Through a $16M allocation of American Rescue Plan funding from the NC General Assembly, the statewide COG network has been able to provide extensive support to local governments for COVID-19 recovery efforts and long-term resilience planning. 

This report examines the first year of work by Central Pines and our fifteen peer organizations across the state to 

  • assist local governments in effectively planning for federal COVID-19 response and recovery funding to ensure this once-in-a-generation investment brings meaningful impacts to North Carolina communities; 
  • build local capacity for long-term recovery: build capacity to guide the successful implementation of local investments funded by ARPA and other federal recovery funds; 
  • facilitate regional collaboration: convene members in regions across the state to collaborate and share resources generated by COGs, Statewide Partner Organizations, NCPRO, and US Treasury. 

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