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 232,000 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.

New 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 is operating on a $399 million multi-fund budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2019 and ends June 30, 2020. In addition, the county also administers $294 million in state and federal funding. Through this $693 million, the county serves more than 233,000 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 education and workforce, superior public health and safety, intelligent growth and economic development, 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.

Mr. Coudriet has twenty-five years of public administration experience, with fifteen years as a county manager or assistant county manager in North Carolina. He has a Bachelor 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 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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County completes successful bond sale

Posted August 31, 2015 at 8:29 am

August 27, 2015 finalized what the county has worked so hard to build and maintain – the ability to secure voter-approved bonds at the best and lowest rate possible. With the bond sale, the county sold $83.3 million in bonds which generated the goal of $92 million. The County was able to obtain bond premiums of over $9.1 million because of the county’s high credit rating. This means the county can complete projects valued at $92 million but only pay on debt [and interest] of $83.3 million

The bond proceeds will fund capital projects for New Hanover County Schools, which the voters approved in November 2014, and Cape Fear Community College. The funds will allow for various school renovations to be completed, the construction of one new elementary school, and a new community college classroom and training facility, which was promised to the voters with the 2008 community college bond referendum.

Because of the county’s high bond rating, which is the highest that can be obtained from rating agencies, (Aaa from Moody’s Investors Service and AAA from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services) the interest cost on the bonds were approximately 2.28%. The first payment on this debt this fiscal year came in under amounts budgeted due to this low interest cost.

New Hanover County is one of only 80 counties in the nation that are triple A rated by Moody’s and Standard Poor’s – there are 3,069 counties in the United States, which places New Hanover County in the top 3 percent of bond-rated counties across the country.

Bond Issues Represent Voter-Approved Investments In Our Future

Posted August 17, 2015 at 11:27 am

What follows is a blog that I posted to The Greater Wilmington Business Journal at the end of July just before the county went to the bond market to secure … Read More »

New Hanover County on Social Media

Posted July 8, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Social media provides you with ways to stay in touch with county government. These tools connect you with immediate access to breaking news, information, programs & events and meeting schedules. … Read More »

FY15-16 Budget Highlights

Posted June 23, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Monday, June 22 the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners approved its budget for fiscal year 2015-2016, which begins July 1. The budget approved does not look altogether different than … Read More »

Public Hearing on the FY 15-16 County Budget

Posted June 5, 2015 at 2:25 pm

In early May I presented a budget to the Board of Commissioners that proposed a 5 cent property tax increase and a general fund budget of some $306.6 million. The … Read More »