The threat of coronavirus isn’t gone yet but there is one more sign that things are getting better.

On Monday, March 7, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners officially announced its two-day annual retreat and, if anyone wants to go and watch in person, they’re welcome to do so.  For much of the past two years, those who wished to watch their county government in action had to do so in front of a smartphone, computer or television screen.

The Board of Commissioners has canceled a regular meeting that was scheduled for Thursday, March 17 at 5:30 p.m., and instead, on that day and the following day, the board will conduct the 2022 Annual Retreat, which will be held at the Bur-Mil Park Event Center at 5834 Bur-Mil Club Road in Greensboro.

The retreat will begin at 8:30 a.m. both mornings and is expected to last until about 5 p.m. each day.

The board hasn’t put out the lengthy retreat agenda yet, but Monday’s public notice of the retreat did state that the commissioners “will revisit the Board’s Fiscal Year 2021-22 priorities, review and set goals for Fiscal Year 2022-23, and offer staff updates on a variety of topics.”  The county’s next fiscal year – 2022-2023 – starts on Friday, July 1.

On the two retreat days each year, the commissioners spend a great deal of time doing a deep dive into a large number of county projects, issues, plans and concerns.

The county will still offer a virtual viewing option using Zoom for those who would like to watch remotely.  Anyone can watch the entirety of both days of the retreat by visiting, completing the webinar registration and following the instructions.

People can also view the livestream on Guilford County’s Facebook page.

Those who want to listen by telephone can call the Guilford County Clerk to the Board’s Office at 336-641-4893 sometime before the retreat and ask instructions.