What is a county?
What is a county and what does it do? Who runs a county? Where does a county get its money from, and how does it spend it? How are citizens involved?

Find out more about North Carolina counties

What's it like to be a county commissioner or manager?
Learn about county government through the eyes of young people. As a pre-conference assignment, registrants for the YouthVoice 2015, hosted by the N.C. Association of County Commissioners in August, were asked to either interview one of their county commissioners, or visit with their county manager and tour the county administrative building; and attend a Board of Commissioners meeting.

NCACC YouthVoice 2015 county commissioner and employee interviews and reports
Previous years' reports: 2014 | 2013 | 2012

Perquimans County student wins 2013 essay contest on county government
The NCACC will host its sixth annual essay contest on county government in spring 2013. Moniqua Gallop of Rowan County won the 2013 contest. Her essay was chosen from among dozens of entries from 9th or 10th grade students in a public or charter school.

Read Moniqua's winning essay

Online game allows students to run a county

Students across the country can learn about county government in a fun and interactive online setting. The game is sponsored by iCivics, Inc., and the National Association of Counties (NACo). The game, "Counties Work," is geared for students in grades 6 through 12. It is designed to teach the students about the important roles and functions of counties by letting them run their own county. A curriculum and webquest has been developed to assist teachers in preparing lessons on county government.

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Welcome to your County
The latest edition of the NCACC's educational program, Welcome to your County, is now available on the NCACC's YouTube channel and features reports from Polk, Caldwell and New Hanover counties and the monthly County Conundrum trivia question.

Visit the NCACC's YouTube Channel

Free resources for teachers available
The N.C. Association of County Commissioners has several resources available to assist teachers in their lessons on county government. The NCACC has prepared a 16-page booklet (left) that includes brief overviews of the services offered by counties, how counties generate their revenue, the governance structure of a county and how counties spend their revenues. There is also a PowerPoint presentation for the booklet. In addition, the Association has created an award-winning 4 1/2-minute video as a companion to the booklet. For a limited time, the Association is offering for free to teachers a packet of 30 copies of the booklet, a copy of the video on DVD and a copy of our award-winning poster that shows all 100 county seals.

Click here for more information.

Interested in a guest speaker on county government for your classroom? Click here for a listing of phone numbers for county managers to request a speaker.

About the Web site
"Welcome to Your County" is an initiative of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, which strives to inform and educate the public and the media about county government through implementation of its strategic goals.