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Firefighters Cancer Legislation Provides Help and Balance

For several years, North Carolina firefighters have sought changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system to create a legal presumption that certain cancers were caused by exposures related to their work. It’s an understandable goal....

Cities, Towns Grapple with Labor Shortage: Public Works, Utilities Among the Hard-to-Fill

It seems inconsistent: pandemic-related, record-level job losses while employers report their own hardships in finding workers. But that’s the nature of what analysts have called one of the strangest labor shortages in memory. Nationally,...

Local Spotlight: Fuquay-Varina

On a recent drive, Southern City rolled through the ever-growing Wake County town of Fuquay-Varina and stopped at a few spots for photos of the activity. It’s a vision of a successfully managed town....

ARP Corner: The American Rescue Plan in Action

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...

The Infrastructure Bill: What’s in It and What It Means for North Carolina

Cities, towns, and villages have been calling on Congress to get to work on an infrastructure package since 2016, and on November 15, 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was signed into law...

Taking the Field: Keeping Up with Pension System Demands

It may largely fly under the public radar, but cities and towns have been paying significantly more into the Local Government Employees’ Retirement System (LGERS) these past years and the increases do not seem...

‘Hometown Carolina’ Highlights Diverse Character of NC Cities and Towns

The individual character of North Carolina’s cities and towns matters, and the NC League of Municipalities, working with WRAL-TV in Raleigh, is working to showcase how city officials are protecting and enhancing that community...

Mayor Karen Alexander: Through Leadership, a Legacy

Through calmness and confidence and the overcoming of crises, Alexander exits her yearlong League presidency having made a significant impact. Karen Alexander’s year as the NC League President is bursting with the notion of legacy....

Deep Ties: Senator Natalie Murdock Has Lived Public Service

The league’s quarterly legislator Q&A In talking with Sen. Natalie Murdock, a Democrat representing the Durham area, it doesn’t take long to recognize her enthusiasm for legislative service. She describes herself as a policy wonk...

League Update: CityVision 2022: Wilmington! A Brief Look at What’s to Come April 27–28

You can stroll one of the top riverwalks in the country, absorb emerging issues, network with colleagues from around the state and tour the Cape Fear—it's all part of CityVision 2022, NCLM's annual conference,...