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NCACC Offices Affected by Raleigh Fire

Around 10:15 p.m. Thursday, March 16th, fire broke out at a construction site adjacent to the NCACC offices located in the Albert Coates Local Government Center and Quorum Center in Wake County. The fire grew for more than an hour before it was contained, and significant damage was sustained. Gratefully, no severe injuries were reported, thanks to an incredible emergency response effort by Wake County and the City of Raleigh, as well as surrounding communities.

NCACC offices located in the Quorum Center were affected and the Coates Center incurred water and smoke damage. The NCACC has resumed operations and is in the process of relocating in temporary space. Steering committee meetings scheduled for the week of March 20th were cancelled, but all other scheduled meetings and events will be held as planned although the location of certain meetings will change. Our thoughts are with the families and organizations affected by this fire, and we will do all we can to minimize the disruption in our services to our valued counties.

Sen. Brown Introduces Public School Construction Bill

On March 9, Senators Harry Brown, Jerry Tillman, and Ralph Hise introduced a landmark bill, SB234, which would establish a new fund, the “Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund,” to provide for public school building capital needs.

SB234 would appropriate $75 million for a Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund, which would be used to award grants to Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties for new school capital projects.  The grant funding would complement existing lottery funding for school capital projects and it would focus on counties with greater need and less ability to generate sales tax and property tax revenue, as well as those counties with a high debt-to-tax revenue ratio.  This bill represents a major breakthrough in accomplishing NCACC’s primary legislative goal to meet the urgent building capital needs at schools throughout North Carolina’s 100 counties.

For more information on NCACC Legislative Goals, click here.

NC County Officials Dominate Attendance at NACo Legislative Conference

More than 160 county officials from North Carolina and representatives from the NCACC attended the National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. North Carolina had the highest number of attendees compared to other states participating in the conference, which brought together over 1,700 county leaders throughout the country from February 24 to March 1.

The conference provided an opportunity for county leaders to meet with federal policy makers from the Trump Administration and Congress to promote federal legislative priorities for counties including mental health reform, protection for municipal bonds, enhanced services for opioid and substance abuse, and marketplace fairness measures.  The conference also offered more than two dozen educational workshops on issues impacting counties.

Several county leaders from North Carolina were featured as speakers on various panels at the conference.  Gloria Whisenhunt, Forsyth County Commissioner spoke on the Healthy Counties Forum panel, discussing county leadership and ways to connect and leverage opportunities to improve health.  Ron Wesson, Bertie County Commissioner, and George Wood, Wayne County Manager, joined Mike Sprayberry, Director, NC Emergency Management to speak on a panel entitled “DISASTERS: A Resilient Counties Discussion on Flood Preparation & Response.”  In addition, Rebecca Carter, Public Affairs Officer for Mecklenburg County, spoke on “Navigating a New Era of Crisis Communications: How to Manage Non-traditional Events.”

Click here to view photos from the conference.

Lessons Learned at NCACC Medicaid Convening 

On March 2, NCACC hosted a Medicaid Convening event in Raleigh, which brought together county commissioners, county managers and local directors of social services to share best practices and lessons learned to improve performance.

Earlier this year, the State Auditor released a report, which assessed the performance of Medicaid recipient eligibility determinations made by ten counties.

The Medicaid Convening event shed light on a range of challenges counties faced over the last several years including an influx of new applications, new Medicaid policies, and the implementation of the online processing system NC FAST, which dramatically transformed the way Medicaid programs are processed in North Carolina.  Several speakers with subject matter expertise offered constructive guidance on specific steps certain counties took that helped improve their performance.

Rep. Josh Dobson, former McDowell County commissioner, and Sen. Tommy Tucker, former Union County Commissioner spoke at the event and expressed their support for the work counties are doing to implement the recommendations from the audit.

Video footage from the conference and related information is available here.

The NCACC will capture lessons learned and best practices discussed at the Medicaid Convening event in an upcoming report.

The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners is sponsoring a Civics Challenge to engage high school students on issues that impact county government. The topic must relate to raising awareness of county government among residents, or mental health and substance abuse issues.

Visit for official rules and to apply. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2017.

NC 911 Board Now Accepting PSAP Grant Applications  

The NC Department of Information Technology’s NC 911 Board is now accepting grant applications for its Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) grant program. Applicants have until June 7, 2017 to submit proposals for PSAP projects under the following categories: 1) consolidation; 2) individual PSAP enhancement/replacement; or 3) regional initiative enhancement/replacement.

Click here to access the application.  Applicants may also contact Richard Taylor for more information at or by phone at 919-754-6624.

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Upcoming Events

2017 District Meetings (April)
Throughout the month of April, NCACC will host a series of District Meetings throughout the state, which offer county commissioners and management staff the opportunity to discuss with other county officials and NCACC staff any issues impacting their county. There is no charge to attend district meetings, which are held 5:30-8:00 p.m. and include dinner.

You may view the schedule of 2017 District Meetings and register to attend here.

County Assembly Day (May 10)
On May 10, the NCACC is sponsoring its annual County Assembly Day to provide North Carolina county officials an opportunity to meet with state elected officials and hear from state leaders on key issues.  This event is for county commissioners and staff, and there is no charge.

Register to attend County Assembly Day here.

Stepping Up Summit (May 9)
On May 9, NCACC is co-sponsoring the inaugural “NC Stepping Up Summit” to examine the work counties are doing to reduce the number of individuals with mental illness in county jails.   For more information or to register to attend the NC Stepping Up Summit, click here.

For a full listing of upcoming events, visit

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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