County Advocacy

The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) is a non-partisan organization that serves as the official voice of all 100 counties on issues considered by the General Assembly, Congress, and federal and state agencies. The Association provides advocacy expertise to counties and employs a team of registered lobbyists, who advocate on behalf of counties’ interests before dozens of administrative, legislative, and rule-making committees both during and in between legislative sessions.

State and Federal Advocacy

NCACC’s advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels of government are guided by legislative goals as decided by our members. NCACC legislative goals are developed through a multi-phase process, which offers county commissioners, county officials and stakeholders several opportunities to provide input and shape priorities. These goals define the most pressing and important issues our members face and reflect the collective will of all 100 counties.

Legislative Goals

Every two years, in the months preceding the long session of the North Carolina General Assembly, NCACC begins a grassroots process to develop our Association’s legislative goals, which guide NCACC’s work as a statwide organization. The process is designed to maximize participation by counties, build consensus among counties, and achieve a unified message on county priorities. Click here to view 2020-2021 Legislative Goals.

The importance of participating in the legislative goals process cannot be overstated. When policymakers hear the same message from all 100 counties throughout our diverse state, the voice of each individual county becomes amplified. Counties are stronger together and our common purpose is enshrined in NCACC history and our vision statement, which states: “Empowering 100 counties to work together for the betterment of one state.”

Steering Committees

NCACC’s seven Steering Committees assist the Board of Directors in setting policy for the Association in the areas of Agriculture, Environment, General Government, Health and Human Services, Justice and Public Safety, Public Education, and Tax and Finance. Steering Committee membership is open to all county commissioners, as well as county staff who specialize in committee-related fields.