Wake Highlights Accomplishments in State of the County Report

— January 2017

At today’s Wake County Board of Commissioners meeting, Chairman James West presented the 2016 State of the County Report, highlighting the year’s accomplishments in the board’s nine goal areas. They include community health; economic strength; education; great government; growth and sustainability; mobility; people, arts and culture; public safety; and social and economic vitality.

“The state of our county is strong,” Chairman West said. “The board used the goals that we established to guide our work this year and ensure we addressed the county’s most pressing needs. I’m proud of the steps we’ve taken to improve the services we offer our residents and the partnerships we’ve formed to do more good in our community.”

Chairman West showed a video during his State of the County Report, which showcased many examples of positive strides made in 2016. They include:

* Serving more than 294,000 meals to nearly 7,700 children in June, July and August through the Summer Food Program;

* Increasing our investment in the Wake County Public School System by $24 million in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget for a total allocation of $626 million, or more than half of our total General Fund;

* Developing and adopting the Wake County Transit Plan, which voters approved funding during the General Election; and

* Purchasing 324 acres of land in eastern Wake County, bringing our total open space acquisitions to about 6,300 acres.

Wake County has received many national accolades for being a great place to live, work and play. Chairman West noted that the county’s population is growing by an average of 64 residents a day and is expected to top two million people by 2054. He explained that the county is planning now for that expected growth, so it will not impact the high quality of life that makes Wake County so attractive to so many people.

During his presentation, Chairman West also recognized outgoing commissioners Betty Lou Ward and Caroline Sullivan for their dedicated service to Wake County and welcomed incoming commissioners Greg Ford and Erv Portman. Ford and Portman are scheduled to be sworn in during the regular board meeting on December 5 at 5 p.m.

View the full 2016 State of Wake County Report at wakegov.com/stateofthecounty.