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McCrory administration supports local governments at Town Hall Day

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 12:00am

Secretary van der Vaart recently joined Governor Pat McCrory and leaders from the N.C. Departments of Transportation, Military and Veteran’s Affairs, and Commerce at a Town Hall Day hosted by the N.C. League of Municipalities.

Joining Governor McCrory and Secretary van der Vaart on a panel discussion were DOT Secretary Nick Tennyson, DMVA Assistant Secretary James Prosser and Commerce Chief of Staff Cecilia Holden. The panel answered questions from mayors, city council members and other local governments officials about issues that impact municipalities.

Secretary van der Vaart highlighted the Connect NC bond and the $309 million it dedicates to improving the infrastructure that brings clean, reliable, and affordable water to North Carolina communities. Of the $309 million included in the bond, $100 million will be available for grant projects that smaller towns could not otherwise afford. The remaining $209 million will be used for low-interest loans for water and sewer improvement projects.

He also discussed environmental improvements achieved under the McCrory administration, including how North Carolinians are breathing cleaner air today than any time in decades, and how North Carolina’s public drinking water supplies are the safest they’ve been historically due to increased monitoring and tightened regulations.

The event provided an opportunity for the governor and the other panelists to connect with local government leaders on issues that matter to them. Governor McCrory concluded the discussion by saying that the most vital task for his administration is to protect and maintain the quality of life North Carolinians have come to know and love, while promoting economic development.