Connecting Counties: Expanding Broadband Access in NC

On August 13, 2022, NCACC President and Washington County Commissioner Tracey Johnson announced her presidential initiative, Connecting Counties, which aims to expand broadband across counties in North Carolina.

As a champion of rural broadband access, President Johnson is determined to spend her year as NCACC President maximizing the funding opportunities available to make sure that all counties can realize the opportunity and are able to expand broadband access to the underserved and unserved. This is the goal of President Johnson’s initiative, Connecting Counties: Expanding Broadband Access in NC.

The initiative’s task force will bring together county commissioners and officials to explore the complexities and opportunities for expanding broadband. Counties in North Carolina are a key partner in broadband projects and can be invaluable to private sector partners as they plan for and execute projects. The task force will convene regional meetings that will bring together public officials and private sector leaders, especially internet service providers, so that there can be facilitated conversations about how counties can work with partners to expand broadband in their communities.

The Connecting Counties Task Force

Co-chaired by Bertie County Commissioner Ron Wesson and Cabarrus County Commissioner Steve Morris, the task force will develop best practices, highlight successes and will share lessons learned from these regional meetings. The goal of the task force is to bring to light how counties can work together with broadband leaders to maximize on the impact of existing and future broadband projects.

  • Task Force Members
    Tracey JohnsonWashington CountyPresident
    Ron WessonBertie CountyCo-Chair
    Steve MorrisCabarrus CountyCo-Chair
    Johnnie CarswellBurke CountyPresident-Elect
    Randy CressRowan CountyCounty Staff: County Manager
    Jesse DoweDuplin CountyCommissioner
    Keith ElmoreWilkes CountyCommissioner
    Nina GriswellTyrrell CountyCommissioner
    Tim LoveBuncombe CountyCounty Staff: Intergovernmental Affairs
    Bryan MillerCaswell CountyCounty Staff: County Manager
    Shinica ThomasWake CountyCommissioner
    Charlie WallinWatauga CountyCommissioner
    Ralph WebbEdgecombe CountyCommissioner
    Terri WellsBuncombe CountyCommissioner

Resources for Expanding Broadband Access

Task Force Regional Meeting Schedule

October 13, 2022: Forsyth County

December 14, 2022: Wake County

February 22, 2023: Wake County

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