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.

Guidelines | Public Access and Participation Plan

The department held a 30-day public comment period seeking your input on the plan, which concluded on June 30, 2022.  The department took all submitted comments into consideration and you can find the final version of the 2022 plan here.

The plan will be updated annually.  The next public comment period on the plan will run April 1 – May 1, 2023.  All submitted comments will be taken into consideration and a final version of the 2023 plan will be published on this page by June 1, 2023.

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