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With the November 8th election of Donald Trump as President and of a majority-Republican United States Congress, the question naturally arises: what will happen to the Affordable Care Act?
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.
Durham, NC — In the digital age, government agencies must stay abreast of and understand best technology practices designed to improve the efficiency of policymaking in our quickly transforming society.
Recently, the National Association of Counties (NACo) named Durham County Information Services and Technology (IS&T) a “2017 Digital Counties Survey Winner.” The award-winning team, led by Chief Information Officer Greg Marrow, rec...
Henderson County was featured in this month’s Edge Newsletter, which is an initiative affiliated with the Urban Libraries Council and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Henderson County was credited with improving services in three main areas including internal culture and services for individuals with disabilities, digital literacy services, and community partnerships to address workforce and economic development. Click...
The new complex will consolidate 911 calls from the Richmond County area, to directly dispatch law enforcement, fire, rescue and EMS after an initial call.
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As part of the forum, the county voted to establish Opioid Abuse Council. The Council will meet regularly and make recommendations to commissioners.
The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo) honored Onslow County as the fourth place winner (in its population category) of the Digital Counties Survey Award.
Onslow County was selected among thousands of applicants for this prestigious award, which recognizes county performance, innovation, and cost efficiencies using technology. NCACC presented Onslow County ITS Director Glenn Hasteadt with the Edwi...
To the North Carolina Local Government Commission, Gov. Cooper has named Viola Harris as a Current or Former County Commissioner Member. Harris is the current Commissioner of Edgecombe County and a previous member of the Local Government Commission. She i...
The county will host an event marking International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st, 6:00 p.m. at the new Mitchell County Courthouse, Bakersville, NC.
Alternate Inclement Weather Location: Mitchell High School Auditorium
Overdose Awareness Day has been a key remembrance event for those who have died from fatal drug overdoses since 2001. On August 31 thousands of people worldwide will stand alongside the ...
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
Steve Leifman knew Miami-Dade's courts had a problem. Ten years ago the longtime jurist realized that his county was putting too many people with mental health problems in jail.
The state is poised to join national trend of having a single hot line number.
People in remote areas have long lacked access to mental health services. The movement to fix that is showing signs of life.
Edgecombe County is gearing up to offer innovative mental health services, including having psychologists on hand at health clinics.