NCLM Southern City, Volume 73, Issue 4 2023

INSIDE THIS ISSUE 10 14 16 20 24 30 32 34 6 8 36 38 34 10 WRITERS THIS ISSUE ISABELLA MORMANDO Communications Associate JACK CASSIDY NCLM Learning and Development Project Manager STEPHANIE HUGHES Communications & Multimedia Strategist (ARP) SCOTT MOONEYHAM NCLM Director of Political Communication & Coordination Passenger Rail Expansion Rolling Down the Tracks Rail Response, an initiative of the NC Metro Mayors Coalition, has concluded a series of regional meetings to explore the intercity passenger rail federal bipartisan infrastructure bill opportunities. Legislative Session Concludes... Mostly The 2023 session of the General Assembly has largely concluded, and for cities and towns there was again a lot of local infrastructure investment to celebrate. That success was tempered by a return to traditional fights over local land-use planning authority and the ability of local residents to chart the future of their municipality’s character. Inaugural Risk Management Services “Trust Matters” Conference The League hosted its first Risk Management Services Trust Matters Conference where our staff presented to members on various risk prevention topics. Mayor Elizabeth Morey Leads by Listening Through community engagement and a citizen-first approach, Morey ensures Southern Shores is not just a toptier beach destination, but also a true hometown. NCLM and the American Rescue Plan: Services, Support, and a Thriving Future for North Carolina The League’s ARP Service Line is more than just an assistance program to help in the short term. It’s a network of support that will assist our cities and towns for many years to come. ARP Funds Allow Town of Newton Grove to Fix Outdated Water/Sewer System Newton Grove was struggling with an outdated water and sewer system when the town received a once-in-ageneration opportunity through the American Rescue Plan. Town of Pikeville Successfully Pilots the Municipal Account Software Program Pikeville was celebrated by the League for being one of the first pilot towns to implement the League’s Municipal Accounting Services (MAS) Program. Wilkesboro Invests in Community Through Creative Use of ARP-enabled Funds Wilkesboro continues to invest in its growing community through the opening of a new universal playground, made possible by ARP funds. Board of Directors Speaking Out Local Preemption, Bite by Bite Taking the Field With ARP, an Opportunity, a Responsibility, and a Role Well Played Board of Trustees 5