McCrory talks Connect NC education investments at ECU

– Governor McCrory participated in a education bond panel discussion at East Carolina University on Monday.

If approved by voters, East Carolina University will receive $90 million for a new Life Sciences and Biotechnology Building.

“In the next five to six years, the job market in the life sciences field is expected to grow by 20 percent,” Governor McCrory said in a written statement, released on Monday. “The educational investments made here at ECU and throughout North Carolina will help educate the workforce of the future and grow our economy.”

In total, Connect NC will provide $1.3 billion to the UNC System and North Carolina’s 58 community colleges. Read More..

In support of Connect NC bond issue

It is my privilege to serve the residents of our county through Bladen Community College where daily, we see success stories for students, their families, and our local economy. The college invests faculty, staff, facilities, resources, and time in the lives of both young and older adults. We are dedicated to providing the upmost academic experience for our students.

Consequently, we are excited about the possibilities that will come to us with the passage of the Connect NC Bond Initiative. On March 15, voters across North Carolina will have the opportunity to approve a bond that will bring over $2 billion to our state. The bond will provide funding for growth and improvements in our Community College System, the University of North Carolina System, public safety, state parks and attractions, local parks and infrastructure, and the National Guard. Read More..

What else you’re saying: Lydia Wegman, Arnie Katz

Vote yes on Connect NC bond

The Orange County Commission for the Environment (CFE) encourages Orange County voters to vote in favor of the Connect NC bond referendum on the March 15 ballot.

The bond would provide $75 million (out of a total $2 billion package) to build and improve facilities at state parks, which would help fund work on visitor centers, hiking trails, and campgrounds.

Among the parks and trails that would receive significant funding are Eno River State Park and the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail, both partly located in our county.

The bond funding will enable the county to invest in improving and expanding trails at Eno River State Park and help acquire properties or easements necessary to complete the NC Mountains-to-Sea trail within the county. In addition, the bond includes funding for Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. By funding improvements to these treasured state parks and trails, all county residents will have an opportunity to benefit from the Connect NC Bond for years to come. Read More..

MCCRORY TO TALK CONNECT NC BOND AT UNCW

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With Election Day less than a week away, Gov. Pat McCrory is hitting the road to push for his bond plan that’s on the ballot.

The governor is scheduled to visit UNCW this afternoon to discuss the Connect NC bond, his office says. Read more…

Michael Murphy: Connect NC would help maintain state parks

The benefits of North Carolina’s stunning state parks are varied and numerous. The 75 units are economic dynamos both for North Carolina’s tourism industry and for their communities, many in rural areas. The parks contribute to North Carolinians’ wellness, provide recreation, protect water and air quality and counterbalance development pressure.

This beautiful strand of state parks helps define who we are as North Carolinians. Read more…

UNCW health professionals in demand as NC grows

WILMINGTON – The number of students at UNC Wilmington’s College of Health and Human Serviceshas more than doubled since 2010, and the University expects even greater expansion in the years ahead.1

That’s why the Connect NC bonds on the ballot March 15 would bring a much‐needed, $66 millionupgrade to the University’s health education facilities.

The state‐of‐the‐art Allied Health/Human Sciences Building would be home to students in nursing, gerontology, exercise science, recreation therapy, public health, clinical research, social work and related programs.

Those students will be in high demand as North Carolina continues to grow — and grow older.  More than17% of the state’s population will be 65 or older by 2020.

That percentage will be even higher in Southeastern North Carolina:  Pender County will see 18% of its residents over 65 by 2020, and Brunswick County will have more than 30%.2

North Carolina faces one of the most severe nursing shortages in the nation, according to a 2014 report from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.  Researchers projected the state will have a shortfall of nearly 13,000 registered nurses by 2025.3

That means greater demand for nurses, physical therapists, public health specialists and other health professionals trained at UNC Wilmington and ready to serve the people of North Carolina. Read more…

Bond issue would help NC National Guard remain ready, reliable and relevant

Whether it is a hurricane, winter storm, tornado or any man-made disaster that strikes, North Carolinians serving in the National Guard respond. Leaving their families and properties behind, they selflessly answer the call to serve their neighbors, communities, state and nation. This has been their solemn obligation for over three centuries.

Included in the ConnectNC bond referendum that voters will weigh on the primary ballot this month is $70 million dedicated toward the infrastructure needed to sustain this tremendous team of voluntary citizen soldiers and airmen.

North Carolina has 91 armories. Their locations were based on N.C. population and demographics of the 1950s when every armory was composed largely of residents from the surrounding community. A lot has changed since the 1950s. Read more…

Vote for the NC bond

Voters going to the polls March 15 will see something rare on the ballot: a Republican-backed proposal to invest in North Carolina.

The proposal is a $2 billion bond issue called Connect NC. North Carolinians should vote for it. Anytime there’s a chance to get this tightfisted legislature to spend money on something other than tax cuts, take it.

About half of the borrowing will provide $980 million for campus upgrades for the University of North Carolina system and another $350 million will go to the community college system. The remaining third will provide $100 million for improvements to state parks and zoos, $309 million for local water and sewer projects, $179 million for agriculture research projects and $70 million for N.C. National Guard buildings. The borrowing will not require a tax increase and won’t hurt North Carolina’s excellent AAA bond rating. General fund tax revenue will be used to pay off the bonds. Read More..

In support of Connect NC bond issue

It is my privilege to serve the residents of our county through Bladen Community College where daily, we see success stories for students, their families, and our local economy. The college invests faculty, staff, facilities, resources, and time in the lives of both young and older adults. We are dedicated to providing the upmost academic experience for our students.

Consequently, we are excited about the possibilities that will come to us with the passage of the Connect NC BondInitiative. On March 15, voters across North Carolina will have the opportunity to approve a bond that will bring over $2 billion to our state. The bond will provide funding for growth and improvements in our Community College System, the University of North Carolina System, public safety, state parks and attractions, local parks and infrastructure, and the National Guard. Read More..

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