After careful consultation with our region’s county managers, we have decided to postpone IPDC’s board meeting scheduled for Monday, September 11th, 2017.  As the region prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Irene early next week, the county managers and I decided that, in the interest of working together to safely and securely protect our region, we should postpone the meeting to a later date. 
We have identified Wednesday, October 4th, 2017, as the next best date for the IPDC board meeting.  I have reached out to Assistant Secretary Napoleon Wallace, our guest speaker, and he will be available to join us on October 4th.  We will still hold the meeting in the same location, the Universal Advanced Manufacturing Center, in Marion, NC. 

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September 8, 2017
Contact: Scott Dadson, Executive Director
828-287-2281, ext. 250

Finding Employees 

"...another part of the problem is that employers haven't adjusted to new conditions. For years they've had their choice of workers desperate for a job. Now, the labor market has tightened, but many employers haven't responded..."  See an article, specifically about Manufacturing in Western North Carolina and the Employee/Employer Conundrum.

Much of our work here at the IPDC/Region C Workforce Board is helping employees to find work and Companies to find workers.  In Western North Carolina, there is a tightening in the labor market.  See this article for an interesting take on this issue.
Finance Training 

This is a follow up reminder that that registration for the “2017 Governmental GAAP Update” course on September 27th in Asheville, NC is currently open. This session is designed to provide an update of the recent activities of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board and its impact, current and future, on North Carolina local governments. Topics will include an broad overview of recently released standards such as Fiduciary Activities and Leases, as well as a review of the status of the current financial reporting model project. Common financial reporting issues will be discussed, as well as a sneak peak of the changes that are coming to the North Carolina Finance Officers’ Certification Program. The course is designed for budget and finance officers, managers, and others with responsibilities in municipal and county finance. This course will be eligible for 6 CPE hours.
The workshop is co-sponsored by the UNC School of Government and by the Local Government Training Program in Political Science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University. For program information, contact LGTP director Bob Boylan at (828) 227-3442 or
Please forward this meeting and registration information to any budget and finance officers, managers, and others in municipal and county finance who you feel would be interested in attending this course.
2017 Governmental GAAP Update
Date:  Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
Time:  9:00-3:15 (registration opens at 8:30)
Location:  WCU at Biltmore Park, Asheville, NC
Lunch:  Lunch and snacks will be provided
Cost: $80.00
Robert Boylan
Director, Local Government Training Program
Assistant Director, Public Policy Institute
Western Carolina University |360 Stillwell
828.227.3442 tel |
Urban and Rural Divide

"One of the defining features of the “American Dream” is the ability to succeed despite being born to disadvantaged circumstances. However, growing up to be better off than one’s parents – upward absolute intergenerational mobility – appears to be a fading experience for many Americans in recent decades and one that varies widely across the country."  For more on this subject, go to: Rural Upward Social Mobility.

Rural Broadband

The issue of broadband as a necessary utility for rural America has had hits against it, from State Legislators to the current FCC.  The attached article is worthy of a read and action.  Rural Information Access Divide
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