Albemarle Commission Happenings


In an effort to keep our staff and customers safe, effective Monday, March 23, 2020 the Albemarle Commission office will be closed to visitors. Please call 252-426-5753 if you shall need any assistance. Please know that Albemarle Commission staff are working diligently to continue providing services for our region.


The Albemarle Commission Board of Delegates Executive Committee will have a conference call at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2020.  For call in information, please contact Ashley Stallings at 252-404-7092.


Please click here for an update from the Albemarle Commission Interim Executive Director David Whitmer.


COVID-19 Information and Resources:


The Albemarle Commission Area Agency on Aging is currently seeking bids for In-Home Aide services, provided through the Home and Community Care Block Grant (HCCBG) for July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022 in eight counties in our 10-county service area.

Please be aware that this is a competitive process.  We will determine the grantee(s) based on the accuracy and content of your proposals.  The lowest bid will not be the deciding factor unless all other qualifying factors are equal.

The deadline for submitting your proposal is set for Friday, April 24, 2020.  Any proposals received after this date will not be considered, including bids postmarked for this date.

We appreciate your time, patience and hard work in serving our seniors throughout the region.  If you are interested in submitting a bid, please contact Jasmine Wilson at 252-426-8244 or for the entire packet.  For more information 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.


  • US Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the availability of funds to support disaster-impacted communities under the Economic Adjustment Assistance Program.   This program can advance economic recovery and resiliency.   Eligible communities must be in an area where Presidential disaster declaration was made under the Robert T Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Act as a result of Hurricane Florence, Michael and other named events during 2018.  Must also propose a project that advances economic resiliency and supports disaster recovery.  EDA will make grant awards for projects that help disaster-impacted communities advance resilience projects.  EDA will support both construction and non-construction projects through this funding opportunity. For more information, please see


  • The Northeastern Workforce Development Board congratulates Gates County on demonstrating its commitment to developing a strong workforce pipeline, desirable to employers, economic developers and current and future citizens of the county.  Gates County joins Chowan, Perquimans, Washington and Hyde counties in Work Ready Community Certification. Tyrrell and Pasquotank counties are participating counties awaiting goal attainment.


  • The Albemarle Commission is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals to develop a bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign for our 10 county region consisting of the counties of Camden, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, Washington, Tyrrell, Gates, Pasquotank, Perquimans and Chowan. The campaign will include educational outreach, enforcement training and materials, and encouragement efforts. Changing the traffic safety culture, in our region, will be the goal of our campaign.From 2012-2016, 119 pedestrians were injured and 24 killed by motor vehicles in our region. 22 of the 119 pedestrians injured were ages 15 and under. In the same time frame, 92 bicyclists were injured and 7 killed by motor vehicles and 15 of those injured were ages 15 years or younger. We believe outcomes of this campaign will result in fewer pedestrian/motor vehicle and bicyclist/motor vehicles injuries and fatalities in our region.The Request for Proposals announcement can be found here.


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

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


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.




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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.