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Raleigh mayor emphasizes growth in state of city address

Posted March 10, 2015

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

— Mayor Nancy McFarlane delivered a brief but densely packed State of the City Address at the Rotary Club Monday afternoon.

In her speech, McFarlane discussed the various ways the city has been affected by its recent growth.

"Increased growth calls for increased resources — police, fire, 911 responders, city inspectors, development services, trash pickup," McFarlane said

"Growth is a great thing — it brings jobs and opportunities and we don't want to be a city that's dying, but the growth also presents us with challenges."

"We all plan together as a community. We know what makes us great. The voters approved the $91.7 million parks bond last year; our parks and greenways are among the best in the nation.

"Raleigh understands we have to invest in ourselves to stay at the top. When we invest in ourselves, others invest in us."

McFarlane also noted the recent agreement on Dix Park, and a number of planned improvements to the city's infrastructure, including the Crabtree Interceptor project and the fact that Raleigh will be served by several competing high-speed broadband companies, including AT&T and Google.

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