Triad Region Focus Of $2 Billion Bond Referendum Event

Triad Region Focus Of $2 Billion Bond Referendum Event

4:41pm Mar 07, 2016
Gov. Pat McCrory says if voters approve $2 billion in borrowing , it would pay for repairs, renovations and expansions in education, agriculture, parks and water/sewer systems. KERI BROWN/WFDD

The campaign is heating up for a $2 billion statewide bond referendum. State and business leaders are attending an event Tuesday in Greensboro to support the Connect North Carolina funding. The focus will be on the potential economic impact it would have for the Piedmont region if passed in the March primary.

The Triad alone could receive $360 million under the bond. The project includes a new National Guard readiness center in Guilford County, a new exhibit at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, and improvements at Pilot Mountain and Hanging Rock State Parks.

UNC systems and community colleges will also see a boost. More than 60 percent would be spent on new buildings and repairs on campuses.

Governor McCrory has championed the measure, saying it will create 21st century jobs and improve infrastructure. He adds that there will be no new taxes to pay for it. State and business leaders will attend the panel discussion at the National Guard Armory in Greensboro.  

The referendum will be on the primary ballot for voters to decide on March 15.

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