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 In the News, June 12, 2017 

Greenville officials sign sister city pact with South Korea city

The city of Greenville is welcoming a delegation from South Korea to form a partnership. This is part of the Sister City Friendship Agreement, which the two parties signed into agreement Monday night. The goal is to pursue joint development and exchange ideas regarding economics, education, and culture. Representatives from Yeonsu-gu, South Korea are touring places like Vidant Health, the East Carolina Heart Institute, Grady White Boats and East Carolina University. A long-time Greenville resident helped connect the two cities. "I wanted to develop possibly an economic exchange. So some of those Korean businesses could open up here in the Greenville area and also Greenville businesses are able to go to Korea," said Byung Lee. The mayors of both cities exchanged gifts on Monday and say they look forward to a long relationship. Officials say they hope this tour will create conversation about future exchanges.

Bicycle rental program comes to Winston-Salem

A bicycle rental program is giving those in Winston-Salem a new way to get around. Late last month, a new bike sharing program was launched that will have 10 racks in its first phase, most located within downtown. The racks are from bike sharing company Zagster, which is working in partnership with the National Cycling Center in downtown Winston-Salem and the City of Winston-Salem. “The Zagster bike is of fantastic quality and innovative in the way it lets the rider interface with the system,” said Cycling Center board member Dr. Richard Rauck in a statement. “We are proud to present this program and price it significantly below all other bike share programs in the state and region. Bike share comes to Winston-Salem at a critical time as we all look at ways to decrease traffic congestion with the upcoming closure of Business I-40.” 

NC: Triangle Cities Using Data to Improve Efficiency, Quality of Life

When thousands of UNC-Chapel Hill students flooded Franklin Street after the men's basketball national championship game in April, Chapel Hill town staff were watching. Using data amassed by cameras and sensors that track traffic, they were able to strategically place fire crews and emergency medical personnel to keep the students -- celebrating with bonfires in the middle of the street -- as safe as possible. "We had a fabulous celebration that was very safe and celebratory but also had very few incidents," Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said Tuesday. "So those sensors help us make real-time decisions."

Aberdeen Receives Disaster Grant from FEMA

The Town of Aberdeen is pleased to announce it has received a $437,074 Disaster Grant from FEMA. These funds will support the repairs to the Aberdeen Lake dam and spillway. According to Town Manager Paul Sabiston, “Restoring water to the Aberdeen Lake and repairing the sluice gate are the first priorities for this project. Additionally, we hope to perform some basic repairs to the dam structure itself which is now over 70 years old. We are grateful to FEMA for recognizing our need to repair this important piece of public infrastructure”. The Disaster Grant is awarded for public assistance in presidentially declared disaster areas through an intense application and review process.