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Wake growth task force meets for first time

A panel tasked with evaluating Wake County's needs and critical issues affected by growth meet for the first time on Thursday evening.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A panel tasked with evaluating Wake County's needs during tremendous population growth met for the first time on Thursday evening.

The Wake County Growth Issues Task Force is charged with studying countywide growth issues and strategies to cope with them, as well as making recommendations to municipal and county governing boards.

GITF, comprising municipal representatives, will meet monthly and should complete its work by January 2009.

In 2007, more than 38,800 people moved to Wake, making it the nation's seventh-fastest-growing county, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Between April 2000 and July 2007, Wake gained more than 205,000 residents, bringing its population to 832,970.

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