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On Saturday, August 12, 2017, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) honored the UNC School of Government with their Distinguished Service Award.
Since becoming a Surry County commissioner, Larry Phillips has moved through the Local Elected Leaders Academy (LELA) and completed Advanced Leadership Corps (ALC).
Citizens academies are educational programs conducted by local governments to create better informed and engaged citizens. These programs involve ordinary citizens participating in several sessions taught by local government officials.
Should applicants to citizens academies be subjected to some kind of background check before being allowed to participate?
Civility is critical for sustaining the democratic principle that we are all entitled to hold and express our opinions.
More can be done to bring people into the civic conversation. It's good for governments, communities and our civic process.
Countering the public's cynicism and mistrust starts with honest, open communication.
After a long search process, Transylvania County Manager, Jaime Laughter announced today that Jonathan Griffin has been selected as Finance Director after the retirement of long term director, Gay Poor.
Jonathan has been serving as the interim Finance Director since August 2018. He came to Transylvania County as the first North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) County Management Fellow, a grant-funded opportunity long supported by dele...
The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) is now accepting submissions for the 2019 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest competition.
The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) is now accepting submissions for the 2019 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest competition. Students in K-12 can participate by submitting pieces of artwork that cover topics such as being safe ...
This fall, the Government Records Section of the State Archives is holding a series of workshops throughout the state on managing public records.
This workshop is free and designed for local government employees and elected officials. The workshop will cover public records law, principles of records management, record retention and disposition schedules, electronic records management, amo...
This 18-month, multi-faceted plan was a joint effort between the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and Bertie County community members.
SL 2014-18 authorizes the N.C. Department of Commerce to enter into a contract with a nonprofit entity in order to carry out many of the Department's economic development recruiting and marketing functions for the state.
Public-private partnerships are still relatively new for most U.S. states, but analysts anticipate they will become more common.
Instead of trying to lure big companies with tax incentives, more and more places are trying to increase the number of local businesses to boost their economies.
Hillsborough County, Fla., is investing $1 million over two years to create an apprenticeship program that officials hope will spur some parents and students to rethink their career plans.
In North Carolina, there are only 5,700 active apprentices in 2013. In contrast, apprenticeship programs in some European countries have been on the rise and are considered a fundamental component of their worker training system.
News outlets regularly report about the latest company lured to North Carolina by a cash economic development incentives from local government and the state. Local government incentives often take the form of an annual payment based on several conditions.
Many local governments use cash incentives to attract business but there is no specific statute that grants this authority, only an implied authority in GS 158-7.1(a). What happens if the NC Supreme Court is reluctant to agree with this implied authority?
A town’s economic development director has proposed two ED expenditures for town council to consider. She asserts that no public hearing is required for either of these expenditures. The town attorney says a public hearing is needed for both. Who's right?
Perhaps few topics can start a verbal clash more than the debate over government size and the economy.
Is boosting the economic growth rate one of the keys to solving many of the state's problems?
Tonald Drump, a national real estate tycoon, is interested in developing an area in Frugal Village, NC. His proposal includes mixed-use residential and commercial development, located just outside downtown.
Elections are over, TV ads are back to normal, and mail boxes are no longer full of campaign flyers. Among the duties required of newly elected and reelected local government officials is that they participate in mandatory ethics training.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on October 1, 2018 that Durham County’s Criminal Justice Resource Center will receive a $749,771 grant for Improving Reentry for Adults with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness. This thr...
Section 5.3(e2) of the 2018 Appropriations Act (S.L. 2018-5) authorizes counties (not local school boards) that receive Needs-Based Public School Building Grant funds from the Department of Public Instruction [DPI] to enter into a capital lease for constr...