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Board Bulletin
February 7, 2014


Over the past few weeks, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has been trying to resolve issues with the NCFAST online benefit system. The goal is to meet USDA requirements to reduce the number of North Carolina residents who have not received their benefits in a timely manner.

DHHS has asked all North Carolina counties to help meet the February 10 federal deadline to clear the backlogged applications for Food and Nutrition services. Statewide, DHHS has assigned technical experts to local counties in order to help meet the deadline.

In Mecklenburg County, the Department of Social Services (DSS) has been working on NCFAST for over 18 months, using temporary staff and employee overtime to meet the extra demand.

I am pleased to report that DSS is currently up-to-date on all Mecklenburg County NCFAST cases;however,we continue to work with the state on systems issues. I wanted you to be aware because problems you may hear about elsewhere in the state are not occurring here.

Board members with questions about NCFAST can contact Assistant County Manager Michelle Lancaster at 704-336-2621 or via email.

Sponsorship Updates

Every year, Mecklenburg County chooses to establish our presence at various meetings and awards events that align with our vision and mission as a government, and a community. These sponsorship opportunities are carefully considered and chosen by the Manager’s Office.

In FY14, the Manager’s Office has selected the following events for County sponsorship:

• Lowe’s Pride Awards – January 18, 2014: Honors one outstanding MBE or WMBE, one youth entrepreneur and one organization for its supplier diversity best practices.

• Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast – January 20, 2014: Each year the YMCA of Greater Charlotte commemorates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

• Foundation For The Carolinas Annual Meeting - April 3, noon, at the Charlotte Convention Center: One of our region’s largest nonprofit gatherings, each year the Annual Meeting convenes nearly 1,500 attendees to celebrate philanthropy and civic leadership, and to hear from nationally acclaimed thought leaders.
• Charlotte Center City Partners Vision Awards – April 10, 5:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center: Recognizes and celebrates the contributions of community leaders whose efforts have made the Center City a more vibrant urban core.

• Johnson C. Smith University Arch of Triumph Gala – April 12, 7:30 pm at the Charlotte Convention Center Ballroom: Extends an opportunity to dignitaries, corporate and civic leaders, alumni and other supporters to raise critical unrestricted dollars for the JCSU Fund. This fund enables the University to offer scholarships, teaching and learning initiatives, as well as programs essential to providing a quality educational experience for JCSU students.

• Leadership Charlotte Legacy Awards - May 8, 7:30 a.m. at the Hilton Center City: Honors Charlotte leaders who are creating lasting change and measureable difference in the community. 

Board members with questions or suggestions about sponsorships can contact me or Deputy County Manager Chris Peek.

OUTLOOK Magazine to Return

OUTLOOK magazine, the internal employee publication that the County published for decades is coming back after a four-year hiatus. Cut during the FY10 budget cycle, OUTLOOK has remained one of the items employees tell us they miss the most. 

We listened, and for the past few months, the Business Services Agency-Public Information (BSSA-PI) team has been working on a new design and layout for the magazine. In its new form, the printed publication will educate employees, retirees and other stakeholders about County accomplishments, achievements, challenges and goals.   

OUTLOOK will be published four times annually in the spring, summer, fall and winter. The first 2014 issue will be available April 1. 

All employees are encouraged to contribute story ideas and content to Bill Carroll, OUTLOOK Managing Editor at 704-621-7434 or via email.
-- Dena Diorio, County Manager

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