Register now for a League-sponsored forum that will discuss how to bring broadband networks to your community and make it more economically resilient. The April 20 event in Raleigh features an elite group of speakers that includes NCLM broadband report co-author Joanne Hovis, president of CTC Technology and Energy and a recognized expert on communications policy at the federal, state, and local levels. Gov. Roy Cooper will open the daylong conference, former Gov. James B. Hunt will serve as the keynote speaker, and Rep. Craig Horn will discuss the importance of internet access in our schools. Attendees will benefit from hearing a playbook of actionable steps they can take back home to advance local broadband projects.
Sixty-six percent of the state's counties grew between 2016 and 2017, beating the national growth average, according to a news release from the governor's office citing recent U.S. Census data. Brunswick County -- home to 19 municipalities -- saw the largest growth rate at nearly 22 percent. The estimates "also highlighted growth in Southern Pines (Moore County) and Dunn (Harnett County)," said the governor's office. "Both cities ranked among the top ten for numeric growth among micropolitan areas in the country, defined by the Census Bureau as urban clusters of between 10,000 and 50,000 residents." The Office of State Budget and Management has more information.