News Flash

Posted on: February 7, 2024

Community input is crucial to guiding the model of Good Governance

By Chris Coudriet, County Manager

This past summer, New Hanover County staff, our Board of Commissioners and community partners, along with your input from our Community Survey in 2023, worked to create a new five-year strategic plan that will set the fram...

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Manager's Message
Posted on: January 18, 2024

A Public Service Profile for Making Taxes Less Taxing

By Chris Coudriet, County Manager

The spirit of volunteerism is important to so many organizations throughout our county. The ideal of giving back in service to others is a principle we should all strive to make a part of our lifestyle, as it connects us t...

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Manager's Message
Posted on: December 18, 2023

As the year concludes, a look back at the accomplishments of 2023

By Chris Coudriet, County Manager

As it always seems to do, time has flown by, bringing us to another holiday season. It feels like mere weeks ago we were welcoming 2023 with hope for what was to come. As the calendar winds down, it provides an opportunity...

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Manager's Message
Posted on: November 15, 2023

A Public Service Profile on Improving the Customer Experience

Cala Blondin

By County Manager, Chris Coudriet 

Through the doors. Down the hallway. Past the fish tank. Look for the signs.

There’s no way of knowing just how many times sentences like those were used by New Hanover County employees while helping visitors navi...

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Manager's Message
Posted on: October 16, 2023

New Hanover County is building for a brighter future

The distance between our Government Center and the Appalachian State campus is a little more than 300 miles. Give or take a few pit stops on the route, that equates to around five hours of staring through a windshield – which offers someone a lo...

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Manager's Message
Posted on: September 15, 2023

A Public Service Profile on Communicating Better with our Community

Monica Rohena

One of the things that truly makes New Hanover County a special place to live is the wide variety of people who choose to call this community home.

With so many individuals from different backgrounds, cultures and lived experiences, our county truly is a p...

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Manager's Message
Posted on: August 15, 2023

A strategic focus for continuing to move our community forward

By County Manager Chris Coudriet

June 20, 2011. There is no shortage of significant days throughout the history of our community, but that date more than 12 years ago marked a truly important moment for our county’s future.

On June 20, 2011, the New Hanover...

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Manager's Message
Posted on: July 14, 2023

A Public Service Profile on Breaking Through by Fixing Things

Managers Message photo Emiliee Johnson

By County Manager, Chris Coudriet

Here in New Hanover County, we are fortunate to have amazing team members across more than 30 departments dedicated to working with our customers to administer services and programs that enhance the quality of life in our ...

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Manager's Message
Posted on: June 15, 2023

County budget continues support for public education, community resources and more

By County Manager, Chris Coudriet

Time truly does fly, or at least it feels like it does.

While it’s hard to fathom that six months have passed since we turned the calendars, June is a significant milestone for those of us working in the public se...

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Manager's Message
Posted on: May 17, 2023

A Public Service Profile on Creating a Cleaner Community

GaryMoore

By County Manager, Chris Coudriet

This will come as no surprise to anyone who calls New Hanover County home, but our community is rapidly growing. As people learn about the amazing quality of life available here and make plans to relocate, we know there wi...

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Manager's Message
Posted on: April 18, 2023

A new home for government to better serve our community

By County Manager Chris Coudriet

Looking out my new office window, I have a bird’s eye view of the former facility that served as the primary home for New Hanover County Government for more than two decades. 

When it was constructed in 19...

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Manager's Message
Posted on: March 16, 2023

A Public Service Profile on the Elements of Building Relationships

Elements members at table

By County Manager, Chris Coudriet

Every day, individuals make choices. Some can be as simple as choosing where to grab lunch or what outfit to wear. Choices can also be extremely difficult and have dire consequences. Sometimes, it can feel like there isn&a...

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Manager's Message
Posted on: October 19, 2022

For mental health and substance use, help is on the way

In today’s world, the likelihood that you or those closest to you have been impacted, either directly or indirectly, by mental health or substance use issues is almost guaranteed.  

Long before the pandemic changed how we went about our lives, the...

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Manager's Message
Posted on: September 16, 2022

A Public Service Profile for Superior Fire Services

Battalion Chief Jennifer Smith conversing with fellow firefighter

Recently, New Hanover County Fire Rescue (NHCFR) became an Accredited Agency with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. Going through this process was voluntary and something our Fire Rescue team was dedicated to – because they are constantl...

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Manager's Message
Posted on: August 18, 2022

Quarter-cent sales tax for public transportation in New Hanover County

When ballot boxes open for the upcoming 2022 elections, our community will be asked to answer a question – Is improved mobility and access to public transportation something our citizens have a desire to make possible through sales tax funds?

Before voting...

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Manager's Message
Posted on: July 15, 2022

A Public Service Profile for Housing Affordability

Rachel LaCoe and Rebekah Roth in discussion over plans

New Hanover County is growing. This is an undeniable fact.?? 

And while growth is inevitable, making sure it provides affordable opportunities for an array of families at different income levels is something the Board of Commissioners has committe...

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Manager's Message
Posted on: June 15, 2022

Lower taxes, expanded service – a budget committed to helping New Hanover County move forward

A little more, with a little less.

It sounds like an impossible task. But that was the challenge and opportunity presented to New Hanover County staff when talking with the Board of Commissioners about their goals for Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget.

Lo...

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Manager's Message