The North Carolina Department of Commerce will continue the Community Economic Recovery and Resiliency Initiative (CERRI) by supporting 16 additional communities with their economic recovery following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Governor Roy Cooper announced the launch of CERRI with eight communities in April of 2021 to help small towns and rural communities recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to prepare local economies to be more resilient for future crises. Administered by the Commerce department’s Rural Planning program, CERRI provides a structured planning process for communities to develop local economic recovery strategies and offers technical services for implementation.
“The initial pilot of CERRI has proven to be a great enhancement to the economic recovery of North Carolina small towns and rural communities,” said N.C. Department of Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “Increasing the capacity of our local governments also supports the small business communities that are critical to fueling strong local economies.”
The initiative focuses on two components: Community Economic Resiliency and Small Business Support. Additional services include the analysis of current economic conditions and future opportunities, training and capacity building, formulation of implementation strategies, and project development and implementation assistance.
“We are pleased to help a second round of communities develop plans for improving their economies,” said Kenny Flowers, Assistant Secretary for N.C. Commerce’s Rural Economic Development Division. “We look forward to assisting them with implementation of their growth strategies through community-level services.”
The newly selected CERRI communities are distributed throughout the state’s Prosperity Zones and include:
|Prosperity Zone||Community (County)|
Town of Franklinton (Franklin)
Town of Hamilton (Martin)
|Piedmont||Town of Liberty (Randolph)|
|Sandhills||Town of Biscoe (Montgomery)
Town of Vass (Moore)
|Southeast||Town of Calypso (Duplin)
Town of Beulaville (Duplin)
Town of Hookerton (Greene)
|Southwest||Town of Marshville (Union)
Town of East Spencer (Rowan)
|Western||Town of Andrews (Cherokee)|