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Mission Statement

To champion partnerships with the State of North Carolina and regional councils of government and their local members to promote and support regional collaborative solutions to complex challenges.



The Forum is nationally known as a “best practice” for providing informed, innovative and creative regional solutions to complex challenges facing the state of North Carolina and its local units of government.


Core Areas of Focus


Process Improvement of Governmental Programs & Service Delivery

Promote Local and Inter-Local Solutions

Enhance Public and Private Resources

Water Resources for North Carolina


 The Forum is a unique venue where municipal and county elected officials and community leaders convene, research, discuss issues and policies and seek regional solutions for local units of government and the State of North Carolina.  This body focuses on issues that can best be addressed on a regional or statewide basis and then champions regional solutions to challenges facing its member governments through collaboration, partnership and consensus building.

The Forum consists of elected officials and community leaders from the 16 regional councils across North Carolina and serve as an advocacy and advisory group to the Association.

Delegates 2013-2015

A    Cal Stiles

B   Larry Harris

C    Max Hopper – Vice-Chair

D   Gary Blevins

E    Merlin Perry

F    Joe Carpenter – Chair

G    Patty Philipps

J     Donald Rains

K    Danny Wright

L     A.P. Coleman

M    Arnold Page

N    John Alford

O    Frank Williams

P    Robin Comer

Q    Lewis Hoggard

R    Tracey Johnson

Officers for 2013-15:    Joe Carpenter – Chair,  Max Hopper – Vice Chair, Tracey Johnson – Secretary

The delegates serve two-year terms and can be reappointed.  Chairmanship is a two-year term and voted on by a majority of the Board.