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Over 150 North Carolina County Leaders Attend NACo Annual Conference

North Carolina was represented by over 150 county leaders and staff at the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference, held July 13-16 in Davidson County, Nashville, Tennessee. The conference provided an opportunity for counties across the nation to come together for workshops, education sessions and networking to share best practices and discuss common challenges.

Attendees participated in steering committee meetings and official business session meetings to shape federal priorities for the organization and elect its leaders, and North Carolina’s own Ray Jeffers, Person County Commissioner, ran a competitive campaign for NACo 2nd Vice President. Several North Carolina county officials presented at the conferences and received NACo leadership appointments. Click here for details. Photos are available here.

NCACC and North Carolina Association of County Attorneys Host Summer Conference

July 26-28, North Carolina County Attorneys and Department of Social Services Attorneys gathered in Buncombe County, Asheville for the 2018 Annual Summer Conference. Attendees gathered for a variety of educational sessions to hear updates on legal cases and legislation affecting counties, and to discuss other pertinent county issues including social services reform, broadband access, property taxes and ethics.

During the conference, Heather Baker of Jackson County was elected to serve as 2nd Vice President of the NC Association of County Attorneys, and Wendy Sivori of Duplin County was named Outstanding County Attorney. Sivori was recognized for her outstanding work as President of the North Carolina Association of County Attorneys, an affiliate organization of NCACC. In that role, she served as Parliamentarian at the NCACC Legislative Goals Conference, among other activities.

Cumberland County Commissioner Glenn Adams Named Legal Legend of Color

On Friday, June 22 the North Carolina Bar Association honored Cumberland County Commissioner Glenn Adams with the 2018 Legal Legends of Color award. He was among four accomplished attorneys of color to be honored for their leadership and positive impact on North Carolina. Adams has served on the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners since 2014 and as chair since 2017. He is a senior partner with Adams, Burge and Boughman and is a member of the Cape Fear Valley Hospital System Board of Trustees.

USDA Seeking Input on Rural Broadband Pilot Program

On July 19, 2018, the US Department of Agriculture published a federal register notice to seek input on a new broadband pilot program to address internet coverage gaps in rural parts of the country. The e-Connectivity Pilot was appropriated $600 million in budget authority on an expedited basis. Loans and grants are limited to the costs of the construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities and equipment for broadband service in eligible communities. USDA’s Rural Utilities Service seeks input on several questions concerning development of the e- Connectivity Pilot. To read the notice and instructions on how to submit comments, click here. The comment period closes at 5:00 p.m. EDT on September 10, 2018.

Emily Huegel of Franklin County Selected for 2018 Frank Bonner Scholarship

The NCACC Risk Management Pools awarded Franklin County Occupational Health and Safety Specialist, Emily Huegel the 2018 Frank Bonner scholarship to recognize her dedication to implementing risk management techniques in the workplace. The purpose of the scholarship program is to further the risk management education of exceptional county employees. The 2018 award will cover expenses for attending the PRIMA Institute, which is the premier educational program for both new risk managers and seasoned risk professionals who seek to learn more about emerging trends and best practices.

Lincoln County Animal Services Achieves “No Kill” Goal

July 2, 2018, Lincoln County Animal Services announced that it achieved a long-standing goal to promote humane policies and maximize the number of animals entering the shelter that can be saved. The county worked with community volunteers and activists to attain a live release rate of 90% and above, for both dogs and cats for 12 months, making Lincoln County Animal Services one of four county-led “no kill” shelters in the state.

NC Public School Forum to Host 2018 Candidate Education Policy Briefings

During the month of August, the NC Public School Forum will host a series of non-partisan briefings on North Carolina education policy for local and state candidates seeking public office, including current county commissioners. The purpose of the briefings is to present to candidates relevant data and information on key trends and policies affecting public education. The briefings will discuss topics such as teacher and administrator compensation, school choice, accountability, school finance, school safety and student performance. To register for any of the following briefings, visit Contact Lauren Bock, Director of Policy and Programs, at with any questions.

  • August 2, 2018 - Greenville - Hilton Greenville
  • August 7, 2018 - Raleigh - NC Museum of Natural Science
  • August 17, 2018 - Asheville - Hilton Garden Inn Asheville
  • August 21, 2018 - Charlotte - Levine Museum of the New South

NC Department of Commerce Releases Employer Needs Survey Results

This month, the NC Department of Commerce and the NC Works Commission released the results of the 2018 Employer Needs Survey - a study conducted by the Labor and Economic Analysis Division (LEAD) to track employers’ workforce development needs throughout North Carolina. The survey found that hiring remains strong with 43.3% of employers expecting hiring to increase in the future. However, half of all companies surveyed reported difficulty in hiring new staff, a substantial increase over previous years. Employers cited various reasons for encountering difficulties. Two-thirds cited inadequate employability skills and half reported that candidates had inadequate experience or technical skills – or that there simply weren’t enough candidates in the applicant pool to fill their roles. The full report is available here.

NC DIT Newsletter Discusses Endpoint Risks and Provides Tips to Improve Cybersecurity

The NC Department of Information Technology Enterprise Security and Risk Management Office (ESMRO) published a newsletter, which discusses the results of a recent survey conducted by the SANS Institute – a company that specializes in information security.  The survey revealed that the connections of desktops, laptops, mobile computing devices, and other devices to an organization’s network create paths for potential cyber-attacks.  This type of equipment, also known as an “endpoint” provides a way for an attacker to gain access into an organization’s network and data.  For more information and tips to reduce endpoint vulnerabilities, see ESMRO’s July Newsletter.

County Briefs

Davidson County Honored by Center for Digital Government with Top 10 Digital Counties Survey Award

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Beth Jones Named Iredell County Manager

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Rockingham County Commissioners Welcome New Clerk, Keli Watkins

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111th NCACC Annual Conference
August 23-25, 2018
Catawba County

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Global Skills Certification Training

NC State University Global Training Initiative Training Center Centennial Campus
  • Level I - August 10, 2018, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Level II - August 17, 2018, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
  • Level III - August 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
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NCACC Board of Directors Meeting

Hickory Metro Convention Center, Catawba County
August 22, 2018, All Day

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