Kerr-Tar council introduces new faces
Executive director Diane Cox introduced Lou Grillo, of Oxford, at its monthly meeting Aug. 28.
Grillo is the new business services representative with workforce development and loan officer for the revolving loan fund, in charge of working with businesses in five counties — Vance, Warren, Granville, Franklin and Person — with loan applications and employment needs.
His first day was July 1.
Cox said he has already become well acquainted with the region.
“We are real pleased to have him, and we are really glad he could join us tonight,” she said.
The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments also elected its new leaders for the fiscal year.
The chairman will be Franklinton Mayor Elic Senter, vice chairman will be Vance County commissioner Tommy Hester, and treasurer will be Warren County commissioner Barry Richardson.
They each will be installed at the September meeting.
Kendall Shaw, a former employee of Roxboro Savings Bank, was also appointed to represent Person County on the revolving loan committee, which provides assistance to small businesses that can’t secure funding on their own.
Cox said staff has been busy planning events this month. Her reports included:
• The council will host a rural economic development funding opportunities workshop on Sept. 17, a partnership with the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments, in the Farm Bureau room of the Perry Memorial Library. Topics discussed will teach business how to search and apply for grants via the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Golden LEAF Foundation.
• The Aging Department is planning its first Senior, Boomer and Caregiver Expo on Oct. 16 at Vance-Granville Community College. More than 40 local organizations and companies will conduct preventive screenings and provide information about health and wellness.
• The council will have its banquet Sept. 25 in at the Butner Sports Arena.
• Workforce development has received various grants totaling more than $400,000 to help long-term unemployed individuals and is participating in a statewide initiative to visit and consult with 10 businesses in each county in 100 days.
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