From the Wires
North Carolina Elections Bode Well for Construction Industry
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 8, 2012 10:15 AM
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- North Carolina voters elected, for the first time since the 1800s, Republicans to take control of state government— action that bodes well for the state's construction industry, says construction trade association Carolinas AGC.
For starters, Republican Pat McCrory, a staunch supporter of infrastructure funding and business, breezed to victory for governor. McCrory, while on the campaign trail, repeated construction-friendly themes of growing jobs, spending more money on infrastructure, cutting government red tape, continuing regulatory reform, modernizing the tax structure, and bolstering vocational education. Look for McCrory, who developed an outstanding infrastructure growth program for Charlotte during his tenure as mayor (including a new runway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport), to prod the GOP-led legislature on infrastructure fronts.
"We will provide your people jobs and put them back to work," McCrory told Carolinas AGC lobbyists Berry Jenkins and Dave Simpson at a recent McCrory fundraiser in Raleigh.
Construction issues on the ballot also fared well. Wake County voters, for example, overwhelmingly approved $200 million in bonds to expand Wake Technical Community College, add buildings to the school's bustling Northern Wake campus, and start construction on a new Research Triangle branch. In addition, Orange County voters approved a half-cent sales tax to help pay the local share of a $1.4 billion plan for light rail expansion and better bus service.
Carolinas AGC (CAGC) represents contractors and construction-related firms in North Carolina and South Carolina, and serves as a chapter of The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). Through diverse partnerships, Carolinas AGC effectively innovates and shares knowledge across sectors and generations; advancing the construction industry to enhance the quality of life and deliver a sustainable difference in the Carolinas. Visit us at www.cagc.org.
For the Media: For information on Carolinas AGC and other industry related topics, visit http://www.cagc.org/news_events/formedia.cfm.
SOURCE Carolinas Associated General Contractors
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