Three Wake County Commissioners are now serving on national committees where they can share the positive steps Wake County has taken in the areas of veterans’ services, affordable housing and population growth with leaders from across the nation.
Commissioner Vickie Adamson is our representative on the National Association of Counties’ Veterans and Military Services Committee. Through this leadership role, she helps develop best practices and policies that benefit our nation’s military, veterans and their families.
“Operation Greenlight is a great example of the work our committee is focused on,” said Commissioner Adamson. “By encouraging people to change out their regular light bulbs for green ones starting Nov. 7, we can clearly show our veterans here and across the country that we honor and value their service.”
Commissioner Matt Calabria was selected to serve on NACo’s Housing Task Force. Its goal is to illuminate the most critical housing challenges and opportunities from the county government perspective, while helping county leaders navigate the nation’s growing housing affordability and inventory crisis.
“Housing is a basic human need that contributes to our residents’ overall safety and well-being,” said Commissioner Calabria. “As elected leaders, we can help make housing more affordable for our residents. By learning from each other, we can implement proven strategies to successfully grow our affordable housing supply nationwide.”
Vice Chair Shinica Thomas was appointed to NACo’s Large Urban County Caucus. It serves as the voice for America’s metropolitan counties before Congress and the Administration, and focuses on bolstering economic strength, promoting community health, and building and maintaining critical infrastructure.
“Wake County’s population of more than 1.1 million people is larger than any other county in North Carolina,” said Vice Chair Thomas. “We belong at this table, and I look forward to working with my fellow caucus members to advocate for the betterment of all large, growing counties particularly in the areas of broadband access, public transportation and food security.”
NACo works to strengthen America’s counties, serving nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees. Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to advocate for county priorities in federal policymaking, promotes exemplary county policies and practices, and enriches the public’s understanding of county government.