courthouse-clocktowerHere in New Hanover County, the community, elected officials and county staff cooperate to balance a high quality of life with a progressive business and economic climate.

At less than 200 square miles, New Hanover County is the second smallest – geographically – of the 100 North Carolina counties; however, it is home to more than 220,000 people.

New Hanover County is not just a great place in which to live or visit. New Hanover County is also a great place to do business. Tourism, film production, the service and retail sectors are the engines that power our economy.

Our Mission: New Hanover County is committed to progressive public policy, superior service, courteous contact, judicious exercise of authority, and sound fiscal management to meet the needs and concerns of our citizens today and tomorrow.

The government of New Hanover County is committed to ensuring that you are safe, healthy and secure; that is our promise to you.

County ManagerNew Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet serves as Chief Administrator of county government and maintains responsibility for administering all departments under the general control of the five-member Board of Commissioners.

The county manager’s work includes the development of the county’s annual budget. The budget is the policy document, financial plan, and operations guide and communications device of county government. It reflects the county’s response to the needs of the community and residents’ requests for services. New Hanover County’s government operates on a $352.1 million budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2016 and ends June 30, 2017, serving more than 220,000 residents.

In addition, the manager and his executive leadership team are responsible for aligning the operations of the County to the adopted strategic plan and advancing the County’s mission and vision through five key focus areas: superior public health, safety and education, intelligent growth and economic development, productive strategic partnerships, strong financial performance, and effective county management.

Mr. Coudriet has served as the County Manager since July 2012. Prior to his appointment, he served as Assistant County Manager for New Hanover County for four years and as county manager in Franklin and Washington counties, N.C.

Coudriet has twenty years of public administration experience, with more than a decade as a county manager in North Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from East Carolina University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

He is a native of eastern North Carolina. Chris and along with his wife, Leigh, and two children Montgomery, and Silas, reside in Wilmington.

New Hanover County has received the final economic development target analysis report from Jay Garner titled Pathways to Prosperity: New Hanover County’s Plan for Jobs and Investment and it’s critical companion piece, the Competitive Realties Report.

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New Hanover County Receives Historic Wilmington Foundation Awards

Posted May 24, 2016 at 12:51 pm

Last week, New Hanover County and the Board of Commissioners received two awards for the county’s contributions to making downtown better. The awards went to our 320 Chestnut building renovation and the new CFCC Humanities and Fine Arts Center. If you haven’t been to either of these public facilities, I encourage you to find the time. They are a testament to historic preservation with modern utility, and the idea of creating critical mass.

Here is more information about the awards from a recent county news release:

Two New Hanover County buildings were honored at the 2016 Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Preservation Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 19. The county taxpayer-funded Cape Fear Community College Humanities & Fine Arts Wilson Center and the county’s renovated 320 Chestnut Building were both recognized at the ceremony. Board of County Commissioners Vice Chairman Jonathan Barfield and Commissioner Rob Zapple were on hand to accept the awards.

“The Wilson Center is a welcome addition to the cultural and architectural feel of downtown Wilmington,” said New Hanover County Commissioner Rob Zapple. “And the county’s 320 Chestnut building is an amazing example of the commissioners’ vision to restore a historic building from the inside out. It had leaking pipes and drafty windows, and now it is a modern, energy-efficient building that blends seamlessly into downtown.”

Located at the northern entrance to historic downtown, the Wilson Center opened in October 2015 and is a bustling fine arts center with concerts, theatre productions, and comedy tours. Also included in the 159,000 square-foot facility are state-of-the-art learning spaces for the region’s students. This newly-constructed building was given the Development Award by Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) for its compatibility with and enrichment of the downtown environment. According to WDI, this award is designed to recognize an extraordinary project that was completed in downtown during the previous year.

New Hanover County’s building at 320 Chestnut Street was awarded with the foundation’s Preservation Award. Renovated from an old 1950’s administrative building, it now serves as an energy-efficient, well-designed example of preservation. Instead of tearing the building down and starting over, the Board of Commissioners voted to restore it. The building now features the county’s first green roof, energy-efficient light sensors, windows, doors, insulation and HVAC system. Completed in October 2015 on time and under budget, the building is now home to the county’s Community Justice Services, Guardian ad Litem, public defender’s office, and Register of Deeds.

“My fellow commissioners and I are honored that these two buildings – both new and restored – are being recognized for their significance in our historic community,” Vice Chairman Barfield said.

A link to photographs from the event can be found here.


New Hanover County Receives Triple-A Bond Rating

Posted April 21, 2016 at 3:56 pm

I have great news to share!  New Hanover County has again received a Triple-A bond rating, the highest rating a county can achieve, from both Moody’s Investor Services (Moody’s) and … Read More »


Get Acquainted With New Hanover County’s Parks

Posted April 12, 2016 at 10:30 am

In March, I wrote an Insight column for The Greater Wilmington Business Journal reminding our community about our great county parks and the upcoming improvements being made. They are your parks and … Read More »


Health, Fitness And Recreation Are Aims Of Senior Resource Center

Posted February 9, 2016 at 3:53 pm

A piece we posted to The Greater Wilmington Business Journal outlining the value-add of the Senior Resource Center. We don’t talk enough about the good work of this department. By … Read More »


Citizen Input Pointing The Way For County’s Future Growth

Posted December 9, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Most of us have heard variations on the business catchphrase, “Failing to plan means planning to fail.” To ensure that New Hanover County has a successful future, the county government … Read More »


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