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Rep. Tim Moore named Speaker Designee

November 23, 2014 – 10:52 am

Asheboro, NC – On Saturday, the North Carolina House Republican Caucus voted to elect their leaders for the next biennium session of the North Carolina General Assembly. Rep. Tim Moore was elected to be the …

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Governor McCrory celebrates 100th anniversary of legislation establishing N.C.’s first state park

March 3, 2015 – 4:27 pm

Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory signed and issued a proclamation at William B. Umstead State Park in Raleigh today celebrating March 3 as the 100th anniversary of legislation authorizing Mount Mitchell as North Carolina’s first state park.

 

North Carolina Climbs to No. 4 Ranking in Site Selection’s Governor’s Cup

March 2, 2015 – 12:59 pm

Raleigh, NC –  Governor Pat McCrory announced today that North Carolina jumped to fourth place among all states in Site Selection magazine’s 2014 Governor’s Cup, a closely-watched ranking of economic development success.  North Carolina moved up three spots as compared to last year’s ranking.  The Governor’s Cup is awarded annually based on the number of new and expanded corporate facilities as tracked by Conway Data Inc.’s New Plant Database.  North Carolina ranked number one in the South Atlantic region.

 

NCDOT Looking for Input on Passenger Rail Awareness

March 2, 2015 – 7:22 am
NCDOT Looking for Input on Passenger Rail Awareness

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation is conducting a survey to gauge public awareness of passenger rail in the state. Participants are eligible to enter a drawing at the end of the survey to win four free round-trip train tickets within North Carolina.
To enter, complete a brief survey about North Carolina’s passenger train services.  The survey is available online in English and in Spanish.
The survey period will end on March 31. The drawing for the tickets will take place once the survey period is over. Winners will be contacted in April.
NCDOT is in the process of evaluating improvements and upgrades to passenger train services and offerings. Feedback from the survey will help NCDOT provide the best service possible.
NCDOT and Amtrak provide daily train service between Charlotte and New York City, called the Carolinian; and daily train service to and from Charlotte and Raleigh and cities in between called the Piedmont. To learn more about North Carolina’s Amtrak visit www.NCByTrain.org.

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Hisense Partners with Charlotte Motor Speedway and Joe Gibbs Racing

February 28, 2015 – 11:10 am

Hisense is pleased to announce that it will sponsor the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 23. The brand also announced that it will partner with Joe Gibbs Racing as the primary sponsor of the No. 20 Toyota C…

Governor McCrory Proclaims March 2 – 6, 2015 as Students@Work Week

February 27, 2015 – 7:07 pm

Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory has declared March 2 – 6, 2015 as Students@Work Week across North Carolina. Students@Work is a job-shadowing initiative involving schools and businesses across the state. The week is focused on raising North Carolina’s graduation rate by offering approximately 22,500 middle school students a chance to connect what they are learning in class with future career opportunities.

 

Chairman McCrory Welcomes Alaska Gov. Walker to OCS Governors Coalition

February 27, 2015 – 4:47 pm

Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory, chairman of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Governors Coalition, announced today Governor Bill Walker (AK-I) has become the newest member of coalition.

 

Governor McCrory “Leading the Way” on Connecting Education and the Global Economy

February 27, 2015 – 2:20 pm

Note: Only two governors made the direct connection between the economy and global education in their speeches.  Delaware Governor Jack Markell, (D) a long-time supporter of world language education, spoke about its importance. “We have also invested in language immersion programs because our children will have greater opportunities in the global economy when they can speak more than one language,” said Markell. “After only two and a half years, we have 1,400 students spending half of their school day learning in Chinese or Spanish. And we’ll keep expanding next year.”

Governor McCrory Declares March 1-7 Severe Weather Preparedness Week

February 27, 2015 – 12:22 pm

Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory has declared March 1-7 Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina, cautioning North Carolinians to practice how to be safe when thunderstorms and tornadoes threaten. While damaging storms and tornadoes can occur any time of the year, March through May is peak tornado season for the state. 

 

Scott Safety Expansion Will Create 67 New Jobs in Union County

February 27, 2015 – 11:07 am

Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that Scott Technologies, Inc. will be investing in growth of its Scott Safety headquarters in Union County, NC.  The company plans to invest $28.7 million in Monroe over the next five years, supporting 67 new jobs at the location.

 

State Responds to Winter Storm

February 26, 2015 – 3:42 pm

Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory briefed citizens from the State Emergency Operations Center Thursday on the response to last night’s snowfall across the state.

State Responds to Winter Storm

February 26, 2015 – 10:28 am
State Responds to Winter Storm

Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory briefed citizens from the State Emergency Operations Center Thursday on the response to last night’s snowfall across the state.
 
“It’s not often that the entire state of North Carolina sees significant snowfall like we’ve seen this week,” Governor McCrory said. “While it is beautiful, it also can be dangerous causing downed trees, power outages and treacherous driving conditions. Throughout the morning, we’ve seen driving conditions improve and we expect that to continue through the afternoon. We still have a lot of work to do in the next 24 hours.”
 
The governor warned motorists to be cautious when driving, and urged everyone to be at their final destination by evening before temperatures start falling and the slush turns to black ice.
 
The overnight winter storm brought an additional 4 to 6 inches of snow to the mountains, between 3 and 7 inches of snow through much of the Triad, Triangle and central part of the state and 2 to 3 inches throughout greater Charlotte and eastern North Carolina.  The southeastern portions received mostly rain.  
 
On Wednesday, the governor activated the State Emergency Operations Center, declared a state of emergency, and waived certain vehicle weight and service hour requirements to expedite storm response.
 
Power outages climbed steadily overnight, peaking near 230,000 outages around
9 a.m., as the snow transitioned to sleet and rain adding extra weight to trees and power lines. By noon, less than 180,000 were still without power. Most of the outages are the Triangle area.
 
Two people died Tuesday in separate weather-related vehicle crashes; no other weather-related fatalities have been reported since then.
 
While checking on stranded motorists in Cherokee County, Trooper R.Y. Ellison came upon a frantic young mother in a vehicle with her infant child.  The infant was having trouble breathing and the mother had just called 911.  Trooper Ellison helped the mother assist the child and summoned nearby Trooper H.S Robertson, who is an EMT-Paramedic.  The two troopers rendered aid for what appeared to be a temporarily blocked airway until a Cherokee EMS unit arrived.
 
Emergency Management officials are coordinating with law enforcement officers from the Highway Patrol, ALE, Wildlife, and Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft, along with National Guard.
 
“Black ice will continue to be a problem in the coming days,” said Public Safety Secretary Frank L. Perry. “Our State Emergency Response Team partners, which includes county and state level emergency management,   law enforcement teams, National Guard troops and DOT are all collaborating to respond to constantly changing needs. The best way to remain safe is to stay off the roads that are covered in snow and ice and plan to stay off roads that may be susceptible to refreezing as the temperatures drop after dark.”
 
NCDOT crews continue to work on plowing and treating roads across the state.
 
As the latest round of winter weather moved in, NCDOT crews again worked through the night to plow and treat snow and ice covered roads. While the wet, slushy nature of the snow makes it easier to push off the roadways, crews in some harder hit areas are removing downed trees and debris from the roads in addition to clearing them of snow and ice. To help speed operations, the department is shifting some crews and equipment from less affected areas to those with greater impacts. The department will continue working throughout the day to clear affected roads, starting with primary routes and then moving on to smaller secondary roads, and crews will also be in place overnight to address any additional issues that arise.
 
“I want to thank our hard working crews and other partners for their continued efforts through this latest storm,” NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata said. “While some of our state fared better than expected, road conditions remain treacherous in many areas, including the possibility of downed trees and debris, and we ask that motorists continue to use extreme caution and avoid travel if possible as we work to address all our roadways.”
 
Real-time weather and road conditions, as well as winter safety tips, can be found on the free ReadyNC mobile app or on line at www.readync.org website. 
 
Travelers are urged to call 511 or go to www.ncdot.org for up-to-date roadway conditions. Motorists are reminded to call 911 for emergencies only and refrain from calling the State Highway Patrol Communication Centers for roadway conditions. 
 
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Governor Declares State of Emergency in Preparation for Winter Storm

February 25, 2015 – 4:01 pm

Raleigh, NC –  Governor Pat McCrory activated the State Emergency Response Team for the second time in two weeks to respond to a statewide winter storm. This morning, he declared a state of emergency and waived certain vehicle weight and service hour requirements to expedite storm response.

 

Governor Declares State of Emergency in Preparation for Winter Storm

February 25, 2015 – 11:06 am
Governor Declares State of Emergency in Preparation for Winter Storm

Raleigh, NC –  Governor Pat McCrory activated the State Emergency Response Team for the second time in two weeks to respond to a statewide winter storm. This morning, he declared a state of emergency and waived certain vehicle weight and service hour requirements to expedite storm response.
 
“We are preparing for as much as eight inches of snow across the majority of the state,” Governor McCrory said. “The State Emergency Response Team that consists of multiple state and local agencies worked throughout the afternoon Tuesday and overnight and they have teams mobilized and ready for the next storm.” 
 
Yesterday’s band of snow showers brought 1-3 inches of snow across much of the state. A more significant winter storm is predicted to move through the state later this evening and through Thursday bringing additional accumulations of 4 to 8 inches of snow across most of the state with forecasts being adjusted by the hour. The extreme southeastern portion of the state will likely see a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain. 
 
Between midnight and noon, State Highway Patrol troopers responded to approximately 700 calls for service; of those, 400 were collisions. Yesterday, troopers responded to nearly 3,000 calls for service including 2,300 vehicle crashes.  The Highway Patrol typically responds to approximately 1,000 calls in a 24-hour period.
 
Yesterday, the governor implemented the Adverse Weather Policy for state employees enabling those workers who are not essential to storm response or daily operations to remain home. 
 
Two people died yesterday in separate weather-related vehicle crashes when their car’s slid off the road and ran into a tree. 
 
“Motorists are reminded to monitor the weather and road conditions,” said Public Safety Secretary Frank L. Perry. “We’ve staged transportation crews and law enforcement teams to respond quickly to incidents especially around known trouble spots. But the best way to remain safe is to stay off the roads.”
 
Perry said 800 law enforcement officers from the Highway Patrol, ALE, Wildlife, and Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft, along with 86 National Guard soldiers are staged across the state to respond to stranded motorists. 
 
After working overnight and this morning to clear and treat slick roads and trouble spots, NCDOT crews across the state began spreading salt brine on roadways to prepare for the next round of winter weather anticipated to arrive later today. Once snow and ice begins to stick to the roadways, crews will again work around the clock clearing and treating affected roads.
 
“Over the past two weeks, our team has shown incredible fortitude and dedication as we have prepared for and responded to the multiple storms that have hit our state,” NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata said. “Those efforts continue as we get ready for even more winter weather, and I again thank motorists for their cooperation in staying off the roadways so our crews can work as safely and quickly as possible.”
 
Real-time weather and road conditions, as well as winter safety tips, can be found on the free ReadyNC mobile app or on line at www.readync.org website. 
 
Travelers are urged to call 511 or go to www.ncdot.org for up-to-date roadway conditions. Motorists are reminded to call 911 for emergencies only and refrain from calling the State Highway Patrol Communication Centers for roadway conditions. 
 
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State Prepares for More Snow to Hit North Carolina

February 24, 2015 – 4:41 pm

Raleigh, N.C. - Back-to-back winter storms will bring measurable snowfall to much of the state twice in three days, a rarity for North Carolina. By the weekend, two separate winter storm systems will have moved across the state. Today’s band of snow showers is expected to bring 1-2 inches of snow in the Triangle and Triad areas, 2-3 inches of snow in the Fayetteville and Sandhills areas, 3-6 inches of snow in the foothills and mountains, and up to 2 inches in parts of eastern North Carolina.

RAUMEDIC, Inc. to Establish U.S. Production Facility and Headquarters in Henderson County and Create 138 New Jobs

February 24, 2015 – 12:51 pm

Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that RAUMEDIC, Inc. will be locating its first U.S. production facility and headquarters in Henderson County and creating 138 new jobs over the next five years.  The company plans to invest $26.3 million in the town of Mills River.

 

State Prepares for More Snow to Hit North Carolina

February 24, 2015 – 11:44 am
State Prepares for More Snow to Hit North Carolina

Raleigh, N.C. – Back-to-back winter storms will bring measurable snowfall to much of the state twice in three days, a rarity for North Carolina. By the weekend, two separate winter storm systems will have moved across the state. Today’s band of snow showers is expected to bring 1-2 inches of snow in the Triangle and Triad areas, 2-3 inches of snow in the Fayetteville and Sandhills areas, 3-6 inches of snow in the foothills and mountains, and up to 2 inches in parts of eastern North Carolina. Snow showers will taper off mid-afternoon, but will not melt until Wednesday afternoon when temperatures briefly rise above freezing. 
 
A more significant winter storm will move through the state Wednesday evening and through Thursday bringing more snow. Accumulations from the second snow storm are forecast to bring an additional 3 to 6 inches of snow across most of the state. The extreme southeastern portion of the state will likely see a wintery mix of snow, sleet and rain. 
 
“While today’s snowfall has caused hazardous driving conditions in several areas from the mountains to the coast, we’ve seen relatively few power outages, downed trees or other impacts typically associated with winter storms,”  said Governor Pat McCrory. 
 
Governor McCrory said he will activate the State Emergency Operations Center Wednesday afternoon and is prepared to declare a state of emergency and waive certain vehicle weight and serve hour requirements once needed.  This morning, the governor implemented the Adverse Weather Policy for state employees enabling those workers who are not essential to storm response or daily operations to remain home. 
 
Since 6 a.m., State Highway Patrol troopers have responded to 2,060 calls for service. Of those, 1,727 were collisions. Troopers typically respond to approximately 1,000 calls in a 24-hour period.
 
One person was killed earlier today in a single-vehicle collision when the driver’s car slid off the road and ran into a tree. Preliminary indications are that the accident was due to slick road conditions. 
   
“We urge motorists to stay off the roads adversely impacted by weather unless it is absolutely necessary to travel,” said Public Safety Secretary Frank L. Perry. “Our state troopers are ready to assist stranded motorists as needed, but the best way to remain safe is to stay off the roads.” 
 
NCDOT crews across the state have been working throughout the day to clear roads and treat slick areas with sand and salt, as well as brine roads where possible in advance of winter precipitation.  The department will monitor conditions overnight and crews will be on standby to respond as needed. Full crews will be out in force again on Wednesday to continue addressing roadways and preparing for the next round of winter weather forecasted for this week.
 
“The safety of both motorists and our team members continues to be our top priority as we work to stay ahead of this storm and its impact to travel throughout the state,” Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said. “Our crews have worked hard today to address quickly changing weather and road conditions, and we urge travelers to use caution and avoid driving if possible as we continue our response efforts and prepare for the arrival of additional snow and ice.”
 
Real-time weather and road conditions and shelter openings, as well as winter safety tips, can be found on the free ReadyNC mobile app or online at www.readync.org web site. 
 
Travelers are urged to call 511 or go to www.ncdot.org for up to date roadway conditions. Motorists are reminded to call 911 for emergencies only and refrain from calling the State Highway Patrol Communication Centers for roadway conditions. 
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NCDOT Encourages STEM Careers with National Engineering Week Events

February 23, 2015 – 9:34 am
NCDOT Encourages STEM Careers with  National Engineering Week Events

Raleigh—Engineers innovate, create and solve problems.  They are key to our health, safety and happiness.  This year, in the United States, we celebrate their contribution to our world during National Engineers Week Feb. 22 – 28. 

The N.C. Department of Transportation is honoring the men and women who use their science, technology, engineering and math skills (STEM) to better our world with a number of events planned at various schools around the state.  These events are designed to entice students to sharpen their STEM skills so they, too, may eventually enter this field of innovation.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16 percent of American high school students are interested in STEM careers. To some students, an engineering career doesn’t carry the thrill as does as a professional athlete or even an actor, but experts have found, once children and teens realize they can personally invent, create, build, or design something of value, the definition of a thrilling career may shift.

That’s what happened to Grace Mang.  She is a 10th grade student at Wake STEM Early College High School who, as a child, became intrigued by how things were built.  “I like building things and learning how things work, so I always pursued that,” she said. “In fact, my chemistry teacher saw my interest and inspired me to pursue STEM fields.  In class, we don’t just learn how things work, but we also learn how to relate it to real world problems.”

That’s why NCDOT’s Office of Education Initiatives strives to provide numerous educational opportunities for students through activities and initiatives that focus heavily on science, technology, engineering and mathematics in order to develop a talented workforce to meet North Carolina’s future demands.

During National Engineers Week, NCDOT will collaborate with various schools to provide hands-on, real world experiences that create moments of discovery for elementary, middle and high school students through STEM-focused activities.

List of Events:

Career Exploration Job Shadow Day with Carroll Middle School
Tuesday, Feb. 24
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
NCDOT Transportation Building
1 South Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC  27601
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Tuesday, Feb.24
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Forsyth Tech-Mazie Woodruff Center
4905 Lansing Drive
Winston-Salem, NC  27105

Engineering in the Classroom
Wednesday, Feb.25
10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Mills Park Middle School
441 Mills Park Drive
Cary, NC  27519
Redesigning (Sub)Urban Infrastructure in the Classroom
Thursday, Feb. 26
Wake STEM Early College High School
715 Barbour Drive
Raleigh, NC  27603
Career Exploration Job Shadow Day with Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy
Friday, Feb. 27
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
NCDOT Transportation Building
1 South Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC  27601

The celebration of National Engineers Week was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with President George Washington’s birthday.   President Washington is considered the nation’s first engineer, notably for his survey work.

For more information on NCDOT’s events scheduled to celebrate this week, contact Ashley Goolsby, Director of Education Initiatives at angoolsby@ncdot.gov or 919.707.4329.

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OCS Governors Coalition Convenes in D.C.

February 20, 2015 – 4:31 pm

Washington, D.C. – A bipartisan group of governors representing the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Governors Coalition met today to discuss the responsible expansion of offshore energy development. The participating governors – Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina (Chair), Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi and Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia – discussed the benefits and challenges of expanding oil, natural gas and wind energy development, as well as the need for comprehensive revenue sharing legislation that benefits all states with production off their coast.

New Rock 106.5FM: Charlotte’s New Home for NASCAR on the Radio

February 20, 2015 – 11:45 am

NASCAR has a new home on the airwaves in Charlotte and the Triad, thanks to an exclusive partnership between Performance Racing Network, Motor Racing Network and iHeartMedia, Inc.’s WEND New Rock 106.5FM.

Granville County to Get 40 New Jobs With Expansion of Shalag US

February 20, 2015 – 11:10 am

Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that Shalag US, Inc. will be expanding its production facility in Granville County.  The expansion will create 40 new jobs over the next three years.  The company plans to invest $16 million in Oxford.

 

Fortify Friday: The Latest Information on the I-40/440 Rebuild Project

February 20, 2015 – 8:46 am
Fortify Friday:   The Latest Information on the I-40/440 Rebuild Project

RALEIGH–  Schools canceled classes, some retail outlets shut down early, and this week’s wintry weather, complete with record-cold temperatures,  put a halt to business-as-usual for many companies, but not for work on the Fortify:  I-40/440 Rebuild Project. 
Earlier this week, even when temperatures dipped into the teens and then single digits, you could still see workers —  protected with heavy coats, hats and gloves — installing drains and pipes, working on bridges, and determined to finish their scheduled duties.  The only limitation—paving.
“It doesn’t matter how cold or hot it is, construction still goes on,” said Amir Nezarati, Senior Assistant Resident Engineer.  “But paving is a different story,“  he added.  “Asphalt is hot and if it cools too quickly, it’s not workable and can get brittle.”  The lowest temperature that allows for paving is near 45 degrees.  The temperatures earlier this week sat near 20, and plummeted even lower late this week.
Even though paving was put on hold for a few days, it doesn’t affect the project’s construction schedule.  Contractors prepare for adverse weather conditions by taking storm days into consideration on the project timeline.  So, NCDOT is pleased to report, construction on the Fortify I-40/440 Rebuild Project is still on schedule.   
There is, however, one casualty of the recent storm.  Plows that cleared snow and ice from the 11.5 mile stretch of the Fortify project also cleared some of the lane markers.  And now that the snow and ice are off the roadway, once temperatures are on the rise, crews will be replacing the damaged markers this weekend, and paving on the Inner Loop will resume soon.
PROJECT UPDATE:   Motorists should keep an eye out for slow moving traffic as crews replace the lane markers that snow plows cleared earlier this week.  Also, on the I-440 Outer Loop,  crews are getting the light poles and overhead traffic signs in place.   On the I-440 Inner Loop, crews are painting lane striping for when traffic is opened back to its three-lane pattern in a few weeks.
On the I-40 portion of the project, crews continue to widen bridges and do the preparatory work to make the shoulder lane usable as a travel lane for when traffic is shifted and narrowed to its three-lane pattern sometime in the Spring.

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