Town Hall Day 2017 gets closer every day, and if you haven't yet registered for this March 29 event, wait no longer. Click here to get on board and make sure your community is represented. Town Hall Day is the best way to discuss with state policymakers how your town is contributing to North Carolina's economy and serving the citizenry at home. It balances informative advocacy training and sessions with networking opportunities to maximize your time in Raleigh. The morning is reserved for one-on-one meetings at the Legislative Building, where the state House and Senate craft laws, while the afternoon allows for flexibility -- additional meetings with legislators, observing of legislative sessions, forums with executive cabinet officials, and an evening reception. Don't miss this chance to share your town's success stories and establish meaningful relationships with your elected officials. Hundreds of municipal officials from around the state will be there. How about you? Click here to register now.
The latest episode of the League's biweekly podcast, Municipal Equation, is out, and it's all about "smart cities." Click here to listen. The rundown: It's okay to admit you're not fully up to speed on smart cities or the Internet of Things (IoT). A lot of people aren't. The talk is so ubiquitous that it might feel like a runaway topic that's tough to break into. Or maybe you're from a small town and think smart-cities and IoT are more of a big-city conversation. But it concerns just about everybody, everywhere. So what does it really mean? As initiatives and projects multiply in the focus of smart cities and IoT -- and while the federal government is actively soliciting comment on a new plan to collaborate with local communities toward smart-city enhancements -- this episode explains the who-what-when-where-why to get us all up on the essentials. Because now is the time to know. Special thanks to the National League of Cities for lending its voice to this episode.
Applications for the state's Disaster Recovery Loan Program are due by 5 p.m. March 3. The applications, for funds appropriated through last year's Disaster Recovery Act, are to be reviewed by the Golden LEAF Board at its April 6 meeting, according to the Golden LEAF Foundation. "Golden LEAF staff will work diligently to present proposals in this program to the Board as quickly as possible for applications submitted after the March 3, 2017 due date," the organization said.
Background: As a result of Hurricane Matthew, the western wildfires, or Tropical Storms Julia and Hermine, more than 30,000 businesses suffered physical or economic damage affecting more than 400,000 employees. The Disaster Recovery Act of 2016 (S.L. 2016-124) appropriated State funds in the amount of $5,000,000 to the Golden LEAF Foundation to provide grants to eligible entities capable of making loans to small businesses affected by these disasters. Click here for application details and characteristics of competitive proposals.
Roughly $6.6 million in grants are headed to rural communities across the state for infrastructure and job creation. State Commerce Sec. Anthony M. Copeland on Thursday announced that the Rural Infrastructure Authority had approved 27 grant requests that included commitments to create 278 new jobs. "Companies bring jobs to local communities, but to attract these jobs in the first place communities must have modern infrastructure in place," said Sec. Copeland. "These grants will help counties and towns meet the needs of business by upgrading water and sewer systems, buildings, and industrial access points all across the state." Click here for the full list of award recipients.