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$25 Cash Cards Offered At Select Vaccine Sites In 4 Counties PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 24 May 2021 08:46
 As part of its ongoing effort to get more North Carolinians vaccinated and safely bring summer back, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is offering $25 Summer Cash Cards at select vaccine sites to offset the time and transportation costs of getting vaccinated.
 
From May 26 through June 8, select vaccine sites will offer Summer Cash Cards in Mecklenburg, Guilford, Rowan and Rockingham counties. Anyone 18 and older who gets their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination — or drives someone to their vaccination — will receive a $25 cash card after vaccination at a participating location while supplies last. Cards are for the first dose only for both the person being vaccinated and the driver. 
 
"Vaccines are the key to emerging from this pandemic and we must continue to do all that we can to get shots into arms," said Governor Roy Cooper. "I greatly appreciate the innovative work being done to encourage more people to get vaccinated."
 
In addition to providing a $25 Summer Cash Card to those who get their first dose of vaccine, those who drive others will receive a $25 Summer Cash card each time they drive someone to an appointment at the completion of the vaccination. This helps offset the costs for those who help family, friends and neighbors find their spot for a vaccine and drive them to their shots. There is no limit on the amount of times someone can drive people to a vaccination appointment; however, a driver will only receive one card per visit.
 
"We have a strong supply of COVID-19 vaccines, and we want to make it as easy as possible for people to get their free COVID-19 vaccine," said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. "We also want to support those who have made the effort to help family members, friends and neighbors get vaccinated."
 
The $25 Summer Cash card pilot is part of the state’s campaign to safely bring summer back by getting more people vaccinated. More than 235 organizations, agencies and businesses have signed on to our Bringing Summer Back campaign to promote COVID-19 vaccination in their communities. NCDHHS continues to explore a range of strategies to support people in getting vaccinated. The experience during the pilot program will help NCDHHS determine next steps with the $25 Summer Cash Card. 
 
Across the state, businesses and organizations are using a range of strategies to support people in getting vaccinated. The North Carolina Zoo gave a free ticket to the zoo to people who got vaccinated at their vaccine event. Charlotte breweries teamed with health care providers to provide vaccines on site and gave a free drink to anyone who got vaccinated. North Carolina universities are offering chances to win a free meal plan or housing and Ottendorf Laboratories entered people who got vaccinated in a raffle to win a free car.
 
More than 50% of North Carolina adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine. However, those who are unvaccinated run a higher risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. They can protect themselves by getting fully vaccinated and wearing masks until they do.
 
State Employees’ Credit Union is providing these cash cards and waiving the card production fees.
 
"We encourage SECU employees, members and eligible North Carolinians to get vaccinated to protect one another from COVID-19." said SECU CEO Mike J. Lord. " We are pleased to support Governor Cooper and the NC Department of Health and Human Services on this initiative to test potential options for increasing widespread immunity."
 
The $25 Summer Cash Card program is available in a limited number of vaccination sites in Mecklenburg, Guilford, Rowan and Rockingham counties. Those interested in the program can visit YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov or call 888-675-4567 to find a participating location. 
Last Updated on Monday, 24 May 2021 09:11
 
Chatham County Announces Events Celebrating Its 250th Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 20 May 2021 11:53

As Chatham 250 continues its celebrations throughout 2021, the planning committee is thrilled to announce five upcoming community events. The events are part of the Chatham 250 Passport Experience, a self-guided tour meets scavenger hunt, which is designed to assist in the exploration of Chatham County in honor of its 250th anniversary. The events focus on the five key areas of Chatham 250 celebration - Creative Arts, Growth and Change, Community and Diversity, Agriculture, and Natural Environment.

 

The Chatham 250 events are also the first activity featured on each of the corresponding passports. The events will occur virtually, in-person and in hybrid formats and will all be free and open to the public.  Residents are encouraged to mark their calendars for the events over the next six months that will further encourage residents and visitors alike to engage with the unique places, people, cultures and experiences in Chatham County.

 

Growth and Change Event (Series): Chatham County History of Communities of Color

May 28, June 11 and June 19, 2021

Sponsored by Deep River Chapter Pittsboro, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR)

 

The public is invited to join the Chatham Community Library for a three-part virtual lecture series chronicling the history of communities of color in Chatham County. The first lecture is in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and will occur on Friday, May 28th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. The lecture titled “We Are Proud Americans: Asian American Pacific Islanders Honor Their Heritage” will include a live panel discussion moderated by Anna-Rhesa Versola Kallam, Managing Editor of Chatham Magazine.

 

The second lecture titled “Chatham County – Discovering Our Heritage Through Genealogy” will focus on the genealogical and heritage resources available through the County’s public libraries and other related resources and will occur on Friday, June 11th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

The series will conclude with a much-anticipated lecture titled “From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans in Chatham County” on Saturday, June 19th from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. This lecture, by Charles Johnson, Associate Professor and Director of Public History at North Carolina Central University, is also part of Juneteenth Celebrations in Chatham County.

 

All lectures will occur virtually, and pre-registration is required to access the login information. Interested participants can learn more and RSVP by visiting the Chatham 250 event page: https://www.chatham250.com/event-details/chatham-county-history-of-communities-of-color, or by visiting the Chatham County Calendar: https://www.chathamcountync.gov/government/county-calendar.

 

Natural Environment Event: Great Chatham County Camp Out

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Sponsored by Central Electric

 

Chatham County families are invited to spend the night camping at a designated campsite, in their own backyard, or even in a homemade fort in their living room. Participants can follow along on their own time with many community organizations that will be releasing videos about camping tips and the natural environment of Chatham County. “B. Everett Jordan Dam is looking forward to partnering with Chatham 250 on the Great Chatham County Camp Out by offering a one-night-only camping experience,” said Blake Johnson, Natural Resource Specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at B. Everett Jordan Lake. “We’re planning multiple cultural and nature programs for the in-person campout, including storytelling with a Bynum Front Porch storyteller, a campfire sing-a-long, guided hikes and ranger programs with the staff from B. Everett Jordan Dam. We hope to also live stream these programs for our remote campers. It should be an unforgettable night!”

 

Agriculture Event: Agricultural Photo Contest

Submissions due August 1, 2021

Winners announced in September 2021

Sponsored by Chatham County Farm Bureau

 

Chathamites are invited to get out their cameras and set their sights on Agriculture. The Chatham 250 Agriculture Photo Contest is the perfect opportunity to learn about the amazing farms and farm history in Chatham County. Contestants will upload one photo of their choosing and give insight into why they chose this photo in 200 words or less. Coordinating this contest is Kaley Lawing, Community Resource Development/4-H Youth Development Extension Agent with N. C. Cooperative Extension - Chatham County Center. "The Chatham 250 Agriculture Photo Contest gives both youth and adults the opportunity to share their photographs of Chatham County Agriculture with everyone,” said Lawing. “Contest participants will upload their photo submission by going to the Chatham 250 event web page. Contest rules, submission form, and updates can be found there as well and will be available in the upcoming months. Submissions are due by August 1st, and winners will be announced in September."

 

Creative Arts Celebration Theme Event: Sidewalk Chalk Festival

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Sponsored by Carolina Meadows

 

Residents are invited to express their creativity by joining Chatham 250 at the Sidewalk Chalk Festival Saturday, September 11th from noon - 4:00 p.m. Community Members are welcome to participate on site at the Park at Briar Chapel or send in a photo of their masterpiece that they created at their own home. The competition will be split into age divisions and the winner will be selected by a panel of judges. "Whether participating or spectating, people can look forward to celebrating Chatham 250 using sidewalk chalk as a creative outlet. I am excited to have people from across the county, and of all ages, show off their creativity and love for Chatham County," said Mallory Peterson, Program Supervisor with Chatham County Parks and Recreation and co-liaison for the Chatham 250 Events and Activities committee.

 

Learn more by visiting the Chatham 250 Sidewalk Chalk Festival event page: https://www.chatham250.com/event-details/sidewalk-chalk-festival

 

Community and Diversity Event: Chatham 250 Parade/Carvana

Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in Siler City (Rain Date: Sunday, October 24th)

Sponsored by Town of Siler City

 

The Chatham 250 celebration will be coming to a cheerful close with the Parade/Carvana taking place in Siler City on Saturday, October 23rd at 2:00 p.m. Chatham 250 welcomes all community members, businesses and organizations to either participate in or watch the parade in celebration of Chatham County.

 

Learn more about Chatham 250 Events and Passport Experience

For more information on Chatham 250 events and activities, residents may visit www.chatham250.com, or follow Chatham County on Twitter and Facebook. People may RSVP on Facebook for the events. Facebook events can be found on the Chatham 250 website: www.chatham250.com/chatham250-events.

 

Another great way to stay up to date with Chatham 250 activities is to register for the Chatham 250 Passport Experience through the Chatham 250 website home page: www.chatham250.com  or Passport page: www.Chatham250.com/passportoverview. Registered participants will receive monthly updates throughout the Passport Experience. Already more than 100 individuals have registered to participate in the Passport Experience, and more community members are encouraged to sign up for these fun, unique and memorable activities.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 May 2021 11:54
 
Food Distributor Will Expand Duplin County Facility PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 19 May 2021 10:01
– eGourmet Solutions Inc., an online temperature-controlled logistics and supply chain company, will add 40 new jobs in Duplin County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $500,000 to expand and upgrade the current distribution center in Wallace.
 
“We are delighted with the decision by eGourmet Solutions to expand in our state,” said Governor Cooper. “Companies here already know about our dedicated workforce, quality of life and the great place this is to do business.”
 
With three locations in the U.S., eGourmet Solutions is a leading national provider of e-commerce fulfillment services for frozen and refrigerated foods, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. eGourmet fulfills direct-to-consumer e-commerce orders for several national brands, as well as medium to small companies. With their current national footprint, eGourmet can deliver packages to the entire continental U.S. in two days or less. eGourmet will modernize the Wallace distribution center with additional freezer and refrigeration space to meet the surge in demand for ecommerce fulfillment.
 
“We are very excited to continue to grow our business in North Carolina and reinforce our partnership with the local community,” said Germain Montagner, President of eGourmet Solutions. “This expansion will allow us to significantly broaden our East Coast operations to meet the increasing demands of the market.”
 
The North Carolina Department of Commerce led a team of partners in supporting eGourmet’s decision to expand the warehouse in North Carolina. The average annual salary for the new warehouse positions is $36,000 creating a potential payroll impact of more than $1.4 million per year. Duplin County’s average annual salary is $35,585.
 
“eGourmet’s expansion is yet another example of North Carolina’s resilient economy,” said Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “With our central East Coast location with more than 170 million customers within a day’s drive and our robust transportation infrastructure, logistics companies like eGourmet Solutions are on the road to long-term success.”
 
A performance-based grant of $120,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate eGourmet Solutions’ expansion. The One NC 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 One NC grants require matching participation from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.
 
"I am pleased and excited with the beneficial prospects of this project to be located in Duplin County,” said N.C. Representative Jimmy Dixon. “I am also well pleased with the efforts of our Duplin County Economic Development folks in securing this project."
“Congratulations to eGourmet Solutions on this expansion,” said N.C. Senator Brent Jackson. “We welcome these new jobs and investment to Wallace and stand ready to assist them in this next phase of growth.”
Joining the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina were key partners in the project that included the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, James Sprunt Community College, Duplin County, the Duplin County Economic Development Commission and North Carolina’s Southeast.
 
Chicken Coop Company to Invest $2 Million in Butner PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 13 May 2021 09:28
Carolina Coops, a custom chicken coop manufacturer, will create 147 new jobs over three years in Granville County, and up to 500 by 2026, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $2.1 million to locate a production facility in Butner.

 

“It's good to welcome Carolina Coops back to North Carolina,” said Governor Cooper. “Our state’s talented workforce and transportation infrastructure continue to attract manufacturers from all industries.”

 

Founded in Durham in 2009, Carolina Coops is a family-owned producer of superior, walk-in chicken coops and related accessories. The company designs, manufactures and distributes the handcrafted backyard coops globally. In high demand for their durability and signature deep litter beds, Carolina Coops offers standard and customized henhouses for functional farmers to purchase online. Carolina Coops returns to North Carolina from upstate New York to expand their manufacturing footprint just outside of Creedmoor, in the Town of Butner.

 

“We are excited to be coming back to North Carolina, where it all started,” said Matthew DuBoise, owner of Carolina Coops. “We couldn’t have done it without the support of NC and Granville County. We look forward to being a part of the local community, creating jobs and outreach such as Rotary Club, FFA, and incubating eggs in classrooms, so we can grow together.” 

 

The North Carolina Department of Commerce led a team of partners in supporting Carolina Coop’s decision to establish a manufacturing plant in North Carolina. The new positions include administrative, distribution, finance, marketing and sales, production, technical and transportation personnel. The average annual salary for all new positions is $46,859 creating a potential payroll impact of more than $6.8 million per year. Granville County’s average annual salary is $42,326.

 

“Our economy is rooted in agriculture and driven by entrepreneurs like Carolina Coops,” said Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “With our central location, skilled workforce and access to raw materials, our state has the right ingredients to support the company’s growth in rural North Carolina.”
A performance-based grant of $400,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Carolina Coops’ relocation to North Carolina. The One NC 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 One NC grants require matching participation from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

 

“Carolina Coops’ relocation to Butner is a great win for the people of Granville County,” said N.C. Representative Larry Yarborough. “Our region is poised to support them for their long-term growth plans in our state.”

 

“This is outstanding news for our community,” said N.C. Senator Mike Woodard. “We appreciate Carolina Coops’ investment and look forward to partnering with the company as they establish their operations.”

 

Joining the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina were key partners in the project that included the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Vance-Granville Community College, Kerr Tar Council of Government, Granville County, Granville County Economic Development, Granville County Public Schools, the Town of Butner and the NC Works Career Center Oxford.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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