The Lumber River Council of Governments is pleased to announce that it is one of 23 statewide host sites for the Lead for North Carolina (LFNC) program, part of the University of Carolina North at Chapel Hill School of Government. On August 1, 2022, the Council began welcoming a recent university graduate on a one-year scholarship paid for by the local government.
Noor Shehata, a parks scholar and summa cum laude at North Carolina State University from Advance, North Carolina, was placed with the Lumber River Council of Governments for her scholarship year.
“As someone who has been involved in government for many parts of my life, local government is one of the most crucial avenues for bringing about real change within the community,” Shehata said. “Being able to work as an LFNC Fellow at the Lumber River Council of Governments will be crucial in understanding and implementing solutions to alleviate various systemic socio-economic and geographic issues that have existed throughout the entire region’s history. and southeastern North Carolina.”
LFNC serves as a bridge between North Carolina communities and smart, passionate and committed young leaders. With the launch of its fourth cohort this year, the program has placed 74 fellows in positions in city governments, county governments, and regional councils across North Carolina.
By recruiting, training and placing these fellows, it seeks to strengthen public institutions, support local communities and nurture a new generation of public service leaders. David Richardson, Executive Director of LRCOG, said: “Noor has been a great addition to our team at the Lumber River Council of Governments. She has already proven to be a tremendous asset in helping our organization expand the reach of our services to Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson and Scotland counties and the municipalities therein.
Richardson further stated that “Noor will help support our local governments in a variety of efforts, including planning services, engagement and resilience.”
The Lead for North Carolina is made possible through funding from an array of partners, including State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation, AmeriCorps, The Anonymous Trust, Golden LEAF Foundation, Jessie Ball duPont Fund, North Carolina League of Municipalities, State Farm, Wells Fargo and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.
Lead for North Carolina is joined by the following founding partners: the North Carolina League of Municipalities, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, the North Carolina City/County Management Association and Lead for America.
The LRCOG offers a range of programs and services to member governments located in its region: Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson and Scotland counties. It serves as the administrative and service delivery arm for the federal, state, regional and local programs of its member governments.