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Jobs, transit among Raleigh mayor's priorities

Posted March 24

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane delivers her annual State of the City address on March 24, 2014.

— Mayor Nancy McFarlane identified several priorities Monday to build on Raleigh's reputation as one of the nation's top cities.

McFarlane delivered her annual State of the City address during a Raleigh Rotary Club meeting at the Raleigh Convention Center.

She credited the vision of city leaders over the years for laying the groundwork for Raleigh's success and said plans must be crafted to ensure the city's growth and prosperity continue.

Her top priority is keeping Raleigh a safe, healthy and vibrant community, but she said that calls for offering access to food and health care to all city residents.

"We still have children that are hungry, and that is not acceptable,” she said, adding that job growth employment is paramount to a healthy community.

For continued economic development, she said, Raleigh must become the type of place where businesses want to be. That includes nurturing the area's natural resources and emphasizing arts and cultural resources.

McFarlane recently led a Raleigh contingent to the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, to pick up ideas on boosting local arts culture.

Transportation and transit is another priority for Raleigh, she said.

“In order for us to remain competitive, we must address the fact that we need a robust public transportation system,” she said. “One that connects us with the Triangle, which is vital for the university systems, our large hospital systems and our regional employers.”

Development of a transit system is not only key for economic development but for environmental health as well, McFarlane said.

“Without it, we will be overcome with our success and choke ourselves off with congestion,” she said.

The mayor also called for "organizational excellence," saying the city must orchestrate meaningful partnerships to maximize Raleigh’s potential.

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  • bluecharger Mar 25, 11:07 a.m.

    She's just FULL of buzz words, ain't she?How about if Raleigh takes a breather and just catches up with the growth it's had in the last decade before courting new growth??? You know, AFFORDABLE housing (that means there's enough for EVERYone to have a decent place to live), some goal for central Raleigh other than bars on every corner, and stop trying to become "Paris on the Falls". And put the fireworks back at the Fairgrounds, heathens.