Summary: CountyCast is a podcast series from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners designed to educate listeners about the level of government closest to the people – counties. Join host Amber Harris as we share county stories from North Carolina, help people understand county government’s impact and why it matters, and attempt to entertain while celebrating counties and our members.
S2 Episode 7: A vision for greenways | “They’ll always remember you for a park”
S2 Episode 6: “Data is telling the story” | The county impact of congressional response to COVID-19
S2 Episode 5: The census is individual advocacy | “Standing up and being counted”
S2 Episode 4: Resourcefulness & inspiration from NC counties | “Finding a way to make an impact”
S2 Episode 3: From turf grass to food security | “The best kept secret"
S2 Episode 2: Young leaders grow in county government | “A legacy of public service”
The right to vote is a fundamental part of democracy, a right that people have given their lives to protect. Fair and secure elections don’t just happen on their own. Currituck County Commissioner Kitty Etheridge and State Board of Elections Public Information Officer Patrick Gannon join us to talk about the hard work and collaboration between counties and state agencies that make this entire effort work. For relevant links, visit www.ncacc.org/countycast.
To wrap up season one, we headed to Bertie County where host Amber Harris met with commissioners John Trent, Ron Wesson, and Tammy Lee to talk about their “Tall Glass of Water” project, which is a county-owned public beach access on the Albemarle Sound and represents countless opportunities for recreation, education, and entertainment for the region. For relevant links, visit www.ncacc.org/countycast
Early childhood education is an investment that pays dividends for decades. In this episode we’re talking to Lisa Hayworth and Micki Bare from the Randolph County Partnership for Children, and Pat Cronin from the NC State Institute for Emerging Issues, about how critical intervention early in a child’s life can make a huge difference, and examining how important the right partners and innovative thinking are in improving education systems. For relevant links, visit ncacc.org/countycast.
Big challenges require creative solutions, so we’re talking about how one county’s smart approach to the challenge of workforce development has paid off by attracting business, generating job placements, & creating proud legacies. Hugh Sandoe, who manages the Accelerate Cleveland program in Cleveland County, joins us to talk about this award-winning solution to connect underemployed citizens to industries in search of skilled labor. For relevant links, visit ncacc.org/countycast
In this episode, we look for ways to address the fact that 50% of occupations available today will be gone by 2050, and ask what counties can do to help prepare the workforce of tomorrow. Bringing an abundance of initiative and an arsenal of ideas to this topic are NCACC President Kevin Austin, who serves as Chairman of the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners, & NCACC Manager of Strategic Initiatives Laurel Edwards, who join us as guests. For relevant links, visit ncacc.org/countycast.
With the 2020 census approaching, we filled our studio with a census expert, a couple of data enthusiasts, and a county administrator to talk about why the census matters and how it can be used to make our counties even better places to live. Joining us are Bob Coats, Census Liaison and State Data Center Coordinator, and Mike Cline, State Demographer. Also joining the show is Dominique Walker, Assistant to the County Manager in Bertie County, and Paige Worsham, Associate General Counsel with the NCACC.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin drops by to impart perspectives on leadership from some of America’s most influential presidents and shares how experience in local government shaped each of their stories. Joining the conversation is Lillian McNeal, a 4-H youth representative from Guilford County, as well as NCACC Deputy Director and General Counsel Amy Bason, to talk about developing good leaders and the importance of mentoring the next generation.
As a yearly tradition, the NCACC convenes county officials from across the state to meet in August to provide educational sessions, facilitate networking opportunities, and in a word, connect. Joining us to talk about conference highlights are Commissioner Jeff Phillips of Guilford County and the NCACC's Jason King. Listen in to hear why this conference has implications beyond the three-day meeting and what our host county of Guilford has been doing to exemplify collaboration.
Mercy triumphs over judgment. That’s not an idea that will make it in to many blockbuster action movies or courtroom reality TV shows, but when it comes to real life, nothing makes for a better story than the missteps of offenders being wiped clean. Those are the very stories that are being written in Cumberland County, as Commissioner Charles Evans and District Attorney Billy West, along with their team of partners, are working hard to achieve second chances for some in their community.