Officials to meet about stimulus package

First Posted: 2/22/2009

Elected officials from six counties will meet in Winston-Salem on Wednesday to receive more information about part of the stimulus package approved by Congress.
The Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments will host a meeting followed by lunch for the chief elected officials from Forsyth, Davie, Surry, Yadkin, Stokes and Rockingham counties to discuss the portion of the package dedicated to workforce development. That portion will be about $3.5 million.
According to Matthew Dolge of NWPCOG, the meeting will take place to ask the officials for guidance on where the best places are in each county to help people with the money.
There will be two or three people from Mount Airy at the meeting to represent the citys best interests.
This will be an exploratory meeting to decide how we go about applying for the funds. Were still not sure exactly how this will go. We have a list of projects that are shovel-ready and can meet the timeline, said Mount Airy Mayor Jack Loftis. There was an 1,100-page document passed by Congress, and theyre trying to figure out how theyre going to handle the requests.
Dennis Thompson, county manager, Surry County Commissioner Paul Johnson, who is board vice chair, and Chris Knopf, assistant county manager for economic development and tourism, will travel to the meeting along with representatives from Surry Community College, Pilot Mountain, Elkin and Dobson.
We have already turned in a list of projects to the government. At this meeting, we will find out what to do to apply for funding, said Johnson.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.

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