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The 2021 session of the General Assembly proved to be the longest in the state’s history. Even as the year ended, legislators continued to pass legislation related to the 2022 elections and the creation of new electoral districts. Noteworthy as its length was, the successes for cities and towns were every bit as significant. In many ways, those successes were the...
Over the past year, cities and towns across North Carolina have faced monumental and unprecedented challenges due to the global pandemic. Those same challenges have extended to this organization, as it has sought to be responsive to the member cities and towns that it serves. As my term as president of your NC League of Municipalities comes to an end,...
How federal ARP dollars can address local water, sewer, and other infrastructure needs. INTRODUCTION North Carolina cities and towns will receive $1.3 billion in federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds in 2021 and 2022. That is a staggering number, and it encompasses just a small piece of the ARP. More funds will be sent to North Carolina counties. Still more is...
All across our state, cities and towns implement transformational changes when given the opportunity. The case studies presented here highlight that leadership and showcase the transformational changes that can occur when our communities receive support. Support Received $50,000 grant in 2017; $4.5 million in grants in 2020.   Projects Catch up on deferred maintenance; water and sewer organization.   Goals Sustainable infrastructure; lower rates for utility users. CASE...
Wilmington, doing amazing work to its riverfront vista and downtown pedestrian-scape, was buzzing on the day Southern City visited for some fond photography. No matter what corner of downtown we checked out, feet were moving, sidewalk cafes were full, and shops were ringing up lines of patrons. This busy, riverside city will be the location of CityVision 2022, the...
Struggling to figure out how to best spend your American Rescue Plan funds? Here is a sampling of eligible spending areas explicitly referenced by the U.S. Treasury. 1. Own a utility? Upgrade your system’s operations. » Local ARP funds are eligible to be spent on any project that is eligible under the federal Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds....
Putting experience to use in serving our firefighters. Firefighters have one of the toughest, most wildcard, jobs out there. The risks they run any day of the week can have serious consequences, and T.J. Deluca knows. He’s gone from starting in 1987 with a volunteer squad to a firefighter with the City of New York Fire Department. Deluca currently still...
A new awards program is set to acknowledge the proactive, creative, and resourceful efforts of North Carolina cities and towns. Coming from the League’s Local Leadership Foundation, winners are to be featured at a luncheon coinciding with the CityVision annual conference in Wilmington in April. “This awards program will let them (the cities and towns of our state) elevate outstanding achievements...
At every stop along her career, Council member Nicole Stewart has found herself both as a leader and as a developer of future leaders. Now, as a foremost voice for a new perspective in Raleigh, she’s in that position again. They don’t know how Nicole Stewart finds the time. As Raleigh’s Mayor Pro Tem, a mom of two, NC Conservation...
As the new Executive Director of the North Carolina League of Municipalities, I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve a group I find awe-inspiring: the cities and towns of North Carolina. It’s a collection easy to be proud of. The work happening in each of our hometowns is nothing short of remarkable. There are of course...
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