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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?
Today’s political environment is intensely polarized along partisan lines.
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.
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 current drug crisis is different from previous ones. Some say it requires a new mode of thinking.
New federal funding will help, but states need to focus it on treatment backed by evidence.
The NC Department of Health and Human Services released a number of articles following the June 28-29 Opioid Misuse & Overdose Prevention Summit.
The three major topics discussed at the commission meeting were the availability of evidence-based addiction treatment options, the connection between mental health and substance abuse and, especially important to counties, the impact of Medicaid on the o...
County officials and other stakeholders gathered May 31 in Washington to look back at the successes and continued challenges of the two-year-old Stepping Up program, a collaborative effort to keep the mentally ill out of county jails.
Macon County Commissioners heard impassioned cries for help last week from families that have lost loved ones to addiction.
A national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails will start accepting participants next month.
The national campaign to find alternatives to incarcerating people with mentall illness takes time, but it has begun.
Particularly in rural areas, governments are increasingly turning to them to ease the shortage of providers, blurring the line between religion and medicine.
by Charles Taylor, National Association of Counties
Addiction and behavioral health highlight 21st Century Cures Act