Connect NC concentrates funds on schools across NC

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — Governor Pat McCrory stopped by Eastern North Carolina Wednesday to talk about his plan to make improvements to the state.

“We’re either going to prepare or we’re going to react,” says Governor Pat McCrory.

He is hoping voters will Connect NC during the March Primary election. The bond, which would spend $2 billion on the state’s infrastructure, will be on the ballot.

“Do you know that it has been 15 years since the last bond was authorized to upgrade the state’s critical infrastructure?,” McCrory asked a packed house at Lenoir Community College Wednesday. “Since then, North Carolina has added 2 million people.”

More than $350 million of the money up for grabs would be pumped back into the community colleges across the state. Lenoir Community College would be awarded $8 million alone for improvements on campus.

“Our college is over 50 years old,” explains LCC’s Deborah Grimes. “We’ve added some new buildings over the years but there are buildings that have been here for 50 years. There is a lot that needs to be done.”

Grimes says these improvements would ensure the construction is keeping up with the technology in the classroom.

“Our campus is beautiful, but for us to go with that advanced technology for all of these programs and to be in the 21st century,” Grimes says. “There are some things that we need to do and some repair work and some renovation work that we need to do to our buildings to keep us moving forward.”

Other local community colleges will also receive funds. Pitt Community College is slated to be given $8 million for improvements. And education programs with the UNC System will be given about half of the funding. East Carolina University will receive about $90 million dollars alone for improvements to campus.


WNCT has a crew at the hearing and will have more details tonight starting at 5pm. For more information about the bond, click here.


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