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This year, two commissions used the CCAWV essay contest as an opportunity to get out and interact with their communities. Commissioners took time to speak with the students and explain their role in county government. Everyone benefitted from the exchange – students had a unique learning opportunity, and commissioners got to give back to their communities. Below, we’ve highlighted two outstanding examples of commissioners in action.

County governments across the nation are enjoying some recognition this month as the spotlight shinThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. y do during National County Government Month. While county governments work hard year round to serve citizens, April is the time to educate the public about county government and showcase the achievements of elected officials. NACo (the National Organization of Counties) has used its online presence to promote awareness of  National County Government Month, offering educational infographics and even a video counties can share (find these and more at www.naco.org).

On March 21st, the new Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 was signed into law by President Obama. It repeals some provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and changes others. In addition, FEMA changed their floodplain maps, and the WV legislature passed SB 621 (Authorizing Insurers offer flood insurance, which is meant to encourage private insurance companies to offer flood insurance in addition to NFIP). CCAWV turned to Richard Carte, West Virginia NFIP Assistant Coordinator, for some help in navigating the new laws. He explained that the new federal law, in particular, has many provisions that they are still sorting out – the how and when of FEMA refunds, the grandfather clause, etc. He expects they will have the answers to these questions and more in a few months. CCAWV hopes to have a representative from the West Virginia NFIP office at our annual meeting to explain how this will affect counties.

One of the foremost issues on the minds of county commissions is dealing with the cost of incarceration of inmates. As substance abuse grows, the number of arrests keeps rising and county budgets suffer.

CCAWV has explored numerous ideas and methods for easing the county burden and to this end we are partnering with the WV Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority on a new effort.

As you all know, CCAWV sponsors an essay contest for 8th graders in West Virginia dealing with “how your county helps you”. This is a way to expose our young folks to County Government and how it operates and what we, as commissioners do for our constituents.

This is a great learning opportunity for our young West Virginians to begin to understand what we do to help them and possibly encourage them to get involved with their county and/or community. It’s a great way to spread our message of helping others and improving the quality of life for our residents. There is also a monetary award for the winners and their teachers.

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Morning session of Community Leadership Academy. Opening remarks by David Hardesty.

April is “National County Government Month” and the County Commissioners’ Association of WV (CCAWV) hosted their an… https://t.co/m4afxMvUVk

Pleased to report that we have 119 8th grade essays from 11 different counties for our 2019 Essay Contest! We will… https://t.co/TfUn2dYVtN