The NC Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) is hosting its 116th Annual Conference this week in Raleigh, with this year’s theme being “Momentum.”

The event will take place from Thursday, Aug. 24 to Saturday, Aug. 26,  from 8 a.m. until early evening each day.

The Annual Conference is billed as “an educational event that provides all county commissioners and administrative staff training opportunities, engaging keynote speakers, and networking events to unite North Carolina’s county leaders.”

On Thursday, Aug. 17, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners named Chairman of the Board Skip Alston as the county’s voting delegate to the event and Commissioner Kay Cashion as an alternate voting member.

The idea behind the “Momentum” theme is that counties across the state have been “adapting, navigating, and transforming to meet the needs of and provide services for residents” – and also the fact that, nationally, more and more people, families and corporations are seeing North Carolina as an attractive place to locate.

That’s certainly true of Guilford County, which has, in recent years, become a very powerful magnet for both people and businesses.

At the NCACC conference, there will be a session focused on “Completing Access to Broadband” program, digital inclusion, and on the “Connecting Counties Playbook,” an online resource meant to equip counties with solid broadband expansion strategies.

More Broadband internet access for rural areas of the state has been a major goal of the NCACC in recent years and the conference will include, among many other presentations, ”The County Role in Digital Inclusion Planning,” a presentation by Policy and Program Manager, Digital Inclusion Initiative Lead for NC State University Institute for Emerging Issues Samantha Graham, as well as by Annette Taylor, director of the Office of Digital Equity & Literacy, and Maggie Woods,  the digital equity manager for NC Department of Information Technology.

Also, as another highlight of the conference, Dr. Mike Hainey, Syracuse University’s vice chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation, and LeVelle Moton, North Carolina Central University men’s basketball coach, will address county commissioners and county officials.

The large meeting will take place in the Raleigh Convention Center in Wake County.