Important Voting Dates
January 25, 2016 - Absentee voting begins
February 19, 2016 - Last day to register to vote
March 3-12, 2016 - Early voting period
March 15, 2016 - Election Day
The Connect NC Bond is a $2 billion bond referendum to provide critical support for North Carolina's university system, National Guard, community colleges, state parks, and water and sewer systems. Because of the state's superior financial standing, passage of the bond will not result in a tax increase. It's been 15 years since North Carolina voters last approved a bond to invest in the state's infrastructure- and we've added more than 2 million residents since then. The Connect NC Bond will keep our state strong now and well into the future.
The bond provides nearly $1 billion for our state's university system, providing state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) facilities on campuses across North Carolina. These investments are necessary to ensure that North Carolina can compete for the BEST jobs of the future.
The need for new and refurbished buildings on UNC system campuses reflects the demand for science education to help drive a globally competitive, growing North Carolina. Companies such as Duke Energy and AREVA in the energy sector, Siemens and Sealed Air in advanced manufacturing, Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant in health care - and many others - are seeking graduates educated in STEM disciplines.
The Connect NC Bond will allow Fayetteville State University to complete a $10.6 million comprehensive renovation of the Lyons Science Building. This 30 year old, 89,000-square foot facility's comprehensive renovation will enhance the fire sprinkler and fire alarm systems, enhance the exterior building envelope and replace roofing, replace fume hoods, improve accessibility, expand hazardous material storage as well as replace aging mechanical equipment. The scope and budget for this project aligns with FSU's core mission and campus master plan.
The three-story building houses several departments: chemistry, geology and GIS lab, biology, geography, history and government. There is a planetarium, a microprobe suite, a nano materials lab, as well as an observatory located in this facility. The renovation will upgrade technology, equipment and furnishings in these areas and repurpose space to meet current program needs.
The renovation will provide support for new academic programs as well as space for student science organizations, a student lounge complete with library extension services, group study halls with state-of-the-art technology, and a learning center. The planetarium currently receives about 3,000 visitors a year, many of whom are elementary school students. The nano lab, spectroscopy lab, planetarium and wet labs will be upgraded to meet best design practices to function efficiently, enhance space utilization and meet safety standards.
Fayetteville State University - A Sound Investment
Fayetteville State University (FSU) improves higher education delivery throughout the region and helps students increase their employability and potential. By facilitating new research and drawing students and visitors to the Sandhills, the university also generates new dollars and opportunities for the region.
Connect NC Bond Resources
The Connect NC Bond is an opportunity for voters to reinforce that historic relationship. And it's more than that: The bond will fund vital improvements to North Carolina universities and community colleges, state parks, agriculture, the North Carolina Zoo, water and sewer infrastructure, National Guard facilities and more. The proposed bond projects would have a profound impact on every part of the state.
For more information on the bond's impact, visit the following sites. Be aware that these sites are external to NC State University; the university does not produce or control the content on these sites.
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