General Government Steering Committee

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2023-2024 General Government Legislative Goals

Seek legislation, funding, and other efforts to expand digital infrastructure/broadband capability to the unserved and under-served areas and residents of the state.

Seek legislation to grow North Carolina’s statewide economy through state investments, including technical assistance, public infrastructure funding, increased competitive incentives, state economic development grant programs and coordinated efforts with county economic development services.

Support increased state funding and additional funding streams for existing and new transportation construction and maintenance needs (including roads, rails, and multi-modal transportation, secondary roads and litter pickup), and support legislation to ensure that the Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) funding formula recognizes that one size does not fit all and that projects in both rural and urban areas are prioritized and funded.

Support legislation allowing public bodies to provide emergency meeting notices by electronic means in addition to notice through newspaper with general circulation within the county.

Support legislation allowing counties flexibility in holding remote board meetings, allowing contemporaneous, virtual public hearings, in order to expeditiously conduct county business during locally declared emergencies.

NCACC General Government Committee Guiding Principles

The state-county partnership is unique and critical to providing services to all county residents.

The state should seek input from counties while developing rules and regulations that impact counties, particularly concerning property rights.

Local general-purpose governments are the building blocks for solving regional problems; regional approaches should be based on the need to strengthen and support local governments.

Intergovernmental agreements should be used where appropriate to attain efficient performance, as determined by local elected officials.

Encourage public-private partnerships when in the best interest of the citizens.

Reserve federal action for those areas where state and local governments are not adequate and where continuing national involvement is necessary, e.g. national defense, provided resources are made available by the national government.

All local government institutions should be engaged in developing and coordinating services to meet the needs of citizens. Counties will strive to maintain and enhance these partnerships.

Programs and formulas used to distribute funding for county needs should recognize that one size does not fit all and should take into account the differing needs and character of both urban and rural counties.

Related Media

Interview with North Carolina Department of Information Technology Secretary Eric Boyette, 2019

Steering Committee Membership List

The following committee appointments were confirmed the week of October 23. Appointments for the 2023-2024 committees will end July 31, 2024. Committee membership is limited to county commissioners, but county staff and affiliates are welcome to join meetings as non-member attendees. All steering committees will meet virtually in November. Check the NCACC Calendar for more details.

  • 2023-2024 General Government Steering Committee

    General Government

    Commissioners Ann Keyes (Washington; Steering Committee Chair), Nida Allam (Durham), Sean Alston (Vance), Kevin Austin (Yadkin), Jonathan Barfield Jr. (New Hanover), Barbara Beatty (Catawba), Nimasheena Burns (Durham), Derek Burress (Greene), Kay Cashion (Guilford), Tony Cozart (Granville), Kevin Gordon (Cleveland), Patrick Harris (Johnston), Gene Houpe (Iredell), Brenda Howerton (Durham), Bob Kirby (Chowan), R.S. “Butch” Lawter Jr. (Johnston), Todd McNeill (Ashe), Don Mial (Wake), Stephen Morris (Cabarrus), Althea Riddick (Gates), Julius Walker Jr. (Washington), Lewis Weatherspoon (Harnett), Rob Zapple (New Hanover)