RALEIGH – Gov. Pat McCrory signed the Connect NC Bond Act into law Wednesday in a ceremony at N.C. State University.
“We fought hard for this legislation because I truly believe the Connect NC investments in education, our parks, agriculture, along with water and sewer infrastructure will increase North Carolina’s economic competitiveness and quality of life,” McCrory said.
McCrory will travel to Kinston for a separate ceremony at Lenoir Community College in support of the bond package. The governor will attend bond ceremonies at Stone Mountain State Park and the University of North Carolina – Charlotte on Thursday.
McCrory was joined on the stage by N.C. State Chancellor Randy Woodson, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, state Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue.
McCrory also announced a bipartisan committee called the Connect NC Committee to support the passage of the bonds before the state’s voters decide their fate in March 2016.
The honorary co-chairs of the Connect NC Committee are elected officials Forest, Berger, Moore, Blue, Troxler, and state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson. Also on the committee are Bob Brown, CEO & Founder of B&C International in High Point; Jack Cecil, President of Biltmore Farms in Asheville; Fred Eshelman, Founder & President of PPD in Wilmington; Ann Goodnight, of SAS Institute in Cary; Stick Williams, President of Duke Energy Foundation in Charlotte; and Jim Melvin, President of the Joseph Bryan Foundation in Greensboro.
The operational co-chairs of the committee are Vanessa Harrison, President of AT&T North Carolina in Raleigh; retired Gen. David Jennette with Timberlands Unlimited in Windsor; Bob Orr, former state Supreme Court justice; Jim Rose with Yadkin Bank in Raleigh; and Dr. Joan Perry with Kinston Pediatrics in Kinston.
Almost two-thirds of the bond investments will benefit the state’s public universities and community colleges. Based on figures from the governor’s office, 76 counties in North Carolina would see an investment from the Connect NC bonds.