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October 21, 2022

Weekly Highlight
NCACC President Johnson Kicks off Term with October Meeting, Swears in Board Members
NCACC President and Washington County Board Chair Tracey Johnson presided over the first board meeting of her term last week in Forsyth County, swearing in new board members who will serve for the duration of her term. During this meeting, the board approved the NCACC audit report, heard from outgoing Local Government Federal Credit Union CEO Maurice Smith and reviewed and approved legislative goals proposals. The NCACC Board of Directors presented a resolution of appreciation to Maurice Smith, who has been a longtime partner of the Association, and approved a resolution in support of Operation Green Light. President Johnson provided a report of her presidential initiative, Connecting Counties, which will focus on broadband expansion. The NCACC Board of Directors meets regularly to provide oversight and direction for the Association.

Legislative Goal Proposals for Membership Now Available

This past weekend, the NCACC Board of Directors, led by NCACC President Tracey Johnson, met to review the legislative goals proposals that were passed through the Legislative Goals Committee. This is the last step before the goals proposals are presented to the membership for consideration at the Legislative Goals Conference, November 16-18. All North Carolina counties are encouraged to register to attend the conference where the final NCACC legislative agenda will be set for the upcoming biennium. Click here to view the legislative goals proposals for the conference and click here to register for the conference.

Register Your Voting Delegate for Legislative Goals Conference —
Every county is encouraged to register a voting delegate who will cast votes on legislative goals proposals for the Legislative Goals Conference. To register your county voting delegate, click here or contact Alisa Cobb at alisa.cobb@ncacc.org. The deadline to submit your county’s voting delegate is November 14.
NCACC Updates

Recognizing Jo-Ann West, Longtime Employee of the Risk Management Pools

Jo-Ann West, Lead Underwriter for the NCACC Governmental Risk Pools, retired (effective September 30) after almost fourteen years of service for the NCACC. She will be missed deeply by NCACC and the risk pool members she worked with all those years.

NCACC Joins Counties in Passing Resolutions in Support of Operation Green Light

Last week, the NCACC Board of Directors passed a resolution in support of Operation Green Light, a nationwide campaign set to take place next month to illuminate the service and sacrifice of our nation's veterans. Counties are encouraged to join Operation Green Light by lighting county buildings and infrastructure green from November 7 - 13. The NCACC is working with state and national leaders to promote this initiative. Counties across the state are also passing resolutions in support of this initiative.

Click here to learn more about this initiative and explore resources on how your county can join Operation Green Light. Be sure to send in any county resolutions in support of Operation Green Light to communications@ncacc.org.
Events

Legislative Goals Conference — November 16-18 in Wake County

View the NCACC Event Calendar
National Opioid Settlement Updates

Collaborative Strategic Planning Webinar Available On-Demand

The NCACC and NC Department of Health and Human Services are co-hosting a series of webinars on evidence-based, high-impact strategies that local governments may pursue to address the opioid overdose epidemic utilizing funds from the national litigation settlement.

The most recent webinar, held October 10, included an overview of an effective collaborative strategic planning process from NCACC Director of Strategic Health and Opioid Initiatives Nidhi Sachdeva, a look at Cumberland County's planning process from Health Director Jennifer Green, and a synopsis of recommendations for Gaston County from the William Gross of the Gaston Controlled Substances Coalition. Access the on-demand webinar recording here.

Two other webinars are in development for the remainder of 2022. Dates are as follows, and each will be held from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. via Zoom:
  • Monday, November 14: Recovery Housing Support (Register Here)
  • Monday December 12: Criminal Justice Diversion Programs (Register Here)
Click here to access on-demand webinars from the “Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic” series, the three-part medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in jails series, and others. Click here to access the NCACC opioid settlement assistance webpage, which includes links to crucial documents and recommended resources.

Vital Strategies Issues RFA to Support Harm Reduction Programs

Vital Strategies has released a Request for Applications to leverage opioid settlement funds to build community capacity for overdose prevention at the local level. Vital will match county opioid settlement funding directed to community Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) and naloxone distribution up to $70,000 per year for three years. North Carolina local governments, health departments and community-based organizations are all eligible.
  • On October 26, Vital is hosting a webinar to address questions. Click here to sign up.
  • View the full RFA here.
    • The RFA is due October 31, and the three-year grant period is anticipated to begin on January 1, 2023. Funding must be matched with opioid settlement dollars.

NACo Accepting Applicants for Opioid Solutions Leadership Network

The National Association of Counties is soliciting applicants to join a new Opioid Solutions Leadership Network, which is a learning and leadership-building community of county leaders pursuing innovative and evidence-based solutions to the opioid epidemic. The Opioid Solutions Leadership Network will identify and convene county leaders from across the country who are leading efforts to invest opioid settlement funds in strategies that save lives, address the needs of people with substance use disorders and prevent future harms.

Applications are due Wednesday, November 9. Click here to apply.
State & Federal Updates

Webinar to Discuss Collaboratively Identifying Trail Corridors With Utilities

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is hosting a webinar entitled “Trails and Utilities: A Powerful Partnership” on how communities nationwide have built safe and accessible trails within utility corridors on Tuesday, November 1 at 1:00 p.m. Click here to register for the webinar.

EPA to Host Session for Input on Proposed PFAS Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a webinar for communities on how to get involved and provide EPA with input on the upcoming proposed National Primary Drinking Water Regulation for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the Safe Drinking Act. The webinar will be Wednesday, November 2 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Click here to register. Questions may be submitted during the webinar. For those unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and posted online.

FCC Opens Challenge Process for Broadband Serviceable Location Data

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has opened the process whereby entities may file bulk challenges to the data in the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric (Fabric), which serves as the foundation for the Broadband Data Collection (BDC) fixed availability maps. To learn more about this process and the Fabric, view a recorded webinar at this link, or read an article issued by the National Leagues of Cities here.

Sales Tax Update — October 2022

ARPA Resource Roundup — October 18, 2022

CountyQuarterly Summer 
2022 Edition — In This Issue

Cabarrus County's Commitment to Collaboration
Breaking Bread Breaks Down Barriers to Progress

Click here to read the article.
Local Elected Leaders Academy Programs
October 28 – Work with Citizen Boards and Committees
This course, being held at the Lumber River Council of Governments, will overview how local governments can get the most out of appointed advisory boards. Instructors will share practices that yield positive results for the organization, as well as a positive experience for citizen volunteers.

Hold the Dates for Essentials of County Government

The School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill and the NCACC are again partnering to offer newly elected commissioners a crash course on the essentials of county government. This program, designed to help county commissioners successfully transition from campaigning to governing, will introduce the basic functions of county government and the role of the governing board.

Registration will soon be available for three offerings – two in-person and one online:
  • December 15-16, 2022, in Buncombe County (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday)
  • January 12-13, 2023, in Durham County (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday)
  • January 18-20, 2023, online (8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wednesday through Friday)
Click here for more information on the course, and to sign up to receive a notification when registration becomes available.
NOTE: When registering for LELA programming, use the code NCACC-SOG-LELA to receive the 20 percent county commissioner discount.
County News

Bertie County

Formed in 1722, Bertie County is celebrating its 300 years old history on Saturday, November 5 that will showcase the county’s unique history as well as offer participants food, fun, and games. Click here for information about the celebration.

Durham County

To celebrate Veterans Day, Durham County Government and the Durham County Veteran Services Department call upon residents to light up porches and other outdoor areas green from November 7th through the 13th as part of Operation Green Light (OGL). Click here to read the news release.

Wake County

Several national and local organizations that advocate for healthy rivers across the country have named the Neuse River, which helps provide clean drinking water to thousands in Wake County, as the 2022 River of the Year. Click here to read the county news release.
NCACC is seeking information on new county programs and announcements to share. Please email communications@ncacc.org with your county’s news and to be included in the NCACC Weekly Update.
Classifieds & Additional Items

Featured Classifieds

All classified ads are available at this link.

Last Call! Apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Waiver by October 31

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program forgives the remaining balance on federal direct student loans following 120 months of qualifying payments for certain public service employees – including those who work for governments, 501(c)3 organizations, and other nonprofits providing certain public services, including public education, military service, law enforcement, early childhood education and public health.

A temporary PSLF waiver makes it possible for millions of public service workers to receive credit for past periods of repayment that would otherwise not qualify – thereby reducing or potentially eliminating student loan debt.  In short, the waiver allows borrowers to gain additional PSLF credit, even if they’d been told before that they had the wrong loan type or the wrong repayment plan.

The deadline is October 31. Click here to learn more from the NC Department of Justice.
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