In February, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners – along with commissioners from across the country – went to Washington DC to meet with federal legislators and tell them how they can help the counties be successful.

Early this summer, the Guilford commissioners – along with other commissioners from across the state – will get the chance to convey what they would like to see from the NC General Assembly.

It’s part of an event called “County Advocacy Days,” being put on by the North Carolina Association of Commissioners (NCACC).  The event, which will be held in Raleigh on Tuesday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 12 is part of the NCACC’s ongoing effort to promote commissioner-legislator connections and, when needed, to use those connections to generate cooperation and support from the state.

One thing the county leaders always ask for from the state when they get a chance is to please not send down any unfunded mandates. Those are new requirements, policies or laws that the counties must implement and that come with no funding.

County’s across the state are getting a lot more responsibility these days.  For instance, implementing the new Medicaid expansion program has meant that Guilford County had to add a whole new division to its Department of Health and Human Services Department and add well over 50 new positions. There has been a lot of back and forth between county and state officials as to who should pay what when it comes to that expansion.

In addition to being a chance for counties to address their concerns, the meetings are also a way for elected county officials to get to know elected state officials better since those open lines of communication can be important.

County Advocacy Days includes a dinner event at the Raleigh Marriott City Center on June 11, which will showcase county initiatives that could use state help.  The dinner will also feature a speaking program with legislative leaders.