Albemarle Commission Happenings

PUBLIC NOTICE: The Annual Budget Ordinance of the Albemarle Commission for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2020 has been presented to the Commission Board and is available for public inspection, please click here to view the complete FY 20-21 budget.  


In an effort to continue keeping our staff and customers safe, the Albemarle Commission is open by appointment only. Please call 252-426-5753 if you shall need any assistance. Please know that Albemarle Commission staff continue working diligently to continue providing services for our region.


This meeting has been cancelled.  The Albemarle Commission Board of Delegates Executive Committee will meet via conference call at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2020. For call-in information, please email Ashley Stallings at


Meet our Albemarle Commission Directors and  learn about the work we do throughout our region.


Albemarle Commission Interim Executive Director David Whitmer with an update.

COVID-19 Information and Resources:

  • Economic Relief Resources – Provides resources for individuals, small businesses, and medium-large businesses. This includes details about the upcoming financial assistance checks directly to Americans.
  •  Coronavirus FAQs
  •  Coronavirus: What North Carolinian’s need to know
  • Truist and the NCI Fund have partnered together to offer $1million dollars in COVID -19 grants to small businesses in North Carolina and a few other states. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 and are available on a first come first serve basis. For more information, please click here.
  • Golden LEAF deploys $15M – NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program.  For more information, please chick here.
  • Need Urgent Childcare, please click here for information on resources.
  • Our staff and partners continue to make weekly telephone reassurance calls to check on clients. Many have expressed concerns about needing items that they are unable to shop for. We’ve also received requests from long-term care facilities in need of additional supplies for activities. We have created an Amazon Wish List to give an idea of the items that have been requested. Our staff will update as items come in stock. If you would like to donate, please contact Ashley Lamb at 252-404-7088 or  For our Amazon Wish List, please click here.


ANNOUNCEMENT: Rural Innovation Initiative Opens Second Round of Technical Assistance for Rural Communities Committed to Building Their Digital Economy

Successful Applicants Will Receive Technical Assistance to Strengthen Their Approach to Entrepreneurship and Digital Jobs, Apply for Federal Funding, and Join a National Network of Rural Innovation Communities

Today, rural communities can begin the competitive application process to join the Rural Innovation Initiative and become part of the second U.S. cohort to advance the creation of digital jobs and entrepreneurship strategies. Details about the initiative and application are available here. The program is made possible via a National Technical Assistance cooperative agreement between the Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. (RISI) and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).

The initiative is a technical assistance program supporting rural communities as they execute an innovation hub strategy: an economic development model that works to educate and train local residents in digital skills, employ them in new economy jobs, and empower them to launch startups that will drive their digital economy. The initiative was launched in 2018 by the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) and its sister organization, RISI. In addition to the EDA, the Siegel Family Endowment and Walmart are providing funding for the Initiative. Rural LISC and Venable LLP are strategic partners.

“The Rural Innovation Initiative is tapping the vision, energy, and skills of rural communities and working with them to accelerate their transformation into strong economies built on entrepreneurship, digital jobs, and regional collaboration,” said Ann Lichter, CORI director of strategic partnerships. “Now is the time to invest in  these strategies—leveraging broadband and Opportunity Zones—to build vibrant ecosystems for people who want the benefits of meaningful work where there’s also a higher quality of life.”

In February of 2019, RISI selected nine communities for the Rural Innovation Initiative from 130 interested communities. This summer, three of the Rural Innovation Initiative cohort participants were selected to receive highly competitive U.S. EDA Regional Innovation Strategies Program – i6 Challenge Grants.

“From the first days of his Administration, President Trump has made it a priority to bring prosperity to rural America,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Dr. John Fleming. “EDA is pleased to support rural communities in strengthening their innovation strategies and developing entrepreneurial ecosystems through the Rural Innovation Initiative and to help drive private investment to these communities through our innovative Regional Innovation Strategies competition and by supporting rural communities as they pursue investment in their Opportunity Zones.”

Eligible communities will be designated rural counties according to U.S. Census definitions or consortiums of rural communities in close geographic proximity to one another. Successful communities will ideally have a combination of the following attributes:

  • Existing high-speed broadband;
  • Significant portions of the community located in or near Opportunity Zones;
  • Partnership with a 4-year endowed residential college or university campus; and
  • Committed local leadership and a willing non-profit organization and/or local and regional government prepared to raise matching funds and lead the initiative.

Successful 2020 participants will receive a range of support, from on-site and video conference time with RISI staff to templates and written resources. RISI will also help them identify partnerships and leverage existing resources.


Albemarle Commission (AC) to Administer Home Repair Funds for Camden, Currituck, Dare, Hyde & Pasquotank Counties

AC is excited to add home repair financing as an affordable housing offering; the organization has been awarded funds by NC Housing Finance agency to administer home repair in 5 counties though the Essential Single-Family Rehabilitation Loan Pool (ESFLRP).  The ESFLRP finances major home rehabilitation and modifications for households with members who are elderly, have disabilities or are veterans, and whose incomes are below 80 percent of their area’s median.  Homes with led hazards occupied by a child under 7 years old may also qualify.  Please contact Jordan Kearney or Mike Barnette for more details at (252) 753-2139.


Albemarle Commission’s Comprehensive Regional Economic Development Strategy 2018-2022

Click Here to review the Albemarle Commission’s Comprehensive Regional Economic Development Strategy.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Program
Auxiliary aids & services available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


Dismal Swamp

Rural Planning

The Albemarle Rural Planning Organization (ARPO) serves Camden, Chowan,Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties.

Workforce Development

Our Workforce Development program’s assistance helps to improve our regional employers’ capacity to find and hire well trained employees.

Economic Development

The Albemarle Commission was recognized as an Economic Development District (EDD) by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration in 1972.

Area Agency on Aging

Area Agencies on Aging (AAA’s) were established under the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1973 to respond to the needs of Americans 60 and over in every local community.