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A Photo Gallery of the League’s 4th Annual Town & State Dinner Hundreds of mayors, city council members, appointed staffers, and other municipal officials gathered with state House and Senate members representing communities across North Carolina this summer for the 4th Annual Town & State Dinner, an event the League of Municipalities held in Raleigh for face-to-face goodwill-building. Over plated...
It has been roughly a decade since the North Carolina General Assembly ended involuntary annexation in the state. In the years since, cities have continued to grow, largely through voluntary annexation that typically involves developers beginning new development seeking access to city water and sewer service and agreeing to be pulled into a municipalities’ corporate boundaries in exchange for that...
The traveling one-stop ARP shop makes four stops this fall, working its way west to east across North Carolina. The American Rescue Plan is a big deal. It is more than a billion dollars to the cities and towns of North Carolina. It is a once-in-a-generation chance. It is an opportunity to not only recover from the pandemic, but to...
The League’s Quarterly Legislator Q&A Meeting State Rep. Amos Quick at his vocational office was enough on its own, without a word yet spoken, to convey his deep connections to well-being and human potential. Quick is a pastor, and his office is within Calvary Baptist Church on Hilltop Road in High Point, where a sign outside bears Quick’s name, welcomes...
If there’s a leadership position available, Owen Thomas is likely to step in. Now, as a local leader for the City of Lumberton, he’s utilizing his go-getter mentality to move the community forward. The theme that runs through Owen Thomas’ public life is one of maximum involvement. Starting as early as his days as a college student, Thomas found roles...
NCLM’s podcast is back in 2022, covering some of the most interesting and important topics around the League and around the state. Pre-pandemic, the League’s award-winning podcast Municipal Equation put a light on city-centric narratives nationwide. From planning to administration and downtown history to new urban concepts, Municipal Equation was a beacon of informative, interesting, and compelling stories. After a brief,...
Throughout this issue, you’ll see a consistent theme: local officials and state legislators working together. It’s a partnership that breeds success, not just for you at home, but for our state as a whole. When our lawmakers are tuned in to city concerns, are aware of pressing issues and understand the intricacies of the communities they represent, everyone comes...
The American Rescue Plan offers a generational opportunity for our municipalities, not just to recover from the pandemic, but to thrive well into the future. It is this forward-looking aspect of the ARP that is most consequential. How best can we utilize this money to create a lasting impact? All across North Carolina, cities and towns are developing plans and...
In the spring of 2022, NCLM hosted two Congressional Luncheons, bringing together our local leaders with our federal lawmakers to discuss the most pressing issues facing both our cities and our state. The League first hosted Rep. David Price and Rep. Deborah Ross in Raleigh for a discussion moderated by Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin. Next, NCLM hosted Rep. Patrick McHenry...
After the 2021 legislative session that saw cities and towns reap tremendous infrastructure and other funding, this year’s follow-up was, well, a bit of a bore. At least as much as any legislative session can be. That doesn’t mean that Mark Twain’s admonishment about always being aware while a legislature is in session was able to be ignored in 2022....
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