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Author: Adora Thayer

Let’s talk about public-private partnerships, grants, and budgets. And while we have this conversation, let’s think about the natural state of bureaucracy and what that means for the vision of local government. I’ll round this out by the end of the blog … Continued

Author: Ellis Johnson

Hello readers! This week we’re going to talk about one of my favorite topics: Community. On Tuesday, I attended a department head meeting and afterward I spoke with Sybil and another woman–I’m going to call her CJ because it’s easier … Continued

Author: Heather Curry

This week, the legislature has given us education policy people a bit of a break. Not to say they weren’t passing education bills, but they were fewer in number and progressing in a generally predictable way. This freed up my … Continued

Author: Adora Thayer

This week was all about planning. And after spending just a few short hours with the Town of Zebulon’s planning department, I quickly learned that it is one of the toughest jobs in a municipality. My week included code enforcement, … Continued

Author: Ashley Tucker

Remember my last post where I told you to stay tuned? Well, here it is! The continuation of my awesome Friday. After the Just Health and Food Summit, I got to spend some time with the Rocky Mount Fire Department … Continued

Author: Ellis Johnson

This week I had the opportunity to go out into the field with Kyle Gentry from the Person County Soil and Water office. We also worked with Bill Woods and Harrison Tillman from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Here’s … Continued

Author: Ashley Tucker

Ah, Friday! The one day that virtually everyone looks forward to. Most of the time, that’s due to it being the end of the work/school week and a few days of living wild and free, whatever that means for you. In … Continued

Author: Adora Thayer

Police officers. They enforce the social contracts we have agreed to, e.g., we will not steal or harm one another. And during my time with the Town of Zebulon, I have seen these social contracts broken, in turn, causing officers … Continued

Author: Ellis Johnson

I have a challenge for you. Find your favorite song and have a 30-second dance party. Seriously, right now. I’ll be here when you are done. Did you do it? Okay, I trust you. Now that we have settled that, … Continued

Author: Heather Curry

Education policy is complex – much more so than most people realize. You have funding from at least three sources (federal, state, and local), earmarked for specific purposes. There are federal and state accountability programs, each with different measures of … Continued

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