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N.C. Sustainability Center

Henry C. McKoy, an assistant secretary in the N.C. Department of Commerce, devised a scheme to divert unspent federal community development funding to the North Carolina Sustainability Center, a nonprofit he controlled before joining the Perdue administration. After the scheme was reported by <i>Carolina Journal</i> and the <i>News & Observer</i>, Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco asked McKoy to resign, but he refused. Follow the latest developments in this series.

(6.21.12) Budget Deal Could Go To Governor By Friday
RALEIGH – House and Senate budget negotiators have reached a compromise $20.2 billion General Fund budget deal for the upcoming fiscal year that provides 1.2 percent raises to state employees and teachers while restoring $251 million in previous cuts to public education.

(5.29.12) Official’s Scheme Involved Payments For Software Development
RALEIGH — Documents obtained by Carolina Journal show that a plan recently scrapped by the North Carolina Department of Commerce included a provision to pay Cary-based software developer SAS $1.5 million in federal funds meant to assist low- and moderate-income families.

(5.24.12) House Budget Eliminates Job of Controversial Commerce Official
RALEIGH — The House budget for commerce would eliminate the position of assistant secretary of commerce for community services. That job now is held by Henry C. McKoy, who is embroiled in a controversy over an attempted diversion of federal funds to a nonprofit he controlled.

(4.19.12) Commerce ‘Sustainability’ Official Still On Job
RALEIGH — Not only did Henry McKoy give no indication that he planned to leave; he also did not acknowledge that Secretary Keith Crisco asked for his resignation. Moreover, McKoy insisted that he and Crisco would answer questions from Commerce employees during a conference call with staff sometime next week.

(4.12.12) Another Commerce Official Involved In Sustainability Nonprofit
RALEIGH — The arrangement under which high state government officials serve as officers of a nonprofit to which they, as state employees, attempt to funnel taxpayer funds has raised some eyebrows.

(4.05.12) Commerce Official Tries To Divert Money To His Nonprofit
RALEIGH — A senior official in the North Carolina Department of Commerce launched a scheme in November to direct more than $2 million in federal funds to a small Raleigh-based nonprofit organization that he chaired last year. Henry McKoy failed to disclose the relationship on his statement of economic interest.