At the North Carolina Department of Commerce, we do our best to conduct business in an open and transparent way.  To achieve this goal, the Department and our staff must be aware of - and sensitive to - the changing diversity of the State’s population, culture, as well as the needs of communities across the State when developing and implementing public participation, outreach and engagement programs.

The Public Access and Participation Plan is intended to be a living document that addresses the department’s ongoing efforts to engage in public participation and also guide our efforts to present clear and easy-to-consume information to everyone.

DRAFT Criteria or Guidelines | Public Access and Participation Plan

Public Comment Period Now Closed

We recently held a public comment period seeking your input on the plan, which concluded on June 30, 2022.  We're reviewing those comments now and expect to publish a final version of the Plan later this year.

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