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November 4, 2022

NCACC Updates

Final Weeks to Register for Legislative Goals Conference

Before each legislative biennium, NCACC convenes a Legislative Goals Conference for counties from around the state to come together to participate in voting sessions to finalize legislative goals, which guide NCACC’s advocacy efforts. The conference is the final step in a comprehensive process, which gives each county an opportunity to shape NCACC’s legislative agenda. View the legislative goals proposals that will be considered at the conference here.

Click here to register for the Legislative Goals Conference, which will be held in Raleigh from November 16-18. 

This year, NCACC is offering an additional half day “advocacy session” which will include a midterm elections briefing from Dr. David McLennan, Professor of Political Science at Meredith College; followed by a panel discussion and workshop on elected-to-elected advocacy featuring members of the General Assembly’s County Caucus and the NCACC Government Relations Team. Click here to learn more about the program. 

Register Your Voting Delegate for Legislative Goals Conference —  
Every county is encouraged to register a voting delegate who will cast votes on legislative goals proposals for the Legislative Goals Conference. To register your county voting delegate, click here or contact Alisa Cobb at alisa.cobb@ncacc.orgThe deadline to submit your county’s voting delegate is November 14. 

Reminder: Operation Green Light Kicks Off Monday

North Carolina's counties are encouraged to join the nationwide campaign to show support for veterans by lighting county buildings and infrastructure green from November 7 to November 13, as a marker to show that veterans are seen, appreciated, and supported.

Click here to learn how your county can get involved and explore current county resolutions in support of Operation Green Light. County officials and staff are encouraged to send resolutions in support to

NCACC Executive Director Presents to Current and Emerging Leaders Course

As part of the current course for Leadership North Carolina, NCACC Executive Director Kevin Leonard spoke about how leaders can make a difference in governing at the local level. Leadership North Carolina (LNC) consists of six two-day sessions held from October to May in a variety of locations, and includes county participants such as NCACC Past President and Brunswick County Commissioner Frank Williams. Sessions combine presentations, tours, experiential learning activities, and facilitated dialogue. Program participants explore solutions to real challenges and identify where they can best have an impact. To learn more about LNC, click here.


Legislative Goals Conference — November 16-18 in Wake County

Risk Management Fall Regional Membership Meetings

NACo Legislative Conference — February 11-14, 2023 in Washington, D.C.

View the NCACC Event Calendar
National Opioid Settlement Updates

November 'Opioid Strategies' Webinar Focuses on Recovery Housing Support

The NCACC and NC Department of Health and Human Services are co-hosting a series of webinars on evidence-based, high-impact strategies that local governments may pursue to address the opioid overdose epidemic utilizing funds from the national litigation settlement. Two webinars are currently scheduled for the remainder of 2022:

  • Monday, November 14: Recovery Housing Support (Register Here)
  • Monday December 12: Criminal Justice Diversion Programs (Register Here)

The most recent webinar, held October 10, included an overview of an effective collaborative strategic planning process from NCACC Director of Strategic Health and Opioid Initiatives Nidhi Sachdeva, a look at Cumberland County's planning process from Health Director Jennifer Green, and a synopsis of recommendations for Gaston County from the William Gross of the Gaston Controlled Substances Coalition. Access the on-demand webinar recording here.

Click here to access on-demand webinars from the “Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic” series, the three-part medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in jails series, and others. Click here to access the NCACC opioid settlement assistance webpage, which includes links to crucial documents and recommended resources.

NACo Seeks County Leaders to Join National Network of Opioid Settlement Decision-Makers

The National Association of Counties is seeking participants for the Opioid Solutions Leadership Network, a learning and leadership-building community of county officials pursuing innovative and evidence-based opioid solutions with opioid settlement funds. Network members will explore successful county-led abatement strategies and support one another in customizing and implementing these strategies in their home jurisdictions. NACo invites county officials involved in the allocation of opioid settlement funds to apply by November 9. Up to 26 county officials will be selected to participate.

State & Federal Updates

USDA Technical Assistance Network Expands to 17 Counties in NC

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the expansion of the Rural Partners Network (RPN) into 17 counties in North Carolina -- Robeson, Bladen, Columbus County Community Network; Glow House Foundation Community Network including Randolph County; Wilson, Edgecombe, Nash, and Johnston Community Network; Halifax-Northampton Community Network; and Albemarle-Roanoke Community Network including Bertie, Martin, Tyrrell, and Washington counties. The RPN provides partnering communities with on-the-ground support from full-time federal staff members assigned to provide technical assistance tailored to the community’s unique needs and objectives. For more information, click here.

Broadband Bootcamp Program to Bolster County Plans for Connectivity

Counties are preparing for an unprecedented influx of federal resources for the deployment of reliable high-speed internet, and the National Association of Counties (NACo) is hosting a webinar for county officials and staff who are looking to get involved in expanding broadband connectivity. Join NACo on Thursday, November 10 for part two of their three-week broadband bootcamp for counties, as they explore county strategies for deploying high-speed internet. For more information and to register, click here.

Affordable Connectivity Program Offers Household Discounts on Internet Services

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which is administered by the Federal Communications Commission, gives low-income households a discount on internet services so they don’t have to decide between purchasing broadband or other necessities.   

The Affordable Connectivity Program provides:  

  • A $30 per month benefit to help households afford access to high-speed internet service. 

  • Up to a $75 per month discount if the household is on qualifying tribal lands. 

  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50). 

To learn more about the program and how to enroll, click here. 


Sales Tax Update — November 2022

ARPA Resource Roundup — November 1, 2022

CountyQuarterly Summer 
2022 Edition — In This Issue

Cabarrus County's Commitment to Collaboration
Breaking Bread Breaks Down Barriers to Progress

Click here to read the article.
Local Elected Leaders Academy Programs

Hold the Dates for Essentials of County Government

The School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill and the NCACC are again partnering to offer newly elected commissioners a crash course on the essentials of county government. This program, designed to help county commissioners successfully transition from campaigning to governing, will introduce the basic functions of county government and the role of the governing board.
Registration will soon be available for three offerings – two in-person and one online:

  • December 15-16, 2022, in Buncombe County (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday)
  • January 12-13, 2023, in Durham County (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday)
  • January 18-20, 2023, online (8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wednesday through Friday)

Click here for more information on the course, and to sign up to receive a notification when registration becomes available.

February 5-10, 2023 – Advanced Leadership Corps
This immersive personal development program is comprised of three parts: one-on-one oral presentation skills coaching, a six-day residential leadership development program, and post-program one-on-one leadership coaching. It will enable you to form a dynamic and sustainable local elected leadership network across the state. Applications are due November 11.

Starting in Early 2023 – Leading the Way to Board Excellence
Leading the Way to Board Excellence is designed to help you better understand yourself as a leader and to provide you with the skills and tools to work effectively with others towards a common goal. Material is covered two days a month over the course of four months, in a hybrid environment. Applications are due November 18.
NOTE: When registering for LELA programming, use the code NCACC-SOG-LELA to receive the 20 percent county commissioner discount.
County News

Orange County

The Orange County Board of Commissioners declared Wednesday, November 2, 2022, as Dean Mike Smith Day in the county. The declaration was made through a proclamation recognizing Smith and his dedication to improving North Carolina communities. Click here to read the news release.

Pasquotank County

Pasquotank County Commissioner Dr. William “Bill” Sterritt has passed away. Click here to read the news release.
NCACC is seeking information on new county programs and announcements to share. Please email with your county’s news and to be included in the NCACC Weekly Update.
Classifieds & Additional Items

Featured Classifieds

All classified ads are available at this link.

Farmland Preservation Grants Available Through NCDA&CS

County governments and nonprofit groups may now apply for funding assistance from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund for farmland preservation projects. Applicants have until December 19 to apply. Click here to learn more.

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