County Assembly Day

Future dates: May 30, 2018

County Assembly Day is an opportunity for North Carolina county officials to meet with and hear from state legislative leaders and meet with their state legislative representatives. It is free to attend for all county commissioners and staff.

The NCACC will host its 2017 County Assembly Day on Wednesday, May 10, at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Please note that this is a change from years past. The brief program in the morning will be held at the Museum of History rather than at the Quorum Center. The museum is directly across the street from the General Assembly. NCACC will also host the lunch outside the legislative complex.


The activities begin in the morning with a legislative update from NCACC staff and remarks from leaders of the General Assembly. Attendees will then visit the Legislative Building to meet with members of their delegation and advocate on behalf of their counties. Lunch will be served on the lawn outside the General Assembly, and members are encouraged to invite their legislators to join them for lunch and the remainder of the afternoon.

2017 Agenda

Registration Opens at NC Museum of History
Coffee and Donuts Available
8:00 a.m.   
Kevin Leonard, NCACC Executive Director
8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Comments
President Fred McClure, Davidson County

Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
Past President Glen Webb, Pitt County

8:50 a.m.
Governor Roy Cooper
Introduction by President Fred McClure, Davidson County

Senator Harry Brown
Introduction by President-Elect Brenda Howerton, Durham County

Representative John Bell
Introduction by First Vice President Larry Phillips, Surry County

9:00 a.m.
Lay of the Land: An Overview of North Carolina's Political Environment
Introduction by Second Vice President Kevin Austin, Yadkin County

Morgan Jackson, Nexus Strategies
Paul Shumaker, Strategic Partners Solutions

9:45 a.m. 
Legislative Update
Johanna Reese, NCACC Director of Government Relations
Hugh Johnson, Government Relations Coordinator

10:15 a.m.
Charge to Commissioner Advocates
Kevin Leonard, NCACC Executive Director
10:45 a.m.
Visits to General Assembly
Make appointments with your legislators!
11:00 a.m. - end of day
Lunch at Halifax Mall
Legislators and Staff are invited
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
(Drop in at any time)
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  • See the map below to find your way around downtown. The red markers indicate the locations for County Assembly Day events. 
  • The NCACC offices sustained significant damage in a fire on March 16. As cleanup continues, parking will not be available at the Quorum Center or Coates building offices. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Attending County Assembly Day? Join us for the NC Stepping Up Summit while you're in town!

Counties that are working (or considering an initiative) to reduce the mentally ill population in county jails should apply to attend North Carolina's inaugural Stepping Up Summit on May 9 - the day prior to County Assembly Day. The event will be held at NC State's McKimmon Center from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Speakers include national experts and trendsetters, and representatives from NC counties that are active in Stepping Up. You don't want to miss this call to action!

There is no charge to attend, but seating is limited. Preference will be given to County Commissioners, County Managers, Sheriffs and their designees, court system representatives, and LME/MCOs and treatment provider agencies.

All county officials, regardless of whether they attend the summit, are invited to the Stepping Up Networking Reception at the McKimmon Center from 5 - 6 p.m.

Additional information and an agenda will be posted on the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Resource Page when it becomes available.
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