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NCACC Executive Committee Meets with Governor Roy Cooper

On September 18, NCACC’s Executive Committee and officials from the North Carolina League of Municipalities gathered in Raleigh for a joint meeting with Governor Roy Cooper to discuss local government issues. The meeting focused on the need for school construction funding and access to high speed internet and mental health care, as well as NCACC President Brenda Howerton’s initiative for the coming year, “100 Counties: Helping Our Children Thrive.” The group also discussed the need for local governments to have sufficient flexibility and options for raising revenue. Governor Cooper acknowledged the important role local governments play in policy making, stating, “government closest to the people governs best.”   

NCACC President Brenda Howerton Named to Women in Government Leadership Program

On September 19, the Governing Institute announced the selection of its 2018 Women in Government Leadership Class, naming NCACC President Brenda Howerton to the group, which consists of 25 women elected leaders from around the country. Each year, new members are added to the national network, which provides a support base for recruiting future female candidates. The program also promotes gender parity, good government and bipartisan cooperation. Nominations were received for nearly 150 women for the Class of 2018. 

Steve Jarvis, Davidson County Commissioner Appointed to Child Fatality Task Force

This month, Steve Jarvis, Davidson County Commissioner was appointed to serve as a member of the NC Child Fatality Task Force, (CFTF). CFTF is responsible for making recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly on reducing child death, preventing abuse and neglect and supporting safe and healthy child development. CFTF was created in statute in 1991, and meets regularly to review data and research and hear from expert witnesses to formulate evidence-based recommendations. According to the NC State Center for Health Statistics, the child death rate in the state has decreased by 46 percent since CFTF was established.

Durham County IS&T Receives NACo Award for Best Technology Practices

Durham County Information Services and Technology was named by the National Association of Counties as the “2017 Digital Counties Survey Winner.” This is the second time Durham County has received the honor for implementing initiatives that streamline delivery of government services and encourage innovative and collaborative programs through technology.

Wayne County Finance Office Receives National Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting 

The Wayne County Finance Office (pictured above) received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The award, which honors Wayne County for its comprehensive annual financial report, is the highest form of recognition of its kind.  

NCACC Launches County Best Practices Webpage

NCACC recently launched a webpage, County Best Practices, which provides an overview of best practices in the areas of public-private partnership, economic development, local government collaboration, employee-owned business, industrial park formation, quality of life, and local farming. The new page features video interviews and project descriptions so counties can learn from each other and share information about best practices. If your county has a best practice to share, please contact

New Hanover County Reports on Strategic Plan Progress

New Hanover County launched a strategic plan July 2012. Since then, the plan has guided the work of the county, as recently reported on their website. Safety has improved, investments in education and children have increased, opportunities for their workforce have strengthened, and the quality of life in the county has been enriched. 

County Briefs

Polk County to Receive Grant From NC Parks and Recreation Authority to Acquire 300 Acres on Little White Oak Mountain

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Wilson County Officials and Other Partners Attend Grand Opening of Recovery Concepts Community Center, Which Will Support Substance Abuse Recovery and Address Opioid Addiction

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Governor Roy Cooper Announces $9.3 Million in State Management Trust Fund Grants for Clean Water Projects in 14 Counties

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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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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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