Navigating the ever-evolving landscape of local governance can be a challenging endeavor.

That's why Central Pines Regional Council is here to lend a helping hand to our member governments. We provide a comprehensive range of support services designed to empower your community and enhance your ability to serve your residents effectively. 

As communities take on ever-expanding responsibilities, we recognize the strain it can put on your limited staff capacity and resources. Our primary mission is to make your life easier by offering cost-efficient technical assistance and staffing solutions that align seamlessly with your budget, ensuring you achieve your goals without breaking the bank.

Making a Request for Support

Member government stakeholders who foresee an upcoming need or want to discuss a local or regional assistance gap can reach out directly in one of two ways:

a) Emailing Local Government Services Director Alana Keegan at 
b) Filling out the service request form. The appropriate staff member will be in touch within 2-3 business days.

Central Pines is your community's partner. We stand ready to provide expert assistance across a broad spectrum of categories, ensuring no challenge is too daunting for your team. From filling staff gaps and developing operational plans and guidance to assisting with community plans, facilitating important or difficult discussions, and implementing strategic plans, we've got you covered. 

In 2023-2024, we are offering the following direct assistance. 

Operations & Human Resources

Central Pines recognizes the importance of supporting operations and human resource needs within local governments and organizations across the region. They offer a range of services aimed at helping entities strengthen their operational efficiency, develop effective HR practices, and promote a skilled workforce.


  • Executive Recruitment
  • Pay and Classification or Market Studies
  • Organizational Impact Studies
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing Consortium
  • Job Recruitment Marketing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Retreat and Meeting Facilitation
Financial Management & Sustainability

Central Pines is proud to offer our member governments with financial management support through a strong bench of experienced local government finance professionals with experience managing operations in large and small cities, towns, and counties in North Carolina. As a mission-driven organization, we prioritize the sustainability and success of your local government above all else and are dedicated to ensuring that you align with best fiscal practices.


  • Accounts Payable & Payroll
  • General Bookkeeping
  • Policy Development and Organizational Assessments
  • Budget Development
  • Grant Accounting & Administration
  • On-Call Chief Finance Officer (CFO) Support
  • Capital Improvement Planning
  • Tailored Staff and/or Software Training
  • Financial Management Consulting
Community Planning

Central Pines supports local governments in developing comprehensive plans and partnerships that guide community growth and development. We provide assistance in identifying goals and objectives, conducting data analysis, and facilitating public engagement processes. By offering guidance on best practices and helping local governments align local plans and community needs with regional priorities, Central Pines aids in the creation of effective community plans.


  • Small Area Plan Development
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning
  • Watershed Planning
  • Growth Capacity Analyses
  • Zoning Administration 
  • Code Enforcement, in partnership with Mid-Carolina Council of Government
  • Development Tracking and Analysis
Community Development

Central Pines prioritizes capacity building and information gathering to support local economic development activities in communities of all sizes, from large urban areas to small suburban and rural areas. Our services in this area are designed to assist local governments and their communities grow and thrive in a sustainable, equitable, and strategic way. 


  • Climate and Resilience Planning
  • Community Growth Audits
  • Housing Plan Creation and Implementation
  • Housing & Opportunity Site Analyses
  • Housing Needs Assessments