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2021 Visitor Impact for Pender County sets another record year

Visitor Spending Increases to $165.29 million

BURGAW — Domestic and international visitors to and within Pender County spent $165.29 million in 2021, an increase of 6 percent from 2020. Pender County Tourism experienced a visitor spending growth rate of 25.4 percent.

The data comes from an annual study commissioned by Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.

“We are extremely pleased to see another record year in visitor spending,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County Tourism Director. “In 2020 Pender County was one of only 14 counties statewide to see an increase in visitor spending. To see another significant increase only demonstrates how important the tourism industry is to Pender County’s economy.”

According to the data released today, the tourism industry directly employs more than 924 in Pender County. The total payroll generated in Pender County’s tourism industry was $37.1 million.

The state tax revenue generated in Pender County totaled $6 million through state sales and excise taxes, and taxes on personal and corporate income. Approximately $8.9 million in local taxes were generated from sales and property tax revenue from travel-generated and tourism-related businesses. The local taxes generated by tourism in Pender County is significant because it equates to a savings of $243.32 per resident in Pender County.

These statistics come from the “Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Counties 2021,” which can be accessed at partners.visitnc.com/economic-impact-studies. The study was prepared for Visit North Carolina by Tourism Economics in collaboration with the U.S. Travel Association.

Statewide, visitor spending in 2021 rebounded by 44.9 percent to reach $28.9 billion. Following the devastating pandemic-related losses of 2020, the total fell just short of the record $29.22 spent in 2019. Direct tourism employment increased 10.5 percent to 197,500.

“These findings are something that everyone in North Carolina can celebrate,” said Visit NC Director Wit Tuttell. “They’re a testament to the resilience of our businesses and our residents, and to the enduring appeal of destinations that include everything a traveler might want. The economic well-being of the state and all its communities rises with the pleasures travelers find in the natural beauty of our public spaces, our culinary traditions and innovation, our remarkable towns, and our spirited cities. North Carolina can claim it all.”

Statewide highlights include:

  • Total spending by domestic and international visitors in North Carolina reached $28.9 billion in 2021.That sum represents a 44.9 percent increase over 2020 expenditures. The figure falls 1 percent below the record $29.22 billion spent in 2019.
  • Domestic travelers spent a record $28.6 billion in 2021. Spending was up 45.2 percent from $19.7 billion in 2020.
  • International travelers spent $337 million in 2021, up 25.6 percent from the previous year.
  • Visitors to North Carolina generated $3.9 billion in federal, state, and local taxes in 2021. The total represents a 29 percent increase from 2020.
  • State tax receipts from visitor spending rose 34 percent to nearly $1.2 billion in 2021.
  • Local tax receipts grew 26 percent to $1.1 billion.
  • Direct tourism employment in North Carolina increased 10.5 percent to 197,500.
  • Direct tourism payroll increased 18.9 percent to $7.7 billion.
  • Visitors spent more than $79 million per day in North Carolina. That spending added $6.4 million per day to state and local tax revenues (about $3.3 million in state taxes and $3.1 million in local taxes).
  • Each North Carolina household saved $580 on average in state and local taxes as a direct result of visitor spending in the state. Savings per capita averaged $222.
  • North Carolina hosted nearly 45 million visitors in 2021.

Pender County Commissioner Jacqueline Newton Completes the 100 Counties Prepared Emergency Preparedness Training for County Commissioners

Mike Sprayberry, Brock Long Among Presenters at Inaugural Training

Cabarrus County, N.C. – Pender County Commissioner Jackie Newton completed the 100 Counties Prepared Emergency Preparedness Training for County Commissioners at the NC Association of County Commissioners’ (NCACC) 115th Annual Conference in Cabarrus County on Aug. 11.

Commissioner Newton attended the inaugural training for this Emergency Services Training for Commissioners which was developed by and the vision of Brunswick County Commissioner Frank Williams 100 Counties Prepared initiative during his past year as President of the NCACC who saw the need for further training of elected officials in their responsibilities and duties during times of emergency.. “County governments perform a number of important functions, but the stakes are higher during an emergency,” said NCACC Past President Frank Williams.

Commissioner Newton said the state of Pender County’s Emergency Services Management team is strong.

“As a County Commissioner, I have seen first-hand how necessary it is in a time of disaster to have relationships in place with key stakeholders to effect an immediate and productive response to a disaster event,” Newton said. “Pender County is fortunate to be led by our EMS Director Tommy Batson who has shown great leadership in the past and with the EMS team, continues to build the relationships with strategic stakeholders that will affect a positive outcome for our citizens when the next disaster arrives.  This training has strengthened my ability to provide effective leadership assistance to our EMS team and strategic partners at the appropriate time.”

Attendees heard from N.C. Director of Emergency Management Will Ray who gave the keynote address in which he thanked NCACC under the leadership of NCACC President Williams and the “100 Counties Prepared” task force for the important work done on this critical initiative.

“This training course is a vital piece to continuing the sustainment and improvement of emergency preparedness across our state. We know that we will continue to have events and incidents that impact North Carolina that will be across all hazards, and we will need counties’ continued partnership, standing shoulder-to-shoulder together as we continue to serve our communities.”

The Emergency Preparedness Training for Commissioners included:

  • Presentation by Kate Van Tol, N.C. Emergency Management Legal Fellow how reviewed the statutory provisions, roles and responsibilities.
  • A panel discussion regarding the role of Commissioners in the emergency management process led by Commissioner Randy Thompson and Commissioner Ann Keyes, both of whom are retired, county-level emergency managers.
  • Consultant Julie Parker of Julie Parker Communications and Meagan Kascsak, Brunswick County’s Director of Communications spoke on communications during emergency events.
  • Former N.C. Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry and former FEMA Director Brock Long led a panel discussion on practical applications and best practices of emergency management.

For more information about the 100 Counties Prepared initiative, please visit www.100countiesprepared.com.

Juniper Road Two Fire still 1,226 acres in size, now 65 percent contained

HAMPSTEAD – Firefighting personnel have held the Juniper Road Two Fire to 1,226 acres in size over the last several days. The wildfire within the Holly Shelter Game Land in Pender County is now 65% contained. Crews continue to closely monitor the weather as significant heat continues to linger within the fire area.

As fire containment continues to increase, certain resources assigned to the incident are beginning to demobilize. NCFS has 81 personnel assigned to the incident with an additional low ground pressure track vehicle being ordered to assist in mop-up operations.

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) remains in effect for the Juniper Road Two Fire. The TFR restricts all civilian aircraft, manned and unmanned, within 5 miles of the fire. The flight restriction remains in place until aviation support is no longer needed.

For information updates, visit https://www.ncforestservice.gov/fire_control/sit_report.htm.

 

Juniper Road Two Fire now 53 percent contained, remains 1,226 acres in size

HAMPSTEAD –The Juniper Road Two Fire within the Holly Shelter Game Land is now 53 percent contained.

The fire remains 1,226 acres in size after Monday evening rainfall delivered one-half inch of rain to the fire area. Though rainfall totals will help extinguish the fire, incident personnel remain vigilant with firefighting efforts.

“We can’t get complacent. History tells us from previous wildfires in this area that the vegetation can dry out quickly and areas that are still smoldering within the fire imprint can reignite available fuels,” said Incident Commander Michael Cheek. “We’re grateful for the rain we’ve received, but we’re not turning our backs to this fire.”

With increased containment and rainfall, certain resources assigned to the incident are beginning to demobilize. Resources remaining on the incident include six tractor plows with six crewmen, one low ground pressure track vehicle, one scout and one lead plane, two single-engine air tankers, one helicopter, and 62 NCFS personnel.

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) remains in effect for the Juniper Road Two Fire. The TFR restricts all civilian aircraft, manned and unmanned, within 5 miles of the fire. The flight restriction remains in place until aviation support is no longer needed.

For information updates, visit https://www.ncforestservice.gov/fire_control/sit_report.htm.

Juniper Road Two Fire receives much needed rainfall, remains 25% contained

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HAMPSTEAD – The Juniper Road Two Fire received one inch of rainfall on the fire area Friday afternoon, Aug. 12. Rainfall accumulation will help aid in extinguishing the wildfire
on Holly Shelter Game Land but may temporarily impede the use of equipment on fire lines. The fire is 1,226 acres in size due to additional mapping. Periods of rain are expected throughout the remainder of the day.

The N.C. Forest Service is bringing in a Type 2 Incident Management Team to assume command of fire operations beginning Saturday, Aug. 13.

“The presence of the Incident Management Team will allow us to bring in support staff to assist the existing operations personnel with their firefighting efforts,” said Michael Cheek,
incident commander for the Type 2 team.

Personnel will continue to closely monitor changing weather conditions through the weekend as firefighters continue their containment operations. There are no structures threatened at this time. The public is being urged to remain vigilant and continue monitoring local news resources for additional information. Hazardous road conditions due to smoke and low cloud cover may be a factor during the evening and overnight hours.

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect for the Juniper Road Two Fire. The TFR restricts all civilian aircraft, manned and unmanned, within 5 miles of the fire. The flight
restriction remains in place until aviation support is no longer needed.

Operational resources working the fire include a dozen tractor plow units with crewmen, one helicopter, two single-engine air tankers, one scout and lead plane and 31 personnel from the N.C. Forest Service.

For information updates, visit
https://www.ncforestservice.gov/fire_control/sit_report.htm.

Friday update on wildfire

Juniper Road Two Fire is 1,230 acres in size following more accurate mapping, remains 25% contained

HAMPSTEAD – Following more accurate mapping, the Juniper Road Two Fire is 1,230 acres in size and remains 25% contained as of Friday morning. The fire was caused by a
lightning strike on Tuesday, Aug. 2, well within the interior of the game lands.

Thursday, Aug.11, fire personnel continued to strengthen existing containment lines and plow additional lines to prevent the forward spread of the fire. These efforts will continue
throughout Friday. Occasional gusty winds and dry fuels led to minimal spot overs beyond the fire imprint, but cloudy skies and higher relative humidity helped hinder aggressive fire behavior and movement.

Friday’s forecast for incoming frontal passage and changing weather patterns will be closely monitored. There are no structures threatened at this time. The public is being urged to
remain vigilant and continue monitoring local news resources. Hazardous road conditions due to smoke may be a factor during the evening and overnight hours.

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect for the Juniper Road Two Fire. The TFR restricts all civilian aircraft, manned and unmanned, within 5 miles of the fire. The flight
restriction remains in place until aviation support is no longer needed.

Operational resources working the fire include a dozen tractor plow units with crewmen, one helicopter, two single-engine air tankers, one scout and lead plane, and 31 personnel from the N.C. Forest Service.

For information updates, visit https://www.ncforestservice/fire_control/sit_report.htm.

Juniper Road Two Fire in Pender County at 25 percent containment

HAMPSTEAD – As of 8 a.m., Aug. 11, the Juniper Road Two Fire is estimated to be 2,000 acres in size and at 25% containment after pushing beyond firelines on Wednesday, Aug.
10 and progressing east toward Highway 50.

The Juniper Road Two Fire was caused by a lightning strike on Tuesday, Aug. 2, well within the interior of the game lands.

Fire personnel is conducting initial attack operations to reorganize containment lines and catch wind-driven spot over fires. Difficult terrain, changing weather patterns with wind
gusts, low relative humidity, and high heat index values remain a challenge for firefighting efforts. Currently, the fire remains about two miles west of Highway 50.

There are no structures threatened at this time.

The public is being urged to remain vigilant and continue monitoring local news resources. Hazardous road conditions due to smoke may be a factor during the evening and overnight hours.

Operational resources working the fire include a dozen tractor plow units with crewmen, one helicopter, two single-engine air tankers, one scout and lead plane, and 21 personnel from N.C. Forest Service.

The public is reminded to keep drones away from wildfires. While drones provide unique opportunities for aerial video and imagery of wildfire activity, they are unauthorized. Flying a drone near or around a wildfire compromises the safety of pilots and interferes with firefighting efforts.

For information updates, visit https://www.ncforestservice/fire_control/sit_report.htm.

UPDATE: Wildfire in Holly Shelter Game Lands

UPDATE 8 p.m.

The NC Foresty Service reports the Holly Shelter Game Land wildfire has impacted more than 1500 acres of the game land’s more than 63,000 acres. The fire is approximately 2 miles from Hwy 50 in Onslow County.
The NCFS will have a morning briefing.

 

 

MAPLE HILL – Pender County Emergency Management is on the scene of an approximately 150-acre wildfire. The wildfire is located inside the Holly Shelter Game Lands.

Pender County EM staff is assisting the North Carolina Forest Service.

Smoke from this fire may affect the Maple Hill, Holly Ridge, and other neighborhoods along the Pender County and Onslow County borders.

For updates throughout the day, please visit the Pender County Emergency Management or Pender County Facebook pages and website.

Residents who have not opted into CodeRed emergency notifications, can sign up for the free service online at https://www.pendercountync.gov/em/.

Public invited to submit feedback on regional Climate Change and Natural Hazards Vulnerability Assessments 

Community input sought for Albemarle, Cape Fear, Eastern Carolina and Mid-East regions

RALEIGH, N.C. – The N.C. Office of Recovery Resiliency (NCORR) Regional Resilience Portfolio Program, in partnership with four councils of governments, is requesting public feedback on draft regional Climate Change and Natural Hazards Vulnerability Assessments, which will guide plans for building community resilience. 

The draft regional vulnerability assessments describe the specific impacts of extreme weather events on housing, the environment, and the economy and will be used to create a portfolio of priority community resilience projects. The assessments include regional details about the problems the Albemarle, Cape Fear, Eastern Carolina and Mid-East council of governments regions have experienced in the past and the risks they face in the future due to climate change. These hazards include hurricanes, flooding, wind damage, extreme temperatures, drought and wildfires.

Public input can help strengthen the draft vulnerability assessments for these regions. Residents may have insights about how to sharpen the findings and ensure that they accurately reflect their community and region. The draft assessments and online public comment forms can be found on each region’s webpage:

Albemarle Commission Council of Governments Region
(Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties)
https://www.rebuild.nc.gov/resiliency/resilient-communities/rise/albemarle

Cape Fear Council of Governments Region
(Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender counties)
https://www.rebuild.nc.gov/resiliency/resilient-communities/rise/cape-fear

Eastern Carolina Council of Governments Region
(Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico, and Wayne counties)
https://www.rebuild.nc.gov/resiliency/resilient-communities/rise/eastern-carolina

Mid-East Commission Council of Governments Region 
(Beaufort, Bertie, Hertford, Martin, and Pitt counties)
https://www.rebuild.nc.gov/resiliency/resilient-communities/rise/mid-east

Comments on the draft assessments may also be submitted by email by to resilience@ncdps.gov with the subject line Vulnerability Assessment. Comments must be submitted by Wednesday, Aug. 17.

The Regional Resilience Portfolio Program is a component of the larger Regions Innovating for Strong Economies and Environment (RISE) Program. RISE is a partnership between NCORR and N.C. Rural Center, in collaboration with the N.C. Councils of Governments. The Regional Resilience Portfolio Program serves nine council of governments regions. A list of counties for each region can be found on the RISE website.

RISE is funded by a $1.1 million U.S. Economic Development Administration grant, with additional support from the N.C. Rural Center and the state’s HUD Community Development Block Grant—Mitigation grant. The Duke Energy Foundation has committed $600,000 to offer Accelerator Grants to the regions for priority projects identified as an outcome of the program. RISE is managed by NCORR, a division of the N.C. Department of Public Safety. To learn more about the program or resilience activities in each council of governments region, visit the RISE website.

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