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.

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 operates on a $392 million multi-fund budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2018 and ends June 30, 2019, serving more than 227,000 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 nearly twenty-five 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 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.

Manager's Message

Redefining New Hanover County’s Impact on Health

Posted March 20, 2017 at 11:19 am

The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.” Health starts in our homes, neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. It is determined, in part, by where we live and our access to resources and opportunities.

One of New Hanover County’s strategic priorities is superior public health, and we are focused on reducing health risks and diseases in our county. While quality health care is essential to our heath, research has shown that social, economic, and environmental factors influence health on a much greater level.

According to Steven A. Schroeder in the New England Journal of Medicine’s We Can Do Better – Improving the Health of the American People, behavioral patterns account for nearly 40 percent of premature deaths in the US; genetic predisposition accounts for 30 percent; social and environmental conditions account for 20 percent; and health care accounts for 10 percent.

So a person’s zip code can have a much bigger impact on their health than even their genetic code. And that means we have a great opportunity and a vital responsibility to improve our community’s health.

New Hanover County recently sat down with community leaders to begin a conversation about what the most pressing health issues are in our county and how we can work together to create effective solutions that address those problems.

Those partners are joining New Hanover County on Monday, March 27 for a health forum called The Health of Our Community: Current Statistics and Future Priorities. This event is aimed at business leaders, public officials, faith leaders, area nonprofits, healthcare providers, and other thought leaders who value health to discuss how the social determinates of health affect our community and why we should care.

New Hanover County’s Health Director Phillip Tarte will open the event with the current health profile of our county. He will present data, share what we have learned, and discuss the biggest health issues facing our community. Dr. Ronny Bell, Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health at East Carolina University (ECU), will discuss how the social determinates of health impact health equity in our region.

A panel, moderated by Dr. Charles Hardy, Founding Dean of UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services, will discuss why the overall public’s health matters to our community. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Ronny Bell, Professor and Chair, ECU Department of Public Health
  • Mr. Chris Coudriet, County Manager, New Hanover County Government
  • Ms. Tara Duckworth, Director, New Hanover County Parks and Gardens
  • Mr. John Gizdic, President and CEO, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
  • Mr. Mike Kozlosky, Executive Director, Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Dr. Tim Markley, Superintendent, New Hanover County Schools
  • Dr. Joseph Pino, Executive Director, South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC)
  • Mr. Phillip Tarte, Health Director, New Hanover County Government

This is a community conversation because we each have a piece of the puzzle – from government, to nonprofits, to our schools, to our health care system, and everything in between. We need to collaborate and determine where we need to focus our time, attention, and money to improve the health of our community.

The forum will be the kick-off for a county-wide collective impact initiative that will bring community partners together that share common goals. Working together, we will begin to prioritize and align resources so we aren’t duplicating efforts among agencies. We will identify gaps in services and agree on a small number of effective solutions that, when combined, have the ability to make us healthier.

A detailed planning session will take place in the fall with these partners to begin defining our next steps. Through collective impact, I believe we will be able to clearly articulate the community’s health priorities and develop strategies to address these challenges over the coming years.

A healthier community means greater self-sufficiency, more productive employees, better-focused students, and a stronger economy. This is important to all of us, so I hope you will attend The Health of Our Community event. Make this a priority and help redefine our community’s impact on health.

The Health of Our Community: Current Statistics and Future Priorities

When: Monday, March 27, 6-8 p.m.

Where: UNCW McNeill Lecture Hall 1005 (601 S. College Road)

Register for the event here

Space is limited to 200 people. If you are unable to attend, the full program will be available on NHCTV and the county’s YouTube channel after the event.

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Preparation And Partnership Are Key To Disaster Preparedness

Posted October 28, 2016 at 2:10 pm

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