Essentials of County Government 2013


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2013 Asheville, Wed/Thu, January 9 and/or 10, Doubletree Biltmore

                 2015 dates to be anounced sometime mid 2014

After the November elections, the UNC School of Government and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners jointly hold a two-day orientation to county government in four locations across the state. This program is for newly elected officials, veteran elected officials and managers. Entire boards are encouraged to attend.

This program offers participants points toward recognition in the Local Elected Leaders Academy (LELA)


Day One
8:00 AM-3:00 PM Essentials of County Government- For newly elected
                               officials, veteran elected officials and entire boards 

  •  Context for NC county governments 
  •  What counties do and how they do it
  •  Governing board roles and responsibilities


 8:00 AM-3:00 PM Water and Economically Vibrant Communities:
                               What Every Local Leader Needs to Know - LeaderShop for county
                               and municipal veteran elected officials 

 3:00 PM-5:00 PM-Ethics for Elected Officials (satisfies state mandated  
                                Both Essentials and LeaderShop registrations include ethics

Day Two 

8:00 AM -5:00 PM-Essentials of County Government-For newly elected
                                officials, veteran elected officials and entire boards 

  • Financing county government
  • Working with others 
  • County responsibility for public school financing  
  • "Bottom Line" – a budget simulation 


ECG Agenda Link (two days) 
Water Workshop Agenda Link (one day) 
*For those registered for a combination of the above courses, print both agendas 

Registration Options:

1. Essentials of County Government (2 days) – For newly elected officials and veteran elected officials who wish to accompany newly elected officials (including managers) and entire boards
Includes: Day One Essentials, Ethics and Day Two Essentials (includes "Bottom Line" – a budget simulation), and the "Handbook for NC County Commissioners" 

2. Essentials with Leadershop for Veteran Elected Officials (2 days) – Open to veteran county elected officials and managers
Includes: Day One LeaderShop – Water and Economically Vibrant Communities: What Every Local Leader Needs to Know; Ethics and Day Two Essentials (includes "Bottom Line" – a budget simulation), and the "Handbook for NC County Commissioners" 

3. Water and Economically Vibrant Communities: What Every Local Leader Needs to Know (1 day) – LeaderShop for veteran elected officials  Open to both county and municipal veteran elected officials and managers 
Includes: Day One LeaderShop for veteran elected officials and state mandated ethics training.
Does NOT include Day Two Essentials; "Bottom Line" – a budget simulation; or "Handbook for NC County Commissioners" 

For information about hotel reservations; state mandated ethics; "Bottom Line" – a budget simulation and/or  CLE information; click on your date preference below and review the sections titled "Site Information" and "Program" towards the bottom of the page. 

Scholarships are made available for Essentials of County Government and LeaderShop:  Water and Economically Vibrant Communities by the generous support of the following:

  • Food Lion
  • Local Government Federal Credit Union
  • Progress Energy
  • Prudential Financial 

Click here for application


            2015 dates and locations will be announced mid 2014 

Faculty coordinator

Vaughn Upshaw

Instructors include: School of Government faculty, NCACC staff, and local government officials.



Ethics for Elected Officials is offered during this conference. This updated training fulfills the ethics education requirement for local elected officials that is state mandated each time an official is elected or re-elected. If an official is on the November 2012 ballot and wins the initial election or re-election, two hours of ethics training is required prior to November 2013. Attorneys can claim two hours of general CLE credit.

To attend ethics during this program, you must register for one of the 3 course options. Please visit the (click on the link) ethics website for additional information on ethics legislation and future ethics training.

Bottom Line (County Budget Simulation Tool) 

Bottom Line is an interactive learning tool that simulates the county budget process.  Participants break into small groups and act as local governing board members during the budget process. As a group, you will decide what specific values are most important to the community, then face several scenarios where you must choose between cutting programs/services or increasing taxes/fees to balance the budget based on these community values.

Bottom Line takes place on Day Two of Essentials. To attend Bottom Line, you must register for one of the 2 day programs above. Note that option 3 does NOT include Bottom Line

Site information


DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore 
115 Hendersonville Rd. 
Asheville, NC  28803 
Rate-$80/night (this rate is based on availability at the time of booking) 
Special rate code: SOG Essentials of County Government 
Cancellation policy is 72 hours prior to day of check in 
Deadline to book-12/8 
The meeting is being held at the hotel



Program Manager
Cancellation policy

Course participants who cancel their registration on or before December 26, 2012 will receive a full refund. Those who cancel on or before January 2, 2013 will receive a full refund, less a $25 cancellation fee. No refund will be made for cancellations made after January 2, 2013. All cancellations must be submitted in writing, as outlined in the School's cancellation policy.