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Public Meeting on Damage, Needs, Redevelopment THIS THURSDAY

Wayne County and N.C. Emergency Management will co-host a public meeting Thursday evening on damage, needs, and strategies for redevelopment in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Wayne County residents are encouraged to attend the N.C. Resilient Redevelopment Planning (NCRRP) meeting which will be held at 7 p.m. on March 16 in Room 101 of the Walnut Building (far left building when entering from Wayne Memorial Drive) on the Wayne Community College campus.

The North Carolina General Assembly established the NCRRP program to deliver a roadmap for community rebuilding and revitalization assistance for the communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

The program is designed to empower communities across the state to prepare locally-driven recovery plans that identify redevelopment strategies, innovative reconstruction projects, and other needed actions. These redevelopment plans will be finalized May 2017.

The purpose of this meeting is to introduce the community to the NCRRP program and get input on damages from the hurricane and what is necessary to rebuild. Public involvement is critical to the development of resilient redevelopment strategies specific to Wayne County and its communities and for inclusion in the final plan.

The planning process will be a highly collaborative effort and will entail discovery, analysis, collaboration and interaction with county officials, staff, municipal leaders, and the public on damage, needs, and strategies as well as discussion with subject matter experts and planners.

The objectives of the NCRRP effort are to develop strategic, resilient redevelopment plans and actions and define any unmet funding requirements needed to implement such actions after taking into account other funding sources.

The effort, and resulting resilient redevelopment plans, will be the foundation for any supplemental funding received through Congress, the North Carolina General Assembly, and other funding sources. These plans will also provide the foundation for the state’s Recovery Action Plan that is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development before the state can expend the funding received from the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Relief program.

AECOM, a global infrastructure firm, has been contracted to manage the process for N.C. Emergency Management. Christine Graziano is the lead planner for Wayne County and can be contacted at with any questions.