Legislative Update: Cities See Highly Successful Legislative Session

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...

Speaking Out: A Year of Challenges and Opportunities

Over the past year, cities and towns across North Carolina have faced monumental and unprecedented challenges due to the global pandemic. Those same challenges...

The American Rescue Plan & Local Infrastructure: 2021 Report

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...

The American Rescue Plan & Local Infrastructure: Case Studies

All across our state, cities and towns implement transformational changes when given the opportunity. The case studies presented here highlight that leadership and showcase...

Local Spotlight: Wilmington

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...

How to Invest ARP Funds in Utilities

Struggling to figure out how to best spend your American Rescue Plan funds? Here is a sampling of eligible spending areas explicitly referenced by...

NCLM Program Addresses Fire Department Needs

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...

League’s Foundation to Award Cities, Towns for Standout Work

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...

Nicole Stewart Cannot Stop Creating New Leaders

At every stop along her career, Council member Nicole Stewart has found herself both as a leader and as a developer of future leaders....

Taking the Field: Proud to Lead, Excited for the Future

As the new Executive Director of the North Carolina League of Municipalities, I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve a...