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Metro Mayors Select Mills as Executive Director

The North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition is pleased to announce the hiring of William “Beau” Mills as their new Executive Director. Mills, a native North Carolinian with government and public policy experience at the federal, state and local levels, is returning to this position which he previously held 2001– 2008 as the Coalition’s first Executive Director.

“We are thrilled that Beau is our Executive Director as he brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the Coalition,” said Asheville Mayor and Metro Mayors Chair Esther Manheimer. “Beau will ensure that we continue to build strong relationships with our partners across the state. With the Metro Mayors Coalition’s 20th anniversary approaching, we look forward to continuing the important work of serving our urban communities throughout North Carolina.”

In addition to his previous work with the Coalition, Mills has served as a program and policy analyst at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. and with N.C. Governor Jim Hunt’s Policy Office. He has also worked in private consulting and led state congressional offices in NC. Most recently, Mills was the Director of Federal Affairs for UNC-Chapel Hill.

Mills earned his bachelor’s degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and his master’s degree in public administration from the University of West Florida. He replaces Julie White, who left the Coalition in 2017 to serve as a deputy secretary at the N.C. Department of Transportation.

N.C. Metro Mayors Coalition Announces Sister City in NC Program with Kinston

N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition Continues Steps to Bridge Urban and Rural Communities

The N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition Board of Directors adopted a focus on building bridges between urban and rural communities in 2017.  They started the year in conversations with the N.C. Rural Center exploring how each organization views economic development across our State and learning from one another. Those conversations led to a joint op ed calling for a focus on how urban and rural communities are linked as economic regions and a shared desire to chart an economic pathway that benefits all of us.

To learn more about our State’s rural regions the Metro Mayors embarked on a down east bus tour in May visiting Greenville and Kinston.  Greenville Mayor Thomas and Kinston Mayor Murphy led the large city Mayors on a tour of their successful economic development initiatives and talking with their fellow mayors and city managers about the challenges the region faces.  The Mayors were impressed with all the two cities have done to invest in infrastructure, attract a high-quality workforce, and build stronger partnerships with local businesses as catalysts for job growth.

Upon returning from the May meeting the Metro Mayors talked about how they could continue to work with Kinston and Mayor Murphy as the city is not yet large enough for membership in the Coalition.  After conversations between the Metro Mayors leadership, Mayor Murphy and City Manager Tony Sears the Metro Mayors are pleased to announce a pilot program dubbed Sister City in NC where the Metro Mayors Coalition will work in partnership with the City of Kinston to build a bridge between our State’s urban and rural regions.

“The Metro Mayors Coalition was founded on the principle of building stronger relationships between large city mayors.  We have all seen the benefits of the relationships we have formed through this organization and want to grow an equally strong relationship with Mayor Murphy and the City of Kinston,” said Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer, Chair of the Metro Mayors Coalition.

Through the partnership, Mayor Murphy will continue his interactions with the large city mayors by participating in our meetings where our Mayors share challenges and best practices with one another and through those interactions build stronger relationships with one another.  The City of Kinston’s city manager and department heads will have similar opportunities with their peers in Metro Mayors Coalition cities.

“The Metro Mayors Coalition is to be commended for proactively learning the concerns of rural North Carolina,” said Kinston Mayor BJ Murphy.  “Kinston is at a great crossroads with incredible momentum and opportunity, yet challenges that are tough to face alone. We are honored to partner with the Metro Mayors Coalition’s via the Sister City initiative to build a stronger city and better North Carolina.”

The North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, founded in 2001, is comprised of the mayors of the state’s larger cities, with more than three million citizens. The Coalition is a non-partisan, mayor-driven organization that focuses on issues of special interest to our large cities in a fast-growing and urbanizing state. The Coalition has worked successfully with federal and state elected officials to promote job creation, protect local revenues, invest in public infrastructure, and keep our cities safe.

Metro Mayors Legislative Update

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By: Julie White, Executive Director and Mia Guglielmi, Intern

 

Senate Budget Process Update
Senate Appropriations subcommittees held meetings today to begin their work on the Senate’s version of the budget. All subcommittees received individualized spending targets as well as some general guidelines for going about their budget work. A tentative schedule was also issued.  The schedule shows the remainder of this week as well as next week being used for the Senate budget process. The budget will go to full Appropriations Committee on June 9, followed by the second reading of the bill June 10 and the third reading June 11. After two weeks for the conference process, the tentative date for the passage of the conference report is June 30.

 

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News Clips

 

Charlotte City Council reached a budget compromise Tuesday that would raise the property tax rate by a penny and would require about 2,100 small businesses to pay a new $250 a year garbage fee. (Charlotte Observer) http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article22386261.html

Asheville City Council allowed on Tuesday a proposed budget containing a 1.5-cent tax increase to go to a public hearing and approved changes to the RAD Lofts project. (Citizen-Times)

http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/05/26/city-council-sends-budget-proposal-public-hearing/27987987/

The city of Raleigh unveiled its fiscal year 2016 operating budget on Tuesday. It was presented to city council during their regular session, after which they referred it to a work session for further consideration. (Raleigh Public Record)

http://raleighpublicrecord.org/news/city-council/2015/05/22/staff-presents-fiscal-year-2016-budget-to-councilors

Jacksonville’s City Council approves the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget. Residents will not be seeing any tax increases.  The budget includes a 1% raise for all employees hired before January. (WSLS)

http://www.wsls.com/story/28990973/jacksonville-city-council-approves-budget

 

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