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Local governments use various approaches for communicating with citizens, such as televising meetings or setting up Web sites. Three boards of county commissioners tried a different approach; they held meetings away from the county seat. No agenda was set. The goal was to listen; to respond to concerns; and to attract people who are not usually active in civic and political affairs. Citizen-outreach efforts in Buncombe, Catawba, and Halifax Counties are profiled.
To help offset the Great Depression, the Federal Government pumped funds into North Carolina for courthouse building and renovation. Williams discusses the current construction boom in which half of the state's one hundred counties are building new courthouses, county office buildings, jails, adding more space or improving existing structures.