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Vice President of Diversity Affairs: Nick Harvey Jr., Lenoir County Public Schools
Staff: Laura Lee Sylvester, President
The Diversity Affairs Committee is an extension of the Chamber of Commerce that works to identify and pursue projects that will result in developing and expanding the economic prosperity of diverse businesses within Kinston and Lenoir County.
In 2013, the Chamber’s Lenoir 2020 Committee identified the need for a community lead Human Relations Committee. In 2014, the Chamber, with the help of City and County government, formed the Human Relations Council which acts independently of the Chamber. The appointed group will be responsible for promoting equal opportunity and fair treatment among our residents. As we move forward, the VP of Diversity Affairs with be the liaison between the Council and the Chamber reporting council activities to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The Chamber Board may also make suggestions or inquires to the Council through the VP of Diversity Affairs.
Important links: Office of Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Institute of Minority Economic Development Resources/Networking Links North Carolina Department of Administration Latin Business Association U.S. Small Business Administration
Mission garden helps feed the community
On Tuesday, July 27th, members of First Presbyterian Churchâs Mission and Outreach Committee dedicated their community garden project. The Mission Gardenâs purpose is to help feed hungry people in the community by providing fresh, nutritious vegetables through ICOR, Maryâs Kitchen, the Homeless Shelter, Six Churches Plaza, etc. The vision is a tangible expression of the churchâs mission, âsharing Godâs love as we grow in faith.â
Kinston area represented at international air show, July 19, 2010Â
Representatives of the Global TransPark, local companies and economic development agencies traveled to England
Local Farmers learn benefits of plastic, drip irrigation
T. C. Smith Produce Farms Inc., located in Lenoir County, NC, was the host farm for Introduction to Plasticulture I on June 15. Farmers were given information on water use in plasticulture, a drip tape demonstration, information on fertilization through drip irrigation, demonstration on fertilizer solubility and information on tissue sampling and analysis. The workshop was sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service Agronomic Division, with funding from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund. Walter Adams, the Agricultural and National Resource technician for the Lenoir County Cooperative Extension Service, organized the workshop.
âFaces and Placesâ of North Carolina Comes to Public Library
An exhibit of 30 photographs that capture the people and unique landscape of North Carolina is coming to the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library July 23-August 11. The exhibit features photographs from professional and amateur photographers and will be hosted by a total of 27 locations by the end of its tour of the state.
Crews begin repairing Herritage Street
Construction crews hired by the city of Kinston embarked recently on a six-week project to replace the sidewalks â and curbs and gutters â along two blocks of North Herritage Street. Â The project is being funded by Golden LEAF.
Local Church Organizes Military Family Appreciate Day
On Saturday, July 17th, both military and civilian families enjoyed a day of fun and festivities in honor of Military Families. Â Proceeds from the event, hosted by Victory Chapel Christian Center at Havelock City Park, will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.
Lenoir County got STEM-ed
On Thursday, July 8th, Lenoir County received $50,000 to design a plan to implement STEM education in local classrooms. STEM (Science, Technology and Math) is a special curriculum that combines hands-on experiential learning with a theoretical base of knowledge. Program advocates believe that the specialized training will well position children to complete for jobs in the technology industry. North Carolina is one of only six states to have the program, and Lenoir County is one of only three areas in the state to be selected to implement the program.
Mother Earth Brewing is Growing
Mother Earth Brewing recently reported the expansion of its facility to keep up with increasing demand across the state. Â Soon the brewery will have tripled its capacity, signaling the rapid growth and ongoing success of the company.
Volunteer Fire Department holds Monster Truck & Tractor Race fundraiser
The Lenoir County Fireman Association fire department will hold a fundraising truck and tractor race at the county fairgrounds. Â Events will be held Friday, July 9th and Saturday July 10th. Â Approximately 30 participants from across the southeast are expected to compete for the title of Kinston 300 National Truck and Tractor Pull champion. Proceeds will benefit the organization.
From museums and historic homes to outdoor activities and sporting events, Kinston-Lenoir County offers something fun for everyone to enjoy.
By: Jessica Walker
The Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce has been serving Kinston and Lenoir County since 1911. The Chamber acts as a voice and advocate for the community regarding economic, community and government issues and represents Kinston and Lenoir County as a great place to live, work and play.