Annual Conference Agenda

TimeThursday, August 12Location
7 a.m.Networking breakfast
This general breakfast buffet is offered to conference registrants, as well as family guests of conference
registrants, staying at the Hotel Ballast and other hotels. Embassy Suites guests have access to extensive
breakfast options at no additional charge, at the hotel. Other hotels, such as the Hampton Inn and Best
Western Plus, also offer a free breakfast.
Hotel Ballast
8:30 a.m.County Invitational Golf Tournament (check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.)Beau Rivage
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.Check-in and registration desk hoursConvention Center River Concourse
9:30 – 11:45 a.m.‘Real Colors’ Fundamentals: Understanding Yourself and OthersConvention Center
9:30 – 10:45 a.m.Concurrent sessionsConvention Center
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.The Dump That’s Not a Dump: A Riding Tour of New Hanover County’s Unique Landfill
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.The Dump That’s Not a Dump: A Riding Tour of New Hanover County’s Unique Landfill
11 – 11:45 a.m.Concurrent sessionsConvention Center
Noon – 1:30 p.m.Celebratory lunch and conference kick-offConvention Center Exhibit Hall
1:30 – 1:45 p.m.BreakConvention Center Concourse
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.General Session on creating food ecosystem resilienceConvention Center Exhibit Hall
2:30 – 4 p.m.Local presentations on food ecosystem innovationsConvention Center Exhibit Hall
4:15 – 5:30 p.m.NCABCO Business MeetingEmbassy Suites Grand Ballroom
5 – 6 p.m.Networking ReceptionConvention Center Concourse
6 p.m.First Night Celebration, hosted by NC Cooperative ExtensionConvention Center Exhibit Hall
TimeFriday, August 13Location
7 a.m.Networking breakfast
This general breakfast buffet is offered to conference registrants, as well as family guests of conference
registrants, staying at the Hotel Ballast and other hotels. Embassy Suites guests have access to extensive
breakfast options at no additional charge, at the hotel. Other hotels, such as the Hampton Inn and Best
Western Plus, also offer a free breakfast.
Hotel Ballast
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.Check-in and registration desk hoursConvention Center River Concourse
8:30 – 9:45 a.m.General Session: Where Do We Go from Here? Dr. Rupert NacosteConvention Center Exhibit Hall
9:45 – 10:15 a.m.BreakConvention Center Concourse
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.General Session: Breaking the Spell of High Conflict – Amanda RipleyConvention Center Exhibit Hall
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.Networking lunchConvention Center Exhibit Hall
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.County Managers’ LuncheonConvention Center
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.Association of County Clerks business meetingHotel Ballast
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.NCABCO Scholarship BanquetEmbassy Suites Grand Ballroom
1:30 – 4:45 p.m.The Futures Game: Realizing the Long-Term Implications and Consequences of Decisions Made TodayConvention Center
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.Concurrent sessionsConvention Center
2:45 – 3:30 p.m.LGFCU Excellence in Innovation Awards ice cream break (session extends until 4:45 p.m. to allow
for additional time to visit with awards winners)
Convention Center Exhibit Hall
3:15 p.m.Host county highlight tour: Airlie Gardens
3:30 – 4:45 p.m.Concurrent sessionsConvention Center
EveningOn your own with optional activities (advanced sign-up required)
TimeSaturday, August 14Location
7 a.m.Networking breakfast
This general breakfast buffet is offered to conference registrants, as well as family guests of conference
registrants, staying at the Hotel Ballast and other hotels. Embassy Suites guests have access to extensive
breakfast options at no additional charge, at the hotel. Other hotels, such as the Hampton Inn and Best
Western Plus, also offer a free breakfast.
Hotel Ballast
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.Check-in and registration desk hoursConvention Center River Concourse
9 – 10:15 a.m.General Session: Keynote speaker TBAConvention Center Exhibit Hall
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.BreakConvention Center Concourse
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.Concurrent sessionsConvention Center
Noon – 12:45 p.m.Networking lunchConvention Center Exhibit Hall
12:45 – 1:30 p.m.Annual Business Session
County voting delegates will elect the slate of officers to join incoming President Frank Williams of
Brunswick County on the 2021-22 Executive Committee.
Convention Center Exhibit Hall
1:30 – 2:15 p.m.Tentative special sessionConvention Center Exhibit Hall
Time TBDHost county highlight tour: Screen Gems Studios (limited seating)
6 – 8:30 p.m.President’s Reception and Banquet
This festive President’s Reception and Banquet will honor Martin County Commissioner Ronnie Smith
for his term as Association President, and welcome Williams as the NCACC’s 105th President.
Separate tickets are required. Music provided by the Jim Ferris Trio.
Convention Center Exhibit Hall
8:30 p.m.New President’s ReceptionConvention Center Exhibit Hall