For Immediate Release

August 21, 2000

Cumberland County Prepares to Host
North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Conference in 2001

There is excitement in the air as Cumberland County officials prepare to attend the annual North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Conference (NCACC) in Durham County August 10th - 13th. The excitement stems from knowing the countdown is now on to next year's conference to be held in Cumberland County for the first time ever.

One of the goals of attending this year's conference is to promote the 2001 event in hopes of increasing the attendance and making it one of the most successful ever.

The conference normally attracts 600 - 1000 county officials and family members which will have an economic impact on our community of as much as a half a million dollars over a 3 - 4 day period. The money will be generated from visitors from all over the state staying in hotels, eating at restaurants and shopping at retail stores.

If the conference is rated as highly successful, there is a chance the NCACC will decide to include Cumberland County as part of its regular rotation.

A small delegation of commissioners as well as the 2001 conference planning committee members will be representing Cumberland County in Durham. In addition to attending a host of workshops, round table discussions and other conference events, county officials will be manning a display booth at the exhibit hall promoting many of the wonderful sites to see while visiting the county next year. Some of those sites include the new Airborne and Special Operations Museum, the new Social Services building, the Cumberland County Detention Center, currently under construction, as well as popular shopping centers and historic sites.

One of the highlights of the conference for local officials will be the presentation of a Ralph W. Ketner Employee Productivity Award to one the county's employees.

Cumberland County officials will also be relying on local citizens to do their part during the conference next year. While this year's focus is on getting county officials to plan come to Cumberland County, the hospitality shown from the entire community will be what it takes to bring them back.

With the N. C. League of Municipalities Conference being hosted by Fayetteville this October and the NCACC Conference being hosted by Cumberland County next August, the local area may well be on its way to becoming a popular site for big conferences of their kind.

For more information on this news release you may call Cumberland County Public Information Director Tonya Harris-Council at 437-1921 or the County Manager's Office at 678-7723.

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