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Cooper Appoints Judge For Halifax County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 03 September 2021 15:36
Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Norlan Graves to serve as Superior Court Judge in Judicial District 6A, serving Halifax County. He will fill the vacant seat created by the retirement of the Honorable Alma Hinton.
 
“Norlan Graves brings years of legal knowledge and experience to the bench,” said Governor Cooper. “I am confident that he will serve his district with honor and fairness.”
 
Norlan Graves is a Special Deputy Attorney General for the North Carolina Department of Justice. He previously served as an Assistant District Attorney for Prosecutorial District 7 and Prosecutorial District 8. In addition, Graves was previously an Adjunct Professor at Halifax Community College. Graves earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and his Juris Doctor at North Carolina Central University School of Law. 
 
 
Governor Cooper Appoints District Court Judge PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 01 September 2021 08:20

Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Jennifer Karpowicz Bland to serve as District Court Judge for Judicial District 1, which serves Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.

“Jennifer Karpowicz Bland has served this community well throughout her legal career,” said Governor Cooper. “I am thankful for her willingness to step up and serve as a judge in our state.”

Jennifer Karpowicz Bland will be filling the vacant seat formerly held by the Honorable Eula Reid. Since 2008, Bland has served as an Assistant District Attorney in the District Attorney’s Office for the First Prosecutorial District. She is a Board Member for the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and a member of the Domestic Violence Abuse Hotline Board. Bland earned her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

 
Pipeline Manufacturer To Create 44 Jobs In Columbus County PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 20 July 2021 10:30
Pipeline Plastics Holdings, LLC, a leading manufacturer of high-performance industrial pipeline systems, will create 44 new jobs in Columbus County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $4.6 million in a new production facility in Fair Bluff.
 
“North Carolina’s appeal as a center for manufacturing continues to attract companies from many different industries,” said Governor Cooper. “Our focus on building a well-trained workforce, combined with North Carolina’s outstanding transportation networks and East Coast market access, offers companies like Pipeline Plastics the right ingredients for success.”
 
Pipeline Plastics specializes in engineered solid wall polyethylene pipe, with a size range up to 65” diameter utilized in all aspects of infrastructure construction. The company is a recognized leader to a wide variety of end uses, from municipal water and wastewater, industrial, agriculture, irrigation, and mining, to energy and natural gas distribution. With three existing production plants in Texas and South Dakota, the new facility in Fair Bluff will enable the company to expand its geographical presence on the East Coast.
 
“We are excited to bring our culture, reputation, and methodology as one of the safest, sustainable, and most efficient companies in the industry,” said Mike Leathers, President & COO, Pipeline Plastics. “This facility will not only create jobs and careers for this location, but be a significant multiplier for the local economy, from jobs to suppliers and transportation.”
 
“We welcome Pipeline Plastics to North Carolina’s growing portfolio of manufacturing companies,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “Our state remains committed to delivering the skilled workers manufacturers need, through the programs and services of the NCWorks system, one of the best workforce development systems in the country.”
 
The company’s new jobs will yield an average salary above the Columbus County average wage of $35,138. Once the projects’ new jobs are in place, the local region will benefit from a nearly $1.6 million payroll impact in the community, each and every year.
 
A performance-based grant of $125,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Pipeline Plastics’ expansion in Columbus County. The OneNC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All OneNC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.
 
Partnering with the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Duke Energy, CSX Railroad, the RJ Corman Railroad Company, Southeastern Community College, the Columbus Jobs Foundation, the Columbus County Board of Commissioners, the Town of Fair Bluff, North Carolina’s Southeast, and the Columbus County Economic Development Commission.
 
Forsyth County Accepting Rescue Plan Funds Applications PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 19 July 2021 16:57

Forsyth County Government is now accepting applications for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and will hold its first virtual meeting on the application process on July 21.

Organizations can apply for ARPA funds for qualifying project through the county’s website, www.forsyth.cc.  The application deadline is August 27 at 5 p.m. Eligible proposals will be reviewed by staff and presented to the Forsyth County commissioners in September/October for funding consideration.

County staff will also hold a series of virtual meetings to discuss the funding and application process. The first will be held Wednesday, July 21, at 2 pm. at https://bit.ly/ARPAmeeting.

Forsyth County is expected to receive approximately $74 million in ARPA funds, of which approximately $56 million has yet to be allocated. Based on federal guidance, the funds can be used to support Public Health’s response, replace public sector revenue loss, address negative economic impacts, for premium pay for essential workers, water and sewer infrastructure and broadband infrastructure.

The county anticipates that there will be multiple application periods, and that not all federal funding will be allocated this fall.

 
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