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County Commissioner Howerton Updates U.S. Congressional Leaders on THRIVE Initiative

Post Date:01/10/2018 11:30 AM

Washington, D.C. – Durham County Commissioner and North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) President Brenda Howerton met with North Carolina’s Senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield, and Governor Roy Cooper’s Director of Federal Government Relations, Jim McCleskey, to discuss the progress of her statewide initiative “100 Counties: Helping Our Children THRIVE.”


The mission of THRIVE is to inspire and support county government’s effort to grow and maintain the social, economic and physical health of all North Carolina children. Commissioner Howerton also discussed the importance of providing long-term, stable funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which is a federal program that provides health care coverage for children in lower and middle-income families and eligible pregnant women. Commissioner Howerton visited Washington, D.C. this week to participate in the annual National Council of County Association Executives (NCCAE) Presidents & Executive Directors meeting, which was hosted by the National Association of Counties.


“It is up to us – as community leaders – to stand up and find solutions that give our children the essentials that they need to thrive. It is imperative that county leaders work together with our state and federal partners to support programs and policies that help children in all 100 counties throughout North Carolina,” said Commissioner Howerton. “I am encouraged by all the great things our counties are doing to address the needs of children and I look forward to working with our Congressional delegation and the state as the THRIVE initiative continues to unfold.” 


Durham and the rest of North Carolina’s 100 counties are on the front lines of child services issues, especially as county social service departments face increasing demands because of the opioid crisis. As part of Commissioner Howerton’s THRIVE initiative, NCACC is holding three regional meetings to educate local leaders, promote collaboration, and strengthen the teams working in our counties on child welfare issues. Additionally, under Howerton’s leadership, NCACC is conducting research and hosting various events this year to share best practices on effective programs and services offered by counties to support children. Click here to view the “2017 State of Durham County’s Young Children and the 2017 Pre-K Task Force Report.”


In addition to leading the THRIVE initiative, Howerton also serves as a member of the Social Services Regional Supervision and Collaboration Working Group, which was created by a new state law enacted last year, the Family/Child Protection and Accountability Act, also known as Rylan’s Law. Howerton was elected to the Durham Board of Commissioners in 2008 and reelected in 2012 and 2016. She received her B.S. Degree, in Business Management, Magna Cum Laude, from Shaw University and a certification in Executive Coaching from North Carolina State University. She is the owner of The Howerton Consulting, Inc., where she specializes in organizational development and executive coaching for public and private industries. Visit Howerton’s Durham County Commission webpage to view her other esteemed appointments and achievements.


For additional information, contact the Durham County Manager’s Office at (919) 560-0000 or email