Source: WFMY

The Hometown Strong initiative, created by Governor Cooper, is expanding its efforts to help rural North Carolina amid the coronavirus pandemic. The program will be active in 80 rural counties to combat coronavirus and strengthen local economies, according to WFMY.

Governor Cooper’s office also announced that Mary Penny Kelley will be heading the initiative as Executive Director. 

“Having grown up in rural North Carolina, I know well the great opportunities as well as the challenges there. The pandemic has put a spotlight on rural needs and we will listen to local leaders and work to get them the help they deserve,” said Governor Cooper.

The initiative began in 2018 to help bolster rural North Carolina, seeking to provide resources to help improve the economy and infrastructure of North Carolina’s hometowns. Now, the program will join with the NC Pandemic Recovery Office to focus on helping rural North Carolina recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Read the full story from WFMY News.