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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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 the way, did you know that 40 percent of our county’s population is 60 years of age or older?

Providing resources to help residents maintain healthy, active lifestyles and remain productive citizens has been a priority for New Hanover County for many years. Today, as average life spans continue to rise, our focus on the role of our Senior Resource Center is more important than ever.

We’re especially pleased to call attention to a few upcoming programs that address some of the most important needs of our seniors: health, fitness, and social and recreational opportunities. These programs are offered at the center, which is at 2222 S. College Road, at the intersection with Shipyard Boulevard. It is near Hoggard High School and Hugh MacRae Park.

The first of these programs is called Geri-Fit. Geri-Fit is a group exercise program designed for adults 60 and older that aims to enhance balance, flexibility and muscle strength, all of which minimize the chances of falling. Serious injuries such as hip fractures, which can have debilitating consequences for older people, are often the result of falls in the home.

The expert trainers who run Geri-Fit tell us the program is “evidence-based,” and it’s funded by federal Title IIID money. What that means is that Geri-Fit has been proven to work in promoting health and preventing illness in older Americans.

The class is 45 minutes long and is open to both men and women. Participants are encouraged to work out at their own pace. Geri-Fit is not a high-energy aerobic workout, and doesn’t require learning any dance moves or choreography. Those in the class don’t have to get down on the floor – or back up. In fact, some of the exercises can be done while seated.

The essential purpose of Geri-Fit is to rebuild strength that has been lost through the aging process. Classes are scheduled for early morning on Mondays, midday on Wednesdays, and late afternoon on Thursdays. Detailed schedules and enrollment information can be found on the Senior Resource Center’s website.

Another evidence-based health program offered at the Senior Resource Center is Tai Chi Arthritis. Recent studies have found that tai the slow, graceful movements of tai chi, which originated centuries ago as a martial art, can improve balance, reduce stress and offer arthritis pain relief. Classes are 45 minutes long and are held on Tuesdays at 1:45 p.m.

New students are welcome to join the classes at any time, on any of these days. No long-term commitment is required, and participants can attend one, two or all three sessions a week. The classes are free, but contributions from attendees are welcomed.

Also helpful for maintaining strength and balance, but mostly meant for fun and socializing, are the center’s monthly “Over 50” dances. These run from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Anyone who likes music will enjoy the dances

Besides these two programs, of course, the Senior Resource Center sponsors events all year and offers more than 40 ongoing services, including assistance with finding medical insurance, providing meals and preparing taxes. The Senior Resource Center has a dedicated corps of volunteers and is always looking for more people to help serve our senior population.

The state of North Carolina has recognized this New Hanover County department as a “Senior Center of Excellence.”

Most of the center’s activities are open to anyone age 55 or older. Certain programs that are funded by grants, such as Geri-Fit and some nutrition and transportation services, require participants to be 60 or older.

It’s always appropriate for anyone interested in learning more to stop by the center. You also can learn more about the center and meet some of its staff at the Health Fair on Feb. 18 at Independence Mall. The center will be promoting its services at this event, which is sponsored by WWAY-TV3 and New Hanover Regional Medical Center.


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 »


Energy Sustainability Goal: Stewardship Of Natural Resources And Tax Money

Posted October 20, 2015 at 10:20 am

I thought you might enjoy reading something that I posted to Insights at The Greater Wilmington Business Journal last month. Conservation of energy saves us all money, and it’s the … Read More »


New Hanover County 2017 revaluation update

Posted September 16, 2015 at 4:36 pm

At a minimum, each of North Carolina’s 100 counties is required to conduct a reassessment of property values (revaluation) every 8 years. In order to best prepare a baseline for budgeting, New … Read More »


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 … Read More »


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