The Forum is a unique venue where municipal and county elected officials and community leaders convene to research and discuss issues and policies and seek regional solutions for local units of government and the State of North Carolina. This body focuses on issues that can best be addressed on a regional or statewide basis and then champions regional solutions to challenges facing its member governments through collaboration, partnership and consensus building.

The Forum consists of elected officials and community leaders from the 16 regional councils across North Carolina and serve as an advocacy and advisory group to the Association.

Delegates 2022

COG Directors

Geraldine Gardner:

Julie Wiggins:

Allen Serkin:

Anthony Starr:

Bryant Buck:

David Richardson:

Diane Cox:

Matthew Dolge:

David Bone:

Justin Hembree:

Mike Ervin:

Nathan Ramsey:

Russ Harris:

Lee Worsley:

Danna Stansbury:

Robert Hiett:

Forum Members

Officers for 2022

Chair – Greg Browning

Vice Chair –  Lewis C Hoggard III

The delegates serve two-year terms and can be reappointed. The Forum officers are elected for two-year terms by a majority vote of The Forum delegates.

Mission Statement

To champion partnerships with the State of North Carolina and regional councils of government and their local members to promote and support regional collaborative solutions to complex challenges.


The Forum is nationally known as a “best practice” for providing informed, innovative and creative regional solutions to complex challenges facing the state of North Carolina and its local units of government.

Core Areas of Focus


  • Process Improvement of Governmental Programs & Service Delivery
  • Promote Local and Inter-Local Solutions
  • Enhance Public and Private Resources
  • Water Resources for North Carolina