Capitol Corner June 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives is readying an infrastructure bill with plans to consider it on the House floor in late June or early July. New House rules on remote work require committees to hold a virtual hearing before they can hold a virtual markup, and a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee held a hearing…

Capitol Corner May 2020

The Senate resumed at the end of April and the House will start back May 11. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that her starting point for next relief package (Phase 4) is up to $1 trillion in aid for states and local governments that allows making up for lost revenues. She and Senate Majority Leader…

Ready to Restart: Local Government Planning Guide

Is your city, town or county prepared to safely reopen? Throughout the coronavirus crisis, local governments across the Centralina region adjusted operations to provide essential services, information and emergency response. As we begin to ramp up in-person municipal and county operations in an era of our “new normal,” we encourage our members to consider these…

Older Americans Month 2020: Make Your Mark

For 57 years, Older Americans Month has been a special time to recognize the contributions these individuals made to our country. The Administration for Community Living, an organization that provides resources to help older Americans and people with disabilities stay healthy and independent, leads the observance each May and offers materials to help communities support…

Region of Excellence Awards – Nominate Today

The Region of Excellence Awards are an opportunity to recognize and celebrate how local governments and partners expand opportunity and improve quality of life across our region. We encourage you to nominate a project, program or plan that made a significant and positive community contribution in 2019. In light of current circumstances, we have extended…

Capitol Corner April 2020

In early March, what now seems like an eternity ago, two of the primary national organizations for local governments – the National Association of Counties and National League of Cities — held their annual legislative conferences in Washington, DC. Before COVID-19 took over the world and dominated our conversations, there were some key takeaways that…

How to Hold Public Virtual Meetings

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, local governments in North Carolina are canceling, postponing, modifying and avoiding gatherings of people. This creates issues for local governments that are required by North Carolina statute to conduct public hearings and meetings to remain in compliance with state law and local ordinances. Centralina Council of Governments has created…

Capitol Corner March 2020

Centralina Executive Director, Geraldine Gardner, and federal relations consultant, Leslie Mozingo, were in Washington DC on February 20th to meet with Congressional offices and federal agencies about Centralina’s 2020 Federal Action Agenda. Key points on the agenda were advocacy to House and Senate offices to vote in favor of H.R.4334 – Supporting Older Americans Act of…