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Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 00:00

Governor Cooper Announces 17 Grants to Rural Communities to Attract 285 New Jobs N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority approves more than $5 million in funding

Thursday, October 20, 2022

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved 17 grant requests to local governments totaling $5,710,255, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The requests include commitments to create a total of 1,382 jobs, 1,097 of which were previously announced. The public investment in these projects involved more than $5 billion in private investment, some of which has been previously announced.

Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 00:00

New Round of Rural Transformation Grants Now Available Second application period opens for transformative rural economic development program

Thursday, September 01, 2022

Local governments in North Carolina’s rural areas can once again apply for support from the Rural Transformation Grant Fund, a unique grant program from the Department of Commerce that helps communities overcome challenges that limit their economic competitiveness. Commerce’s Rural Economic Development Division administers the $47 million grant fund.

Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 00:00

Governor Cooper Announces 15 Grants to Rural Communities to Attract 202 New Jobs and over $200 Million in Private Investment The N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority approved more than $4 million in funding.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved 15 grant requests to local governments totaling $4,278,230, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The requests include commitments to create a total of 526 jobs, 324 of which were previously announced. The public investment in these projects will attract more than $200.9 million in private investment.    

Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 00:00

Four Towns from Manteo to Murphy Earn Main Street Community Designation

Thursday, June 30, 2022

The North Carolina Department of Commerce’s North Carolina Main Street and Rural Planning Center announced today, that Manteo, Murphy, Pilot Mountain, and Pittsboro have been selected as the latest North Carolina Main Street communities.  This is a designation that municipalities earn after meeting rigorous national downtown development requirements.  The designation becomes effective July 1, 2022.

Monday, June 20, 2022 - 00:00

North Carolina Main Street Communities Receive 2022 National Main Street Accreditation

Monday, June 20, 2022

The North Carolina Main Street & Rural Planning Center at the North Carolina Department of Commerce has announced that 46 North Carolina communities have been designated a 2022 Accredited Main Street America™ program. This accreditation status is Main Street America’s top-tier recognition and signifies a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive commercial district revitalization and a proven track record of successfully developing an asset based economic development strategy, and implementation through the Main Street Four-Point Approach™.

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 00:00

Governor Cooper Announces 16 Grants to Rural Communities to Attract 335 New Jobs and over $67 Million in Private Investment N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority approves more than $3.9 million in funding

Thursday, June 16, 2022

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved 16 grant requests to local governments totaling $3,938,829, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The requests include commitments to create a total of 472 jobs, 137 of which were previously announced. The public investment in these projects will attract more than $67 million in private investment.    

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 00:00

Rural Communities Awarded American Rescue Plan Transformation Grants to Boost Local Economies Commerce Department fund provides resources for rural economic development

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Governor Roy Cooper announced today that 30 local governments in rural areas across the state have been awarded grants from the Rural Transformation Grant Fund, a new source of support for rural economic development projects in North Carolina funded by the federal American Rescue Plan.

Friday, June 3, 2022 - 00:00

North Carolina wins Inaugural Platinum Shovel Award for Economic Development

Friday, June 03, 2022

North Carolina is one of two states that has received Area Development magazine’s inaugural 2022 Platinum Shovel award which recognizes states that went beyond the gold standard for investment and job creation. Tennessee is the second state receiving the honor.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 00:00

Nineteen Rural Communities Selected for Capacity Building Program Commerce Department to offer professional development, technical assistance, and implementation grants to rural governments and their staffs

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Nineteen rural communities from across the state have been selected to participate in a unique new program to increase their capacity to plan, implement, and manage economic development programs and opportunities.  The Rural Community Capacity (RC2) program, a pilot initiative from the Commerce Department involving Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business, will welcome its first cohort of participants in Boone today (Tuesday, May 24).

Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 00:00

Governor Cooper Announces 15 Grants to Rural Communities to Attract 434 New Jobs and over $351 Million in Private Investment N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority approves more than $3.8 million in funding

Thursday, April 21, 2022

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved 15 grant requests to local governments totaling $3,840,156, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The requests include commitments to create a total of 649 jobs, 215 of which were previously announced. The public investment in these projects will attract more than $351 million in private investment.