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NCACC President Brenda Howerton Activates Task Force to Help Children Thrive

October 19, 2017, NCACC President Brenda Howerton activated the THRIVE Task Force, which will guide her presidential initiative, "100 Counties: Helping Our Children Thrive." The THRIVE Task Force will be co-chaired by Wilkes County Commissioner Gary D. Blevins and Beaufort County Commissioner Ed Booth, who will help identify various ways for county government to make a positive impact in children's lives and to partner with local organizations to maximize their efforts. See press release here.

NCACC Board of Directors recognized NCACC Deputy Director Patrice Roesler with a resolution at its October meeting in Dare County.

NCACC Deputy Director, Patrice Roesler Announces Retirement

This month, NCACC Deputy Director, Patrice Roesler announced her retirement from the Association after 42 years of outstanding service. Although Roesler is retiring from NCACC, she will continue supporting local government leaders in a new capacity and will remain an invaluable asset to the Association. Starting on January 1, 2018, she will begin a new position as the Manager of Elected Official Programming at the UNC School of Government’s newly created Center for Public Leadership and Governance, where she will work closely with locally elected officials to develop leadership training and build relationships across all levels of local government.

NCACC President Brenda Howerton Participates in NACo Panel to Discuss Healthy Communities

NCACC President Brenda Howerton participated in the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Premier Corporate Forum, which is an annual event designed to bring together counties and NACo's corporate partners for educational panels, solutions-oriented discussions, and networking. As part of the Forum, Howerton was a featured speaker on the panel, “Joining Together for Better Individual Health Outcomes,” to discuss the concept of county-wide health, which includes the individual and community as a whole.

From left: Nate Hall, Chair, Piedmont Triad Regional Council Board of Delegates; Mark F. Richardson, Chair, Rockingham County Board of Commissioners; Kathryn Richardson (Mark's wife); Daniel Richardson (Mark & Kathryn's son); and Matthew Dolge, Executive Director, Piedmont Triad Regional Council.  Photo courtesy of Rockingham County.

Rockingham County Commission Chair Mark Richardson Receives Regional Excellence Award

On October 20, 2017, the Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC) honored Rockingham County Commission Chair Mark Richardson with the Grady Hunter Regional Excellence Award. The award was presented to Richardson for his active participation as a PTRC member, long-term commitment to local government, and dedication to addressing regional issues.

Lee County Manager John Crumpton Featured in Public Management Magazine

Public Management Magazine, which is the official magazine of the International City/County Management Association, published an article on opioid addiction, which was co-authored by Lee County Manager John Crumpton. The article, titled, “Opioid Addiction: A Multidisciplinary Approach; How Lee County, North Carolina, Is Addressing the Crisis,” can be found here

Counties May Apply for Farmland Preservation and Beehive Grants

This month, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services announced the availability of farmland preservation grants and a new beehive grant program through the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. County governments, nonprofit groups and certified beekeepers may apply for the assistance until 5 p.m. on December 15, 2017. Grants may be awarded to:

  • secure agricultural conservation easements on lands used for agricultural production 
  • support public and private enterprise programs that promote profitable and sustainable agricultural, horticultural and forestland activities 
  • develop agricultural plans
  • purchase and build new beehives

The grant application and guidelines are available here. Call 919-707-3072 with any questions.

Census Training Workshops Offered to Local Government

Starting this month, the US Census Bureau Atlanta Regional Office staff is working with the NC Councils of Government to provide training workshops throughout the state for local governments on the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program. The LUCA program offers local governments the opportunity to review the US Census Bureau list of addresses for their area and verify the list. Having an accurate address list is an important part of preparing for the 2020 Census, because it helps ensure that Census questionnaires are sent to every household in the community. A schedule of the training workshops is found here with more sessions to be added.

NACo Urges Members to Tell Congress to Protect SALT Deduction

As Congress debates federal tax policy, the National Association of Counties (NACo) is urging its members to contact their federal elected officials and ask them to preserve the ability for taxpayers to deduct state and local taxes (SALT) from their federal taxable income.  NACo joined a coalition of state and local government organizations and other stakeholders to protect this federal tax deduction, which was enacted in 1913.  The coalition – Americans Against Double Taxation – offers information about this issue and other resources on its website.

County Briefs

New Hanover County Schools Celebrates Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Pre-K Expansion

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Guilford County Schools Receives $1.4 Million Federal Grant for Art Educators

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Duplin County Schools Receives $25,000 Grant to Enhance Agriculture Education

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NC public communicators at the 3CMA conference in Anaheim, Calif. 

NC Cities and Counties Recognized for Communications Excellence by 3CMA

Ten cities and counties from across North Carolina received national awards, including New Hanover County, recognizing excellence in communications by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA). The awards were presented at 3CMA's Savvy Awards event on Sept. 7, 2017, which was held in conjunction with its national annual conference in Anaheim, Calif. The awards recognize the communications and outreach efforts of local governments throughout the United States. 3CMA received 698 awards entries this year across 38 categories.

Save the Date for NCACC Steering Committee Meetings

Steering Committees are designed to help shape the policies of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, and are an excellent opportunity to get more involved in the Association. The committees meet quarterly, and are open to all county commissioners as well as county staff who might have a particular interest or expertise. If you are interested in joining a committee, please submit a Steering Committee Sign-up Form available at this link.


November 29, Wake County:
General Government
Health and Human Services
Public Education

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December 7, Wake County:
Justice and Public Safety
Tax and Finance

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Upcoming Events

Working Together: Counties, School Boards, and Local Funding for Public Schools (October 30)
This one-day course provides an overview of the governance and funding structures of public schools in North Carolina. It focuses particularly on the relationship between counties and local school administrative units. Through a series of lectures and interactive exercises, participants will learn about the legal roles and responsibilities of counties for schools and the school budgeting and expenditure processes. As a group, we will identify common issues and brainstorm ways to better address them. The course is appropriate for any county or school official or employee (including board members, managers, superintendents, budget officers and finance officers), as well as any member of the community, who wishes to learn more about school funding decisions and funding options at the local level.

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Veteran Suicide in North Carolina (November 7)
The conference will provide an overview of national and state perspectives as they relate to suicide within the military community. Currently, it is documented that at least 20 veterans die by suicide each day - this translates to about five veterans a week in North Carolina. The purpose of the conference is to develop an actionable suicide prevention agenda for Vietnam Veterans; OEF/OIF/OND (Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn) service members and veterans; and military-connected adolescents and young adults.

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Rules of Procedure: Focused Session on Procedural Rules for Public Officials (November 9)
UNC School of Government faculty member Trey Allen will discuss rules of procedure for local government boards, paying special attention to common procedural problems. Elected and appointed officials (including local government board members), city and county managers, attorneys, and city and county clerks are encouraged to attend. Elected officials will receive 2 hours of LELA "Workshop" credit for attending this session.

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Capital Budgeting & Infrastructure for Elected Officials (November 16)
This workshop will help you understand your leadership role in the capital budgeting process, translate complex financial terms into plain language, and provide you with the right questions to ask your manager and finance staff. The course will also help you see the value in strategic planning, consensus-building, and goal setting.

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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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