Ten communities selected to receive recovery planning support
Raleigh, NC (STL.News) Governor Roy Cooper announced that the North Carolina Department of Commerce will pilot the Community Economic Recovery and Resiliency Initiative (CERRI) to support communities with their recovery and response to the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Administered by the Department’s Rural Economic Development Division, Rural Planning Program, CERRI will provide a structured planning process for communities to develop strategies for local economic recovery and offer technical services to assist with the implementation of each community’s local strategies.
“As we turn the corner on the pandemic, we need to invest in North Carolinians across the state,” said Governor Cooper. “This initiative will help our rural communities build back stronger.”
“This new initiative will enhance the economic development efforts of small towns and rural communities by growing their capacity,” said N.C. Department of Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “CERRI will not only help local governments more effectively support their existing small business community, but also provide a clear path for growing their local economy.”
Implementation and support services range from developing strategies that support small business recovery to community-level economic services that include local cluster analysis, commercial district regulation review, local infrastructure asset mapping, and small business expansion and recruitment.