Greg Ford - Wake County, NC Commissioner

Greg Ford - Wake County, NC Commissioner Chair, Wake County Board of Commissioners. A veteran public school principal and teacher, Wake voters elected Greg to the Board of Commissioners in 2016 and 2018. He is running in 2020 to serve a third term.

Greg is a 46-year old husband and father of 3 children, all of whom are enrolled in Wake County public schools. He served as a Wake County elementary and middle school principal and teacher for nearly 20 years before being voters elected him to the Board of Commissioners in 2016 and again in 2018, where Greg now serves as Vice Chairman. Greg's key issues include ensuring sustainable infrastructure through a strong public school system, enacting a viable transit plan, ensuring essential health and human services, and promoting a robust local economy that is mindful of protecting our environment and open spaces for future generations. Greg is married to Anthony Pugliese and their family lives in northern Wake County.

571-acre eastern Wake preserve to include equestrian trails
02/25/2020
571-acre eastern Wake preserve to include equestrian trails

571-acre eastern Wake preserve to include equestrian trails

RALEIGH — The Wake County Board of Commissioners Monday approved a construction contract for Procter Farm Preserve, a 571-acre property of forest and working farmland near Knightdale, Wendell and …

Wake County Government
02/18/2020
Wake County Government

Wake County Government

Calling all inquisitive rising-6th-graders! Register today for Energy Camp! Build and race solar-powered cars! Harness the power of the sun to cook s'mores! Witness hair-raising physics demonstrations! Take field trips to energy organizations!

Registration is open for this summer's Energy Camp, set for July 13-17, where rising Wake County sixth-graders will participate in a week's worth of wonderful energy-themed activities. Wake County educators conduct hands-on energy demonstrations, conservation-themed projects and various field trips and site visits to allow all 40 participants to have a fun and info-packed week. Register and learn more today at wakegov.com/energy/camp!

Attendance fees are held to $200 through the assistance of corporate sponsorships and individual donations, and scholarships are available by application.

Here's what parents have to say about Energy Camp:
"If you couldn't tell, my son loved the camp. He usually holds his emotions close to the vest, but when he came home he expressed great excitement each day about his Energy camp experience. We look forward to having our daughter participate in about 4 years. Job well done."

"Thank you for a wonderful and enriching learning opportunity for my child. We appreciate all of your hard work and support throughout the weeklong activities."

Wake County Government
02/18/2020

Wake County Government

ICYMI: Our Board of Commissioners met today and made some important decisions. If you couldn't join us in person or online, no worries. We have a full wrap up below.

Staff from Wake County Public Libraries and our Facilities, Design and Construction Dept. shook hands with the board as Wake County Manager David Ellis recognized them for winning the Best New or Renovated Facility Award from the NC Public Library Directors’ Association for the Wake Forest Community Library.

The commissioners also honored library staff for getting state recognition for rebranding their summer reading program. The fresh approach helped increase student participation by 33% in 2019! Awesome job!

The board adopted a resolution proclaiming February as Black History Month in Wake County. It also recognized Mary E. Perry, a devoted civil rights advocate who helped lead the Wendell-Wake County NAACP for 41 years and served on several noteworthy boards.

The commissioners passed a proclamation recognizing the historic impact of the 19th amendment, as well as the hard work of the League of Women Voters of Wake County and the League of Women Voters of NC who’ve relentlessly promoted citizen engagement since 1920.

The board adopted a resolution recognizing the first week of March 2020 as Advanced Practiced Providers Appreciation Week in Wake County. APPs include physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and clinical nurse specialists who serve our community.

The commissioners adopted a resolution supporting NCDOT’s acquisition of the S-Line, a rail line that stretches from south central NC through Wake County into Virginia. The acquisition would complement future extensions of our commuter rail plans via the Wake Transit Plan.

The board awarded a $2 million contract to build 6 miles of trails and a parking lot at Proctor Farm Preserve - a 571-acre property located near Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon. This property is the largest tract of land owned by Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, and it will serve hikers and equestrians.

The commissioners voted unanimously to spend up to $2.36 million per year for 25 years to fund the construction of a 100,000-square-foot indoor sports complex in Cary. The Raleigh City Council will consider the project at its meeting tomorrow. Plans for the Cary indoor sports complex include: 25,000 square feet of multi-purpose space, 12 full-sized basketball courts, which could convert to 20 full-sized volleyball courts, and arena seating for 4,000. Read more about it here: https://bit.ly/2SQIDTQ

The board held a public hearing to receive feedback on three different plans related to affordable housing, homeless services and community development needs. No one spoke. Staff attributes that to the broad public outreach efforts they’ve already done on these issues.

The Wake County Public School System shared information with the commissioners about a property it would like to purchase for $5 million on Walnut Street in Cary. The school district would relocate Wake STEM Early College High School there from NC State. Miller Motte College occupied the space until Oct. 2019.

The board approved reopening the Wake County Firearms Education & Training Center to the public on March 15. The Wake County Sheriff's Office will oversee training and scheduling for law enforcement. The NC Wildlife Resources Commission will operate the firing range for the public. Chairman Greg Ford said, “I’m proud of these organizations for working closely together to find a solution that truly benefits everyone. It’s remarkable that the firing range will reopen to the public just 60 days after it closed.” For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2uWnwr4.

Wake County Government
02/18/2020

Wake County Government

The Wake County Board of Commissioners vote unanimously to spend up to $2.36 million per year for 25 years to fund the construction of a 100,000-square-foot indoor sports complex in the Town of Cary. The Raleigh City Council will consider the project at its meeting tomorrow.

http://ow.ly/UjWl50yoHXe

Wake County Government
02/18/2020
Wake County Government

Wake County Government

The Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center will reopen to the public on March 15 – offering both law enforcement officers and local residents more hours on the gun range.

The Board of Commissioners is moving quickly and carefully to reopen the Wake County Firearms Training and Education Cen...
02/11/2020
Wake County close to reopening shooting range to public. When gun owners could return

The Board of Commissioners is moving quickly and carefully to reopen the Wake County Firearms Training and Education Center. Set to reopen to the public on March 15, the center will have more hours of public access than ever before and more opportunities for the Sheriff’s Department to use the facility for professional skills training. And rather than being run by a for-profit operator, the Center will now be run by highly trained officers from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.

Upon opening, Wake’s gun owners will now be able to use the range for free. Details here:

Several gun owners asked for the center to remain open to the public after Wake Sheriff Gerald Baker announced it was closing to the public late last year.

Based on the allegations made in the News & Observer yesterday that Mr. Price falsified information on the resume he sub...
02/07/2020
Mako Medical CEO quits Wake Tech board after false info discovered on job application

Based on the allegations made in the News & Observer yesterday that Mr. Price falsified information on the resume he submitted with his application, this is the only acceptable outcome. Wake County is committed to open and honest government, and we will not tolerate misrepresentation by the people we appoint to local boards and commissions.

Read more here: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article240088838.html#storylink=cpy

Chad Price is stepping down from Wake Tech’s board of trustees after The News & Observer reported on Thursday that his resume had inflated his educational qualifications and work experience.

Earlier this month the Board of Commissioners recognized Eleanor Oakley, longtime President and CEO of the United Arts C...
01/31/2020

Earlier this month the Board of Commissioners recognized Eleanor Oakley, longtime President and CEO of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, for her 18+ years of service to enhancing the arts across the capitol region.

Today is Eleanor's last day before retirement - and we wish her the very best in the adventures ahead! On behalf of Governor Cooper, it was an honor to present Eleanor with North Carolina's highest civilian honor, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, on January 6. Pictures from the presentation follow.

For a brief overview of Eleanor's remarkable contributions to the arts community during her tenure at United Arts, click here: http://bit.ly/3b2XXEY

#WakePol #WakeBOC #WakeArts

Citizens and community stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback on the FY2021 Wake Transit Work Plan! Details and...
01/29/2020
GoTriangle

Citizens and community stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback on the FY2021 Wake Transit Work Plan!
Details and the link follow below.

NEWS: At the top of the big-impact investments in Wake County’s draft transit work plan for the next fiscal year is $67 million for carrying the county’s first bus rapid transit corridor, along New Bern Avenue in East Raleigh, through its expected completion at the end of 2023.

Wake County's robust library system continues to expand services because of strong community support. WakeGov has approp...
01/28/2020
More Americans went to the library last year than to the movies, a new Gallup poll finds

Wake County's robust library system continues to expand services because of strong community support. WakeGov has appropriated the last of the voter-approved 2007 Library Bond funds; the timing of the next library bond will be discussed in the year ahead.

Last year, Americans visited the library more than they went to the movies, live sporting events, museums, concerts, amusement parks and casinos, among other activities, according to a Gallup poll.

Matt Calabria
01/22/2020

Matt Calabria

This is big. Earlier today, the Wake County Commission unanimously approved a new program we’re calling Wake Works. The program will partner with area businesses and Wake Technical Community College to provide hundreds of paid apprenticeships to students studying to join “critical need” professions: HVAC repair technicians, electricians, plumbers, cybersecurity professionals, etc. What’s more, we are going to cover the cost of their education, including tuition, books, and tools.

Our local economy is at nearly full employment. Yet wages are not keeping up with the cost of living, and many workers who don’t have the skills they need aren’t in a position to simply quit their jobs and go back to school. Wake Works will attract and train folks to fill jobs that provide an average starting salary of about $50,000 a year. What’s more, these are the kinds of jobs that can’t be outsourced.

Wake’s first foray into college affordability is a win-win for our businesses as well as workers who are trying to make better lives for themselves and their families. I am proud to have spearheaded this effort and appreciate the thoughtful and enthusiastic contributions of my colleagues in getting this done.

Wake County Government
01/22/2020

Wake County Government

The Wake County Board of Commissioners considers providing funding to community organizations to carry out activities that align with Board initiatives, complement or enhance a county service, or fill in a critical gap between county services and community needs.

This year interested and eligible organizations can apply for funding consideration using our new online form. All applications must be fully completed, no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 7, 2020. All applications must be submitted to be considered.

For more information on the program, application requirements and timeframes, please visit: http://fundingrequest.wakegov.com.

Wake County Government
01/22/2020

Wake County Government

Exciting news! The Wake County Board of Commissioners has just approved an agreement with Wake Tech that dedicates up to $500,000 in the county's Fiscal Year 2021 budget to fund the new Wake Works Apprenticeship Program. It directly supports the board's goal of making community college more affordable.

Registered apprenticeships will require 2,000+ hours of on-the-job training and 144+ hours of classroom instruction. The average starting salary upon completion of an apprenticeship is $50,000, and the possible increased earning potential over a career is about $300,000.

The types of jobs targeted for the first phase of the apprenticeship program include: skilled trades (carpenters, electricians), technicians and maintenance providers (HVAC techs, automotive techs), & IT infrastructure (cybersecurity specialists, software programmers).

More information about Wake Works will come soon from Wake Tech. The program is a win-win for both the apprentices who will enroll in the program and the customers who will utilize the in-demand services they will provide.

In a promising development announced today, the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources has offered ...
01/16/2020
State says it would be willing to buy airport property next to Umstead State Park

In a promising development announced today, the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources has offered to partner with Wake County, RDU Airport and Umstead State Park on a solution that conserves and preserves open space, provides crucial revenue for the airport and expands outdoor recreational opportunities for years to come. Wake County has an interest in all three of these outcomes and we look forward to securing a positive solution in the year ahead.

The proposal comes as a potential alternative to a fence RDU plans to build between the airport and the park.

Wake County Government
01/16/2020

Wake County Government

Storytime at the library is a great way to teach children new skills, have fun and meet potential playmates. But for some kids, the environment can be overwhelming.

That’s why Wake County Public Libraries is offering a special
Sensory Storytime at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at Cameron Village
Regional Library. Young children and their families are invited to
participate in this interactive program with books, songs, movement and other early literacy-based activities, carefully selected to engage an exceptional audience. The program runs through April.

Read more here: http://ow.ly/S0vc50xTUad

As Wake County continues to be a top draw nationally for businesses and talent, the economics of supply & demand are qui...
01/14/2020
Wake County property values are going up. Here’s what homeowners need to know.

As Wake County continues to be a top draw nationally for businesses and talent, the economics of supply & demand are quickly driving up property values.

In the past four years, the average home value in Wake County increased 20%, and commercial properties increased an average of 33%. Homes valued at less than $250,000 saw a 31% increase in their value compared to 17% for homes valued between $250,000 to $450,000. And homes in the eastern part of Wake County, including Knightdale, Zebulon, southeast Raleigh and Garner, saw the largest jumps.

Because the County ensures that reevaluations are revenue-neutral, Wake's property tax rate will drop from 72.02 cents to 60 cents per $100 valuation.

Business properties also saw significant increases in value. Hotels and apartments saw the largest increases of 48% and 45% in value, respectively, while offices went up 25%, restaurants went up 24% and retail went up 16%.

And while many homeowners and property owners will benefit from the appreciation of their real estate assets, this market will also make retaining and expanding affordable housing inventory even more challenging.

Citizens with questions about the process or their property’s assessment can call 919-857-3800, email [email protected] or visit wakegov.com/taxportal.

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article239169988.html
#wakepol #wakegov #wakeboc

Keep your eyes on the mailbox to see how much your property value is going up.

City of Raleigh - Government
01/14/2020

City of Raleigh - Government

Big news! Raleigh and Wake County Government residents now have an additional way to communicate with 9️⃣1️⃣1️⃣
☎️ Call if you can
📱 Text when you can't
More details: bit.ly/2usVCT3

New for 2020: Wake County Public Libraries has eliminated late fees on overdue materials. Going late fee free means remo...
01/09/2020
www.wakegov.com

New for 2020: Wake County Public Libraries has eliminated late fees on overdue materials. Going late fee free means removing barriers so more people in Wake County have greater access to the WCPL's books, resources and services.

What does this mean for library cardholders?
No more late fees charged on overdue items.
Existing late fees are cleared from all accounts, giving everyone a fresh start!

Important numbers to remember are 3, 2, 1, 0!
3 Week Checkout Period
2 Courtesy Renewals
1 Happy Customer
0 Late Fees!

For additional information, please see the Late Fee Free Policy:http://www.wakegov.com/libraries/services/about/Documents/Late%20Fee%20Free%20Policy.pdf

(Library patrons are still responsible for the replacement of lost or damaged books and other materials. However, you can return outstanding materials to clear replacement fees, and you won’t ever be charged a daily late fee.)

#WakeGov #WakePol #FeeFreeLibraries

Green and clean energy is a good thing! Wake County is excited to partner with GoTriangle to achieve our fast-growing re...
01/09/2020
GoTriangle

Green and clean energy is a good thing! Wake County is excited to partner with GoTriangle to achieve our fast-growing region's vision of more accessible and environmentally-friendly transit solutions.

NEWS: The buses, built by Proterra, were ordered after GoTriangle won a $943,000 federal low- or no-emission grant to help pay for them. Duke Energy provided $100,000 toward two charging stations as well.

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I vote for Republicans, folks that dont raise my taxes, and dont waste money with high ceilings to waste power in schools. Also, ones that dont raise my taxes. NC has enuff money. Make that promise.
Do NOT re-elect this lying piece of crap!
Greg Ford for Wake, you mention per your request posted January 9th: " the Wake County Attorney's Office will send a letter to the attorney for the Crooked Creek HOA by the end of next week - and likely sooner. The letter will reflect the Board's direction that the County reinstate the previous HOA covenants on the former Crooked Creek golf course property so that the residents of that neighborhood have the same protections they had prior to the County's purchase of the property last September. " Can you give me an update as to when this promise will be kept ? Can you also give me an update as to the process/progress that Wake County Public Schools first right of refusal is going ?
This is exactly what South Wake Park (by a school) would achieve:
Four Wake Commissioners have said this land is not a good investment for a park. Take this virtual bike tour of the land they currently own and recently voted to “surplus” and sell. Do you think it should be sold for development? Or does it look more like a place for exercise, play, and exploration for generations to come? Let the Wake County Commissioners know what you think before they sell it off!! #ParkPromise #IntegrityMatters Triangle Greenways Council, Capital Group Sierra Club, North Carolina Sierra Club, Southern Wake Trail Hawks, Slow Spokes, Fit4Mom, Triangle Hiking and Outdoors Group, Fuquay-Varina Running Club, Run The Quay Race Events, Holly Springs Run Club, F3 South Wake, F3 South Wake, Today in the Quay, Lifetime Raleigh Cycle-Club, Mommies Of Holly Springs/Fuquay, Crossfit South Wake, South Wake FIA, #fuquayvarina #hollyspringsnc #hollysprings #wakecounty #wakecountyparks #southwakepark #Parks #ParksAreNotSurplus
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