FY2020-2021 HCCOG Annual Report

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Financial Summary

Board Members (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021) Executive Board

Revenues - $5,783,072 Federal Funds $4,908,201

General Fund $221,017

State Funds $235,462 Local Funds $418,392

Expenditures - $5,572,839 Transportation $159,563 Workforce Development $1,438,949

Local Activities $145,564 Economic & Community Development $627,982

Area Agency on Aging $3,200,781

Valerie Jaynes, Chair Todd McNeill, Vice Chair Doug Matheson, Secretary Dennis Aldridge, Treasurer Gary D. Blevins/Eddie Settle Jim Blevins Rennie Brantz Wes Brinegar Rocky Buchanan Theresa Coletta Larry Fontaine Vern Grindstaff Tom Hartman Gunther Jochl Robert L. Johnson Mark Johnston Brenda Lyerly Kelly Melang Bill Osborne Johnny Riddle Paul Robinson, Jr. Sandra P. Simmons/Kevin Reece Andrew Soots Larry Turnbow Charles E. Vines Joel Whitley Eddie Yarber

High Country Workforce Development Board Bryan Peterson, Chair Jeff Dryer, Vice Chair Lynette Bang Cathy Barr Michael Birkmire Whitney Brasington Tara Brossa Sherry Carpenter Jim Coleman Felicia Culbreath-Setzer Richard Gambill Hayden Gibson Stephanie Greer Edward Hinson Kristen Neubauer Jason Nunn Lynette Orbovich Sam Ray, ex-oficio Scott Reece Jennifer Shaffer Jeff Smith Garrison Wagoner Amber Westall Briggs Debbie Woodard Senior Tar Heel Legislature / Regional Advisory Committee

RPO Rural Transportation Advisory Committee

[Alleghany] Patricia Polley

Woodie Young, Chair Charles E. Vines, Vice Chair

[Ashe] Charles Caudill Louise Caudill

Jim Blevins John Brady Rennie Brantz Billy Clarke Denise Collier Vern Grindstaff David Harwood Robert L. Johnson Mark Ledford Brenda Lyerly Todd McNeill Brian S. Minton Bill Osborne Cullie Tarleton Larry Turnbow

[Avery] Rachel Deal Ina Winters

Annual Report

July 1, 2020- June 30, 2021

[Mitchell] Norma Duncan Charles Duncan [Watauga] Pat Coley Ed Rosenberg/Mary Moretz [Wilkes] Kenneth Foster Ormond Loomis [Yancey] Vacant

Thank You Board Members. Your time and effort spent on these boards are a critical component to our success. We appreciate your dedication!


Return on Investment for every $1 in Membership Dues $11,292,881 total State and Federal Funds Leveraged / $169,047 Total Dues = $66.80 ROI www.hccog.org


Equal Opportunity Employer

Area Agency on Aging Home & Community Care Block Grant (HCCBG) Program • 182,393 Congregate and • 761 Hours of Legal Home Delivered Meals Assistance Served • 3,737 Total People Served • 31,469 In-Home Aide • 1,645 People Served at or Hours Served Below Poverty Line • 16,090 Transportation • Region-wide HCCBG Trips Federal and State 1 Unit = 1 Meal (Home Delivered Meal, Congregate Allocation: $2,328,239 Nutrition), 1 Trip (General Transportation), 1 Hour (In-Home Aide Services) *www.longtermcare.acl.gov

Classes Offered: • Powerful Tools for Caregivers • Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention

Family Caregiver Support Program • Successfully launched the new Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program to expand our service to caregivers • 52 Caregivers registered with Family Caregiver Support Program • 7269 Caregivers served through Outreach, Education, and Information & Assistance

Critical Infrastructure • Town of Burnsville Sewer • Town of Spruce Pine Hwy. Line Rehabilitation 226 Waterline Replacement $2,000,000 grant - $775,350 grant • Ashe County Industrial Park • Avery County Broadband Utilities- $1,300,000 total Expansion - $100,000 grant grants • Town of Burnsville Stormwater System Mapping Economic and Community Development

Evidence-Based Health Promotion • 8 Classes Offered • 72 People Enrolled • 36 People Completed the Class

Planning & Development

• 336 Publications distributed throughout the High Country • 156 Respite hours of Respite provided to clients • 381 Hours of case management, emergency planning, support groups, telephone reassurance, and training provided to caregivers

Lifespan Respite Program • 400 Applications Received • $97,565 Worth of Voucher Reimbursements to • 270 Vouchers Awarded Caregivers Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program • 353 Technical Assistances • 92 Complaints • 51 Visits to Facilities • 62 Cases MIPPA (Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act) Grant • 6,325 Awareness and program flyers distributed to homes, senior centers, community centers, libraries, health departments, pharmacies, and community health centers • 10 Newspaper advertisements and press release articles providing information about low-income medication subsidies and Medicare benefits in 8 regional publications reaching 95,052 people

• Ashe County Livestock Facility - $500,000 grant • Town of Burnsville Little Leaf Farms Utilities $1,000,000 grant • Town of West Jefferson EV Charging Station - $10,000 grant • Town of West Jefferson Downtown Wi-Fi - $22,191 grant • Avery County Affordable Housing Project - $275,000 grant

• Yancey County Affordable Housing Project $2,500,000 grant • Avery County Neighborhood Revitalization - $750,000 grant • Mitchell County Neighborhood Revitalization - $750,000 grant

Parks and Recreation/Environmental • Wilkes County PARTF $191,194 grant • Town of Elk Park PARTF $26,136 grant • Town of Wilkesboro PARTF $256,250 grant

• Town of Blowing Rock PARTF - $500,000 grant • Town of West Jefferson Stormwater Plan - $25,000 grant • Town of Lansing Creeper Trail Park Web App

GIS - Public Safety • Yancey County E-911 GIS Technical Support • Watauga County E-911 GIS Maintenance • Wilkes County E-911 GIS Maintenance

• Town of Beech Mountain E-911 GIS Maintenance • Town of Banner Elk Fire Pre-Plans • Village of Sugar Mountain Fire Pre-Plans

GIS - Planning and Technical Assistance • Town of Spruce Pine Cemetary Mapping • Town of Jefferson Cemetary Mapping • Appalachian Regional Library System Web App

• Hike Ashe Trail Brochure Development • Village of Sugar Mountain Pedestrian Plan Update

Workforce Development PY20 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Services • 7,423: Total # of individual customers receiving services through NCWorks.gov and NCWorks Career Centers • 7: Average # of services provided to each customer • 314: Total # of individuals receiving intensive services • 71 Youth Served º 35 Training Services Provided º 28 Earned Credentials º 4 Participated in Work Based Learning

• 246 Adults and Dislocated Workers Served º 113 Training Services Provided º 143 Earned Credentials º 11 Received On-the-Job Training/WEX

Average Unemployment Rate: 5.18% (not seasonally adjusted) Largest Training Sector: Healthcare Workforce by the Numbers • 991 ­High Country employers were served by the NCWorks system • 7,665 Services were provided to High Country employers through the NCWorks system • 2,732 Local jobs were posted using NCWorks Online • 4,674 Referrals were provided for posted jobs • 59 Hiring events hosted by NCWorks (virtual and inperson) • 3 Individuals completed Working Smart Training • 3 Local companies assisted with the Incumbent Worker Grant • 22 Local employees upskilled through the Incumbent Worker Grant • 48 Local community college students with financial emergencies assisted with the Finish Line Grant

Other Projects/Accomplishments • Received extension for Work Based Learning Enhancement Grant for On-the-Job Training (OTJ), Work Experience (WEX), and Incumbent Worker Grants (IWG)