February 2019

Mecklenburg County Health Department Wins National Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge

Mecklenburg County was awarded $500,000 for winning the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. The Mecklenburg County Health Department's Village HeartBEAT Initiative won the Tier 2 Award in the national competition, which is a collaboration between the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and the National Association of Counties. The contest is designed to encourage small to midsize U.S. cities, counties and federally recognized tribes to create a positive health impact. Click here to read more about the award.

Listen In to the Latest Episode of CountyCast

One month into the legislative session, we check in on trending topics at the General Assembly and discuss how they might affect counties with NCACC Government Relations Coordinator Hugh Johnson. Listen in as we talk about state budget projections and how they play into the priorities of county governments across the state of North Carolina. Click here to listen.

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NCACC Interviews Dale Folwell, State Treasurer of North Carolina

Kevin Leonard, NCACC Executive Director, interviewed Dale Folwell, the North Carolina State Treasurer, to discuss areas in which his responsibilities intersect with counties, including the Local Government Commission, which oversees borrowing for local government entities, the Local Governmental Employees' (LGERS) Retirement Systems, and technical assistance available to counties to improve their fiscal health. Click here to watch the full interview.

Click here to read a recent op-ed by NC State Treasurer Folwell on The State Health Plan.

NCACC to Offer Spring HHS Seminars: County Human Services Basics and Medicaid Transformation

In April, the NCACC will offer two Health and Human Services courses in Durham County. April 9, the NCACC is teaming up with UNC School of Government faculty to present a comprehensive introductory course on the county role in delivering human services such as child welfare services, health care and behavioral health services to residents. April 10 the NCACC will bring various stakeholders together to discuss the state’s progress in implementing sweeping, mandated changes to the Medicaid program and impacts to counties. Click here for more information and to register.

LGERS Board of Trustees Votes to Increase Employer Contributions

In January, the Local Government Employees’ Retirement System (LGERS) Board of Trustees voted to increase the contribution rate by local government employers from 7.75% to 8.95%, beginning on July 1, 2019. Meeting minutes are available here. Click here to view a recent interview with Dale Folwell, NC State Treasurer and Kevin Leonard, NCACC Executive Director. A discussion on LGERS starts at the 10:30 mark in the video.

NC Department of Transportation Seeking Feedback on Draft 10-year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)

The State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is developed under the Strategic Transportation Investments law (STI), which establishes the Strategic Mobility Formula. The 2020-2029 Draft STIP is one of the Department’s most comprehensive programs ever. The document includes 1,663 projects across all transportation modes and all 100 counties. The public comment period closes April 15. Click here for more information.

Counties Must Submit Homeowners’ Letters of Interest for FEMA’s Mitigation/Buy Out Program by March 15

North Carolina homeowners whose primary residence sustained severe damage from Hurricane Florence and who reside in a county that has chosen to participate in the state’s 404 Hazard Mitigation program must voluntarily submit a homeowner application demonstrating interest directly to the county where they reside. The county must submit all homeowner applications and other supporting documentation in the form of a letter of interest (LOI) to the State by March 15 to be considered for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance. Projects may include elevations, acquisitions (“buyouts”) or other mitigation measures to prevent damage from future disasters. Please contact the State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Ryan Cox, at with questions.

Counties Must Request Approval by March 13 to Accept Local Government Employee IDs for Voting

Pursuant to Session Law 2018-144, preapproved employee identification cards issued by local governments may be presented as valid forms of photo identification to vote in North Carolina. Counties must submit the necessary form and documentation by March 13, 2019 to gain approval from the NC State Board of Elections.

Grant Opportunities

Lance Metzler, Rockingham County Manager Receives Credentialed Manager Designation from ICMA - Read More

Analysis Warns of Ongoing Threat to Local Government by Business Email Compromise Scams - Read More

State Extension Announces New Team Members - Read More

Senator Tillis Sponsors Bill to Provide Additional Federal Assistance for Hurricane Florence Recovery - Read More

Save the Date: April 9, 2019 NACo/ICMA Disaster Recovery Event - Read More

USDA Secretary Perdue Comments on Newly Released Federal Broadband Report - Read More

Avril Pinder Chosen to be Next Buncombe County Manager - Read More

Special Employee Brought in to Help With Issue at Henderson County Courthouse - Read More

County Briefs

Washington, NC Among Top 6 Communities Named in Hulu’s Small Business Revolution Contest

Read full story here.
Andy Lucas, Stanly County Manager featured in “Inside UNC Charlotte”

Read full story here.
Warren County Awarded $115,000 State Grant From NC Commerce to Extend County’s Water System

Read full story here.
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Upcoming Events

NCACC District Meetings

March 12 to April 25 - Multiple Locations

Each spring, the NCACC hosts a series of District Meetings throughout the state. For 2019, these meetings will follow a revamped format and schedule. Districts will be paired into smaller groups, so that they can focus on regionally specific topics with local speakers and perspectives.

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NC Reception at NACo Legislative Conference

March 4 - Washington, D.C.

All NC members of Congress have been invited to the NC Reception. This is an opportunity to connect with your member and share how federal issues are impacting your county. Please note this event replaces the NC Congressional Breakfast held in years past. There is no cost to attend, however registration is requested.

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Strategic Planning for Elected Officials

March 8 - Chatham County

This one-day interactive workshop provides local elected officials an opportunity to walk through a strategic cycle of planning, implementation, and evaluation. Participants will identify how components of planning and evaluation link together, clarify roles and responsibilities for each step in the process, and begin outlining what they would like to accomplish in their own planning, performance measurement, budgeting, and evaluation processes.

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Government Grants Management Class

March 11 to 12 - Wake County
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NCACC Risk Management Pools Regional Meetings

March 19 to 27 - Multiple Locations

Registration open for annual NCACC Risk Management Pools Regional Meetings.

Click here for more information and to register.

NC Early Childhood Action Plan Presentation and Workshop

March 21 - Transylvania County

Join NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, Sesame Street in Communities, Transylvania County's Get Set Early Childhood Initiative and Brevard College to learn how your community can improve early childhood experiences.

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Featured Classifieds

Building Inspector II or III - Moore County

County Treasurer (Finance Director) - Greenwood County, SC

DSS Director - Graham County

Executive Director - Eastern Carolina Council of Government

Planning and Inspections Director - Village of Pinehurst, NC

Town Manager - Town of North Wilkesboro, NC

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