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LINC'ed IN: January 25, 2013 

Out and About in North Carolina

Governor McCrory Address Members as NCLM Advocacy Goals Set for 2013-14 Biennium - Thursday (January 24), more than 300 municipal officials representing 121 North Carolina cities met in Raleigh to determine the advocacy priorities of the League for the upcoming legislative biennium.  As the culmination of a year-long, membership-driven goals development process, cities of all sizes voted to select and prioritize 25 legislative goals, 5 regulatory goals, and then updated the NCLM Core Municipal Principles – having started with 169 goals from 45 hometowns and four League affiliate groups. 

View the Approved Advocacy Goals here

Midday, Governor Pat McCrory addressed the assembled city officials.  McCrory, the former mayor of Charlotte, began his speech by saying he wasn't using a written speech prepared by his staff. "I don't need a speech to talk to the League -- I'm one of them. I'm back home."  He emphasized the importance of economic development within cities and the fiscal health of local communities to the overall future of North Carolina:  “The health of main street really determines the health of our state.”  He invited the League and its members to sit down with him in the near future to begin working on joint solutions and to bolster the partnership between the state and cities.  Cities across North Carolina thank Governor McCrory for being part of our goal setting conference, and for reaching out to include city officials in solving difficult problems for the state.

At lunch, city officials were briefed by former Rep. Carolyn Justice, Rep. Ruth Samuelson, and Rep. Larry Hall on the importance of relationship building between city officials and legislators.  Justice called on city officials to visit as often as possible throughout the year with legislators, and to get to know their local delegations in calm times, so that a relationship is in place when a city or town has a need for help from their legislators.  City officials appreciate the helpful and frank advice provided by this esteemed panel.

Coming Soon

General Assembly - Full Legislative Calendar

N.C. General Assembly reconvenes, Wednesday, January 30

12 Noon - Session Convenes - House

12 Noon - Session Convenes - Senate

Nutrient Scientific Advisory Board, February 1, 9:30 am, Triangle J Council of Governments Meeting Room, Durham

Buffer Mitigation Rules public hearing, February 6, 7:00 pm, Archdale Building Ground Floor Hearing Room, Raleigh 

Buffer Mitigation Rules public hearing, February 12, 7:00 pm, Pitt Community College, Goess Multipurpose Room #137-139, Winterville  

State Water Infrastructure Commission, February 15, 10:00 am, Green Square, Raleigh

Ecological Flows Science Advisory Board, February 19, 9:00 am, Stan Adams Training Center, Jordan Lake Educational Forest, 2832 Big Woods Road, Chapel Hill