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Lenoir City Council & Individual Councilmembers Honored For Contributions
Council and WPCOG staff pose with the Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award Tuesday night, Jan. 4, 2022, during the City Council meeting. Pictured from left: Councilman David Stevens; Rick Oxford, WPCOG Housing Program Manager; Sherry Long, WPCOG Assistant Executive Director/Community Development Director; Councilman Ike Perkins; Anthony Starr, WPCOG Executive Director; Councilman Ben Willis, Mayor Joe Gibbons; Councilmen Todd Perdue and Ralph Prestwood; Mayor Pro Tem Crissy Thomas; and Councilman Jonathan Beal.
Photo courtesy of Joshua Harris, City of Lenoir Director of Communication and Public Information

Lenoir City Council & Individual Councilmembers Honored For Contributions

Lenoir City Council was recognized last Tuesday (January 4) for the City’s involvement in the Unifour Consortium HOME Program. Three councilmembers were also recognized for participating in the recent Foothills Veterans Winter Stand Down.

Anthony Starr, Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) Executive Director, presented Council with the Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award for the HOME Program. The award is given by the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and honors NADO members for their creative approaches to advancing regional economic development and improved quality of life.

The HOME program provided down payment assistance to 3,000 first time home buyers and assisted with the development of 1,225 affordable rental units, including 380 for seniors, throughout the region. Click the following link for more information about the Down-payment Assistance Program.

In June of 1995, all twenty-eight (28) local governments in the four county area (Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba) agreed to form the Unifour Consortium HOME Program. The City of Lenoir serves as the Lead Entity for the Unifour Consortium, which receives grant money from HUD. The purpose of the Unifour Consortium is to plan and carry out regional housing activities to benefit low-income beneficiaries.

After the award presentation, Stanley McCormick, Foothills Veterans Stand Down Co-Chairman, and City of Lenoir Human Resources Manager Crystal Smith presented Mayor Gibbons, Mayor Pro Tem Crissy Thomas and Councilman David Stevens with a certificate of appreciation for assisting during the Veterans Stand Down event on November 10, 2021, at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.

Council poses with their Foothills Winter Stand Down certificates of appreciation. Pictured from left: Councilmen David Stevens and Ike Perkins, Mayor Pro Tem Crissy Thomas, Human Resources Manager Crystal Smith, Councilmen Ben Willis and Todd Perdue, Mayor Joe Gibbons, Councilman Ralph Prestwood, Foothills Veterans Stand Down Co-Chairman Stanley McCormick, and Councilman Jonathan Beal.
Photo courtesy of Joshua Harris, City of Lenoir Director of Communication & Public Information