The deadline is now! Pre-register today for CityVision 2018, coming up Sept. 19-21 in Hickory. CityVision is the League's premier event full of engaging keynote speakers and informative sessions that will give you the tools you need to face the challenges in your hometowns head on. This year, CityVision will offer roundtable discussions following each general session to address shared challenges, connect with regional partners and engage in facilitated discussions to gain practical information that you can use immediately. This is the best opportunity for municipal officials from around the state to dive deep into issues like broadband and technology, infrastructure, branding your municipality and, most of all, grants -- finding the money you need to prepare your municipality for tomorrow. State Attorney General Josh Stein is also on the agenda to discuss the scourge of opioid abuse and how communities can fight back. The annual conference also is where members elect officers and make any constitutional or bylaw changes. Pre-registration ends Friday, Aug. 24, so REGISTER NOW to avoid increased walk-in registration fees.
The League is seeking local leaders to serve on its newly-created Broadband Task Force. Members of this group will serve as strategic advisors and ambassadors for changing state broadband policies to clearly allow local governments to build broadband infrastructure. If you are interested in becoming a task force member, please email League Legislative Counsel Erin Wynia.
An interim House committee examining current challenges faced by public sector water and sewer systems resumed its work Wednesday. The committee, which met twice earlier this year, continued its charge by learning more about the tools that local governments in North Carolina currently have to cooperate more closely in running their systems. At the meeting, UNC School of Government faculty members Norma Houston and Jeff Hughes briefed the committee on models utilized across the state for regional cooperation, including forming regional entities, such as water and sewer authorities, or entering into interlocal agreements. As to next steps, while committee co-chair Rep. Chuck McGrady stated that he had no firm vision of the direction the committee’s recommendations might take, he hoped they would focus on ways to assist systems that faced financial difficulties, as well as ways to assure clean water. Representative McGrady mentioned that a stakeholder group—on which the League has participated—would bring recommendations back to the committee for its consideration at its next meeting, likely to take place in late September. Contact: Erin Wynia