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October 2, 2017
Contact: Scott Dadson, Executive Director
828-287-2281, ext. 250

IPDC Regional Economic Development Strategy Roll-out and Board Meeting October 4, 2017
This is the third meeting of the Board that will “move” around the Region.  We will be having this meeting at the Universal Advanced Manufacturing Center in McDowell County (See this link for directions: Universal Advanced Manufacturing).  We are opening this up to our membership to invite others on council, staff, or your partner organizations (such as Economic Development Commissions, Planning Boards, Workforce Development folks) we will be serving lunch at [11:45] and the program will begin at [12:15]
IPDC is very excited that Napoleon Wallace, NC Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary will be the keynote speaker for this event.  
We are requesting a donation of $5 per lunch served.  For planning purposes, please respond to this survey by 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 28. 
NOTE: This meeting was originally scheduled for September 11th but was postponed due to the threat of impacts from Hurricane Irma.  It has been moved to October 4, 2017.

Empowering and Educating Girls in Appalachian North Carolina

The Partnership for Appalachian Girls’ Education (PAGE) provides innovative learning opportunities for adolescent girls in western North Carolina. This program, a collaboration between Madison County Public Schools and Duke University, is dedicated to increasing rates of high school completion and college matriculation. According to ARC’s 2017 Chartbook, 13.6 percent of people ages 25 to 64 in the 29 counties of Appalachian North Carolina have less than a high school diploma, compared to 12 percent in the entire Appalachian Region and 11.8 percent in the country as a whole. A larger proportion of Appalachian North Carolina also has a high school degree with no post-secondary degree (50.4 percent compared to 48.1 percent in the U.S.). With ARC support, PAGE has established web-­based resources for educators, scholars, and community advocates who seek to understand and improve education in rural communities across Appalachia. The heart of the PAGE program is a six-week summer enrichment program for middle school girls in the Spring Creek Township area. Activities focus on leadership, self-esteem, critical thinking and expression, as well as literary reading, remedial reading for those who need it, and digital literacy.
Over 144 middle school girls have participated in PAGE since June of 2010. All students said they expected to graduate from high school and apply to college, and all believed they would be successful while attending school. Recently, North Carolina Public Radio broadcast “Postcards From Madison County” featuring personal stories that were written, edited, and narrated by girls as part of the PAGE summer program. 
LUCA Training

In preparation for the 2020 Census Census, local governments are invited to review the US Census Bureau list of addresses for their area through the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program.  LUCA training sessions will be held across the North Carolina to demonstrate the LUCA process, and local government management are encouraged to attend the most convenient session.  Many of you have already engaged the IPDC staff to assist in the LUCA process and IPDC staff will be hosting and attending.  If you are interested in LUCA and assistance by the IPDC, please see us a IPDC/LUCA

Workshops are presented by the US Census Bureau Atlanta Regional Census Office staff and hosted by North Carolina Councils of Government, affiliates of the North Carolina State Data Center network.

If you are interested in attending and finding out more, click on this link: LUCA training.
Wine in NC 

Interest in finding out more about the Grape and Wine industry here in North Carolina, click on this link: NC Grape and Wine 

Here are some interesting factoids: 
  • $1.97 billion – Economic impact of the N.C. wine and grape industry
  • $319 million – Amount of wine-related tourism expenditures in 2013
  • 1,917,000 – Number of wine-related tourists in 2016
  • 1,115,000 – Number of cases of wine produced in the state
  • 10,296 – Number of full-time-equivalent jobs related to the industry
  • 2,300 – Number of grape-bearing acres in the state
  • 525 – Number of commercial grape growers in the state
  • 168 – Number of wineries in 2016. (Please note: The number post-study is 186 as of Sept. 1.)

Applications Open to Brownfields Cleanup Grant Program

On September 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Request for Proposals (RFP) announcing the availability of Brownfields Cleanup grants.  Under the program, funds are available for cleanup-related work at brownfields sites under ownership by the grant applicant.  Either multiple or individual cleanup sites may be included in one application and each proposal may request up to $200,000.  Applicants may submit up to three proposals.  Applications are due November 19.  Click here for more details. 


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Hosting Call on Regional Food Systems

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development (ORHED) will be hosting a conference call on community and economic development opportunities in regional food systems.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Federal Reserve System recently released a book, Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities, which discusses how regional food networks impact local economies.  The call will engage federal and university partners on the book’s findings and how regional food systems fit with economic and community development.  The call will be held October 11 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET.  To register, please RSVP by email to no later than close of business on October 6.  Please include your name and organization.


Manufacturing Day is October 6

Public and private organizations are observing Manufacturing Day on October 6.  Throughout the week, the U.S. Census Bureau will be providing manufacturing-related data on its Manufacturing Day homepage.  Ahead of October 6, the Census Bureau will hold a webinar on how to access the various manufacturing datasets available through its website including the Manufacturers’ Shipment, Inventories, and Orders Survey; Annual Survey of Manufactures; and the Economic Census.  The webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 3 at 2:00 p.m. ET.  At the scheduled time, click here to participate.


Tools Available from EDA Assisting Communities Impacted by Recent Disasters

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) provides resources to communities involved in disaster response and recovery under the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF).  Under the framework, EDA leads the Economic Recovery Support Function which allows the agency to coordinate disaster recovery planning and project implementation with partners including Economic Development Districts (EDDs), University Centers, and institutes of higher education.  Click here to access EDA-supported disaster recovery tools and resources.

Asheville, NC | October 26, 2017

No-Cost Workshop:
Energy Management and Cost Reduction Workshop for Small Water Systems

Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 9:00am-4:30pm
Asheville, NC
Asheville Water Maintenance Facility
200 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806
Register Online | Download the mail-in registration form

CEUs: This course is approved under the North Carolina Water Treatment Facility Operators Certification Board for 6.0 professional growth hours (PGHs).
Cost: Complimentary. Space is limited. Please register to reserve your spot.
Many water system expenses are fixed. However, there are still opportunities to reduce costs at your system. Energy costs represent the largest controllable cost of providing water services. They make up as much as 40 percent of operating costs. Not only that, experts project that energy costs will increase 20 percent over the next 15 years. Energy management and water loss reduction strategies can help you decrease these costs.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:
- Understand your electric bill
- Develop a baseline of energy use
- Reduce water loss
- Identify energy efficiency opportunities
- Prioritize and implement energy efficiency projects
- Identify financing opportunities for energy projects

Technical Assistance Follow-Up: We will also discuss opportunities for no-cost, remote technical assistance on energy management and water loss, such as assistance completing an energy use baseline.

Trainer: Carol Rosenfeld, Senior Project Director – The Environmental Finance Center at The University of North Carolina

Contact: Allison Perch,

Who Should Attend: While system operators are welcome, this training is best suited for individuals who make financial decisions on behalf of small water systems–-board members, local government managers, finance staff, system managers, clerks, and others who budget and/or set rates.

The Smart Management for Small Water Systems program is administered by the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN), a university-based organization creating innovative solutions to the difficult how-to-pay issues of environmental protection and improvement.

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