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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, September 22, 2016, Page A5, Image 5

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Residents BY TEVIN STINSON THE CHRONICLE Residents got a sneak peek at the new Central Library on Tuesday evening during the Building Healthy Hearts & Healthy Minds event hosted by Frank L. Blum Construction and the American Heart Association. During the tour, people from across the city learned about the new and exciting things that will be included in the library on Fifth Street. According to Matthew Rodda with Steele Group Architects, the library, which will be the newest and most modern in the state, will include an auditorium, a cafe, a children's section com plete with a patio, a teen area with a green screen, a makers space where visitors can build and create any thing they want, and two patios. Deputy County Manager Damon Saunders-Pratt said, "This is the library of the future. "We will have space-for social gatherings and countless other activities," he said. "We look at this library as the county's living room and we are excited that we are almost done with construction." Photo by Tevin Stinson On Tuesday, Sept. 20, residents had the opportunity to view the Central Library located on Fifth Street. County considers projects for state grants BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE Local jobs and educa tion initiatives from Goler CDC and Forsyth Technical Community College are among the projects the county is con sidering submitting for Golden Leaf grants. The Golden Leaf Foundation was established in 1999 by the General Assembly to administer half of North Carolina's share of settlement money from tobacco manufactur ers. The grants are sup posed to help the state's economy, especially in poor or tobacco dependent communities. ' County commissioners reviewed two items that involve applying for Golden Leaf grant funds during its Thursday, Sept. 15 briefing. One applica tion is for $200,000 from Golden Leaf's open grants program to fund the coun ty's infrastructure work for a proposed business park on Idols Road, next to Tangle wood Park. The other item involves the commissioners choos ing what projects to submit to Golden Leaf's Community Based Grants Initiative, which focuses on economic development, education, workforce development, infrastruc ture, healthcare infrastruc ture and agriculture. County staff has narrowed it down to five community projects totaling $2.1 mil lion, of which the county can submit three. Forsyth is competing with 20 .other counties for the $20 million in grant funds allocated for the Piedmont Triad and southwest region. ? Among the finalists is a new Goler CDC initiative, Workforce Technology Pathway 2020, which will provide IT training to 100 underemployed or unem ployed residents. Participants will take part in a one-year program, which will include intern ships, certification and assistance finding an IT job. "We see technology as being the new economy for Winston-Salem and we want to make sure all our citizens have an opportuni ty to participate in this new economy," said Goler CDC President Michel Suggs. Goler CDC's partners in the project are Forsyth Tech, Winston-Salem State University, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Wexford Science & Technology and Inmar. Goler is hoping to get $477,000 of the $597,000 needed to fund the five year project from Golden Leaf, with the rest coming from other grantors. The other finalists are: ?The City of Winston Salem is asking for a $500,000 grant to cover part of the up to $962,000 it's providing for a hydro ponics facility, which is also a Goler CDC project. The facility, which will grow plants in water instead of soil, will provide fresh produce to the Kimberley Parte communi ty, which is a food desert. There are also expected to be five new jobs at the facility. ?Forsyth Technical Community College is ask ing for a $560,000 grant to cover most of a $728,000 cost for a new Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Classroom. The classroom will travel to high schools, letting students there learn about advanced manufac turing, which is a highly demanded skill set that pays well. ?Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools is asking for $500,000 for two new pre k classrooms that will be placed in schools where more than 55 percent of students receive free or reduced lunch. The grant, along with $153,000 from The Winston-Salem Foundation's Project Impact, would fund a teacher and teacher's assis tant for three years, along with tablets and smart boards. The new class rooms would open in the 2017-2018 school year. ?The Piedmont Triad Regional Council of Governments is applying for a grant between $100/XX) and $1 million for a Revolving Loan Program for small and large businesses in down town or developed areas. PTRC is applying for a Golden Leaf grant for the program in each' of its counties, which is required by the Economic Development Administration, which will do a one-to-one match on Golden Leaf grant money. The commissioners will vote on submitting the grant applications in their Monday, Sept. 26 meeting. FOODmiON 100% CHOICE BEEF YOUR TASTE BUDS WILL THANK YOU Visit your local Food Lion today and experience quality meat at affordable prices. Our new 100% USOA Choice meat is tender, juicy, and full of flavor. -HOWJKHtEFRESHING

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