Coates Fall 2008/Winter 2009

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Nonprofit Org. US Postage PAID Permit 216 Chapel Hill NC The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has awarded Washington County a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 12th consecutive year. The Certificate is a prestigious national award recognizing conformance with the highest standards for preparation of state and local government financial reports. At the heart of the 12-time achievement is Gayle Critcher, the county's finance officer and member of the School of Government's Northeastern Regional Council. Ashe County has reactivated its Workforce Development Taskforce to focus on the challenges of the current economy. The taskforce is developing a leadership roundtable in order to promote busi- ness, industry, and education collaboration and communication. Early efforts include working with Wilkes Community College and Ashe County High School to increase apprenticeship and intern- ship opportunities, promoting understanding of the Ashe JobLink Career Center, and developing an expert speakers bureau focused on high-skilled professions. Bertie County and Gates County have been awarded $400,000 each in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for Scattered Housing Rehabilitation. The funds will be used to improve the housing conditions of families with very low incomes—at or be- low 50% of the area median income. Projects will include housing rehabilitation, relocation, clearance, and emergency repair. Charlotte/Mecklenburg County has opened its second transfer and recycling facility. The first county-owned and -operated facility opened three years ago. The plant, which cost approximately $1.8 million, will give county residents an outlet for a wide range of materials, includ- ing electronic scrap material, compostable matter, and wood. The Town of Highlands solidified its transition to a manager- mayor form of government with the hiring of its first town manager in December. The Macon County Board of Education voted to accept plans for the new K-4 school at its December regular meeting. The school will accommodate children in the northern part of the county and will save taxpayers money by utilizing property already owned. n n n n n n K na p p - S a n d e r S Bu i l d i n g Ca m p u S B ox 3330 C h a p e l h i l l , n C 27599-3330 w w w . s o g . u n c . e d u Printed on Recycled Paper Submit news om your community for the next issue of Coates Connection to Faith M. ompson at fmthomps@sog.unc.edu or 919.962.8477. & Ne WS NOteS N O R T H C A R O L I N A

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