Commissioner Brenda Howerton Joins NCACC Executive Committee for Meeting with Governor Roy Cooper
Durham, NC — On Monday, September 18, 2017 members of the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) and officials from the North Carolina League of Municipalities gathered in Raleigh for a joint meeting with Governor Roy Cooper to discuss local government issues. The meeting focused on the need for school construction funding and access to high speed internet and mental health care, which are NCACC priorities.
“Forward thinking regarding the management of public resources, particularly those impacting the most vulnerable in our society, is critical as no one can guarantee what the future holds. The priorities covered in this meeting were spot on as we as leaders are looked to for decision-making that proves to be progressive, promotes and protects,” said Commissioner Brenda Howerton who also serves as president of the NCACC.
In addition, President Howerton discussed her initiative for the coming year, “100 Counties: Helping Our Children Thrive.” NCACC will work with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on the initiative, which will begin this fall with regional convening events on the state of child welfare. It will also include a summit in the spring to discuss education, health, safety and skills development for children throughout the 100 counties.
The group also discussed the need for local governments to have sufficient flexibility and options for raising revenue. Governor Cooper acknowledged the important role local governments play in policy making, and expressed his appreciation for the advice he received as a legislator from other members of the General Assembly who had prior experience as local officials. “Government closest to the people governs best,” said Governor Cooper.
“Effective leaders work together and through hard work, almost any goal benefiting our communities can be achieved.”
Members of NCACC’s Executive Committee and NCACC officials in attendance included Brenda Howerton, Durham County Commissioner, NCACC President; Larry Phillips, Surry County Commissioner, NCACC President Elect; Kevin Austin, Yadkin County Commissioner, NCACC First Vice President; Ronnie Smith, Martin County Commissioner, NCACC Second Vice President; Fred McClure, Davidson County Commissioner, NCACC Past President; Kevin Leonard, Executive Director, and Johanna Reese, Director of Government Relations. Governor Roy Cooper was joined by Jordan Whichard, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs; Jenni Owen, Director of Policy; and Charlie Perusse, Budget Director.
Editors: Print quality photos may be downloaded from https://ncacc.smugmug.com/NCACC-Executive-Officers-Meeting-with-Governor-Cooper/ Photo should be credited as follows: Photo courtesy Chris Baucom/NCACC.
About the NCACC
The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) is the official voice of all 100 counties on issues being considered by the General Assembly, Congress and federal and state agencies. The Association provides expertise to counties in the areas of lobbying, fiscal and legal research, communications, intergovernmental relations, information technology, field visits and risk management services.