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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?
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.
The NC Department of Information Technology’s NC 911 Board is now accepting grant applications for its Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) grant program.
Applicants have until June 7, 2017 to submit proposals for PSAP projects under the following categories: 1) consolidation; 2) individual PSAP enhancement/replacement; or 3) regional initiative enhancement/replacement.
Click here to access the application. ...
On March 2, 2017 former Durham County Manager and long-time public administrator, George Howard Williams died at age 73.
He served as County Manager from September 1991 to October 1995 and held various positions in local government in North Carolina, Virginia and California. He also served as chief architect and planner of the Soul City project. He is r...
On March 10, 2017, David P. Monteith, of Bryson City passed away at age 70.
He served as Swain County Commissioner since 1998 and was a volunteer at the Swain County Heritage Museum, which he helped establish. Scott McLeod of Smoky Mountain News wrote about Monteith’s legacy in a recent article, noting that &a...
On March 13, the N.C. Open Government Coalition honored Orange County with a Sunshine Award as part of its annual Sunshine Day.
On March 13, the N.C. Open Government Coalition honored Orange County with a Sunshine Award as part of its annual Sunshine Day. The award honors people and organizations that foster open government and transparency in public service. ...
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.
Macon County Commissioners heard impassioned cries for help last week from families that have lost loved ones to addiction.
A national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails will start accepting participants next month.
The national campaign to find alternatives to incarcerating people with mentall illness takes time, but it has begun.
Particularly in rural areas, governments are increasingly turning to them to ease the shortage of providers, blurring the line between religion and medicine.
by Charles Taylor, National Association of Counties
Addiction and behavioral health highlight 21st Century Cures Act
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.
Edgecombe County is gearing up to offer innovative mental health services, including having psychologists on hand at health clinics.