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Chris Coudriet

County Manager, New Hanover County Government
BIO

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. H  

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Economic Development
Nov 15, 2017

Investing In Early Childhood Education Creates Long-Term Benefits

Providing every child with a strong foundation for learning matters. Research suggests that quality pre-kindergarten and educational readiness lead to increased high school graduation rates, higher ...

Economic Development
Oct 5, 2017

New Hanover County Is Planning, Measuring And Strategically Investing

Since 2012, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners has embraced a five-year strategic plan that has guided and directed county decisions and initiatives.   The strategic plan established ...

Economic Development
Sep 8, 2017

Project Grace And The Possibility Of Redevelopment

In January, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners entered into a contract with Wilmington Downtown, Inc. and Benchmark Planning to conduct a study on a county-owned downtown block.  &nbs ...

Economic Development
Jul 27, 2017

Lower Property Taxes Among County Budget Highlights

New Hanover County started a new fiscal year on July 1. With that start comes an adopted general fund budget of $329.4 million and a continued focus on the county’s strategic priorities.   ...

Economic Development
May 19, 2017

Public Safety Was Paramount During Golf Tournament

The Wells Fargo Championship in New Hanover County was an overwhelming success. Around 25,000 spectators descended on Eagle Point Golf Club each day during the first week of May. The economic impact & ...

Economic Development
Apr 21, 2017

Choose Cape Fear: Our Region Is Open For Business

The recently launched Choose Cape Fear marketing initiative highlights the Cape Fear region as one of the fastest growing in the southeastern United States, with more than 200,000 skilled workers and ...

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Mar 20, 2017

Redefining New Hanover County’s Impact On Health

The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing.” Health starts in our homes, neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. It is determ ...

Economic Development
Feb 10, 2017

Redevelopment Of Downtown Block Has Economic Development Potential

Imagine a city block in a growing and vibrant downtown that has the potential to be redeveloped into a more productive, useful space. That is the vision for the county-owned block in downtown Wilmingt ...

Other
Jan 6, 2017

County Changes Aim To Enhance Customer Service

New Hanover County is always looking for ways to improve the customer experience and increase citizen satisfaction. It is one of our strategic objectives for effective county management, and it is a d ...

Other
Dec 1, 2016

Your Voice Matters In County Decisions

By now, I hope you have heard that New Hanover County is conducting its biennial citizen survey, available online until Dec. 12. It was also mailed to 4,000 randomly selected New Hanover County househ ...

Other
Oct 24, 2016

Preparation And Partnership Are Key To Disaster Preparedness

New Hanover County is prepared for disasters. We hope your business is, too. While New Hanover County fared well during Hurricane Matthew, many other counties were not as fortunate. The extent of d ...

Economic Development
Aug 16, 2016

Your Organization Could Benefit From County Best Practices

I often say New Hanover County employs the best and brightest, and I truly believe that. We have a workforce committed to public service, with a focus on developing innovative programs to be good stew ...

Economic Development
Jul 28, 2016

First Comprehensive Plan Provides Path For County’s Future

I am pleased to share with  you that New Hanover County’s very first comprehensive plan – Plan NHC – was unanimously adopted by the board of county commissioners in July.   ...

Financial
May 26, 2016

Proposal Would Bring Water, Sewer To U.S. 421 Industrial Corridor

As North Carolina’s second-smallest and most urbanized county, New Hanover County has been at a disadvantage in one important economic-development resource: suitable sites for industry. Even so, ...

Other
Apr 28, 2016

New Hanover County Thanks Employees For Exceptional Service

I always like to say that New Hanover County has the “best and the brightest” employees who are committed to supporting and serving the community every day. We couldn’t serve the pub ...

Other
Apr 13, 2016

Range Of County Government’s Services Is Cause For Celebration In April

Many of the public services that are closest to people’s lives come from county governments. To recognize the importance of what counties do, April has been designated National County Government ...

Economic Development
Mar 23, 2016

WilmingtonBiz Expo Will Offer Insights To Businesses About County Government

Leading up to the Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s WilmingtonBiz Expo, I’d like to focus on how New Hanover County works with, and for, the business community. New Hanover County is o ...

Other
Mar 18, 2016

Get Acquainted With New Hanover County’s Parks, Airlie Gardens

Parks that offer both active recreation and passive enjoyment of nature and open space are a major contributor to New Hanover County’s quality of life. Our entire community should be proud of ou ...

Economic Development
Feb 18, 2016

An Update On Progress To Create A Comprehensive Development Plan

I hope you had a chance to read the December Insight on the need for citizen input on the New Hanover County comprehensive plan.   Since that column was written, more work has been accomplished ...

Other
Feb 8, 2016

Health, Fitness And Recreation Are Aims Of Senior Resource Center

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 continu ...

Other
Jan 15, 2016

County And Its Museum Listening To Public About Leisure-Time Pursuits

We want to know how New Hanover County’s residents spend their leisure time, and to learn more about their preferences for cultural and educational activities. That is why we are encouraging the ...

Other
Jan 7, 2016

County Office Building Is New Again, And More Energy Efficient

Preserving an important piece of New Hanover County’s architectural heritage, and setting an example for sustainable development in the 21st century, the county’s refurbished downtown offi ...

Economic Development
Dec 8, 2015

Citizen Input Pointing The Way For County’s Future Growth

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 has ...

Other
Nov 9, 2015

County Helps Local Veterans Navigate The Benefits System

One of the important services New Hanover County provides to our residents is our Veteran Services office. For many years, this branch of county government has assisted veterans and eligible family me ...

Other
Oct 26, 2015

Business Input Is Needed About Future Of County’s Public Library

What sorts of information resources will people need from the New Hanover County Library in the future? We hope to hear ideas and suggestions from the public, including the local business community, a ...

Other
Sep 22, 2015

Energy Sustainability Goal: Stewardship Of Natural Resources And Tax Money

Making the best use of the resources that citizens and taxpayers have entrusted to us should be a top goal for any responsible government agency. Our Energy Sustainability Policy is one way that New H ...

Economic Development
Jul 28, 2015

Bond Issues Represent Voter-Approved Investments In Our Future

Included as one of New Hanover County’s strategic objectives is providing superior public education and workforce development. To deliver on this objective, we must plan and have the appropriate ...

Financial
Jul 2, 2015

New Budget Reflects New Hanover County’s Priorities for Coming Year

New Hanover County’s budget for the 2015-16 year, which began on July 1, puts our focus on strategic management. In simple terms, that means aligning this year’s revenue and spending with ...

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