Thursday, March 31, 2011

Blue Ridge Corridor Study

This Saturday, April 2, the City will host a public workshop as a part of the Blue Ridge Road Corridor Study. The workshop will take place at 10am, in the Martin Building at the State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road.

Discussion will center around the emerging vision for the Blue Ridge Road corridor, it's current conditions, existing plans for properties along the corridor, and the scope of the study. Also, participants will be able to ask any questions they may have.

The workshop is free and open to the public. More information is available by calling 807-8479 or visiting the Urban Design Center.

Hope to see you there on Saturday!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Crabtree Rotary Club!

Today, I had the pleasure of joining the Crabtree Rotary Clubfor lunch! It was a great opportunity to talk to some Raleighites about our recent successes, upcoming challenges, and the experience of being a City Councilor. The Crabtree Rotary Club is a huge part of the Holiday Express Celebration, which kicks off the Holidays each year at Pullen Park. I have enjoyed attending the last few years, and look forward to it again in December!
A special thanks to Jeffery Hobart for the invitation to come speak to the CRC, I had a great time!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Another Busy Week!

This has been a great week in Raleigh! It started off with the State of the City Address on Monday. This year, the Mayor's annual address focused on the City's sustainable initiatives and the success of those already implemented. Mayor Meeker also discussed the state of the economy in Raleigh and the triangle. We are fortunate to have the resources to be well-positioned to move out of the reccession much sooner than many other cities our size.

Tuesday afternoon we had Council, and Tuesday evening I attended the Sister Cities Annual Meeting. Sister Cities is a great organization, that is a part of Raleigh's International Affairs Council. 2010 was a great year for Sister Cities, and 2011 is on course to be even better!

Wednesday was a big day for District A, as we officially welcomed Whole Foods to the neighborhood! It is a great facility, and I know that Whole Foods will be an asset to our community. I am thrilled to have them in North Raleigh!

Wednesday afternoon, I celebrated the 200 Club's tenth anniversary! The 200 Club is a phenomenal organization that provides support to the families of fallen public safety officers. For ten years, they have shown outstanding support of public safety community in Wake County, and it was great to celebrate ten years of success!

This morning, Advocates for Health in Action hosted a breakfast and screened a great documentary on community gardening. I am extremely hopeful that we will begin to see more an more community gardens in Raleigh in the coming months and years. Community gardening not only encourages healthy eating habits, but is also a great educational and community development tool.

It has been a wonderful week, and a great way to kick-off Spring! Thank you to everyone who helped put together the wonderful events I was able to attend this week.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Women in Construction

This week, March 7-13, celebrates Women in Construction! Women in Construction week brings together all of the 5,500 women that are a part of the National Association for Women in Construction to raise awareness about the opportunities for women in the construction field. I was able to be on hand to present the proclamation the Raleigh Chapter of NAWIC.

Presenting the proclamation to Raleigh NAWIC President Darline Johnson

Currently, women make up only 10% of the construction industry in the United States, but that number has been steadily rising each year for the past decade. It is great to see so many intelligent women celebrating their emerging force in the industry, and I was happy to be invited to share in the fun!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Read Across America Day!

As many of you know, March 2 is Read Across America Day! It is also Dr. Suess's birthday, and one of my favorite days of the year to be a City Councillor! The last several of years, I have been able to participate in Read Across America Day with several different schools and organizations in the triangle.

This year, I had the pleasure of spending my morning with Ms. Best's kindergarten class at East Garner Elementary! I had a great time visiting their classroom and school, and sharing a story with them. It is always refreshing to spend some time with little ones!

Thank you to East Garner Elementary and Ms. Best for inviting me to share the day with you, I had a great time!