Chris coudriet
Follow Chris Linkedin Twitter Facebook
Email Chris Email

Chris Coudriet

County Manager, New Hanover County Government

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  

...Read Entire BIO
Sep 20, 2023

A Public Service Profile on Communicating Better with our Community

One of the things that truly makes New Hanover County a special place to live is the wide variety of people who choose to call this community home.  With so many individuals from different b ...

Aug 17, 2023

A Strategic Focus For Continuing to Move Our Community Forward

June 20, 2011. There is no shortage of significant days throughout the history of our community, but that date more than 12 years ago marked a truly important moment for our county’s future.&nbs ...

Jul 17, 2023

A Public Service Profile on Breaking Through by Fixing Things

Here in New Hanover County, we are fortunate to have amazing team members across more than 30 departments dedicated to working with our customers to administer services and programs that enhance the q ...

Jun 15, 2023

County Budget Continues Support for Public Education, Community Resources and More

Time truly does fly, or at least it feels like it does. While it’s hard to fathom that six months have passed since we turned the calendars, June is a significant milestone for those of us wo ...

May 16, 2023

A Public Service Profile on Creating a Cleaner Community

This will come as no surprise to anyone who calls New Hanover County home, but our community is rapidly growing. As people learn about the amazing quality of life available here and make plans to re ...

Apr 18, 2023

A New Home for Government to Better Serve our Community

Looking out my new office window, I have a bird’s eye view of the former facility that served as the primary home for New Hanover County Government for more than two decades.  When it wa ...

Mar 17, 2023

A Public Service Profile on the Elements of Building Relationships

Youth Intervention Specialist Elizabeth Covert, program participant Lamonte Davis, Program Manager Kristy Williams, program participant Zay’Den Hansley and Youth Intervention Specialist Kaylee ...

Feb 22, 2023

Developing a Strategy for the Journey Ahead

Does anyone remember a time before GPS? Back when traveling, especially to unfamiliar places, meant pulling out an oversized map from the glove compartment and hoping there were no roadblocks or detou ...

Jan 18, 2023

A Public Service Profile on Community Connections

In just one year, Port City United has formed a dedicated team and developed relationships throughout the community, established Community Resource Coordinators in schools to work with students and fa ...

Dec 19, 2022

Holiday Greetings and Gratitude from New Hanover County

New Hanover County has had a great 2022, with new initiatives and a keen focus on improving our core services.  We won 10 national awards and one state award for innovation, New Hanover County ...

Nov 22, 2022

A Public Service Profile on Capital Projects and County Facilities

Growth and progress are important for any community, and that is certainly the case here in New Hanover County. Our population has increased more than 88% in the past 30 years according to Census data ...

Oct 18, 2022

For Mental Health and Substance Use, Help is on the Way

In today’s world, the likelihood that you or those closest to you have been impacted, either directly or indirectly, by mental health or substance use issues is almost guaranteed.  &nb ...

Sep 16, 2022

A Public Service Profile for Superior Fire Services

Battalion Chief Jennifer Smith speaks with Fire Captain Blake Turner at NHCFR Station 17. Recently, New Hanover County Fire Rescue (NHCFR) became an Accredited Agency with the Commission on Fire ...

Aug 17, 2022

Quarter-cent Sales Tax For Public Transportation in New Hanover County

When ballot boxes open for the upcoming 2022 elections, our community will be asked to answer a question – Is improved mobility and access to public transportation something our citizens have a ...

Jul 15, 2022

A Public Service Profile for Housing Affordability

New Hanover County is growing. This is an undeniable fact.   And while growth is inevitable, making sure it provides affordable opportunities for an array of families at different income ...

Jun 14, 2022

Lower Taxes, Expanded Service – A Budget Committed to Helping New Hanover County Move Forward

A little more, with a little less.   It sounds like an impossible task. But that was the challenge and opportunity presented to New Hanover County staff when talking with the Board of Com ...

May 24, 2022

A Public Service Profile for Mental Health

Established in 1949, May is observed as Mental Health Awareness Month across the United States.   Here in New Hanover County, mental health continues to be a topic reverberating throughou ...

Economic Development
Apr 18, 2022

Economic Mobility – Where Do We Go From Here?

In 2014, New Hanover County commissioned an economic development strategy, commonly referred to as the Garner Report. The goal of this document was simple – provide a clear focus of how the coun ...

Insightful Discussions
Mar 14, 2022

A Public Service Profile for Diversity & Equity

In June 2020, New Hanover County established the Office of Diversity & Equity. The mission of this new office was clear – promote an inclusive and fair work environment while building a cult ...

Economic Development
Feb 17, 2022

Port City United for Change

I’ll believe it when I see it.   They are words that have truly stuck with  me  and others on our staff here at New Hanover County  for  many  months.    Like all things in gover ...

Insightful Discussions
Jan 24, 2022

A Public Service Profile for Pandemic Operations

As I shared this past November, New Hanover County Commissioners and staff developed an innovative model, through the use of American Rescue Plan funds, to create a Pandemic Operations Team to support ...

Dec 16, 2021

Combating COVID, Helping Our Community Take Center Stage In 2021

Around this time one year ago, we reflected on all that had occurred in 2020 and knew we were finishing a year unlike anything any of us had ever experienced. A year later, 2021 proved to be just as d ...

Economic Development
Nov 18, 2021

County Takes Innovative, Forward-Thinking Approach for Pandemic Operations

The past 20 months have been grueling for many of us. Among those most impacted in their workload and care for the community has been our Health and Human Services (HHS) team who has run the county&rs ...

Economic Development
Oct 25, 2021

COVID-19 Relief Dollars Directly Benefit Residents

In April, the message I shared with you talked about the Commissioners approval of its strategy to utilize the $45.4 million in federal money from the American Rescue Pla ...

Sep 22, 2021

Connecting Resources for Safer Schools and Community

Over the past few weeks, after a shooting occurred on the campus of New Hanover High School, I have taken a lot of time to sit down and talk with people in our community. There have been some eye-open ...

Insightful Discussions
Aug 24, 2021

Masks, Vaccines, and Workplace Safety

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an exhausting, ongoing crisis. Those of us in New Hanover County are used to encountering a hurricane or other natural disaster. But the pandemic reminds me of what one ...

Economic Development
Jul 21, 2021

New Hanover County Is Top In the Nation for Good Governance, Innovation and Best Practices

Amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic, New Hanover County staff continued serving the community, creating innovative programs and enhancing our services, and recently earned 10 achievement awards f ...

Economic Development
Jun 21, 2021

County Budget Invests In Important Services, Board Priorities, and Community Needs

The Board of Commissioners has been clear about what its priorities are for public education and teacher pay, the need for enhanced public safety, and new economic development and workforce initiative ...

Economic Development
May 18, 2021

Lower Fire Insurance Premiums Can Help Lead To Economic Development

A focus for New Hanover County is always on promoting intelligent growth and economic development. We want New Hanover County to be attractive to businesses – for our existing businesses to stay ...

Economic Development
Apr 16, 2021

New Hanover County Makes Plans & Partnerships To Invest $45 Million In the Community

Grants to businesses and nonprofits negatively impacted by the pandemic, infrastructure for a new business park on Blue Clay Road and programs designed to get people back to work are all par ...

Economic Development
Mar 17, 2021

County Saves More Than $8 Million Through Bond Refunding

Saving tax payer money is something that New Hanover County strives to do everyday. It’s foundational to our strategy and vision of modeling good governance. We want to make ...

Economic Development
Feb 17, 2021

Three Years Into the County’s Five-Year Strategic Plan

New Hanover County is now at the three-year mark of the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. We're making progress on our goals, seeing areas where improvement is needed – especially in light of t ...

Economic Development
Jan 20, 2021

Smoking and Vaping Ordinance Good for Health and Business

In October, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to implement an ordinance prohibiting the use of combustible tobacco and e-cigarettes in public places starting February 1, ...

Economic Development
Dec 19, 2020

Health Of Residents Was County Focus In 2020

New Hanover County is committed to keeping our community safe, healthy and secure. In 2020, that commitment was even more profound as the county and our Public Health team helped residents navigate ...

Economic Development
Nov 11, 2020

Smart, Responsible Development Is Key for New Hanover County

New Hanover County is changing. Our population is growing, the needs of residents to be more connected and have different housing options is evolving, and our development landscape is moving to a more ...

Economic Development
Oct 16, 2020

Creating an Age Friendly Community

Older adults are living longer, healthier and more productive lives. I’m glad, especially since my 50th birthday is right around the corner. My mom is 70, and she remains active and engaged in h ...

Economic Development
Sep 17, 2020

Share Your Feedback, Perceptions About Workforce Housing and Housing Affordability

When you hear the term “housing affordability” – what comes to your mind? Some equate it to lower income or subsidized housing, others see it as housing with rent or mortgage payment ...

Economic Development
Aug 24, 2020

New Hanover County Supports Businesses, Helps Families, Expands Wireless

Since the start of COVID-19, New Hanover County has led the public health response in our community: setting up testing sites, performing contact tracing to help stop the spread of the virus, working ...

Economic Development
Jul 16, 2020

2020 Census Count Will Guide Important Funding for Our Region – And It’s Needed Now More Than Ever

The COVID-19 pandemic has rescheduled, canceled and changed the course of most every event and plan in the past four months. The 2020 Census is among them. It has pushed the Census timeline back a ...

Economic Development
Jun 23, 2020

New Hanover County Awards $1.3 Million to 130 Local Small Businesses

The locally-owned store where you frequently shop, your barber or hair salon, the family-owned print store down the street – those are just some of the businesses that the county has been able t ...

Economic Development
May 19, 2020

New Hanover County Offers Expertise and Resources for Safe Reopening

Since March 21, our community has been operating under a Stay At Home Order and navigating mitigation measures set by either state or local authorities to slow the spread of COVID-19. Residents, busin ...

Economic Development
Apr 9, 2020

New Hanover County Supports Community Through COVID-19

The past month has been an unprecedented and difficult time for our community. Businesses have had to close their doors; the way essential services are delivered has changed; and people are staying ho ...

Economic Development
Feb 13, 2020

2020: A Year Of Action, Initiatives In New Hanover County

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners held the 2020 State of the County address on February 10 to a packed room at the historic courthouse. I left feeling proud of the work the county has acco ...

Economic Development
Jan 16, 2020

Sewer and Water Along 421 Creates Corridor Primed for Growth and New Jobs

In business, in economic growth…if you build it, will they come? I think the answer, at least in the case of our industrial corridor on US-421, is yes. And I don’t mean building new of ...

Economic Development
Dec 2, 2019

Minority and Women Business Enterprise Program Aims to Increase Economic Diversity

Earlier this year, New Hanover County began working on an update to our Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program to help ensure a higher rate of MWBE participation in all aspects of the c ...

Economic Development
Oct 25, 2019

NHRMC’s Future: Where We are and Where We’re Headed

The future of New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) is a main topic of conversation throughout the community. I understand why — it is an incredible asset, provides high-quality health ser ...

Economic Development
Aug 21, 2019

Purpose-Designed Government Center and Redeveloped Land Will Benefit the Community

A new government center. Possible retail, residential and commercial space. A new hub of activity for New Hanover County and the city of Wilmington. That’s what a public-private partnership on t ...

Economic Development
Jul 16, 2019

County Zoning Gets Full Revamp After 50 Years

Fifty years is a long time, especially when it comes to development. The way we think about development, its connectivity, density, affordability, and so much more has changed over time to meet the ne ...

Economic Development
Jun 17, 2019

Your Tax Dollars are Being Spent Wisely

New Hanover County’s $399 million balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 has been adopted by the Board of Commissioners. It focuses on investments in education, public safety, economic d ...

Economic Development
May 15, 2019

Thank You, New Hanover County Employees

Recently, we held our fifth-annual “Reach for the Stars” Banquet, where the county recognized 232 people who received a Stellar Award over the past year and honored 14 employees for earnin ...

Economic Development
Apr 17, 2019

County Construction Projects Stay on Budget & on Schedule

In any construction project, whether it’s building a new home or renovating your kitchen, it’s important to know how much things will cost. And it’s even better to know you won&rsquo ...

Economic Development
Mar 21, 2019

Hurricane Florence: Six Months Later

It has been six months already since Hurricane Florence made landfall in New Hanover County. This storm was unlike any other we have seen in recent history. It had been 19 years to the day (Hurrica ...

Economic Development
Feb 19, 2019

The Possibilities of Project Grace

The possibilities of Project Grace are exciting. It has been over two years since we began talking about the opportunity of a public-private partnership to create a mixed-use development in downtow ...

Economic Development
Jan 23, 2019

New Hanover County’s Legislative Priorities Put Residents First

New Hanover County Commissioners have been working hard to prioritize and advocate for our county’s local legislative goals for 2019-20, and they have been working with Commissioners throughout ...

Economic Development
Dec 20, 2018

One Thousand, Five Hundred and Ten

One thousand, five hundred and ten. That’s the number of New Hanover County employees who stayed behind, served our community, and supported our residents for 21 straight days during Hurricane F ...

Economic Development
Nov 16, 2018

For These Things and More, I Am Thankful

Thankful. It’s a word most of us use around this time of year but it feels incredibly fitting for me to use it now as I reflect on the past two months. I am thankful for our New Hanover Count ...

Economic Development
Oct 19, 2018

Resiliency is Key to Economic Recovery After Florence

New Hanover County experienced significant impacts from Hurricane Florence. The preliminary damage assessment across the county is more than $450 million in real and personal property losses. And t ...

Economic Development
Aug 15, 2018

Lessons Learned from a False Alarm

You may have heard about New Hanover County Government Center’s inadvertent emergency alert that happened on Aug. 1. The alert was treated as a real threat, employees evacuated the building, and ...

Economic Development
Jul 17, 2018

Increasing Recycling, Reuse and Waste Reduction

If you want to see innovation at work, take a tour around the New Hanover County landfill.   You won’t just see a pile of trash; you’ll see one of the state’s most advanced in ...

Economic Development
Jun 19, 2018

Adopted Budget Saves Taxpayer Money and Makes Strategic Investments

New Hanover County’s newly-adopted budget leaves more money in taxpayers’ pockets – $5.1 million to be exact – all while increasing funding for our public schools, adding more ...

Economic Development
May 21, 2018

County Projects are Investments in Our Future

A new fire station, library, Public Health and Social Services building, and the potential development of Project Grace. Those are four of the major projects New Hanover County is working on right ...

Economic Development
Apr 18, 2018

New Hanover County Supports Job Growth, Economic Development

Economic development incentives are an important aspect of New Hanover County’s strategy to encourage the private sector to grow, create jobs, invest in our community and strengthen our tax base ...

Economic Development
Mar 20, 2018

Social Workers Advocate, Support and Encourage

March is National Social Worker Month, and New Hanover County has an incredible team of social workers that serve our community every day. Their compassion, support and assistance make a difference ...

Economic Development
Feb 21, 2018

Advancing New Hanover County’s Strategic Priorities

The need to plan for the county’s future, to create a road map for setting measurable targets and achieving them, is the basis for New Hanover County’s strategic planning. This past Jan ...

Economic Development
Jan 18, 2018

Advancing Our Success into 2018

New Hanover County had a good 2017, and I am looking forward to another productive year in 2018. I am confident the county will continue to further our economic progress, enhance the health and saf ...

Economic Development
Dec 21, 2017

Change Agents on a Mission

It is the end of 2017 and I am thankful for many things. I am thankful for the more than 1,700 dedicated county employees who work hard, serve our citizens and make a difference in our community ev ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.   ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Nhcseal wilmingtonbiz
Ico insights



Understanding the Key Roles of Officers in a Community Association Board of Directors

Dave Orr - Community Association Management Services
Mcwhorter 0005

Love the Ocean?

Heather McWhorter - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Jc300 dsc 2735

The Pie Chart of Deception

JC Lyle - Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry

Trending News

Company With HQ In Wilmington Buys Transportation Firm

Staff Reports - Sep 20, 2023

'Landing That Big Fish': With $19M Land Purchase, Brunswick Officials Aim To Lure Employers

Emma Dill - Sep 19, 2023

Polyhose Moves To Expand Footprint In Pender Commerce Park

Emma Dill - Sep 20, 2023

Food Hall Incubator Block Eatz Opens On CFCC's North Campus

Emma Dill - Sep 20, 2023

LINQ Adds Four To Senior Leadership Team

Staff Reports - Sep 19, 2023

In The Current Issue

MADE Winners: Food & Beverage Category

The butcher, the brewer and the candy maker...

Startup Banks On User Needs

The fundraising from the company’s seed round, which was announced in late August, is just the latest multi-million-dollar capital fundraisi...

MADE Winners: Arts Category

A gallery, swimwear and handmade leather goods create buzz...

Book On Business

The 2023 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!



2023 Power Breakfast: Major Developments