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City Of Raleigh Under Scrutiny For Pro-Bond Video/Message On Website PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 06:40

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Raleigh voters seeking information about the city's $92 million parks bond referendum that appears on November's ballot will find only positive information about the bond on the city's website. The Raleigh News & Observer reports that on Monday, a pro-bond video was removed from the city's website after an inquiry from a reporter.

 
North Carolina prohibits local governments from using public funds to tell voters to vote "yes" or "no" on a ballot item. They are allowed, however, to inform and educate the public about the referendum.
 
That's where the rub comes in. The video on Raleigh's website was, according to the newspaper, could be deemed an "overly enthusiastic" pro-bond message. It featured testimonials from pro-bond citizens.
 
The bond, which would fund a variety of parks projects, will result in a property tax rate hike of 1.72 cents per $100 in valuation. The Wake County Taxpayer Association is opposed.
 
This is not the first time a local government has been called out for its advocacy of a ballot item. The issue has gotten the attention of some legislators, who say the law should be amended to be crystal clear in its intent to prohibit advocacy.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 06:41
 
Jobs Watch: Ashley Furniture Expands Operations In Advance PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 October 2014 10:34

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The market for bedroom furniture appears to be booming and North Carolina is poised to play a greater role in supplying the furniture to East Coast residents.

 
Ashley Furniture has announced it will expand its mid-Atlantic manufacturing and distribution center located in Advance. The expansion will add approximately 550 jobs to the state’s manufacturing economy. 
 
Gov. Pat McCrory was on hand for the celebration last week. The governor noted this major expansion comes less than two years removed from the facility’s groundbreaking.  
 
“Furniture and manufacturing have always been an integral part of North Carolina’s economic history,” said McCrory in a statement. “Ashley Furniture is building upon that tradition and becoming an important contributor to North Carolina’s economic future.”   
 
The company has been producing upholstery on the site since November 2012. Ashley employs roughly 600 workers, about half of which are on the upholstery side. 
 
Also on hand for the Ashley event were U.S Senator Richard Burr, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Secretary John Skvarla, Mocksville Mayor Francis Slate and Mayor Lynn Rumley of Cooleemee.   
Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 10:35
 
State Auditor: Rural Economic Development Group Did Not Return $22 Million To State PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 October 2014 05:23

 

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - An audit of a rural economic development group that was dissolved by the General Assembly concludes the group did not return $22.3 milllion in federal funds that belong to the state North Carolina.
 
The audit, released by state Auditor Beth Wood's office, says the Rural Economic Development Center, Inc. did return $100 million in state funds but has not turned over the remaining $22.3 million.
 
The entire audit can be found at www.ncauditor.net/EpsWeb/Reports/FiscalControl/FCA-2014-7901.pdf
 
The audit summary reads:
 
"The objective of this audit was to answer specific questions asked by legislators regarding the NC Rural Economic Development Center Inc.’s transfer of state appropriated grant funds to the State. The specific questions and auditors’ findings are provided in the Findings section of the management letter. Agency management agreed with the results of the audit."
 
State Officials Announce New Local Drinking Water Awards Program PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014 04:54

 

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Protecting local drinking water sources if the goal of a new awards program announced by state officials, who also hope the program will showcase efforts that can be duplicated by other local entities.
 
“We hope that bringing attention to these projects will promote public awareness and emphasize the importance of protecting the state’s drinking water,” said Dr. Rebecca Sadosky in a news release from the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
 
“It is also our hope that through the awards program, new opportunities will be created for public participation and that others will be inspired to initiate source water protection activities.”
 
Nominations are being sought for candidates that demonstrate innovative and collaborative solutions to protect North Carolina’s drinking water and the watersheds that support it. 
 
Any individual, group, organization or agency that engages in activities to protect drinking water at its source may be eligible for an award. 
 
 The six award categories are:
 
--  surface water planning
-- groundwater planning
--surface water implementation
-- groundwater implementation
-- education and leadership. 
 
Award winners will be announced at the 2015 North Carolina Water Resources Annual Symposium in association with the Water Resources Research Institute’s annual conference. 
 
Winners will receive a trophy and a certificate during the annual symposium and will be recognized on the N.C. Source Water Collaborative’s website. 
 
Nominations must be received by Dec. 1. To nominate an individual, group, organization, or agency, go to http://ncswc.org/. Nomination forms should be emailed to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
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