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 Background Checks

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

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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: September 13, 2016

Bipartisanship Solves Versus Divides Our Nation

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

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 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

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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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

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

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

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

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: May 18, 2017

Mental health forum participants call for end of treatment stigma

A call for ending the stigma of seeking help was a repeated theme during the May 6 Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Public Forum in Warrenton.

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Posted on: May 18, 2017

NC PIC: Stepping Up Summit a Success

On May 9, the Practice Improvement Collaborative, NC Department of Health and Human Services, partnered with the NC Association of County Commissioners; the Governor’s Institute; the NC Psychiatric Association; the National Alliance on Mental Il...

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Posted on: May 12, 2017

Opioid forum is pilot for statewide program

Davidson County Commissioner Fred McClure wants all counties in the state to bring together people to address the opioid epidemic spreading throughout the nation. The NCACC President has created a program in which individual counties can develop opioid fo...

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Posted on: May 4, 2017

People with mental illness at increased risk for homelessness, incarceration

Of the estimated 11,448 homeless people in North Carolina in 2014, 18.9 percent – nearly one in five – had a serious mental illness, according to the N.C. Coalition to End Homelessness.

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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: February 14, 2017

Opioids Send Ohio Foster Care into Costly Overdrive

by Charles Taylor, National Association of Counties

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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: 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: September 2, 2016

Why We Need to Move Away From Jailing the Mentally Ill

Diverting low-level, nonviolent offenders into treatment saves millions of dollars and makes our streets safer.

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Posted on: August 2, 2016

Amid Shortage of Psychiatric Beds, Mentally Ill Face Long Waits for Treatment

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.

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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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Posted on: May 21, 2017

County funds pay for state shortcomings

The Pitt County Board of Commissioners must consider a tax increase because of the state Legislature’s chronic failure to adequately fund public schools and community colleges.

Full article from The Greenville Daily Reflector