Creative approaches net LRCOG 3 awards


PEMBROKE – The Lumber River Council of Governments has been recognized for its creative approaches to advancing regional economic development and improving quality of life.

The Council is one of the recipients of the 2021 NADO Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Awards from the National Association of Development Organizations. This year, only 102 projects from across the country were recognized, and the Lumber River Council of Governments received three of the awards.

“The Lumber River Council of Governments is thrilled to be recognized by the National Association of Development Organizations for the creative approaches our agency takes to impact our member governments and the citizens of our five-county region, including Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Counties of Robeson and Scotland, said David Richardson, executive director of the Council.

LRCOG has received awards for its distribution of COVID care packages for the elderly, its finish line grant and its ‘teaching Tuesdays’.

The Council’s aging division has been recognized for its distribution of COVID care packages for the elderly in the counties of Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson and Scotland. Along with partners from County Aging Services, Bladen County Division on Aging, Richmond County Aging Services, Scotland Place Senior Center and Senior Services of Hoke County, LRCOG provided essential supplies to seniors at the height of supply shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. These supplies were not only aimed at meeting the PPE and nutritional needs of older people in the region, but also aimed at reducing the social isolation older people face due to COVID-19.

The Council’s Workforce Development Division has been recognized for its work through its Finish Line Grants program. This program, in conjunction with community college partners, Bladen Community College, Richmond Community College, Robeson Community College, and Sandhills Community College, provides a grant to community college students who are in the process of graduating or graduating and who face unexpected financial hardship that may prevent them from successfully achieving this goal.

The Community and Economic Services Division was recognized for its “Teaching Tuesdays” educational series. This event provided a series of approximately three-hour, multi-month educational sessions for leaders in the five-county service area of ​​the Council on North Carolina’s New Sustainable Public Service Program and the mechanisms by which local governments can improve the financial outlook and operations of their water and sanitation systems.

LRCOG provides a range of programs and services to member governments located in its regions. It serves as the administrative and service delivery arm for federal, state, regional and local programs of its member governments.

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