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NCACC President Fred McClure Speaks at NC Opioid Summit

In June, President McClure joined Governor Roy Cooper, DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen, and NC Attorney General Josh Stein in participating in the Opioid Misuse & Overdose Prevention Summit, which was sponsored by NC Department of Health and Human Services’ Divisions of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services and Public Health.  During the summit, Secretary Cohen announced a collaborative, state-wide action plan to reverse the troubling trends in opioid-related overdose deaths in North Carolina.  North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan is available for review at

North Carolina County Officials Participate in NACo Conference

The National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference was held July 21-24 in Columbus, Ohio, and North Carolina was represented by more counties than any other state, with a delegation of nearly 130 people.  [Photos from the 2017 NACo Annual Conference are available for use/download at:]

North Carolina county officials heard from a number of well-known speakers, attended educational sessions, and participated in the state’s caucus meeting, during which Person County Commissioner Ray Jeffers and Washington County Commissioner Tracey Johnson were elected to represent the NCACC as NACo Board representatives.  NCACC congratulates Commissioner Jeffers and Commissioner Johnson as well as the following commissioners who received presidential appointments: 

  • Catawba County Commissioner Kitty Barnes (Chair, Environment, Energy & Land Use Steering Committee)
  • Guilford County Commissioner Kay Cashion (Chair, Arts & Culture Commission; Vice Chair, Justice & Public Safety Steering Committee)
  • Mecklenburg County Commissioner George Dunlap (At-Large Board Appointment)
  • Edgecombe County Commissioner Viola Harris (Vice Chair, NACo Membership Standing Committee for the South Region)
  • NCACC President Elect and Durham County Commissioner Brenda Howerton (Vice Chair, Justice & Public Safety Steering Committee)
  • Orange County Commissioner Renee Price (Chair, Community, Economic & Workforce Development Steering Committee) 

Golden Leaf Foundation Accepting Grant Proposals from Select Counties

The Golden Leaf Foundation is accepting grant proposals from counties in the North Central Regional Prosperity Zone, which includes Chatham, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake, Warren, and Wilson counties.   

The program is part of the organization’s Community-Based Grantsmaking Initiative, which funds projects that make targeted investments in economic development, workforce training, agriculture, education, infrastructure and health care.  Each county manager will serve as the key contact for the program and is responsible for submitting a list of projects in their county that are ready for implementation.  However, projects do not have to be administered by county government.  Grant awards will be typically limited to 1-3 projects per county and total no more than $1.5 million per county.  

The Golden Leaf Foundation will host the following information sessions for the North Central Region.  Please RSVP for any one of the sessions to Debbie Pennington at  or call toll free at 888-684-8404. Please include in your RSVP your name, organization and e-mail and the same for anyone who might attend with you.  You may also contact Mark Sorrells with any questions about the program at  or 252-442-7474 ext. 224, or Dan Gerlach at  or 252-442-7474 ext. 242. 

  • Friday, August 4th from 2-4pm at the Golden LEAF Retreat Center, 301 North Winstead Ave, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • Monday, August 7th from 9-11:30am at Vance-Granville Community College, The Civic Center in Building 9, Poplar Creek Rd, Henderson, NC 27536 
  • Tuesday, August 8th from 9-11:30am at the North Carolina Rural Center, The Training Center Conference Room 150-151, 4021 Carya Dr., Raleigh, NC 27610

Counties May Apply for Public Schools Infrastructure Grants

The NC Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Infrastructure is accepting applications for grants that will resolve water and wastewater problems at public schools through the Public Schools Infrastructure Program.  The General Assembly provided $4.5 million for the program by redirecting de-obligated federal funds that were previously appropriated to the NC Department of Commerce’s Community Development Block Grant program.  

The Public Schools Infrastructure Grant program will award up to $1 million for construction projects that upgrade, rehabilitate, or replace on-site school water or sewer infrastructure systems.  The program seeks to target schools that have few options if their well runs dry or becomes contaminated, or if their wastewater treatment system malfunctions.  Only units of local government are eligible for these grants and funds may not be used for administrative purposes.  The deadline to apply is November 1, 2017.  The application form and additional information is available here.

NCACC Urges Members to Meet with NC Congressional Delegation to Discuss County Priorities

This month, NCACC encourages members to contact the local offices of members of North Carolina’s federal congressional delegation to request meetings.  During the month of August, Congress annually breaks from its legislative activity on Capitol Hill to allow Members of Congress to travel home to connect with constituents and local groups.  August is an ideal time to meet with Members of Congress to make them aware of county legislative priorities.  Meeting with them locally saves both time and money compared to scheduling the same meeting in Washington, DC. Take advantage of this opportunity to reinforce the importance of county issues, thank them for items accomplished and request action needed before the end of the First Session of the 115th Congress.  NCACC has compiled briefing materials and advocacy tips to help commissioners prepare for these meetings, which can be found here.  Make the most of this important opportunity and call your federal elected officials today.

Durham County and City and Launch Joint Mobile App for Residents

In June, Durham County and City announced a new joint mobile application for smart phones, “Durham One Call,” which will allow residents to submit requests and reports for things like pothole repair, missed trash or recycling collection, litter removal, dead animal removal, vacant property reporting, and water service requests.  The new App, which is designed to enhance customer service and government efficiency, is one of many joint collaborations between Durham County and City.  The App is a free and interactive tool and can be found by searching for “Durham One Call” in the Apple Store or Google Play store.

NC State’s Institute for Emerging Issues Accepting Submissions for NC Big Idea Challenge

North Carolina State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues is seeking online submissions for a crowdsourcing initiative, NC Big Idea Challenge.  The organization is seeking input from local and state government, business, nonprofit and community leaders to determine what the next big idea or issue that North Carolina needs to address.   The winning idea will be the headline for the 2019 Emerging Issues Forum.  Click here to enter your submission.  The deadline to submit ideas is July 31, 2017. 

County Briefs

NC Governor Names Durham County Commissioner & NCACC President Elect Brenda Howerton to State Board

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Transylvania County Plans Events for Rare Solar Eclipse

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Guilford County Commissioner Katie Cashion Honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award

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Upcoming Events

NCACC 110th Annual Conference (August 10-12)
Join county officials from across North Carolina at the 110th Annual Conference in Durham County. Visit to register!

Thinking Big for Small People: Why Are NC County Leaders So Enthusiastic about Pre-K for Four Year Olds? (September 25)
Save the date to join the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, the North Carolina School Boards Association, and the School of Government's ncIMPACT team in Chapel Hill for a unique Data Deep Dive on pre-K. To receive updates on registration, visit and click on "Notify me when registration is available."

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Exciting new feature - LELA "Passport to Learning" Report
County commissioners can now find their individual LELA “Passport to Learning” reports online at! Reports include each commissioner’s current level of recognition (Practitioner, Master, or Mentor), credits needed to move up to the next level, links to upcoming LELA events and attendance records. This is a searchable database that will be updated regularly.
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