The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce board of directors has expressed support for the $2 billion Connect NC bond that invests in North Carolina’s future. The bond endorsed by Governor McCrory will invest heavily in the UNC system, state community colleges, water and sewer projects statewide, parks, agriculture, and updating National Guard facilities.
Locally, UNCW will benefit through a $66 million allotment for construction of an allied and applied health classroom and laboratory building to be used for training healthcare workers. The facility will also provide much needed academic support space for the College of Health and Human Services, which has seen soaring enrollment in recent years. In addition, Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) will receive $5.9 million for facility improvements.
It’s important to continue to invest in our university and community college systems, as they are a driving force for economic development statewide and for providing the workforce of the future. It’s been 15 years since the last general obligation bond was authorized to upgrade our state’s infrastructure and since then North Carolina has added 2 million people in population. The Connect NC bond will not require a tax increase, and the Wilmington Chamber encourages everyone to vote yes for the bond on March 15th.