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Challenges to Creating and Implementing a Regional Water and Sewer Authority among Diverse Political Entities in Onslow County, North Carolina

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The establishment of the Onslow County Water and Sewer Authority (ONWASA) is a case study in the development of a new governmental entity that combines established units of government for a common cause. Onslow County is a rural but fast growing area in coastal North Carolina that has all the components that spark growth but lacked the organization to assemble the existing resources into one entity. It needed one unit of government that could plan, finance and implement infrastructure improvements that could keep up with the growth demands. ONWASA was needed to meet the demands of growth in the County that is being created by a viable military base and increasing interest in resort development around the beach communities. Most importantly it was needed to bring together one organization that could satisfy all the diverse political requirements of its member communities.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2007-01-01

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