copies will be available at the meeting for circulation.
All member jurisdictions, who paid in advance, will receive a hard copy in the mail. A password-protected digital copy will be sent to the Manager, for their use and distribution.
If you have questions, please contact Karyl Fuller,
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