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October 28, 2022

Weekly Highlight
Support Veterans by Joining Operation Green Light
In support of military veterans statewide and across the country, this Veterans Day, the NCACC joins the National Association of Counties and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers in inviting North Carolina counties to participate in Operation Green Light. This initiative shows 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 the county resolutions in support of Operation Green Light.
NCACC Updates

Register Today for the NCACC 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. 

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 McClennan, 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.org. The deadline to submit your county’s voting delegate is November 14. 

Events

Legislative Goals Conference — November 16-18 in Wake County

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 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

Two other webinars are in development for the remainder of 2022. Dates are as follows, and each will be held from 3 – 4:30 p.m. via Zoom: 

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

GREAT Grant Resources Available

Counties Can Access GREAT Grant Application Information — The NC Department of Information Technology’s Division of Broadband and Digital Equity has released a document that shows GREAT Grant applications by county. You can click here to see the document with this information.  

GREAT Grant Mapping Tool — This online mapping tool displays spatial data related to the 2022  GREAT grant program. This tool was used by broadband providers to view eligible areas when submitting applications for grant funding to improve broadband access. For information on how to use this mapping tool, here is the GREAT Grant Mapping Tool Help Document.

Sales Tax Update — October 2022

ARPA Resource Roundup — October 25, 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, Buncombe County (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday) 
  • January 12-13, 2023, 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

Davidson County

Governor Roy Cooper ordered all U.S. and North Carolina flags at state facilities to half-staff immediately until sunset Friday, October 28 in honor of former North Carolina Senator and Davidson County Commissioner Stan Bingham who passed away. Click here to read the media release. 

Forsyth County

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners approved $3.7 million in American Rescue Plan Funding to expand and support pre-K programs in the county. The ARPA funding will create 30 preschool classrooms, and recruit, train and retain more teachers. Click here to read the media release. 

Lee County

Lee County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution in support of Operation Green Light to show appreciation and support for veterans across the country. Buildings will be lit green to honor the county’s 4,352 veterans, the three veterans and a spouse of a veteran currently serving on the Board of Commissioners. Click here to read the news release. 

Scotland County

Scotland County Commissioner, John Alford, was awarded the Leon Maynor Local Leadership Award on October 20 during the 2022 Lumber River Council of Governments (LRCOG) Annual Awards ceremony. Click here to read the media release. 

Wake County

As part of NCACC President Tracey Johnson’s Connecting Counties Initiative to address broadband access in unserved and underserved communities in North Carolina, Shinica Thomas, Vice Chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, joined the inaugural meeting of the Connecting Counties Task Force earlier this month. Click here to read the news release.  

Warren County

The Warren County Board of Commissioners announced Christy Bondy as Warren County’s new Memorial Library director and Renae Alston as the Warren County Department of Social Services director. Click here to read the media release. 
NCACC is seeking information on new county programs and announcements to share. Please email communications@ncacc.org 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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