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 In the News, February 27, 2017 

Morrisville selected as National Diversity Award Finalist for Event. Morrisville’s East Meets West Festival has been selected as a finalist for the National League of Cities (NLC) City Cultural Diversity Awards, for municipalities with less than 50,000 residents. Awards will be distributed on Monday, March 13, 2017, during the NLC 2017 Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C. The East Meets West Festival closes down Morrisville’s main street, Town Hall Drive, to celebrate both the energy and diversity of the community, with a day of food, culture, and music from around the world each fall. The Festival, coordinated by the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce with significant support from the Town, is a favorite among residents.

Greensboro Plants 100 Trees for “Community Carbon Bank”. Last weekend, the City of Greensboro staff and those from the nonprofit Greensboro Beautiful planted the city’s first “community carbon bank,” a grove of 100 trees that will naturally absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at Price Park. Every ton of carbon dioxide absorbed by the trees equals one “carbon credit.” This project was organized by Urban Offsets, a local company that partners colleges and universities with municipalities and conservation organizations.

Lenoir Rolls out New Branding. As part of a larger step towards marketing the city, Lenoir has launched a line of merchandise bearing new logos and branding for downtown Lenoir and also launched a new website.

Several road projects set to start this year in Mills River. Mills River Town Council members were updated recently on the status of multiple transportation projects moving forward in the town, including improvements at the intersection of Banner Farm Road and N.C. 191 and repaving North Mills River Road. Steve Cannon, district engineer for the state Department of Transportation, updated the council on the ongoing projects, starting with a planned bridge replacement on Hooper Lane, close to Town Hall.