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Secretary Of State Marshall Honored For Anti-Counterfeiting PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:27

East Lansing, MI – The Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) located at Michigan State University announced that North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall as the 2019 Brand Protection Hero Award recipient. The award will be presented on Wed., Sept. 25 at the A-CAPP 2019 Brand Protection Strategy Summit. Individuals worldwide can be nominated each year for the award, which recognizes significant contributions to the field of brand protection and to combating product counterfeiting.

“The fight against counterfeiting requires champions and leaders, and Sec. Marshall has exemplified both of these roles,” said Jeff Rojek, Director of the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection. “Her efforts provide a model for other state government officials to follow to improve collaboration, enforcement, and awareness.”

Sec. Marshall founded the N.C. Secretary of State Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force in 2004, which has grown from 10 members to more than 100 today, representing 50 separate law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels. Since the Task Force was established, it has worked more than 5,500 cases and taken more than $135 million worth of counterfeits off North Carolina’s streets, including the largest single seizure in Task Force history earlier this year of $24.4 million in fake Cartier bracelets.

“It’s truly an honor to be selected for the Brand Protection Hero Award,” said Sec. Marshall. “Intellectual Property crime poses a huge threat to the American and North Carolina economy. These are not victimless crimes. Counterfeiters selling these fakes are doing damage to a company’s brand, legitimate merchants, to consumers, and ultimately to our communities who rely on legal sales to fund roads, police and fire departments, and other vital community resources. Our success in combating these crimes would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of our law enforcement personnel.”

Over the last decade, Sec. Marshall was able to develop key federal partnerships to expand the agency’s ability to analyze and preserve forensic evidence when conducting IP investigations. In 2018, with the booming growth of internet pharmacies, she partnered with the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies to launch the “Verify Before You Buy” campaign. Through an interactive tool on the campaign's website, consumers are able to find out whether the online pharmacy they’re considering ordering from is legitimate. Through the campaign, more than 318,000 ad impressions were generated and 15,733 website sessions were hosted.

"Secretary Marshall has continuously demonstrated leadership in the area of brand protection and has served as a steadfast champion of the protection of patient safety as it relates to counterfeit medicine,” said Tara Steketee, Director of Product Integrity at Merck & Co., Inc. Global Security Group. 

Marjorie Clifton, Executive Director of the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies added, "In all of my time on anti-counterfeiting efforts, Secretary Marshall has been unequivocally the most supportive public steward I have encountered on these issues. She has been unceasingly focused on her goal to protect industry from counterfeits and consumers from being misled.”


The Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection at Michigan State University

The Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) is an interdisciplinary evidence-based hub, housed in the College of Social Science at MSU, whose activities focus on research, education and outreach designed to assist in protecting brands and products of all industries worldwide. From counterfeit foods and automobile parts to counterfeit pharmaceuticals and luxury goods, the A-CAPP Center works with major multinational corporations globally to help combat this international business, social and legal issue, by providing strategies for combating this problem, as well as collaborative solutions that can have an impact on individuals, societies, and industries all over the globe. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:29
State Youth Council Accepting Mini-Grant Applications PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 23 September 2019 09:27

 The North Carolina Department of Administration Council for Women & Youth Involvement (CFWYI) is accepting mini grant applications through its State Youth Council program, beginning today. Youth Councils are active across the state, enabling students to enhance their communities while helping their peers. The annual mini grant program specifically targets youth, particularly high school students grades 9 - 12, giving Youth Council members an opportunity to help local peers establish leadership skills in project development, management and communication.

NC Department of Administration Secretary Machelle Sanders said the mini grant program aids in building and improving North Carolina communities while preparing youth for a successful future. “The program fuels innovation and leadership among North Carolina’s best and brightest students, sharpening essential skills necessary for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” she said.

The application is open to youth councils, local government, private and non-profit agencies interested in developing innovative youth programs. This year, the State Youth Council will award a total of $6,500 to deserving organizations and agencies. Mini grants will range from $100 to $500. To be eligible, applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.

The State Youth Councils will screen applications during the Mini-Grant Conference in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on November 15 - 17. The Youth Advisory Council will also review applications before grants are awarded.

Examples of projects from past mini grant recipients include:

  • A health program to educate youth on how to make better decisions regarding wellness;
  • Acquisition of exercise equipment;
  • And, a partnership with an animal shelter to build pens for dog shelters.

Food, entertainment, travel and salaries do not qualify for grant funding.

For additional information and to apply, contact CFWYI Office’s State Youth Council Coordinator, Candace Dudley, at 919-807-4407.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2019 09:28
Golden Leaf Foundation Names New President PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 23 September 2019 09:23

The Golden LEAF Foundation Board announced Scott Hamilton was selected to be the orgainzation's new president. 

“I am honored to have been selected as the next president of Golden LEAF - to continue the important work the Foundation was tasked with 20 years ago: providing rural North Carolina with funding for infrastructure, education and job training to give communities the needed support to educate their local workforce, attract jobs, and grow their local economies” said Hamilton. “Through the partnerships and programs already in place, I am excited for Golden LEAF to continue helping rural North Carolina create better futures for its residents in the years ahead.”
Since 2014, Hamilton has served as the Executive Director of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), a Federal-State partnership with the mission to innovate, partner and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia including 29 counties in North Carolina. During his tenure, he led a staff of over 50 to invest nearly $600 million to support education and workforce training, highway construction, water and sewer system construction, leadership development, small business start-ups and expansions, energy and health. Prior to joining the ARC, Hamilton served in leadership roles with various county and regional economic development organizations in North Carolina, including most recently as President and CEO of AdvantageWest, a nonprofit regional economic development partnership serving the westernmost counties of North Carolina.
The Golden LEAF Foundation – governed by a 15-member Board of Directors appointed by the state’s Legislative and Executive branches – was created by the General Assembly 20 years ago following the Master Settlement Agreement between the states and the cigarette manufacturers. Its goal is to support rural North Carolina and help transform the economy of rural, tobacco dependent and economically distressed areas of the state.  The Foundation supports these communities by providing critical resources through grants, scholarships to rural students and, in recent years, by managing the state’s relief and recovery funding to support residents and communities affected by hurricanes.

“The Board of Directors is fortunate to have the leadership of Scott Hamilton to help guide the organization as we seek additional opportunities to help North Carolina’s rural communities grow and prosper,” said Board Chair Randy Isenhower. “During Golden LEAF’s 20 year history, we have seen North Carolina transform into a top-tier economy. Instead of leaving rural North Carolina behind, organizations like Golden LEAF and our many partners, have worked to ensure these communities are able to draw industries and create jobs. Scott joins Golden LEAF at the right time to help the organization continue our important work for North Carolina.”

Hamilton will serve as Foundation’s third president leading into Golden LEAF’s twentieth anniversary. The Foundation has awarded 1,775 grants totaling $872 million over its 20 years.

The Board’s selection followed a thorough search process led by Golden LEAF’s Search Committee, a subset of the Golden LEAF Board of Directors. The process was facilitated by Elinvar, a Raleigh-based executive search and leadership development firm. The Search Committee met with several candidates before recommending finalists to the Golden LEAF Board, which interviewed the finalists and selected Hamilton.

“We are grateful to have had so many qualified candidates who want to help build a better North Carolina," said Lee Roberts, Chair of the Foundation’s Search Committee. "Scott’s leadership will bolster the Foundation and our work. As North Carolina continues to grow and prosper, rural North Carolina stands ready to thrive as well.  Scott has a particularly successful record of building organizations that bring economic opportunities to rural communities, and we look forward to his doing the same for the communities we serve.”

Hamilton is from Hendersonville, NC and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Hamilton received additional training and certification in economic development from the University of North Carolina School of Government, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. Hamilton is also an alumnus of the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center’s Rural Economic Development Institute. Hamilton and his wife have two grown daughters and two grandsons residing in Hendersonville.

About the Golden LEAF Foundation
The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to receive a portion of North Carolina’s funding received from the Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers. For 20 years, Golden LEAF has worked to increase economic opportunity in North Carolina’s rural and tobacco-dependent communities through leadership in grantsmaking, collaboration, innovation, and stewardship as an independent and perpetual foundation.

The Foundation has provided lasting impact to tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and rural areas of the state by helping create 64,000 jobs, more than half a billion dollars in new payroll and more than 77,000 workers trained or retrained for higher wages.

To learn more about the Golden LEAF Foundation, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call 888-684-8404.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2019 09:26
Bill Vetoes Because Of Safety Concerns PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 23 September 2019 09:14

, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the following bill: 

Gov. Cooper shared the following comment on Senate Bill 553:

"Provisions in the legislation allowing trash receptacles in exit corridors could pose a fire safety risk for residents and emergency responders. Also, this legislation could allow septic system permits to be issued that circumvent state septic system rules which can hurt public health and threaten clean water. Both of these provisions threaten public health and safety."

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2019 09:15

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