In a presentation to the funding appropriations strategies committee of the N.C. Board of Transportation on Wednesday, the League focused on the considerations city officials are making now to ensure that transportation systems several decades in the future meet the needs of North Carolinians. Because city officials must work so closely with state transportation staff and leaders, the priorities of both groups benefit from being aligned. The League urged the state policymakers on this committee to broaden their thinking about what constituted a transportation system to include modes of travel beyond cars and trucks. The League also focused on broadband connectivity and data security as two unavoidable components of future transportation systems. Contact: Erin Wynia
“As local leaders, we see firsthand what policies work and the solutions our residents need from all levels of government,” NLC Immediate Past President Matt Zone, councilmember from Cleveland, Ohio, said in a press release. “We’ll need to work together to address our nation’s toughest challenges, including rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure. Building strong federal-local partnerships can result in solutions for our residents that will strengthen local economies for generations to come."
The time is now to register for the best municipal-legislative networking event around. Sign up by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 11 to reserve your seat at the 2019 Town & State Dinner, a prized gathering that will bring local officials and lawmakers together to build relationships and discuss teamwork. The dinner, to include special guest speakers, is scheduled for Feb. 20 in Raleigh, and seats are filling quickly. Attention municipal officials: be sure to personally invite your legislator. Last year's dinner was a resounding success for bringing city and town leaders together with their delegation and creating opportunities for new relationships. Prior to dinnertime, informative afternoon sessions for attendees will cover affordable housing, broadband access and an update on legislative matters. Wait no longer; register now for the 2019 Town & State Dinner.
A program to fix up homes damaged by Hurricane Florence has a new, extended deadline for participation. According to a press release from the governor's office, Sunday will be the last day for eligible homeowners to fill out the forms required for the Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program for partial home repairs done at no cost to the homeowner. "Getting people back in safe, livable homes in their own communities is key to recovering from Hurricane Florence and the STEP program can help," said Gov. Roy Cooper. Click here for complete information.