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Forsyth County Unveils New CivicWeb Portal PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 05 May 2021 08:37
Forsyth County Government has a new CivicWeb Portal for county commissioner meetings that will give residents easier access to meeting information. 
The new portal can be accessed at https://coforsythnc.civicweb.net/Portal/ or by going to the commissioners’ page at https://forsyth.cc/Commissioners/.  The new site contains meeting schedules, agendas, minutes, and videos, along with information on each county commissioner. 
The new additional features of the site include: 


A calendar that lets residents see future and previous meetings by date, and a Meetings tab that sorts meetings by type 


A search feature that finds keywords in agenda items and even in meeting videos 


The ability to sign up for e-updates on upcoming meetings 


A live streaming option, that lets users watch the meetings as they happen 


County commissioners meetings and briefings begin at 2 p.m. on most Thursdays and are broadcast live on WSTV 13. Meetings will continue to be streamed live on the county’s Facebook page, Vimeo, YouTube and the WSTV 13 website.  
Chatham County Nears 50% Of Population Partially Vaccinated Against COVID-19 PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 29 April 2021 16:31
With more than 45% of Chatham’s population now at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, the Chatham County Public Health Department is calling on all residents ages 16 and older to roll up their sleeves, noting that demand for the vaccine has lagged in recent weeks.
According to data from the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), 33,891 Chatham residents have received at least one dose, accounting for 45.5% of the county’s population, as of April 28th. While this is an increase from the 41% with at least one dose as of April 15 and 38% as of April 6, vaccination appointments are becoming more and more difficult to fill. Overall, 37.4% are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For more on Chatham vaccination data, visit https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard/vaccinations.
“We have come so far in our fight against COVID-19, but we are just not there yet in terms of vaccination rates,” said Chatham County Public Health Director Mike Zelek. “There are plenty of options to get vaccinated in Chatham County. I have heard from many of these providers that they are having trouble filling their appointment slots. If we are going to beat this and relax measures June 1st as the Governor has set forth, we need those who have not yet gotten vaccinated to roll up their sleeves.”
All Chatham County residents ages 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and have a variety of means to receive their shot in Chatham County. For locations in and around Chatham County to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, including the type of vaccine they offer, visit myspot.nc.gov. 
The department will begin taking first- and second-dose vaccine appointments for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at its Siler City clinic on Fridays beginning May 7th. To make an appointment, call 919-742-5641. Walk-ins will also be welcome.
StarMed Healthcare continues to operate COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center in Pittsboro. Beginning this Friday, StarMed will provide Pfizer first doses at the Ag Center on Fridays and Saturdays from 2 PM to 6 PM. To pre-register, visit starmed.care or call (980) 445-9818. Walk-ins are also accepted.
CDC: Fully Vaccinated People Don’t Need to Wear a Mask Outdoors, Unless in Crowded Space
On Tuesday, April 27th, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) released new guidance around the use of face coverings to prevent spread of COVID-19. The new guidance says that “fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues.” This follows prior guidance that says it is safe for fully vaccinated people — those who have received the full dosage (one for Johnson & Johnson, two for Moderna and Pfizer) at least two weeks ago — to gather with others in small groups indoors without wearing a mask. Individuals can read more about the CDC’s recommendations for fully-vaccinated individuals here: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html.
It continues to be important to practice the 3 Ws — which also include washing your hands regularly and waiting six feet apart from others in public and especially indoors — to limit the spread of COVID-19. Other recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals from the CDC include:
Wear masks that fit snuggly when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
Avoid large indoor gatherings
Gov. Cooper: Mask Mandate Will Be Lifted When 2/3rds of Adults Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19
On Wednesday, April 28th, Gov. Roy Cooper said during a press conference that North Carolina will lift the mask mandate when two-thirds of North Carolinian adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 
Additionally, Gov. Cooper signed Executive Order No. 209, further lifting of pandemic-related restrictions will go into effect on Friday, April 30th, including expanding the mass gathering limits and removing the mandate to wear masks outside in public places. Changes include, but not limited to:
No capacity limits at museums, personal care businesses, retail businesses and outdoor spaces of restaurants, fitness and physical activity facilities and pools.
75% capacity limit for indoor spaces of restaurants, fitness and physical activity facilities and pools.
50% capacity limit for indoor areas of movie theaters, indoor and outdoor areas of bars, meeting space and conference centers, and other indoor and outdoor venues and arenas.
Gov. Cooper added that the state anticipates lifting more restrictions on June 1 as more North Carolinians get vaccinated. To see the full Executive Order No. 209, visit this link: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO209-Easing-Statewide-Restrictions.pdf.
To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and the CCPHD’s vaccination plans, visit www.chathamcountync.gov/coronavirusvaccine. To learn more about the Chatham County Public Health Department, visit www.chathamcountync.gov/publichealth or www.facebook.com/chathamhealth. 
Apple Picks RTP For Game Changing Investment PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 27 April 2021 17:07
Apple has selected North Carolina’s Research Triangle region as the location for its newest research and development campus and will create 3,000 jobs in Wake County. Apple plans to invest more than $1 billion in the state by 2032.
Governor Cooper, Senator President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, Senator Dan Blue, Speaker Tim Moore and Representative Robert Reives issued this statement:
“Innovation has long been North Carolina’s calling card and Apple’s decision to build this new campus in the Research Triangle showcases the importance of our state’s favorable business climate, world-class universities, our tech-ready workforce, and the welcoming and diverse communities that make so many people want to call North Carolina home. This announcement will benefit communities across our state and we are proud to work together to continue to grow our economy and bring transformational industries and good paying jobs to North Carolina.”
Apple [NASDAQ: AAPL] revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. Apple’s five software platforms — iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay, and iCloud.  The company’s new project in North Carolina will create an R&D, Operations and Engineering hub in Wake County of at least 1 million square feet, powered 100 percent from renewable energy sources from day one, similar to all Apple facilities worldwide. In addition, Apple will set up a $100 million fund to support schools and community initiatives across the state.
“As a North-Carolina native, I’m thrilled Apple is expanding and creating new long-term job opportunities in the community I grew up in,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer. “We’re proud that this new investment will also be supporting education and critical infrastructure projects across the state. Apple has been a part of North Carolina for nearly two decades, and we’re looking forward to continuing to grow and a bright future ahead.”
The North Carolina Department of Commerce led the state’s efforts to attract Apple’s new R&D campus. The company will retain its existing 1,100-person workforce at various locations in North Carolina.  Apple’s new positions over the entire period of the grant will offer salaries that average $187,001, creating a regional payroll impact estimated to top $550 million per year. Wake County’s overall average annual wage is currently $63,966.
“Apple’s choice to grow in North Carolina comes at an important time for our state,” said Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “As we move past the hardships of the pandemic, we must work even harder to bring new opportunity to all people of our state. Companies like Apple, with its tangible commitment to equity and justice issues, add an important perspective to this conversation and we welcome them to our state.”
Apple’s project in North Carolina will be facilitated, in part, by a transformative Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier today.  The project is estimated to grow the state’s economy by nearly $79.8 billion over 39 years, the time period the grant could be active.  The 3,000 new jobs will generate $1.97 billion in new tax revenues to the state over the grant period.  Using a formula that takes into account these new tax revenues, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $845.8 million.  This potential payment would also be spread over 39 years.
Like all grants from the JDIG program, any state payments only occur following performance verification each year by the departments of Commerce and Revenue that the company has met its incremental job creation and
investment targets.
“We’re thrilled that Apple has selected Wake County for its newest research and development campus,” said Chair Matt Calabria of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. “Like Apple, we’re a community that is always looking for what comes next. That, coupled with our incredible education system and top talent pool, give us the right mindset and the right skillset to attract industry-leading companies like Apple.”
Because Apple chose a site in Wake County, classified by the state’s economic tier system as Tier 3, the company’s JDIG agreement also calls for moving as much as $112.4 million into the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account. The Utility Account helps rural communities finance necessary infrastructure upgrades to attract future business. Even as the new jobs associated with this JDIG are created in Tier 3 Wake County, local communities in more economically challenged areas of the state can use funds from the Utility Account to build public infrastructure projects, which improve a community’s ability to attract companies to their regions.
The North Carolina General Assembly introduced the Transformative project classification to the JDIG program in 2017. Economic development projects from companies that invest more than $1 billion and create more than 3,000 jobs can qualify for the special grant classification, which alters certain parameters of the program such as the length of time the grant can be active and the percentage of state tax withholdings that can be used to fund the grant.
“Apple is one of the world’s best-known companies,” said N.C. Representative Gale Adcock. “In addition to the new jobs and investment they’re bringing to our region, the company’s decision also brings welcome attention to the many advantages North Carolina offers as a place to do business.”
“For many years, a dedicated group of economic development partners worked to bring this investment to Wake County,” said N.C. Senator Sydney Batch. “I’m pleased to see the result of their efforts pay off, and I know they will continue to provide the support Apple and its new employees will need as the company opens its new campus.”
Partnering with the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the Research Triangle Foundation, North Carolina State University, Wake Tech, Wake County Government, and Wake County Economic Development, a program of the Raleigh Chamber.
Chatham County Employees Roll Up Their Sleeves In Blood Drive PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 22 April 2021 10:56

PITTSBORO, NC— On April 20, 2021, Chatham County employees and residents rolled up their sleeves to give the gift of life at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center in Pittsboro. Thirty-two lifesaving blood donations were collected to help hospital patients in need.

The Chatham County Employee Blood Drive is held every April with the American Red Cross; however, this year it is especially important for community members to give back as the nation, state and local community continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the Red Cross is experiencing the ongoing effects of the coronavirus, as roughly 1,000 drives are canceled each week due to the pandemic. As the nation transitions to a new, hopeful phase of this devastating pandemic, blood donations remain essential to the health of all communities.

“It’s important that I donate blood to help others, and it’s such an easy thing to do,” said Chatham County employee Jill Oldham, who has been donating blood for more than 20 years. “If a family member or I ever needed blood, I hope that others donate so we would have it.”

Red Cross staff and blood drive volunteers followed strict protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Donors’ temperatures were checked upon entry and again during the pre-screening before their donation. Workers and donors alike practiced social distancing and wore face coverings, while seats, donor beds and computers were disinfected after each use. Each blood donation is tested for COVID-19 antibodies.

“Giving back is a way of life for me, and it’s my passion to help others,” said Chatham County resident and blood donor Paul Bolig. “I enjoy volunteering in the community, and giving blood is one more way to do that.”

According to the Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Patients need blood for a variety of reasons including individuals who have experienced trauma, people fighting cancers and those with chronic illness like sickle cell disease.

“My late husband received blood when he battled cancer, and I appreciate the donors who helped him,” said Chatham County Register of Deeds and blood donor Lunday Riggsbee. “There are a lot of patients out there who still need blood every day, and I hope people continue to give blood so it’s there when they need it.”


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