Six initial partnerships are on deck with Hometown Strong, Gov. Roy Cooper's rural-focused economic improvement program, according to the governor's office. Burke, Edgecombe, Lenoir, Madison, Pasquotank, and Robeson counties will be the first in what coordinators say will bring "local leaders together with officials from across state government to remove barriers, increase communication and identify long-term opportunities and needs." An "action team" of representatives from state cabinet agencies are slated to hold roundtable discussions with these partners, "creating new templates for leveraging the resources of state government to benefit rural North Carolina." Hometown Strong facilitators consulted or coordinated with numerous groups, including the League, ahead of the rollout. More partnerships will be announced, according to a press release. More information is at hometownstrong.nc.gov.