Monday, February 28, 2011

New Bern Avenue Corridor Study

The second workshop on the New Bern Avenue Corridor Study will be held on March 3rd from 6-9pm at Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church. Local residents are invited to attend and share ideas and visions for updating the corridor.

The Corridor Study is focused on the area between Swain Street and Wake Medical Center. The second workshop will primarily center on streetscapes and urban design, multi-modal transportation, environmental considerations, public safety, historic and cultural heritage, and land use and economic development.

For more information, contact Dhanya Sandeep in the City of Raleigh Planning Department at or visit the City's website and search for "New Bern Avenue Corridor Study."

Monday, February 21, 2011

North Carolina GIS Conference

The annual North Carolina GIS Conference returned to Raleigh this year, and I was honored to be on hand to bring greetings. The Conference took place February 17 and 18 at the Convention Center, and was the biggest NC GIS Conference to date, with about 1,000 attendees. North Carolina has one of the biggest GIS networks in the country, and is a consistent industry leader! It was a great learning experience for me, and I really enjoyed seeing all of the different uses of Geographic Information Systems.

The GIS field has experienced an industry boom in the last decade, and it is very exciting to see so many new mapping applications becoming more and more popular!

A special thanks to Mr. Tim Johnson, Director of the NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis for including me in the Conference!

Mr. Tim Johnson, Director of the NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis

Bringing greetings to the 1,000 geographers in attendance

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Exciting New Partnership!

The City of Raleigh has teamed up with the American Cancer Society to offer special edition pink garbage carts! Five dollars of the sale of every pink cart goes to support the Society's breast cancer awareness programs. The carts are available in three sizes: 35, 64, and 96 gallons. The City currently uses 96 gallon carts, and can only provide full service to the 64 and 96 gallon sizes.

For more information on how to acquire a pink garbage cart, please click here. For more information on Raleigh's Solid Waste Services department, please click here.

Monday, February 14, 2011

New Art at RDU!

Last Thursday, I was thrilled to be on hand for the unveiling of the Sister Cities' commissioned mural, Friendly Folks, at RDU! Chapel Hill artist Jane Filer did an outstanding job incorporating the Sister Cities theme: "World Peace: One Friendship and One Community at a Time."

The Triangle-area Sister Cities has thirteen international partner cities, all depicted in the mural. Flier's mural measures 45 feet long, and is in the International Baggage Claim in Terminal 2.

We were fortunate to have such a great turnout for the unveiling, and I was honored to greet everyone. The Sister Cities Organization is something that I have been involved in for several years, and I was happy to be on hand to see this project come to fruition! The mural is beautiful, and definitely worth a visit next time you are at RDU!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The City's First Teen Center!

On Friday, the City will hold the dedication ceremony for Saint Monica's Teen Center! This will be the first teen center in Raleigh operated by the City. Saint Monica's Teen Center is located at 15 North Tarboro Street, and is a great addition to the list of community resources available to the citizens of Raleigh! In the past, Saint Monica's served as a Catholic school and has most recently housed New Bern Avenue Day Care, a non-profit organization.

As a teen center, Saint Monica's will be the home to Digital Connectors, a new, national training program! Through a community partnership, the Center will feature an interactive learning lab. The Digital Connectors Program provides the opportunity for young people to become more familiar with computer programs and software, preparing them for success in the workplace! Students will develop computer networking skills, ability to connect wireless access points, and the ability to create video documentaries. Saint Monica's will also feature recreational, social, and fitness programming and will have a lounge and study room.

I am so pleased about this new addition to our City! What an excellent resource for our youth!

For more information, please contact Raleigh's Parks and Recreation Department. The Center will be open every day of the week, 2-8pm Monday through Friday, 1-8pm on Saturdays, and 1-6pm on Sundays. The dedication ceremony will take place Friday at 3pm, with the Center open afterwards for touring!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Moore Square Master Plan

The Draft Moore Square Master Plan and Report will be presented for public review at the Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board Meeting on Thursday, February 17 at 5:30 PM at the Chavis Community Center.

Also, the Report is now available for Public Review on the City's website.