A prominent local defense lawyer received two additional awards for community service.
Charles Brown has been appointed chairman of the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA), which has 17 people. He was also appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to the Golden Leaf Foundation.
Brown had served on the RIA for a year before being elected president by the rest of the board. Council members are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce (one), the Senate and House of Representatives (four each) and the Governor (eight).
The RIA, in accordance with General Law 143B-472.128, provides loans and grants to local governments for infrastructure projects and is part of the Ministry of Commerce.
Recently, the RIA re-approved a $ 250,000 grant to the Town of Norwood for a new tortilla factory. (See the story: https://www.thesnaponline.com/2020/08/23/new-norwood-tortilla-factory-receives-grant/)
“We are working in partnership with counties and municipalities to be a meaningful partner in improving the economy in rural North Carolina. Much of what we do is based on job creation, ”said Brown.
Brown also received a letter from Cooper confirming an appointment to the nonprofit Golden LEAF Foundation that distributes the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement money with cigarette makers. The group’s state mission, according to its website, is “to increase economic opportunities in rural and tobacco-dependent communities of North Carolina through leadership in grantmaking, collaboration, innovation and stewardship as an independent and perpetual foundation ”.
Saying he did not seek the presidency, Brown said he was honored and flattered to receive both caps. He said the RIA “has been extremely important in the lives of the people of Stanly (and) most people don’t realize it.”
Brown added that he would do his best “to do the job that needs to be done to lead this board.”