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Governor McCrory Statement on November Unemployment Rate

December 19, 2014 – 11:20 am

 Raleigh, NC -  Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement after North Carolina’s unemployment rate decreased to 5.8% in November, adding nearly 10,000 jobs over the month and 176,000 since the governor took office:

 

NCDOT Releases Executive Summary for the Public Draft of the Comprehensive State Rail Plan

December 19, 2014 – 11:15 am
NCDOT Releases Executive Summary for the Public Draft of the Comprehensive State Rail Plan

RALEIGH – In
anticipation of the January 2015 release of the Draft North Carolina Comprehensive
State Rail Plan, the N.C. Department of
Transportation has issued the Plan’s
Executive Summary. The Plan is
the passenger and freight rail implementation portion of the Governor’s 25-Year
Vision Plan and feeds directly into the Draft State Transportation Improvement
Plan which was released on Dec. 4.

The release of the Executive
Summary will give the public an opportunity to preview:          

·        
The vision for the state’s rail system and
supporting goals and policies to improve the rail network;

·        
The programs managed by NCDOT and how they work
with other government and private sector programs to deliver a comprehensive
set of rail services;

·        
An inventory of the state’s rail system and an
identification of trends, markets, and needs;

·        
The prioritization of passenger and freight rail
corridors; and

·        
Future improvements and investments and an
assessment of funding options.

Next Steps

The public draft of the Comprehensive State Rail Plan will
be released in late January 2015. Once the draft Plan is released, a 30-day
public comment period will follow. Comments on the draft Plan will be accepted
through the project website.

Once the public comment period ends, NCDOT will review all
comments, address them accordingly, and make revisions to the Plan.  The final approval of the Plan is scheduled
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Governor McCrory Responds to Outrageous Associated Press Report

December 17, 2014 – 4:58 pm

Charlotte, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory responded today to the misleading and factually incorrect story that was published yesterday from the Associated Press:

 

NCDOT Aims to Help Travelers Save Time, Money over Holiday Season

December 17, 2014 – 6:27 am
NCDOT Aims to Help Travelers Save Time, Money over Holiday Season

RALEIGH – As families begin traveling this holiday season, the N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend most road construction activities on major routes across the state to help make their trips a little smoother. By avoiding traffic delays, motorists can reach their destinations safely and efficiently, while cutting down on fuel consumption and costs. NCDOT will suspend most construction projects along interstate, N.C. and U.S. routes, from 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, until 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5, with these exceptions: 
U.S. 158 (Elizabeth Street) in Elizabeth City is reduced to one lane in each direction from Road Street to the Pasquotank River Bridge for resurfacing and construction of a new bridge;U.S. 158 in Currituck and Dare counties will have traffic in a two way and a two lane pattern on the U.S. 158 bridge over the Currituck Sound due to the ongoing deck rehabilitation;U.S. 264 in Dare County will be reduced to one of two lanes controlled by temporary traffic signals in three locations for the replacement of three bridges. Lane closures are located between Stumpy Point and the Hyde County line;U.S. 158 in Hertford County between Murfreesboro and Winton may be reduced to one of two lanes in the Eastbound lanes for paving operations;N.C. 12 in Dare County South of Bonner Bridge may be reduced to one of two lanes to continue clearing sand adjacent to the road from the recent nor’easter storm. Impacts should be minor;I-440 in Raleigh is in a two-lane pattern in both directions between I-40 and U.S. 64/264 as a part of the Fortify project. Also there may be lane closures the nights of Dec. 29 and 30; andI-73 in Guilford County is reduced to two lanes in each direction between I-40 and I-85 for a new interchange with High Point Road.For real-time travel information at any time, visit the Travel section of the NCDOT website, call 511 or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. Here are some additional tips for navigating the highways safely during the holiday travel season:Leave early to get a head start on your drive. Travel at non-peak hours when possible.Stay alert. Even if work is suspended, you may encounter narrowed lanes and traffic shifts in work zones.Be patient and obey the posted speed limit.Use alternate routes, when possible, to avoid traffic congestion.Stay informed. Real-time travel information is available online and over the phone by dialing 511.Don’t drive drowsy. Travel at times when you are normally awake, and take frequent breaks.Avoid distracted driving. When drivers stop focusing on the road ahead, they react more slowly to traffic conditions and are more likely to be involved in an accident.In addition, it is the 20th anniversary of “Booze It & Lose It” and the holiday campaign began Dec. 12 and runs through Jan. 4, 2015. Law enforcement officers across the state will hold checkpoints and step up patrols to catch drivers who break the law during the holidays.While you travel this holiday season, remember that your job is to be a safe driver, so focus on the road and let everything else wait until you arrive at your destination.

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What the Associated Press Refused to Print in its Misleading and Factually Incorrect Attack on Governor McCrory

December 16, 2014 – 11:37 pm

“The governor has done everything in a proper and ethical manner. This is a classic example of partisan drive-by journalism that deliberately misrepresents the facts. The AP is making reckless accusations through anonymous people about laws that they cannot cite.” – Josh Ellis, Communications Director

Governor McCrory Announces Appointments

December 16, 2014 – 3:05 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments today:

North Carolina Real Estate Commission
• Judy Greenhill (Catawba County) – Greenhill is broker/owner of Classic Properties of the Catawba Valley, LLC.
The board works to license and regulate real estate brokers and salesmen. The term length is three years.

North Carolina State Building Commission

North Carolina Bridge Makes List of Countries Best

December 16, 2014 – 12:10 pm
North Carolina Bridge Makes List of Countries Best

Raleigh–We all know North Carolina has some of the most beautiful places to visit. In addition to the spectacular scenery, the state boasts some of the best roads and bridges to travel on.

Speaking of that, Roads and Bridges magazine came out with the top 10 bridges in the country and making the list was the I-85 Yadkin River Veterans Memorial Bridge in Salisbury. It was one of 8 bridges replaced as part of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project in Rowan/Davidson counties and was long considered the state’s top mobility project.

Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said, “The Veterans Memorial Bridge provides critical connectivity which is exactly what we are focusing on through our new Strategic Mobility Formula and the Governor’s 25 Year Vision.”

“The completion of the I-85 Corridor Improvement project marked the culmination of years of planning for this critical transportation project in North Carolina,” Pat Ivey, NCDOT Division 9 engineer said. “Constructing the Yadkin River Veterans Memorial Bridge was a major step toward improving the safety and reliability of one of the busiest interstate freight corridors on the east coast.”

Bryan Budzynski, editor with Roads and Bridges magazine, said all the bridges on the list were either new or replacement ones and some of the criteria used to compile it included:
•    the scope and size of the project;
•    what the project was utilized for;
•    the degree of challenge in constructing the project; and
•    whether there was any kind of innovation, either in the materials or process that were used.

The new I-85 bridge is four lanes wide in each direction, twice as wide as its predecessor and has 12-foot-wide shoulders. It was designed to reduce congestion, improve safety and extend the life of the local transportation network.

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North Carolina Bridge Makes List of Country’s Best

December 16, 2014 – 5:07 am
North Carolina Bridge Makes List of Country’s Best

Raleigh–We all know North Carolina has some of the most beautiful places to visit. In addition to the spectacular scenery, the state boasts some of the best roads and bridges to travel on.

Speaking of the best, Roads and Bridges magazine came out with the top 10 bridges in the country and making the list was the I-85 Yadkin River Veterans Memorial Bridge in Salisbury. It was one of eight bridges replaced as part of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project in Rowan/Davidson counties and was long considered the state’s top mobility project.

Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said, “The Veterans Memorial Bridge provides critical connectivity which is exactly what we are focusing on through our new Strategic Mobility Formula and the Governor’s 25 Year Vision.”

“The completion of the I-85 Corridor Improvement project marked the culmination of years of planning for this critical transportation project in North Carolina,” Pat Ivey, NCDOT Division 9 engineer said. “Constructing the Yadkin River Veterans Memorial Bridge was a major step toward improving the safety and reliability of one of the busiest interstate freight corridors on the east coast.”

Bryan Budzynski, editor with Roads and Bridges magazine, said all the bridges on the list were either new or replacement ones and some of the criteria used to compile it included:
•    the scope and size of the project;
•    what the project was utilized for;
•    the degree of challenge in constructing the project; and
•    whether there was any kind of innovation, either in the materials or process that were used.

The new I-85 bridge is four lanes wide in each direction, twice as wide as its predecessor and has 12-foot-wide shoulders. It was designed to reduce congestion, improve safety and extend the life of the local transportation network.

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Veteran Government Relations Professional Joins Governor McCrory’s Staff

December 15, 2014 – 3:43 pm

Raleigh, N.C. -  A veteran government relations and policy professional is joining Governor Pat McCrory’s staff. 

 

Jimmy Broughton will become the governor’s deputy chief of staff, joining John Baldwin, who has served as deputy chief since January 2013. Among Broughton’s areas of focus will be federal and state government relations, policy and communications. Baldwin will continue to concentrate on appointments, military affairs, administration and operations.  Both men report to Thomas Stith, the governor’s chief of staff.

 

Governor McCrory Announces Appointments

December 15, 2014 – 3:42 pm

Raleigh, N.C. -  The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments today: 

 

North Carolina Recreational Therapy Licensure Board

  • Dr. Megan Janke (Wilson County)- Janke is an assistant professor at East Carolina University.

The board’s duties are to review credentials of therapeutic recreation professionals who practice in North Carolina and use the titles of Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (TRS) or Therapeutic Recreation Assistant (TRA). The term length is three years.

 

NCDOT Workers’ Heroics Prevent Tragedy on I-40 in Davie County

December 15, 2014 – 8:51 am
NCDOT Workers’ Heroics Prevent Tragedy on I-40 in Davie County

Raleigh – An NCDOT Davie County work crew is being  credited with preventing what could have been a tragic accident along I-40 in Davie County.

On the morning of December 4, shortly before noon, Davie County Fire Marshall Jerry K. Myers was traveling north on U.S. 601 when he saw a vehicle turn onto the exit ramp of Interstate 40 East. The driver proceeded the wrong way down the exit ramp, and started traveling west in the eastbound lane.

In an attempt to stop the vehicle, Myers got on I-40 West, went to the next exit, and then drove back east to look for the wrong-way vehicle.

By the time he got back to the exit ramp, several workers with the N.C. Department of Transportation who had been working on the side of the interstate had managed to stop the vehicle and warn oncoming traffic of the hazard ahead.

“If the workers that day had not taken the actions they had putting themselves in danger,” said Fire Marshall Myers, “there is no doubt the outcome would have certainly turned into a tragic event.”

“On the way to overtake the vehicle I passed two tractor trailers and due to their speed at the time and the topography of the land they most surely would not have seen the vehicle in question in time to react,” said Myers. He added, “The NCDOT workers that day prevented a tragic event from unfolding in our county that unfortunately we have seen on more than one occasion. Their selfless action no doubt saved the lives of not only the person in the passenger car but an unknown scenario of what could have been a major incident.”

Myers sent a letter of recommendation to the workers who were involved: Transportation Supervisor David Plagemann, and Transportation Workers Jerry Lee Burcham, Daniel Devoid, Cory Robertson, Andy Reavis and Elmer Hendren.

NCDOT Division 9 engineer Pat Ivey is nominating the crew for The Extra Mile Award which recognizes NCDOT employees who go beyond their normal duties in service to the state of North Carolina.

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Governor & First Lady Honor Military Families with Christmas Celebration

December 13, 2014 – 6:18 pm

Raleigh, N.C. - The spirit of Christmas was in the air as Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory celebrated our state’s military families earlier today at the Executive Mansion.

A Merry Christmas Morning for our Heroes

December 12, 2014 – 4:15 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory will host a Christmas Military Appreciation event for military families from throughout North Carolina tomorrow at the Executive Mansion.

 

20th Anniversary of “Booze It & Lose It” Commemorated with New Website, Video Series

December 12, 2014 – 12:00 pm
20th Anniversary of “Booze It & Lose It” Commemorated with New Website, Video Series

RALEIGH – The holidays are a joyous time of year often celebrated by gathering with friends and family. Too often, though, people make the decision to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. This choice can lead to deadly consequences, as it did for the 378 people who lost their lives in alcohol-related crashes on North Carolina roadways last year, including 35 in December alone. “The safety of our citizens is my top priority, especially during the holiday season,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “I encourage everyone to plan ahead and designate a sober driver when alcohol is involved to ensure they get home safely. Law enforcement officers will be out day and night to catch drivers who break the law.”
Although the number of drunk driving deaths in North Carolina has consistently declined year after year, drinking and driving continues to be responsible for nearly 28 percent of fatalities on our state’s roads. To raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving and show how it impacts lives, the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program kicked off the Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign earlier today in Asheville and launched BoozeItandLoseIt.org.
 
The centerpiece of the new website is the “20|20 Hindsight” video series, which includes 20 personal stories illustrating from very different perspectives the dire consequences of drinking and driving. Each video concludes with the message “See the stories. Learn the Lessons.” The goal of that message is to encourage those who visit the website to take the stories to heart and do their part to save lives by never getting behind the wheel after drinking. 
“These powerful stories are a reminder that every alcohol-related crash has a face and a devastating impact on families,” said Mike Charbonneau, Deputy Secretary of Communications. “One crash and death is too many and we hope that our ‘20|20 Hindsight’ series resonates with drivers to help us eliminate these tragedies.”
229,103 alcohol-related crashes and 8,469 deaths have occurred on North Carolina highways since 1994, when the ‘Booze It & Lose It’ campaign started.
In addition to the“20|20 Hindsight” video series, BoozeItandLoseIt.org also provides a history of “Booze It & Lose It,” national and statewide statistics, safety tips and an overview of North Carolina’s current DWI law.
The Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign begins today, Dec. 12, and runs through Jan. 4, 2015. For additional information about “Booze It & Lose It”, contact Heather Jeffreys at (919) 707-2665, or visit the GHSP website.
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Tosaf USA Announces First U.S. Facility in Gaston County Creating 75 New Jobs

December 12, 2014 – 10:42 am

 

Raleigh, N.C. -  Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina announced today that Tosaf USA, Inc. is planning to locate its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Gaston County, creating 75 jobs in five years and investing approximately $13.1 million over the next three years in Bessemer City.

 

Governor McCrory Highlights Importance of Historic Tax Credit at BuzziSpace Grand Opening

December 11, 2014 – 1:43 pm

High Point, N.C. -  Governor Pat McCrory was in High Point today for the grand opening of the North American Headquarters of BuzziSpace, a manufacturer of high-end office furniture. The move, and the 113 jobs and nearly $2 million investment, was announced just 10 months ago. The headquarters will be located and operate out of the old Pickett Cotton Mill in downtown High Point. Governor McCrory used the grand opening to highlight the importance of the Historic Tax Credit, which will sunset at the end of the month.

 

Governor McCrory Names North Carolina State Ports Authority Board of Directors Chairman

December 11, 2014 – 11:13 am

Wilmington, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory has named Tom Adams of Brunswick County the next chairman of the North Carolina State Ports Authority Board of Directors.

36th Annual North Carolina Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 10, 2014 – 5:59 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory will light the North Carolina Christmas tree tomorrow night on the South Lawn of the State Capitol. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with performances by the Middlesex Church of God Trio and the Raleigh Concert Band. After the tree is lit around 6:30 p.m., the Capitol will host an open house. The Executive Mansion will also be open to visitors until 8 p.m.

 

Wake County

 

Governor McCrory Accepts Handmade Library Table from Morganton’s Chaddock Furniture

December 9, 2014 – 4:35 pm

Raleigh, N.C. -  Earlier today, Governor Pat McCrory was presented a customized, handmade library table from Morganton furniture manufacturer Chaddock. The governor accepted the gift from Tom Powell, Chaddock president and chief executive officer, on behalf of the state of North Carolina and said that it will be prominently displayed in the governor’s Capitol Office.

 

Four North Carolina Schools Receive $20,000 STEM Grants from Verizon

December 8, 2014 – 4:03 pm

Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory congratulated students and teachers in Angier, Burlington, Coats and Dunn today upon receiving$20,000 Innovate Learning Grants from Verizon. The grants highlight the importance of STEM education and promote opportunities to study STEM subjects and achieve in these fields.

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