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Commisioner outlines Wake accomplishments

Posted November 17, 2008 2:58 p.m. EST
Updated November 17, 2008 7:43 p.m. EST

— Despite questions about a slowing economy, Wake County remains a great place to live, Joe Bryan, chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, said Monday in his annual State of the County address.

Bryan focused on the positive – on accomplishments and future plans – in his speech, citing mentions of the county from Kiplingers magazine and Forbes.com.

He acknowledged the nationwide economic slowdown, saying, "It is incumbent on us as leaders to keep one eye on the budget as well as continue to invest in our citizens, facilities and infrastructure."

Bryan outlined the county's top goals for schools, emergency management, the environment and transportation.

Among the past year's accomplishments he mentioned:

  • The county identified and approved sites for six new schools.
  • The county purchased 2,200 acres of land for the Little River Reservoir and 940 acres to reserve as open space.
  • The county raised $25 million to extend N.C. Highway 540 from Research Triangle Park to Holly Springs.
  • Beginning in January, a new dispatch system will direct the specially trained paramedics to the worst emergencies.