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 227,000 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 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 Standard & Poor’s Rating Services (S&P) on its general obligation bonds. This rating is instrumental in assisting the county in achieving the greatest amount of savings on its upcoming bond refunding, as it ensures New Hanover County receives the lowest interest rate possible on its debt.

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

The county’s sound financial performance was a driving factor in the affirmation of the county’s credit worthiness. Moody’s notes that the county’s credit strength is its “sound financial position with high degree of financial flexibility,” citing the conservative financial management of the county. S&P echoes that opinion and adds mention of the county’s financial policies and practices, strong budgetary flexibility, strong liquidity and adequate debt and contingent liability profile.

The affirmation of the county’s credit worthiness not only centered on its strong financial position and flexibility, but also focused on the strength of the overall local economy. Both rating agencies note assets to the local economy that include New Hanover Regional Medical Center, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Cape Fear Community College and the North Carolina Port at Wilmington; and they speak to the growing tourism industry seen in the county. The agencies also tout the diverse industry in the county, noting that the top ten taxpayers represent a diverse 4.7% of the total assessed value and mentioned recent expansions such as General Electric, Castle Branch and nCino.

“With the leadership of our County Commissioners and the diligence of our staff, New Hanover County again delivers to our taxpayers a bond rating that provides us with an advantage when we enter financial markets,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “The ability to borrow at the lowest rate possible provides direct savings to our taxpayers, and reaffirms our commitment to be the ‘Model of Good Governance’.”

New Hanover County remains one of approximately 80 of the nation’s 3,069 counties with a Triple A rating from the major rating agencies, which places the county in the top 2.6% of all counties.


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 »


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 »


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