The League is hosting a webinar April 5 at 10 a.m. to discuss a recently approved increase to the employer contribution rate for the Local Government Employees’ Retirement System (LGERS). Registration is open. The LGERS Board approved the increase, effective for fiscal year 2019-20, to address a significant system funding shortfall expected in future years. The webinar will be an opportunity for staff of the Retirement Systems Division of the Treasurer’s Office to share information about the change and answer any questions League members may have.
The N.C. Utilities Commission held a hearing this week to learn from Duke Energy Carolinas why it didn’t comply with a commission order to produce a plan for innovative rates based on advance metering infrastructure (AMI) – a continuation of an issue the League raised in the utility’s 2017 rate case when it intervened on behalf of its members. It is the League’s hope that Duke Energy Carolinas will offer rates under which municipal customers can save money by making better decisions about energy usage.
The 2019 N.C. Main Street Conference, billed as "the state's premier gathering for downtown revitalization and development," is set for March 12-14 in Salisbury. The theme this year is "Time. Talent. Money." and will explore how those elements interact in downtown improvement. "The 2019 conference will offer attendees tools to help transform their downtown districts while allowing public-private partnerships to flourish, ways to help local businesses grow, and how to develop a comprehensive downtown program," says a press release. The event is put on by the N.C. Department of Commerce and its Main Street & Rural Planning Center, whose leaders expressed excitement in bringing it to Salisbury this year. Said Main Street Center Director Liz Parham, “Salisbury is the epitome of what a Main Street community is; a strong public-private partnership that develops innovative economic development strategies and initiatives, through the implementation of the Main Street Four-Point Approach." Registration and other information is at ncmainstreetconference.com.