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League, County Officials gather with Governor 

By Ben Brown, NCLM Advocacy Communication Associate

They called the gathering "historic."

Around a large table in one of the most notable residences in North Carolina were executive committee members of both the League of Municipalities and the N.C. Association of County Commissioners. At the head of the table, Gov. Pat McCrory and top staffers.

Their focus: priorities and common ground. Local government leaders including League President Lestine Hutchens, the mayor of Elkin, updated Gov. McCrory on legislative priorities and found agreement on the importance of fellowship among all levels of government to achieve shared goals.

The governor assembled the March 23 meeting at the Executive Mansion on Blount Street in Raleigh to stay posted on local-level interests. League and NCACC officials also thanked Gov. McCrory for his leadership in locally significant legislation, including the voter-approved $2 billion Connect NC bond package, which will deliver $309.5 million for improvements to local water and sewer systems, as well as the recent reinstatement of historic rehabilitation tax credits that help communities revitalize.

Altogether, 14 municipal and county advocates attended.

"I think it’s newsworthy and historic that the League of Municipalities and the Association of County Commissioners sat together in a joint meeting at the governor’s table," said Mayor Hutchens. "So many times, we have been at odds with each other when there are so many areas where we can work together."

Both the League and NCACC communicated needs for new revenue options and flexibility as municipalities and counties work to deliver quality service to residents.

Gov. McCrory is planning for additional League-NCACC roundtables to keep the conversation going.

Alongside Mayor Hutchens, League Board of Directors members in attendance included: Zebulon Mayor Bob Matheny, First Vice President; Clayton Mayor Jody McLeod; Washington City Council Member William Pitt; and Cary Town Council Member Jennifer Robinson. League Executive Director Paul Meyer and Director of Public and Government Affairs Rose Vaughn Williams also attended.

Gov. McCrory was joined by top staff members including Chief of Staff Thomas Stith, Deputy Chief of Staff Jimmy Broughton and Budget Director Andrew Heath.

The League would like to thank Gov. McCrory and staff for their time.