National Association of Counties
The National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, serving nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees. Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to advocate county priorities, promote exemplary county policies, nurture leadership skills, and more. Nearly all of North Carolina’s counties are NACo members.
NACo also provides online webinars on various topics, holds annual events such as their Annual Conference and Legislative Goals Conference, and allows access to a virtual resource library housing all of their resources and reports.
North Carolina City & County Management Association
The North Carolina City & County Management Association (NCCCMA) seeks to improve city and county government, maintain and develop the professional competence of its members, and encourage and support professional general management government in North Carolina.
UNC School of Government
The School of Government, located at UNC-Chapel Hill, helps public officials understand and improve state and local government. Faculty and staff provide expertise and advice to county officials on a wide range of subject matters, and are frequent speakers at NCACC educational events.
The School of Government and the Association enjoy a lengthy history of partnership for the betterment of county government. The Association’s first full-time Executive Director, J. Alexander McMahon, was working as assistant director of the Institute of Government at the time of his appointment in 1958. The Association’s former Raleigh headquarters, the Albert Coates Local Government Center, was named in honor of the Institute’s founder.
North Carolina League of Municipalities
The North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM) is the NCACC’s sister Association representing North Carolina cities, towns, villages and unified governments.