Posted on: December 2, 2016

The Future of the Affordable Care Act

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?

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Posted on: October 18, 2013

Citizens Academies and Developing Community Capital

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.

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Posted on: October 18, 2013

Citizens Academies and Background Checks

Should applicants to citizens academies be subjected to some kind of background check before being allowed to participate?

School of Government Citizens Academies

Posted on: September 13, 2016

Bipartisanship Solves Versus Divides Our Nation

Today’s political environment is intensely polarized along partisan lines.

Civility in Government
Posted on: March 18, 2015

Creating a Culture of Civility

Civility is critical for sustaining the democratic principle that we are all entitled to hold and express our opinions.

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Posted on: February 27, 2015

The Path to Improving Civic Engagement

More can be done to bring people into the civic conversation. It's good for governments, communities and our civic process.

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Posted on: November 5, 2014

The Hard Work of Restoring Trust in Government

Countering the public's cynicism and mistrust starts with honest, open communication.

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

Durham County IS&T Receives Award for Best Tech Practices

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Durham, NC — In the digital age, government agencies must stay abreast of and understand best technology practices designed to improve the efficiency of policymaking in our quickly transforming society.

Recently, the National Association of Counties (NACo) named Durham County Information Services and Technology (IS&T) a “2017 Digital Counties Survey Winner.” The award-winning team, led by Chief Information Officer Greg Marrow, rec...

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Posted on: August 24, 2017

Henderson County Library Receives National Recognition for Improving Public Technology Services

Henderson County was featured in this month’s Edge Newsletter, which is an initiative affiliated with the Urban Libraries Council and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Henderson County was credited with improving services in three main areas including internal culture and services for individuals with disabilities, digital literacy services, and community partnerships to address workforce and economic development. Click...

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CountyLines
Posted on: August 24, 2017

Richmond County Celebrates New Emergency Operations Complex

The new complex will consolidate 911 calls from the Richmond County area, to directly dispatch law enforcement, fire, rescue and EMS after an initial call.

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CountyLines
Posted on: August 24, 2017

Randolph County Board of Commissioners Holds County Leadership Forum on Opioid Abuse

As part of the forum, the county voted to establish Opioid Abuse Council.  The Council will meet regularly and make recommendations to commissioners.

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Posted on: August 24, 2017

Onslow County ITS Department and ITS Director Glenn Hasteadt Recognized for Achievements

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The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo) honored Onslow County as the fourth place winner (in its population category) of the Digital Counties Survey Award.

Onslow County was selected among thousands of applicants for this prestigious award, which recognizes county performance, innovation, and cost efficiencies using technology.  NCACC presented Onslow County ITS Director Glenn Hasteadt with the Edwi...

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Posted on: August 24, 2017

Viola Harris, Edgecombe County Commissioner, Appointed by Governor to the NC Local Govt. Commission

To the North Carolina Local Government Commission, Gov. Cooper has named Viola Harris as a Current or Former County Commissioner Member. Harris is the current Commissioner of Edgecombe County and a previous member of the Local Government Commission. She i...

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Posted on: August 24, 2017

Mitchell County to hold event in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day

The county will host an event marking International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st, 6:00 p.m. at the new Mitchell County Courthouse, Bakersville, NC.

Alternate Inclement Weather Location: Mitchell High School Auditorium

Overdose Awareness Day has been a key remembrance event for those who have died from fatal drug overdoses since 2001. On August 31 thousands of people worldwide will stand alongside the ...

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Posted on: September 26, 2014

Community participation key to Bertie County’s new economic development plan

This 18-month, multi-faceted plan was a joint effort between the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and Bertie County community members.

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Posted on: September 17, 2014

NC Local Governments, Meet Your New State Partner for Economic Development

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.

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Posted on: September 10, 2014

Moody's Predicts Huge Potential for Public-Private Partnerships

Public-private partnerships are still relatively new for most U.S. states, but analysts anticipate they will become more common.

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Posted on: September 17, 2014

Economic Gardening Is Growing, But What Is It?

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.

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Posted on: April 1, 2014

Program aims to bridge gap in manufacturing jobs

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.

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Posted on: December 23, 2013

Dr. Mike Walden: Should we revive apprenticeships?

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.

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Posted on: January 2, 2014

When may NC Local Governments pay an economic development incentive?

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.

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Posted on: December 13, 2013

Did the NC Supreme Court put cash economic development incentives in jeopardy?

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?

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Posted on: December 13, 2013

Public Hearings (or not) for Economic Development Expenditures?

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?

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Posted on: December 13, 2013

How does Government Size Impact the Economy?

Perhaps few topics can start a verbal clash more than the debate over government size and the economy.

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Posted on: December 13, 2013

Can Growth Solve our Economic Problems?

Is boosting the economic growth rate one of the keys to solving many of the state's problems?

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Posted on: December 13, 2013

Special Assessments for Economic Development Projects

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.

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Posted on: November 6, 2014

You’ve Won Your Election – Time for Ethics Training!

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.

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Posted on: July 31, 2017

Is America Talking About Opioids the Wrong Way?

The current drug crisis is different from previous ones. Some say it requires a new mode of thinking.

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Posted on: July 7, 2017

'Giving Help and Not Asking for It': Inside the Mental Health of First Responders

Human tragedy comes with the badge -- but help dealing with it often doesn't.

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Posted on: July 6, 2017

A What-Works Approach to the Opioid Crisis

New federal funding will help, but states need to focus it on treatment backed by evidence.

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Posted on: June 30, 2017

NC Opioid Summit 'Productive,' 'Impressive,' 'Terrific'

The NC Department of Health and Human Services released a number of articles following the June 28-29 Opioid Misuse & Overdose Prevention Summit.

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

President’s commission on drug addiction and opioid crisis holds first meeting

The three major topics discussed at the commission meeting were the availability of evidence-based addiction treatment options, the connection between mental health and substance abuse and, especially important to counties, the impact of Medicaid on the o...

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Posted on: June 14, 2017

‘Stepping Up’ stakeholders step back to review progress

County officials and other stakeholders gathered May 31 in Washington to look back at the successes and continued challenges of the two-year-old Stepping Up program, a collaborative effort to keep the mentally ill out of county jails.

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Posted on: February 23, 2017

Community Ready for a Fight

Macon County Commissioners heard impassioned cries for help last week from families that have lost loved ones to addiction.

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Posted on: January 31, 2017

Forsyth County Launching Initiative to Reduce Number of People Jailed with Mental Illness

A national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails will start accepting participants next month.

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Posted on: January 27, 2017

Counties Step Up to Reduce Number of Mentally Ill People in Jails

The national campaign to find alternatives to incarcerating people with mentall illness takes time, but it has begun.

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

Should Religious Leaders Help Close Mental Health Care's Gap?

Particularly in rural areas, governments are increasingly turning to them to ease the shortage of providers, blurring the line between religion and medicine.

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Posted on: February 14, 2017

Opioids Send Ohio Foster Care into Costly Overdrive

by Charles Taylor, National Association of Counties

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Posted on: December 21, 2016

Obama Signs Broad, Bipartisan Mental Health, Addiction, Justice Bill

Addiction and behavioral health highlight 21st Century Cures Act

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Posted on: November 14, 2016

How Algorithms Could Help Keep People Out of Jail

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.

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Posted on: October 18, 2016

Minnesota Moves Forward on Launching Statewide Crisis Line

The state is poised to join national trend of having a single hot line number.

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Posted on: September 29, 2016

Rural America Finally Gets Mental Health Help

People in remote areas have long lacked access to mental health services. The movement to fix that is showing signs of life.

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Posted on: November 5, 2015

County eyes combining physical, mental health care

Edgecombe County is gearing up to offer innovative mental health services, including having psychologists on hand at health clinics.

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