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Community Development The Focus Of New Partnership Program PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
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Thursday, 14 May 2015 06:00

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A partnership between the state's Commerce Department and North Carolina universities aims to train local administrators in best practices for local development.

Courses for local officials will focus on grant writing and administration, budget and finance, and planning and economic development.

Information about the program as well as a copy of the application is available at nccommerce.com/rd.

Applications must be received by 5:00 pm June 15, 2015. Recipients will be announced by June 25, 2015.

Participating universities include the UNC School of Government, East Carolina University and Appalachian State University.

 
League of Municipalities Offers Course On Ethics For Local Elected Officials PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 May 2015 06:00

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Local elected officials have an opportunity to participate in an ethics-focused webinar later this month.

The League of Municipalities website posting shows the webinar scheduled for May 20 at 1 p.m.

The description is as follows:

"In 2009, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation that requires local governing boards to adopt a code of ethics and requires board members to receive 2 clock hours of ethics training within 12 months of each election and re election, as well as appointment and reappointment, to local office. The School of Government is offering this live webinar as an easy way for elected officials to fulfill this legal requirement. All you need is a computer with internet access."

More information is available at http://www.nclm.org/meetings-training/Pages/Calendar-Detail.aspx?List=545a836f-2513-40ec-8107-322b3088d5f6&ID=560.

 
Local Tax Receipts From Tourism Spending Grow By Nearly 6 Percent In 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 May 2015 05:39

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina tourism spending hit a record in 2014, with a total of $21.3 billion, representing a 5.4 percent jump over 2013. The data was released as part of Tourism Week in North Carolina.

Local tax receipts from visitor spending grew 5.8 percent to $636.1 million in 2014, and state tax receipts rose 3.9 percent to nearly $1.1 billion.

Tourism industry supported employment topped 200,000 jobs, according to the release from Gov. Pat McCrory's office.

Other data:
 
 
• Domestic travelers spent a record $21.3 billion in 2014, up from $20.2 billion in 2013. That’s an increase of 5.4 percent.
 
• Visitors to North Carolina generated more than $3.2 billion in federal, state and local taxes in 2014.
 
• Direct tourism employment in North Carolina increased 3.3 percent, to 204,800. This was the largest growth since 2000 and marks the first time direct tourism employment has topped 200,000.
 
• Direct tourism payroll increased 7.1 percent to $4.9 billion.
 
• Visitors spend more than $58 million per day in North Carolina. That spending adds more than $4.6 million per day to state and local tax revenues (about $2.9 million in state taxes and $1.7 million in local taxes).
 
• Each North Carolina household saves $455 in state and local taxes as a direct result of visitor spending in the state.  
 
• More than 44,000 businesses in North Carolina directly provide products and services to travelers, with travelers directly contributing more than 26 percent to their total products and services.
 
• For every $1 invested in paid media advertising by Visit North Carolina (a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina), the state receives $184 in new visitor spending, $9 in new state taxes and $6 in new local taxes.  
 
• For every $1.21 invested by the Division of Tourism is paid media advertising, one trip is generated to the state.  
 
• North Carolina enjoys a 15-to-1 return on investment of tax dollars invested in paid media advertising through the Division of Tourism.

 
Thomasville and Denton Receive Infrastructure Authority Grants PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 May 2015 05:35

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved Community Development Block Grant funds for two North Carolina cities and one  county. They are:

-- City of Thomasville, Davidson County: $120,000 loan for North American Implements Company to support the reuse of a vacant industrial building. The company will invest $750,000 in the renovation and for new equipment and has committed to creating six new, full-time jobs.

-- City of Thomasville, Davidson County: $240,000 loan for Y&Y Hardwood Company to support the reuse of an industrial building vacant for ten years. The company will invest $3 million in renovating and equipping the building, creating 12 new, full-time jobs.

-- Town of Denton, Davidson County: $131,250 to construct a pump station and sewer force main to allow Century Hosiery to expand at its current site. Century Hosiery has committed to creating 11 full time jobs at the Denton plant.

-- Sampson County: $500,000 to provide public sewer service to a proposed manufacturing plant to be constructed by Kansas City Sausage Company. The company has committed to creating 50 new full time at the new plant.

 
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