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Amy Bason Promoted To Deputy Director Of NC Association of County Commissioners PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:29

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The General Counsel to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners has been promoted to Deputy Director of the group. Amy Bason will continue as Counsel when she assumes new duties.

Bason has been with the organization since 2011, when she served as Legislative Counsel. She was later promoted to General Counsel.

Patrice Roesler will also continue to serve as Deputy Director, overseeing the Education and Conferences Department.

Bason was recognized in July 2012 as one of the top 60 lobbyists for 2011-12 by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. Prior to joining the NCACC, Bason served as the General Counsel to the N.C. State Senate Majority Leader’s office.

 
Audit Results: Currituck and Onslow Counties Clerk Of Superior Court PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 06:31

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Audit results of two North Carolina counties' Clerk of Superior Court offices show the same results, according to State Auditor Beth Wood's office.

Financial related audits of Currituck and Onslow counties' Clerk of Superior Court operations show "an instance of noncompliance and a deficiency in internal control that is considered reportable under Government Auditing Standards.

The report summary continued: "The Clerk’s Office failed to compel the filing of inventories for estates in accordance with state law, resulting in a loss or delay in the collection of court costs and fees."

The complete audits can be found at ncauditor.net

 
Jobs Watch: Graham County Snags 114 New Jobs, $10 Million Investment PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 November 2014 05:48

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A collaboration between state and local officials in Graham County have resulted in a deal for Oak Valley Hardwoods to expands its operations in Robbinsville, creating 114 jobs and investing $10.1 million over the next five years.

Salaries will vary by job function and will include accounting, log traders, sales, operators, foresters, and office/clerical positions. The annual payroll for the new jobs created by this expansion will be $3.4 million.

Headquartered in Charlotte, Oak Valley Hardwoods is a subsidiary of Tides and Times Group USA, Inc., and operates lumber, saw mill and dry kiln facilities and produces an assortment of wood products.  

It already has operations in locations across North Carolina including Rutherford, Haywood, Caldwell, McDowell and Polk counties employing more than 160 workers.

 “Timber is one of North Carolina’s great renewable resources, so the expansion of Oak Valley Hardwoods is important to that industry,” said Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker in a statement.  “I am looking forward to seeing even more expansion in the timber sector in the future.”

 The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $156,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.

In addition to the N.C. Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C., other partners that helped with this project include: North Carolina Community College System, Tri-County Community College, Duke Energy, Town of Robbinsville, Graham County, and Graham County Economic Development.

 
Annual Study: Winston-Salem Most Digitally Savvy City Of Its Size PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 November 2014 05:43

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The Republic Center for Digital Government has ranked Winston-Salem No. 1 in the center’s 2014 Digital Cities Survey of cities with a population of 125,000 to 249,999.

City officials touted the ranking in a tweet Thursday, with details posted on the city website.

The annual study ranks the use of information technology by local governments.

The 2014 survey ranked cities for their use of digital technology in the areas of citizen engagement, policy, operations, and technology and data, said Todd Sander, the center’s executive director in the city's statement. “This year’s Digital Cities’ winners brought about impressive change across all aspects of government by leveraging information technology investments to expand open government, citizen participation and shared services,” Sander said.

Through the city website, Winston-Salem residents have access to crime tracking data updated daily, internal performance measures, and financial data that allows citizens to track city spending down to individual vendor transactions. A new citizen notification system allows residents to sign up for alerts by text, voice, or email; and the city is cooperating with AT&T to build an all-fiber network with speeds up to 1 gigabit per second.

Internally, the city has expanded the use of customized applications for mobile devices, such as a GIS-based, GPS-enabled application that allows city workers, while they travel about the city, to grade street health as part of a system that prioritizes paving projects. These applications have reduced the need for expensive laptops and allow staff to work independent of location, enabling more efficient operations and greater productivity.

Three other North Carolina cities were also ranked: Greenville tied for second among cities with a population of 75,000 to 124,999; Durham tied for fourth among cities with a population of 125,000 to 249,999; and Raleigh tied for fifth among cities with a population of 250,000 or more.

 
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