NC Hometowns: Charting Their Futures
North Carolina is home to more than 540 incorporated municipalities. Each city and town is unique in its own right and contributes to the makeup of our great state.
The North Carolina League of Municipalities is a member-driven organization that represents the interests of cities and towns across the state. For more than 100 years, NCLM has been a voice for municipalities working for a better North Carolina.
NCLM members are dedicated to protecting the local decision-making authority of cities and towns that bolsters local leadership and empowers citizens to make their municipalities the best they can be.
Reliable broadband crucial for rural businesses and economic sustainability
In rural communities, and even some areas of our more urban areas, a lack of affordable, reliable and fast Internet is limiting business opportunities.
Homework, health care gaps persist due to unequal broadband distribution
10% of North Carolina school students lack access to a home broadband connection, creating a "homework gap," and putting students at a disadvantage.
For one town, perseverance and connection leads to success
Rockingham once was part of one of the wealthiest areas in the state and Richmond County's textile mills employed thousands. But in the latter half of the century, mill jobs began to disappear as mills closed.
Loss of industry takes jobs, leaves behind financial struggles
The loss of Parkdale Mills in Williamston has the town, Martin County and residents still bearing the brunt of a financial burden that stakeholders and citizens don't really know what to do with.
Asheville looks to balance competing interests on Airbnb front
Like other cities across the country with a strong tourism flavor, Asheville is now coming to grips with the relatively new phenomenon of Airbnb and other short-term rental, sharing-economy platforms.
For coastal communities, short-term rentals mix old and new challenges
The City of Wilmington established regulations on short-term rentals that seek to preserve the character of traditional residential neighborhoods by making sure that there are not entire stretches of non-owner occupied homes.