[Post Event Docs] Change Your Culture, Change Your Life!Two Birds, One Stone: How Mecklenburg County Overcame Two Challenges with One Innovation

Summary, Discussion Guide & Handout


In this #TLGredux session, we learn about the BUILDING WITH OUR VETERANS program, where local government staffing needs were paired with the goal of providing an opportunity for unemployed and under-employed veterans to find long-term sustainable employment and continue to serve the community!

A construction boom is usually good news for any community - but the demand for permitting and inspection services experienced a steep increase that could not be met with current staffing. Conventional hiring methods were insufficient as the pool of qualified potential code officials was almost dry. At the same time, the county’s Veteran Services division had prioritized reducing veteran homelessness, in large part through employment training and placement. 

Join the Alliance and the Mecklenburg County, North Carolina on August 30, as they present ‘Building with our Veterans’, which places qualified veterans in a year-long apprenticeship with experienced Mecklenburg County code officials serving as mentors, while completing classroom training at the local community college. At the end of the program, participants have the opportunity to take the state qualification exam and apply for a full-time permanent staff position. To date, this program has been recognized by the N.C. Department of Commerce, the N.C. Association of County Commissioners and the National Association of Counties

Learn how Mecklenburg County:

  • Embraced Challenges!
  • Created Opportunities!
  • Pursued Collaboration!
  • Welcomed Innovation!

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