Delegates

The Forum is a unique venue where municipal and county elected officials and community leaders convene to research and 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 2018

SOUTHWESTERN COMMISSION

Cal Stiles

LAND-OF-SKY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Larry Harris

ISOTHERMAL REGIONAL COMMISSION

Scott Neisler

HIGH COUNTRY COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS

Gary Blevins, Chair

WESTERN PIEDMONT COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS

Wayne Abele

CENTRALINA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS

Michael Johnson, Secretary

PIEDMONT TRIAD COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS

Steve Yokeley

TRIANGLE J COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS

Donald Rains, Vice-Chair

KERR-TAR COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS

Danny Wright

UPPER COASTAL PLAIN COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS

A.P. Coleman

MID-CAROLINA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS

Arnold Page

LUMBER RIVER COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS

Charles Townsend

CAPE FEAR COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS

Frank Williams

EASTERN CAROLINA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS

James Bender, Jr.

MID-EAST COMMISSION

Lewis Hoggard

ALBEMARLE COMMISSION

Tracey Johnson

Officers for 2018 

Chair – Gary Blevins (High Country COG and Wilkes County Commissioner)

Vice – Don Rains (Triangle J COG and Princeton Mayor)

Secretary – Michael Johnson (Centralina COG and Statesville Councilman)

The delegates serve two-year terms and can be reappointed. The Forum officers are elected for two-year terms by a majority vote of The Forum delegates.

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.

Vision

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

2013-15

  • Process Improvement of Governmental Programs & Service Delivery
  • Promote Local and Inter-Local Solutions
  • Enhance Public and Private Resources
  • Water Resources for North Carolina