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●  Neighborhood College Now Accepting Applications - Residents looking to play a more active role in their neighborhoods and the Durham community should apply now for the 2019 Durham Neighborhood College.

Applications are being accepted through Friday, July 26 and space is limited to 30 participants. Area high school students ages 15 and up as well as Latino residents are encouraged to apply. To learn more please visit Paper applications are available at the Durham County Clerk’s Office on 200 E. Main Street and the City Clerk’s Office on 101 City Hall Plaza.

●  The City and County Launches EngageDurham Initiative - This initiative ensures that all Durham voices are heard as the future of Durham is shaped through projects like the Comprehensive Plan, public transit, and trail projects.

For more information please contact Lisa Miller, Senior Urban Designer with the Durham City-County Planning Department at or 919-560-4137 ext. 28270.

●  Innovate Durham: An Innovation Partnership Program - We’re turning local government into a laboratory for startups and entrepreneurs. Innovate Durham participants will work with Durham City and County departments to test, scale and innovate new ideas and technology. The 12-week partnership program turns the City of Durham and Durham County into a lab to test your ides, product or services.

The application process for the 2019 Cohort closes on July 22, 2019. For more information on the program criteria and application process please visit or contact Eric Marsh at

●  Your Thoughts are Needed on the Eno-Haw Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan - Durham County along with Alamance, Orange, and Person counties are working together to update their plan required to maintain eligibility for future pre-and post-disaster funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

A public meeting providing information on the planning process and identified hazards will be held on Thursday, July 11th at 5:30pm at the Whitted Human Services Building located at 300 West Tryon Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278.

●  County Convenience Sites Closed on July 11th - All four of the Durham County Convenience Sites (Rougemont, Bahama, Redwood and Parkwood) will be closed on Thursday, July 11th for staff professional development training. They will all reopen with normal business hours on Friday, July 12th.

●  Prepare your 4-year old for Kindergarten: Apply Now for Pre-K - All Durham residents may apply for free to low cost, high quality learning. Your child must be 4-years old by August 31, 2019 to qualify. Please call 919- 403-6960 for more information.

 ●  Champs Grant Presents Summer Meals - Durham Public Schools and the City of Durham invite ALL children ages 1-18 to FREE meals daily (Monday-Friday) during summer vacation beginning June 17th - August 9th. Parent meal cost is $2.00 (meals are FREE for DHA resident parents).

For meal locations text “FOODNC” to 877-877 or call 1-866-348-6479. For more information please contact Linda Harris at 919-560-2370 ext. 26287

●  2019 Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational - The Durham Striders are excited to host and celebrate 19 years of this highly competitive track meet. They are looking for athletes ages 8 and under through 17-18 to enter and participate Friday, July 19th - Sunday, July 21st at the Durham County Memorial Stadium.

For more information on entry deadlines and registrations please visit

●  Your Help Is Needed to Spread the Word About Census Jobs - Recruiting Assistant positions are now available for the 2020 Census. North Carolina pay rates are from $15 - $22 per hour and flexible hours are available. For more information and to apply please visit or call 1-855-JOB-2020 

●  Durham County Summer Reading Program - Beginning June 15th - August 3rd all events for the summer reading program are FREE and open to the public. This season celebrates “A Universe of Stories” with a variety of astronomy and science fiction programs to interest all age groups. For more information please visit

●  Board of Elections Kicks Off "Photo ID to Vote" Information Sessions - The Durham County Board of Elections will host educational sessions about voter photo identification requirements. The Board of Elections staff will be accepting applications for voter registration, voter photo identification and absentee ballots.

For a full schedule of information sessions please visit: -

All sessions are free, and the community is invited to attend the following dates:
     ●  East Regional Library - July 18th (6 - 8 p.m.)
     ●  Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship - August 22nd (6 - 8 p.m.)

The following seminars will be presented in Spanish:
     ●  Durham County HHS Building - July 23rd (10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
     ●  Durham County HHS Building - July 23rd (4 - 6 p.m.)

For additional questions, please contact the Durham County Board of Elections by phone at 919-560-0070 or by email

●  SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Small Businesses in North Carolina Affected by Gas Leak Explosion - Low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to North Carolina small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private nonprofit organizations affected by the gas leak explosion on April 10, 2019.

Eligible entities may qualify for loans up to $2 million. The SBA offers economic injury loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. The rates on theses loan are 4% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Eligibility for these working capital loans are based on the size and type of business and its financial resources. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing Loan applications can also be downloaded at Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to:

U.S. Small Business Administration
Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Road
Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to return economic injury applications is Jan. 30, 2020.

●  Get Involved, it’s your County! Durham County Government has approximately 43 active advisory boards referred to as Boards and Commissions. Citizens of Durham County may volunteer to participate by applying for a vacancy. Interested citizens should fill out an application and send it to the Clerk to the Board’s Office. A description of the boards as well as a list of vacancies can be found on the County’s website at s/boards-and-commissions. If you need additional information, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 919-560-0025 or send an email to:   

● We invite you to tune in to Cable TV Channel 8 and AT&T U-verse channel 99 to see rebroadcasts of Durham County Commissioner meetings as well as other Durham County programming that may be of interest to you. Please contact the Public Information Office at 919-560-0008 or visit our web page by clicking here for more information.

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