NOTE: This post will be updated to include more pictures and video, and links of conference presentation materials.
More than 100 members representing dozens of municipal and county governments across North Carolina are on hand for NCLGBA’s 2012 Summer Conference in Wilmington.
Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo kicked festivities off with a welcome message thanking the attendees for coming, as well as for their service to their respective jurisdictions and the people of North Carolina.
NCLGBA President Blake Hart (Mecklenburg County) and Conference Co-Chairs Katie Lumb (New Hanover County) and Lesley Reder (Concord) took the opportunity to welcome the audience and provide information on planned activities.
Mecklenburg County Budget & Management Director Hyong Yi led the first plenary session, “Building a Better Mousetrap.” Instead of a straight workshop, Yi and members of his staff facilitated a group investigation and discussion to “crowdsource” means to innovate and improve budget processes.
Discussions led to ideas attendees can use to improve budgeting through preliminary activities, development, recommendation and review and adoption.
One example of local jurisdiction strategic planning shared by attendees was the City of Durham, which you can access here.
The first day also included critical updates on activities of the General Assembly during the 2012 “Short Session” and their impact on municipalities and counties. These sessions were led, respectively, by Karl Knapp (NC League of Municipalities) and Rebecca Troutman (NC Association of County Commissioners).
Sessions on Thursday include another plenary workshop on “Work/Life Balance” and breakout workshops on setting utility rates, utilizing mobile technology and more (Click Here for Full Agenda).