March 2019

New Broadband Legislation Would Achieve NCACC’s Top Legislative Priority

Last week, Representatives Josh Dobson, David Lewis, John Szoka, and Kevin Corbin introduced HB 431, FIBER NC Act, which encourages the creation of public-private partnerships to bring better broadband access to more areas of the state. The legislation would broaden the authority of local governments to lease broadband infrastructure to internet service providers, who would then provide retail service to customers. The NCACC thanks the sponsors. Click here for press coverage on the bill.

Listen In to the Latest Episode of CountyCast

It is a crucial role of the sheriff’s department to serve and protect the citizens of a county, and in New Hanover County, this includes building a network of support for formerly incarcerated individuals so that they “are released from jail with a plan, instead of questions; hope, instead of worry,” through a project called Community1.

We’re joined by the founder of the Community1 program, Officer Anthony Johnson from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, as well as Sarah Stoloff, an intern with the program, to talk about the collaborative process that brought about this one-of-a-kind project.

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Relevant Links
New Hanover County - Sheriff’s Office Website
“Community1” program - Award Evaluation
LGFCU Excellence in Innovation Awards - Information Page

Jones and Pamlico Counties Awarded Funds for Hurricane Recovery

Jones and Pamlico Counties were among eleven local government entities awarded more than $16.5 million in grants and no-interest loans to assist with Hurricane Florence recovery. The grants and loans are available through the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) and local governments can still apply. Read full press release here.

Edgecombe, Beaufort, Onslow, and Bladen Counties Host NCACC’s Spring District Meetings

This spring, NCACC is partnering with District Directors to organize a series of District Meetings that focus on regionally specific topics and feature local speakers. To date, meetings have been held in Edgecombe, Beaufort, Onslow, and Bladen counties, and five more are planned during the month of April. Click here to view the schedule or to register. The NCACC thanks District Directors for all their good work in planning and hosting the 2019 Spring District Meetings. Print-quality photos are available here.

Carolyn Moser of Pender County Named North Carolina Health Director of the Year

Carolyn Moser, Pender County’s Health Director, received the N.C. Health Director of the Year award, which is a statewide honor recognizing an individual for outstanding leadership in public health and community involvement. Click here for more information.

EDA Accepting Applications for Construction and Technical Assistance Projects to Promote Job Growth

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) invites applicants to submit project proposals that support new construction or renovation of existing public assets that lead to private sector job creation, particularly in economically distressed regions. For more information contact Hillary Sherman at  or 404-730-3013.

Julie Bennett, Washington County Clerk, Receives Howard Holly Outstanding Clerk of the Year Award

On March 21, 2019, Julie Bennett, Washington County Clerk to the Board of Commissioners was presented the 2018 Howard Holly Outstanding Clerk of the Year Award which recognizes superior standards and distinguished continuing contributions to county government in North Carolina.

Deadline Extended for Public and Private Landowners to Apply for Floodplain Easement Program

Funding is available for the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Emergency Watershed Protection Floodplain Easement program, which purchases easements on public or private agricultural and residential properties impacted by natural flooding events. Interested participants have until May 20, 2019 to submit a letter of interest.

To read the full press release, click here. To view a letter of interest template, click here.

Grant Opportunities

NCDHHS Issues Guidance for Behavioral Health and I/DD Tailored Plans - Read More

Nominations Open for 2019 North Carolina Awards - Read More

NACo Launches New Tool to Search and Compare County Data Nationwide - Read More

County Briefs

Michael James Selected as Lenoir County Manager

Read full story here.
Christina Koch, Onslow County Native, to Make Her First Spacewalk

Read full story here.
New Hanover County to Consolidate Public Health and Social Services Departments

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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Basics of County Human Services

April 9 - Durham County

Basics of County Human Services is part of a four-part continuum of critical topics for county commissioners to know and understand at an introductory level. Through a budget development simulation, both new and experienced commissioners will develop a much deeper understanding of their governance roles and responsibilities in this wide array of services (Social Services; Public Health; and Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services) so important to the quality of life in their counties. Instructors include UNC School of Government faculty members Mark Botts, Jill Moore and Aimee Wall.

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Medicaid Transformation Convening

April 10 - Durham County

The shift from fee-for-service to a managed care structure represents the most significant change in the Medicaid program since its inception, and the impacts of this transformation will be felt wide and deep in county governments. This Medicaid convening represents an opportunity for county commissioners and management staff to learn about challenges and opportunities associated with this change, share feedback with Department of Health and Human Services leadership, speak with representatives of Prepaid Health Plan providers, and learn about next steps – including how the new Behavioral Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Tailored Plans will impact Local Mental Health Entities/Managed Care Organizations (LME/MCOs).

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NCPTS Users Conference

 April 24 to 25 - Guilford County

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Featured Classifieds

Airport Operations Specialist - Franklin County

Assistant County Manager - Chatham County

Deputy County Manager - Cabarrus County

Emergency Medical Services Director - Transylvania County

Finance Director - Madison County

Finance Officer/Director of General Administration - Town of Wrightsville Beach

Office Manager - Skyland Fire Rescue

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