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WATCH VIDEO: Brenda Howerton Welcomes NCACC; Will Be Sworn As 1st Black Female President

Brenda Howerton

Durham, NC – Durham County Commissioner Brenda Howerton will be sworn in as the first African American female President of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) when its host its 2017 Annual Conference in Durham August 9-13. Howerton talked with #SpecMag Shorts host Phyllis Coley about the upcoming event, how proud she is that Downtown Durham can now accommodate such a large event and positioning Durham County as a model for public/private development projects to other counties.

This year’s NCACC Annual Conference theme, Amplify Your County Story, graphically depicts the concept of conveying what matters most in a big way. In celebration of its 2017 Annual Conference host community, the NCACC, Durham County, and President-Elect Brenda Howerton invite all conference attendees to spend some free time on Friday evening exploring all that Downtown Durham has to offer.

Founded in 1908, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) is one of the most successful and active statewide local government associations in the nation. The NCACC was established for the betterment of county government in North Carolina.

North Carolina’s 100 counties are vibrant and essential partners with state government in providing services to the state’s more than 9 million citizens. As the form of government closest to the people, counties offer a unique perspective that makes them critical players in decisions affecting their citizens. The NCACC serves as the counties’ advocate before the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government.

About Brenda Howerton

Brenda Howerton was elected to the Durham County Board of Commissioners in 2008. She served as Vice Chairman 2012 – 2014. In August 2014, she was selected as second vice president of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. She is the first Durham County commissioner to be elected to a statewide senior leadership office.

Ms. Howerton serves on the Durham Joint City/County Planning Committee. She also serves on a number of local, state and regional commissions including: Transportation Advisory Committee, Audit Oversight Committee, Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, Durham City-County committee, Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, Public Health Board, Workforce Development Board, Museum of Life and Science, Lincoln Community Health, as well as the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Presidents Mentoring Initiative Committee, Legislative Goals Committee, and the (NACo ) National Association of Counties Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee.

Brenda Howerton received B.S. Degree in Business Management from Shaw University and a certification in Executive Coaching from North Carolina State University. She is the owner of The Howerton Consulting, Inc that specializes in organizational development and executive coaching for public and private industries. Her interest in county government stems from her education and work background. She not only has certifications in business, but also certifications from two political leadership institutions.

She has served as an elected Soil and Water Supervisor for six years and worked in the General Assembly in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Commissioner Howerton is the mother of four children, two of which graduated from Durham Public Schools and three grandchildren. 

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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