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Tillis: Interior Department Will Pay $35.2 Million Owed To Swain County PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 07 June 2018 09:44
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis announced that the Department of Interior informed Congress that Swain County will receive the remaining $35.2 million owed to them from the North Shore Road settlement this year. Last year, Senator Tillis helped secure $4 million that was appropriated to Swain County in 2012 but was never transferred to the county. The $35.2 million was included as a part of Secretary Zinke’s spending plan for 2018 construction projects at National Park Service.
In the early 1940s, the federal government flooded several communities in Swain County to build the Fontana Dam. In 1943, the federal government promised to rebuild the 30-mile North Shore Road that was also flooded. For over six decades the government failed to deliver on that promise and, in 2007, agreed to a cash settlement of $52 million. In 2010 the Department of Interior, Swain County, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the State of North Carolina entered into a -Memorandum of Agreement- to "settle any and all claims under the 1943 Agreement" by December 31, 2020.
“Today is the beginning of the end for Swain County’s long fight to receive the funds it is owed from the North Shore Road settlement,” said Senator Tillis. “The Department of Interior’s commitment to reimburse the $35.2 million this year and make good on the promise to repay Swain County for the damage caused when the federal government flooded its communities is great news for the people who have been affected. I want to thank Secretary Zinke for making this a priority and I look forward to working with the Administration and my colleagues to ensure Swain County receives the money swiftly.”
"One of my top priorities as your Secretary of the Interior is making sure the federal government is a good neighbor and a good land manager for federal lands like national parks and battlefields. Making sure Swain County received the funds from the Department of the Interior was key," said Secretary Zinke. "Senator Tillis made sure this project did not get lost in the paperwork. I'm grateful for their tenacity on behalf of North Carolina." 
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 June 2018 10:05
World Of Bluegrass Extends Raleigh Contract PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 31 May 2018 10:07
 The International Bluegrass Music Association, the Nashville-based nonprofit professional organization for the global bluegrass community, and its Raleigh partners – The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, PineCone - The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, and the Raleigh Convention Center – announced the World of Bluegrass events will remain in Raleigh through 2021.
World of Bluegrass, a gathering that consists of a business conference, showcases, awards show, and the largest urban bluegrass festival in the world, has steadily grown in scope, bringing in nearly $49 million in direct visitor spending to the greater Raleigh area, and drawing more than 856,000 attendees since moving from Nashville to the City of Oaks in 2013. World of Bluegrass is the largest annual event held in Raleigh.
“We couldn’t be more excited to announce our agreement to hold IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh through 2021. As we renew our amazing partnership with the City, we find new ways to celebrate bluegrass music we didn’t know were possible until being embraced by this community,” said IBMA’s Schiminger. “World of Bluegrass is our genre’s biggest annual event, where we help our professionals connect and learn, where we shine a bright light on our best, and where we share our great music with so many new and lifelong fans! Our deepest gratitude goes out to the City of Raleigh, Mayor McFarlane, the City Council, the Local Organizing Committee and PineCone, along with Wake County and its Commission, and to the people of Raleigh for the exuberant welcome we have received here.”
“Most business conventions are insular events, but IBMA works with the Local Organizing Committee to engage the public in many parts of World of Bluegrass, including the Bluegrass Ramble showcases, Awards programs, Music Expo, and of course the Wide Open Bluegrass festival. They also work with us and other community partners to put bluegrass bands in Wake County Public Schools, RDU airport, and other venues throughout the region,” said William Lewis, executive director of the Raleigh-based non-profit PineCone, co-chair of the Local Organizing Committee, and IBMA Board Member. “And the community has embraced IBMA and bluegrass and looks forward to the whole week of events each year, no doubt contributing to Raleigh's growing reputation as a leading live music destination here in the Southeast. Thousands of visitors from all over the world come to Raleigh for this event and take home lasting memories from their experiences here each year. IBMA members call World of Bluegrass a "homecoming," and we're glad they all consider Raleigh a second home.”  
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 May 2018 10:33
Union County Public Works Earns State Safety Award PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Donna Martinez   
Friday, 25 May 2018 10:24
Public Works was presented a Silver Award from the N.C. Department of Labor (NCDOL) at the Union County Chamber of Commerce's annual Safety Awards Luncheon on May 24 for the second consecutive year. 
Mike Farrar, Health & Safety Program Manager for Union County Public Works, accepted the award on behalf of Public Works.
“Safety is a core value of Union County Public Works and we are very proud of this recognition,” said Farrar. “Our goal is to maintain a culture of safety and wellbeing for all of our employees. It is not about measuring the number, it's about knowing our people go home safe at the end of every shift, every day.”
NCDOL’s Safety Awards Program recognizes private and public firms throughout the state that achieve and maintain good safety records. The program is designed to stimulate interest in accident prevention and to promote safety in the workplace by providing an incentive to employers and employees to maintain a safe and healthful workplace.
Awards are presented annually by Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry to employers who have had no fatalities and have maintained an incidence rate at least 50 percent below the average for its industry group. Silver awards are given to companies and organizations whose rate of days away from work is at least 50 percent below the industry standard.
Throughout the 2017 calendar year, Union County Public Works employees missed zero days away from work due to injury.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2018 10:25
Moore County Receives Federal USDA Infrastructure Grant PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 12:23
Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $4.8 million in Moore County, to provide sewer service to the town of Vass.
Nearly 40 percent of the town’s residents and businesses use privately-owned septic tanks and drain fields, many of which have exceeded their useful life. The new wastewater collection system will address widespread health and sanitary issues.
In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 12:27

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