RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says a new program in his administration will help local governments in rural areas improve their economies by making it easier for them to get needed infrastructure and training improvements.
Cooper announced Thursday the “Hometown Strong” initiative, which will kick off in the spring when counties are chosen for the first partnerships. Program leaders hope to work with a community’s leaders to find ways to leverage funding and resources for projects with the assistance of state agencies, nonprofits and others.
Cooper says Hometown Strong will be led by ex-state Rep. Pryor Gibson and Mary Penny Kelley, a former senior adviser in the Department of Environmental Quality. Gibson also worked for then-Gov. Beverly Perdue.