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July 29, 2022

Weekly Highlight

NCACC's 5-5-5 Committee Joins List of NC Winners of National County Awards Program

The NCACC committee of county leaders on national opioid settlement funds joins 48 other North Carolina county programs that won a 2022 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award. The NACo Achievement Awards is a non-competitive awards program that recognizes innovative county government programs.

The Association won a health category award for its 5-5-5 Committee, a specially appointed opioid settlement working group created to develop a statewide plan to effectively use funds coming to North Carolina from national opioid settlements. The 5-5-5 Committee consists of five county commissioners, five county managers, and five county attorneys from across the state.

NCACC was joined by other North Carolina award winners, such as Catawba County's Hmong Keeb Kwm: The Hmong Heritage Project, which won "Best In Category" in Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation, as well as Union County's 2050 Comprehensive Plan, which won "Best In Category" in Planning.

To read the full press release, click here. To see the full list of 2022 Achievement Award winners, click here.
NCACC Updates

Annual Conference Sessions Offer Guidance on Getting Going with Opioid Response Initiatives

In June, North Carolina counties received the first of 18 payments negotiated as part of the national opioid settlement with opioid manufacturers Johnson & Johnson and Purdue Pharma, and drug distributors Cardinal, McKesson and AmerisourceBergen. With the funding stream in place, many county leaders are now wondering, “where do I start?” Two county teams will share their stories during conference concurrent session blocks.

Friday, 10:45 a.m. - noon: The Surry County Board of Commissioners stepped up its response to the opioid epidemic with the hiring of a director for its Office of Substance Abuse Recovery in June 2018. Since then, the county office has moved intentionally toward implementation of a continuum of care model designed to eliminate impediments for county residents who seek treatment and recovery from substance use disorder. The county’s unique approach, rooted in community research and data, provides a roadmap for other counties seeking to build an informed, agile and evidence-based response plan that takes into account a community’s “readiness level” to take action on various needs.

Surry County Manager Chris Knopf will moderate this panel discussion with Substance Abuse Recovery Director Mark Willis, the Surry County team, and keynote Beth Macy, whose new book includes stories from Surry County and other North Carolina counties.

Saturday, 10:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.: Known for its strong commitment to collaboration, Cabarrus County will share its story of how bringing together a diverse community stakeholder group set the stage for impactful, locally developed strategies to address the epidemic. This session will also include a presentation from the NC Institute of Medicine, which is working to develop a guide on how to ensure meaningful inclusion in a county decision-making process, and moderated discussion on how – and with whom – to begin forward progress in the fight against opioid misuse and addiction.

For more information on speakers and sessions at Annual Conference, click here. To register for the NCACC's 115th Annual Conference, click here.

100 Counties Prepared — Emergency Preparedness Training
August 11 in Cabarrus County at Annual Conference

115th Annual Conference
August 11-13 in Cabarrus County

Summer Attorneys Conference
August 25-27 in New Hanover County

View the NCACC Event Calendar
National Opioid Settlement Updates

Three-Part Webinar Series Focuses on MAT in Jails: Legal, Medical, Security, and Community Considerations

In response to the recent U.S. Department of Justice guidance document, “ADA and the Opioid Crisis: Combating Discrimination Against People in Treatment and Recovery,” the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Mountain Area Health Education Center, and Buncombe County Sheriff's Office are hosting a webinar series to address questions about providing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in jails.

During this three-part series, participants will hear from U.S. DOJ Attorneys based in NC as well as medical and facility experts as they describe the legal, medical and operational basics of providing MAT in NC facilities.

This webinar series is intended for jail administrators, facility medical administrators, county leadership officials, county attorneys, local health directors, and other professionals who are interested in learning more about providing care for individuals with opioid use disorder who are incarcerated in North Carolina.

Sessions will be held from 10 – 11:30 a.m. on:
  • Aug. 17, covering Risk Aversion: Facility-Based MAT;
  • Aug. 24, covering Medical Basics: Working with Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs); and
  • Aug. 31, covering Operational Basics: Facility Implementation.
Click here for more information, and click here to register.

NC DOJ Releases MOA Reporting Requirements Memo

The NC Department of Justice has released a new memo that reviews the reporting requirements under the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on opioid settlement funds, clarifies the deadlines for the various reports, and provides instruction on how to submit the required information to the Community Opioid Resources Engine for North Carolina (CORE-NC).

Click here to access a resource center hub that includes up-to-date documents including the reporting requirements memo, an FAQ about the NC MOA, and an FAQ about Option A strategies.

If you’ve read the memorandum and related materials, and have additional questions about reporting requirements, email (for legal questions about what the MOA requires) or (for logistical questions about submitting the information to CORE-NC).

Click here to access the on-demand "Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic" webinar series.

Matching Funds Available for Naloxone and Syringe Services Programs

Vital Strategies is providing funding and technical assistance to North Carolina overdose prevention initiatives over the next five years, and seeks to collaborate with counties where community-based naloxone distribution and/or syringe service programs (Option A strategies 7 and 9) already exist or where program establishment may reduce fatal overdoses.

Vital Strategies will provide matching funds ranging from $10,000 to $70,000 for counties interested in investing opioid settlement dollars into these evidence-based programs for up to three years. Email Kat Humphries ( for more information.
State & Federal Updates

North Carolina Cybersecurity Awareness Symposium Coming October 4-5

Join the NC Department of Information Technology October 4-5 for the annual North Carolina Cybersecurity Awareness Symposium. This two-day virtual event features cyber leaders and subject matter experts in the private, public and academic sectors on various cyber-related topics. For more information and updates on the symposium, click here.

Sales Tax Update — July 2022

ARPA Resource Roundup

The NCACC has launched an email publication to assist counties in accessing the most up-to-date and relevant information surrounding American Rescue Plan Act funds. To view the most recent edition, click here and to subscribe to this newsletter, click here.

CountyQuarterly Spring 2022 Edition — In This Issue

Research Pulse: Growing Pains
County Population Increases Reflected in Budget Priorities

Click here to read the article.
Local Elected Leaders Academy Programs
August 18 – Top 10 Primer on Tools for a Successful Strategic Plan
Change is inevitable across the state and your choice as elected officials is whether to get ahead of it and shape the shift or let it happen as it will. Strategic planning can capture your big ideas for change and transform them into strategic approaches and specific actions. This quick-moving interactive free virtual workshop is ideal for elected officials and managers considering embarking on a strategic planning process.

August 24 – Tools for Persuasive Speaking
In this workshop, you will learn tips and tools to help you convince others to follow where you lead. You will learn how to match your message to your audience and craft persuasive arguments that support your views. The class includes small group practice sessions with communications coaches to help you evaluate and refine your presentation skills.

August 26 – Affordable Housing Seminar: Tools, Strategies, and Case Studies for Local Government Leadership
This interactive in-person seminar is designed for elected and appointed officials from county, municipal and tribal governments who are setting strategic direction around affordable housing. The seminar will focus on local government support and public-private partnerships for workforce residential housing.

Apply by October 15 - 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. This unique four-part course is open to local elected officials, including county commissioners, municipal elected officials, school board members and members of American Indian tribal councils.
NOTE: When registering for LELA programming, use the code NCACC-SOG-LELA to receive the 20 percent county commissioner discount.
County News

Alexander County

ISP Yadtel/Zirrus has been awarded a $1M GREAT grant (Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology) to provide broadband service to 305 homes and businesses in Alexander County. Click here to read the county’s media release.

Buncombe County

Buncombe County’s Communications and Public Engagement team has been recognized with two Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties. The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents. Click here to read the county news release. 

Rockingham County

Rockingham County’s Tax Administrator, Mark McClintock, retired June 30, 2022, after his 25 years of service to the community. Click here to read the county’s media release.

Wilson County

Wilson County’s Manager, Denise Stinagle, announced her retirement last week after leading Wilson County government operations for nearly a decade. Click here to read the county news release.
NCACC is seeking information on new county programs and announcements to share. Please email with your county’s news and to be included in the NCACC Weekly Update.
Classifieds & Additional Items

Featured Classifieds

Finance Officer — Onslow County 

Grant Specialist — Onslow County 

Building Inspector — Town of Morehead City, NC

All classified ads are available at this link.

Golden LEAF Foundation SITE Program

Golden LEAF recognizes that rural and economically distressed communities must have sites available for development to attract new businesses and create opportunities for existing businesses to expand. To address this need, Golden LEAF created a new SITE Program. 

Golden LEAF will hold a webinar on Monday, August 1 at 2:00 p.m. To register for this webinar, click here. Questions about the program from potential applicants can be directed to
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