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With the November 8th election of Donald Trump as President and of a majority-Republican United States Congress, the question naturally arises: what will happen to the Affordable Care Act?
Good news for employers scrambling to prepare their first set of Affordable Care Act-required health coverage information returns in time for the IRS’s deadlines! The February 1st deadline for giving information to employees and the February 28th and Marc...Read on...
Citizens academies are educational programs conducted by local governments to create better informed and engaged citizens. These programs involve ordinary citizens participating in several sessions taught by local government officials.
Should applicants to citizens academies be subjected to some kind of background check before being allowed to participate?
Today’s political environment is intensely polarized along partisan lines.
Civility is critical for sustaining the democratic principle that we are all entitled to hold and express our opinions.
More can be done to bring people into the civic conversation. It's good for governments, communities and our civic process.
Countering the public's cynicism and mistrust starts with honest, open communication.
Longtime Davidson County commissioner and current board Vice Chairman Larry Potts celebrated his retirement from the board Monday as he begins his transition to the North Carolina General Assembly.
NCACC Risk Management Pools Awards 2016 Frank Bonner Scholarship
Edgecombe County Risk Manager Kimberly Myers has been chosen as the recipient of the 2016 Frank Bonner Scholarship, which is presented annually by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC). The intent of the scholarship is to further ...
Glen Webb, Immediate Past President of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners and a Pitt County Commissioner, was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory on Aug. 12 to serve on his Crime Commission. The term begins immediately and expires Feb. 28, 2019.
Glen Webb, Immediate Past President of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners and Pitt County Commissioner, was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to serve on his Crime Commission effective Aug. 12. The term begins immediately and expires F...Read on...
New grant process makes application submission easier
Whether one is an official aspiring for the best deal for the taxpayers or a vendor trying to decide whether to invest millions of dollars in a P3 bid, there are principles that can provide guideposts.
North Carolina property tax law contains more than 60 full or partial exemptions for property. A number of these exemptions are aimed at property that might be part of a local government’s community economic development plans.Read on...
This 18-month, multi-faceted plan was a joint effort between the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and Bertie County community members.
SL 2014-18 authorizes the N.C. Department of Commerce to enter into a contract with a nonprofit entity in order to carry out many of the Department's economic development recruiting and marketing functions for the state.
Public-private partnerships are still relatively new for most U.S. states, but analysts anticipate they will become more common.
Instead of trying to lure big companies with tax incentives, more and more places are trying to increase the number of local businesses to boost their economies.
Hillsborough County, Fla., is investing $1 million over two years to create an apprenticeship program that officials hope will spur some parents and students to rethink their career plans.
In North Carolina, there are only 5,700 active apprentices in 2013. In contrast, apprenticeship programs in some European countries have been on the rise and are considered a fundamental component of their worker training system.
News outlets regularly report about the latest company lured to North Carolina by a cash economic development incentives from local government and the state. Local government incentives often take the form of an annual payment based on several conditions.
Many local governments use cash incentives to attract business but there is no specific statute that grants this authority, only an implied authority in GS 158-7.1(a). What happens if the NC Supreme Court is reluctant to agree with this implied authority?
A town’s economic development director has proposed two ED expenditures for town council to consider. She asserts that no public hearing is required for either of these expenditures. The town attorney says a public hearing is needed for both. Who's right?
Perhaps few topics can start a verbal clash more than the debate over government size and the economy.
Is boosting the economic growth rate one of the keys to solving many of the state's problems?
Tonald Drump, a national real estate tycoon, is interested in developing an area in Frugal Village, NC. His proposal includes mixed-use residential and commercial development, located just outside downtown.
Elections are over, TV ads are back to normal, and mail boxes are no longer full of campaign flyers. Among the duties required of newly elected and reelected local government officials is that they participate in mandatory ethics training.
Contains many provisions that would impact counties
Steve Leifman knew Miami-Dade's courts had a problem. Ten years ago the longtime jurist realized that his county was putting too many people with mental health problems in jail.
The state is poised to join national trend of having a single hot line number.
People in remote areas have long lacked access to mental health services. The movement to fix that is showing signs of life.
Diverting low-level, nonviolent offenders into treatment saves millions of dollars and makes our streets safer.
Across the country, a critical shortage of state psychiatric beds is forcing mentally ill patients with severe symptoms to be held in emergency rooms, hospitals and jails while they wait for a bed, sometimes for weeks.
A new comprehensive health care center will provide 24-hour mental health and addiction urgent care, outpatient behavioral health treatment and beds for people in crisis.
A shift in thinking on mental health led to a dramatic drop in youth incarcerations.
New Hanover County will expand its options for substance abuse treatment by funding a new treatment center that's designed to keep addicts from going to jail or to the emergency room.
Wellness organizations in eastern NC have launched a pilot program with two screening kiosks in Hyde and Dare counties to help people identify behavioral issues and connect with resources.
Edgecombe County is gearing up to offer innovative mental health services, including having psychologists on hand at health clinics.
Smoky Mountain LME/MCO regional center opens opportunity for new facility-based crisis center for children and youth.