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NCACC Holds 111th Annual Conference, Swears in President Larry Phillips, Surry County Commissioner

August 23-25, 2018 NCACC held its 111th Annual Conference in Catawba County. Click here for the full press release and link to photo gallery. During the conference, Larry Phillips, Surry County Commissioner was sworn in as President and announced his initiative to address leadership training needs in county government and prepare the next generation of county leaders. Commissioners voted to elect Kevin Austin, Yadkin County Commissioner to serve as President Elect and Ronnie Smith, Martin County Commissioner to serve as First Vice President. The NCACC elected Frank Williams, Brunswick County Commissioner to serve as the Association’s Second Vice President. The NCACC also honored the following four individuals for their achievements in support of counties. 
  • Ann Holton, 16 year Pamlico County Commissioner and Chair of the NCACC Joint Risk Management Board of Trustees and Patricia Roesler, 42 year NCACC veteran and Manager of Elected Official Programming, Center for Public Leadership and Governance at UNC School of Government were both honored with the NCACC Hall of Fame Award for their longstanding commitment and exceptional service to counties.
  • Gloria Whisenhunt, Forsyth County Commissioner and Trevor Fuller, Mecklenburg County Commissioner were recognized with the Outstanding County Commissioner Award for their leadership as Co-Chairs of NCACC’s Legislative Goals Committee.
  • Robert Ingram, Chairman of the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Board of Directors was awarded Friend of the Counties for leading the Foundation to undertake several grant programs that have benefited county organizations across our state.
Conference workshop presentations and handouts are available at this link.

LELA Honorees Recognized at NCACC Annual Conference

As part of the NCACC Annual Conference, the Association recognized commissioners for achieving new status through their participation in the Local Elected Leaders Academy. Information about the accreditation program and the LELA Credits Lookup search is available here.

  • Mentor - Ronald Wesson, Bertie County
  • Masters - Viola Harris, Edgecombe County and Allen Thomas, Hoke County
  • Practitioners - Leo Kelly, Vance County, Barbara McKoy, Harnett County, John Mitchener, Chowan County, Howard Penny, Harnett County, Steve Shell, Davidson County, Harry Southerland, Hoke County, and Steve Tyson, Craven County

NCACC Releases 2018 County Map Book

The NCACC recently released the 2018 County Map Book, which features data and map visualizations that highlight demographic, economic, health, and educational information from North Carolina's 100 counties. The categories and data indicators were selected based on research at the county level, recommendations from county officials and staff, and timely policy issues. The map book is designed to contextualize key indicators for counties and promote analysis for decisions at the local level. Click here to see the 2018 County Map Book.

Legislative Goals Process Underway

The NCACC legislative goals development process for the 2019-2020 biennium is underway. We are inviting all counties, affiliates and related organizations to submit their legislative proposals to the Association. The NCACC goal setting process is open, inclusive and deliberative, and is designed to give all 100 counties a voice in developing the Association’s legislative agenda.

Please go to for information about rules, procedures and guidelines for the legislative goals adoption process.

Legislative Goals Development Timeline:  

  • September 21, 2018: Goals submission deadline
  • September - October: Steering committees review goals (Click here to learn about or sign up for a steering committee)
  • November: Legislative Goals Committee meets
  • December: Board of Directors reviews and finalizes recommendations
  • January 10-11, 2019: Legislative Goals Conf., membership approval of goals

Register Now for Free Debt Setoff Workshops

Beginning in October, NCACC and the NC League of Municipalities are sponsoring six free training workshops across the state for debt setoff coordinators and any departmental personnel charged with recovering debt owed to the county or regional agency. These workshops give an overview of the debt setoff program as well as present 2018-19 changes in procedure and security measures to keep county data secure and ensure maximum return to county agencies. Information and locations for the workshops and registration details are available here.

Applications for Golden LEAF Disaster Assistance Due August 31 (Tomorrow)

Golden LEAF is accepting disaster recovery applications from local governments for projects to repair, replace, or demolish existing infrastructure; support infrastructure to develop new housing; repair or replace equipment; and construct, replace, or improve public infrastructure to support hazard mitigation. For the purposes of this program, infrastructure includes nonresidential buildings that serve the public, water, sewer, sidewalks, storm drainage, and other, similar projects.  Grant funds may be used to reimburse costs incurred prior to award for projects that FEMA partially funded or denied. The program is intended to address damage sustained as a result of Hurricane Matthew, the western wildfires, and Tropical Storms Julia and Hermine. Click here for program and application information.

Registration Now Open for Next OPDAAC Meeting

On September 25, 2018, the NC DHHS Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse Advisory Committee (OPDAAC), which is tasked with implementing activities guided by the state’s Strategic Plan to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse, will hold its next stakeholder meeting. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 the McKimmon Center at NC State University, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC. It’s free to attend and all guests should register individually. Click here to register.

NCDOR to Host 2018 Local Government Workshops

The NC Department of Revenue will host two series of workshops for county and city finance staff and property tax staff to explain the interaction with the Department distributions received by local government. One focuses on Refunds and Distributions, and will be offered at 10 different locations throughout the state. The other focuses on forms sent to NCDOR Information Unit from property tax staff (TR-1, TR-2, AV-50), and it will be offered at six different locations throughout the state. The workshops are free, but space is limited. Registration is required. For more information or to register, click here.

USDA Seeking Input on Rural Broadband Pilot Program

On July 19, 2018, the US Department of Agriculture published a federal register notice to seek input on a new broadband pilot program to address internet coverage gaps in rural parts of the country. The e-Connectivity Pilot was appropriated $600 million in budget authority on an expedited basis. Loans and grants are limited to the costs of the construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities and equipment for broadband service in eligible communities. USDA’s Rural Utilities Service seeks input on several questions concerning development of the e- Connectivity Pilot. To read the notice and instructions on how to submit comments, click here. The comment period closes at 5:00 p.m. EDT on September 10, 2018.

BEC Cyber Scams on the Rise

Business E-mail Compromise (BEC), also known as CEO fraud scams are on the rise. This is a sophisticated scam method that targets both organizations and individuals. Criminals use a variety of tactics to conduct BEC, from spoofing e-mail accounts and websites, to using spear-phishing attacks and malware. BEC comes in a variety of forms, such as deceiving employees into sending money or personally identifiable information (PII), or using an organization’s name to fraudulently obtain goods. For more information and tips to protect against BEC scams see the latest newsletter from NC Department of Information Technology Enterprise Security and Risk Management Office linked here.

The NCACC welcomes new Management Fellow Katherine Hayes, who will be serving in Transylvania County beginning September 4, 2018.
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County Briefs

Brunswick County Veterans Services Tour Set for September

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Craven County Schools Receive Grant to Hire School Resource Officers

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Pam McLain Retires After 28 Years as Clerk to the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners

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Upcoming Events


Institute for Emerging Issues ReConnect To Community Forum

September 17, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville

North Carolinians are stepping away from community life - from interactions in our neighborhoods, engagement in our schools, civic organizations, government and faith communities - threatening our ability to solve major challenges and maintain economic competitiveness. IEI’s ReCONNECT to Community Forum explores this rise of disengagement and provides strategies to re-energize citizens, focusing on solutions that work.

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Development Finance Toolbox

September 18, 2018 - September 19, 2018
UNC School of Government

North Carolina communities can select from a wide array of financing tools in their efforts to attract and grow businesses, improve real estate, and build community assets. In order to select the right approach for your development project, it helps to understand the options. Participants in this course will learn the basics of development finance tools used by North Carolina local governments to achieve their community and economic development goals.

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Fiduciary Responsibilities for Local Elected Officials

September 25, 2018, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Western Piedmont Council of Governments

This workshop will focus on understanding and responding to the annual audit, maintaining adequate oversight of fund balance including its limitations and flexibility, and knowing the significance of the various communications and reporting requirements of the Local Government Commission.

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