The Granville County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) has received a top honor for marketing from the North Carolina Travel Industry Association. The TDA earned the coveted platinum award in the Community Relations category for its innovative approach to communicating and building relationships within a community. The partnership between the TDA and members of the community was the result of a recent re-branding effort, in which the tourism brand “Uniquely Carolina” was created for Granville County Tourism’s new marketing campaign.
As part of the re-branding process, the TDA and the Hughes Marketing Group (brand consultant) interviewed over 100 county stakeholders for their ideas and input. Focus groups were also incorporated, with more than 650 participants completing surveys online and through intercepts. A final community outreach session, broadcast on Facebook Live, reached an additional 680 people who viewed the presentation on social media, with more than 60 people in attendance to see the results of the marketing campaign in person. Attendees included representatives of the tourism industry and the TDA Board, as well as interested residents and government/community leaders.
“Tourism is not the charge of a single person or department,” says Angela Allen, Executive Director of the TDA. “Everyone in a community impacts and is part of attracting visitors, and – more importantly – greeting, interacting with and making a visit to the community either positive or negative.”
“The primary challenge,” she added, “was to get folks to partner with us in developing our new brand. In the process, we broke through walls by incorporating our stakeholders in this effort. This award validates the community approach we used to promote tourism in Granville County.”
For more information on this community relations effort and the re-branding of Granville County Tourism, contact Allen by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 919-693-6125. Those interested can also visit the new website at www.visitgranvillecounty.com.
To learn more about the North Carolina Travel Industry Association, visit nctia.travel.
Fortunately, Granville County felt minimal impacts from Hurricane Dorian. Preparedness measures taken by area residents should have them ahead of the game for future emergencies/disasters. As our Emergency Services Director Doug Logan says, “If you’re ready, you don’t have to GET ready!”
With September as National Preparedness Month, now is a great time for a review of the Family Plan and the Disaster Supplies Kit. Make sure all family members know what to do before, during, and after an emergency. Food and water should be replaced in the disaster supplies kit every six months- with the time change – the same time batteries are replaced in smoke detectors. Also, batteries in the disaster supplies kit should be rotated; when new batteries are purchased for something in the home, batteries from the kit should be used, with new batteries being substituted in the kit.
FEMA reminds everyone to Save Early for Disaster Costs. Below is helpful information to aid with financial preparedness for emergencies/disasters:
- 1. Most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance does not cover flood damage. Learn more about flood insurance at FloodSmart.gov;
- 2. Snap photos of important documents and personal belongings to help quickly file an insurance claim after an emergency/disaster;
- 3. What important documents are needed for an emergency? Download the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit, which serves as a “walk through” for the planning process: https://go.usa.gov/xypkQ;
- 4. Plan ahead: how will bills be paid if a disaster strikes? Prepare now with the help of these tips and free resources: ready.gov/financial-preparedness;
- 5. Keep some cash on hand in case of emergencies, since ATMs and credit card readers won’t always be available. Cash can help pay for immediate expenses like lodging, food and gas. Learn more: ready.gov/financial-preparedness;
- 6. Set aside a small amount from each paycheck to go into a savings account to be prepared for the unexpected.
Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time, often without warning. Be prepared, not scared!
Voters who reside in the Town of Stem should note that starting with the Nov. 5, 2019 election, the voting precinct has changed for all future elections. The new voting site will be Granville Central High School, located at 2043 Sanders Road in Stem. This site has changed from the Stem Fire Station.
On Aug. 14, 2018, the Town of Stovall adopted a resolution to rescind the previous resolution that authorized Absentee Voting for municipal elections. All voting which occurs prior to Election Day is considered Absentee Voting under North Carolina law. This includes Absentee By Mail and One-Stop Early Voting. Due to this resolution, starting in 2019, ballots for future Town of Stovall Municipal Elections will only be available to voters on Election Day. Effective with the Nov. 5, 2019 Municipal Election, voters who reside in the Town of Stovall can only vote at their precinct on Election Day. They cannot vote by mail or at a One-Stop site.
In addition, the precinct for Stovall voters is being changed for all future elections, starting with the Nov. 5, 2019 Municipal Election. Voters will no longer vote at Stovall-Shaw Elementary School. but will now vote at the Stovall Library Conference Room, located at 300 Main Street in Stovall.
Any questions should be directed to the Granville County Board of Elections at 919-693-2515.
A KICKOFF CELEBRATION for the Creative Lifelong Learning (CLL) Program was recently held at the Granville County Expo and Convention Center. As of this gathering, 200 new and returning members had already enrolled in classes scheduled for the 2019-2020 year.
Offered through Granville County Senior Services, the CLL program includes courses and activities for local residents such as Tai Chi, Conversational Spanish, Nutrition, Barn Quilt Painting, Granville County History and many other topics, as well as educational trips and interactive workshops. Most of the classes and activities take place at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford, located at 107 Lanier Street.
During the 2018/2019 inaugural year, 26 local instructors facilitated almost 40 classes. At the recent kickoff event, instructors for the new course offerings were introduced, with a description of the classes/activities available. Offerings continue to evolve as instructors and topics are added.
To view a listing of the Fall 2019 class schedule, visit http://www.granvillecounty.org/…/u…/2019/08/Fall-Classes.pdf. You don’t have to be a “senior” to participate! Call 919-693-1930 for more details!
The Granville County office of the North Carolina Forest Service has moved to 911 Hillsboro Street in Oxford. The reclaimed office of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Oxford Research Station, offers more space for staff, easier access to the public and a large conference room for meetings and training. The office is also near the N.C. Cooperative Extension office for Granville County, which serves as a partner in assisting landowners.
With a mission to “protect, manage and promote forest resources for the citizens of North Carolina,” county rangers frequently deliver programs to land owners in the field, and are in and out of the office. Long-serving Administrative Assistant Barbara Twisdale will be available to offer assistance from the new office from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Residents and property owners are welcome to stop by with questions or concerns.
While the address has changed, the phone number for the N.C. Forest Service remains the same at (919) 693-3154.
The Granville County Register of Deeds will soon be providing veterans with a FREE service through the “Thank A Vet” program. A photo ID card will be offered that can be used for discounts at participating businesses in Granville County. This service will be available to all veterans who register, or have already registered, their DD-214 form. A list of participating businesses will be provided.
To register, veterans should bring:
a valid, state-issued driver’s license or identification card,
such as their military ID, and
an original DD-14 form.
If the DD-14 form has already been registered with the Granville County Register of Deeds office, record verification will be provided prior to issuing this “Thank A Vet” photo identification card.
The Granville County Register of Deeds office is located at 101 Main Street in Oxford, inside the Courthouse building. Hours for issuing these cards is Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Members of Granville County’s Veterans Affairs Committee will be distributing flyers pertaining to this program at the NC Hot Sauce Contest in Downtown Oxford (Sept. 14), the annual Military History Show at the Henderson-Oxford Airport (Oct. 26) and the Annual Veterans Parade in Downtown Oxford (Nov. 10).
Those with questions about this FREE photo ID service should contact Kathy Taylor, Granville County Register of Deeds, at email@example.com or at 919-693-6314.
In a recent announcement, Gov. Roy Cooper reported that visitors to North Carolina set a record for spending in 2018. The 25.3 billion in total spending represented an increase of 5.6 percent from 2017. The data comes from an annual study commissioned by Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.
Granville County tourism helped contribute to this statewide increase, bringing in more than $52 million in 2018. This reported total equates to a 5.9 percent increase from the previous year’s expenditures, which is higher than the increase reported for the state. According to data shared in the report, Granville County’s share of local tax receipts for 2018 totaled $1.49 million, with $3.07 million in state tax receipts reported.
Granville County Tourism Development Director Angela Allen attributes the county-wide growth in tourism and visitor spending to a growing local economy, such as the opening of new restaurants and gathering places, as well as a greater awareness of events and attractions that can be enjoyed in our area.
“As more and more people are discovering what Granville County has to offer – our welcoming atmosphere, hometown charm and relaxed lifestyle – we are quickly becoming a choice destination,” Allen remarked. “Our recently-launched marketing campaign bears this out – we are ‘Uniquely Carolina.’”
Visitor spending in Granville County has seen a steady increase over the past decade, rising from approximately $36 million in 2009 to $43 million in a time span of four years. The report from 2014 reflected $44 million generated by visitor spending, with an increase to $45 million in 2015, $47 million in 2016 and $49 million reported last year.
According to a press release issued by Gov. Cooper’s office, North Carolina visitors spent more than $65 million per day in 2018, with each household saving approximately $530 (on average) in state and local taxes as a direct result of the tourism industry.
“North Carolina’s tourism industry set a new record last year in visitor spending, despite the effects of the storms,” said Gov. Cooper. “This is a testament to the lasting beauty of our state and the determination of our people.”
To learn more about tourism and events/attractions in Granville County, log onto www.visitgranvillenc.com, or contact Angela Allen, Tourism Director, by phone at 919-693-6125 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While today (Sept. 10) is Election Day in several areas of the state, there are no elections scheduled for Granville County. Sept. 10 marks elections in N.C. Congressional Districts 3 and 9 (not Granville County) and several municipalities ARE holding elections today; however, since Granville County’s municipal elections are non-partisan, these local elections (Mayor and City/Town Commissioner) will not be held until Nov. 5.
For more information on elections across the state, visit www.ncsbe.gov. For local election information, visit www.granvillecounty.org/government/board-of-elections/.
Granville County has joined North Carolina’s efforts in encouraging residents to recycle more and recycle right. “Recycle Right NC” officially launched on Sept. 9, with a ten-week awareness campaign that will help inform local citizens on the importance of single-stream recycling, in which residential recyclables are collected together.
Globally, recycling is changing for the better. Before 2018, China was a convenient outlet for unsorted, low-value classes of recyclables that domestic markets did not accept. Last January, China restricted the amount of lower-quality recyclables that the country would import. This policy made it more clear that there were problems in the industry that are now being addressed. Today, material recovery facilities (MRF’s) – which sort out different categories of recyclables into bales – are changing their focus to improving material quality and on selling recyclables in America.
These MRF’s are not designed to separate recyclables from trash, however. When well-meaning residents put non-recyclable materials in their recycling carts, the high “contamination” rates can cause reduced revenue and higher costs that are often passed on to the consumer.
North Carolina’s “Recycle Right” campaign was designed to help communities learn the importance of effective “single stream recycling,” and to help promote the message of being “cart smart.” From Sept. 9 until Nov. 15 (America Recycles Day), this campaign will help educate the public on sustainable recycling practices which will help reduce contamination while supporting local markets to put those materials back to beneficial use.
“Recycling Right,” for example, means that plastic bottles, tubs, jugs and jars – as well as metal cans and glass bottles and jars – be emptied and rinsed. And that all paper, cartons and cardboard boxes be flattened. Items to keep OUT of your recycling bin include aerosol cans, batteries, clothing/textiles, diapers, electronics, disposable cups, household glass, medical waste, plastic bags, shredded paper, tires, toys, cords, hoses, wires, hazardous waste and food-tainted items.
Through this back-to-basics public education campaign, “Recycle Right NC” – in the short term – will help communities inform residents to put only those recyclable items that MRF’s can manage in their carts. In the long-term, recycling markets will improve as contamination is reduced and the use of recycled content increases.
Granville County is joining this state-wide movement by initiating the “Recycle Right” campaign on a local level. Interested residents are encouraged to look for future public awareness tips or to visit www.granvillecounty.org to learn more about how to recycle and recycle right. Weekly messages and reminders will also be provided both in print and online.
According to organizers of “Recycle Right NC,” now is the time to invigorate outreach about recycling and to focus on improving the quality of recycled materials that can be used in American markets. It all starts with recyclables that are better sorted. That is where all Granville County residents can help – with every correct item that is put in the bin.
For more information about local recycling or “Recycle Right NC,” contact Teresa Baker, Granville County’s Recycle and Sustainability Coordinator at 919-725-1417 or email@example.com.
Granville County’s free emergency notification system, CodeRED, will be tested between 6:30 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The purpose of the test is to validate telephone numbers in the Granville County database.
The CodeRED system allows Granville County’s emergency officials to effectively reach residents and personnel through telephone calls, text messages and e-mails. If a resident receives this call, no action is needed. Granville County is merely testing the system to ensure it is operational and to encourage additional residents to enroll to receive future notifications. This process helps to continually improve the system already in place by increasing the efficiency and speed at which notifications will be delivered during an actual emergency. If citizens of the county are not registered and their phone number is not in the database, they will not receive this call or any other notifications during an emergency.
Robin Edwards, Granville County’s Emergency Services Coordinator, notes that the number of residents who actively add/update their contact information in the emergency database directly impacts the protection that can be provided to people and property.
“Residents, as well as businesses, are encouraged to visit our website and update their contact information,” Edwards said, “in particular, those who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year and those who use a cellular phone or VolP phone as their primary number.”
A reminder is also offered that if a citizen is already registered for a municipal CodeRED system in their city or town of residence, they are not automatically enrolled in the county-wide database. Granville County enrollment is an entirely separate process.
“If you want to be notified of emergencies across the entire county, then you are urged to register on our website – and to keep your contact information up to date to be better informed,” Edwards adds. “And if you know anyone who is not registered and lives in Granville County, please encourage them to do so.”
To register or for more information about CodeRED, visit the Granville County website, www.granvillecounty.org, and click on the CodeRED logo located on the Emergency Management page. This page can be accessed through the “Community” heading at the top of the home page. Those without internet access should contact a friend or family member to assist in the online process of adding/updating contact information to the county’s emergency database.
Questions regarding this system test or about CodeRED should be directed to Granville County Emergency Services at 919-603-1310.