End-of-Year Message from Nat

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Dec 30, 2016 Comments Off on End-of-Year Message from Nat kennethjosef


As we close the door on 2016, I’m writing to keep you informed of some of the progress we have made over the past 12 months.  I’ve been honored to lead this City Council on several issues that some have called monumental or game changing, at the very least we are turning the corner on making Fayetteville more marketable and competitive with other municipalities across North Carolina and the Southeast.

I have listed below some of our accomplishments in 2016 that I was involved with and I am most proud of.  Together we are improving the image of Fayetteville and the quality of life for our residents, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve!

  • For the first time ever, the Fayetteville residents have had the confidence in our City Government and vision to advance ourselves by approving a 35 million dollar Parks Bond Referendum. Construction of some of the projects will start this summer.
  • I was honored to accept the “Most Responsive City Politician” award from Up & Coming Weekly. 2016 was the second year in a row that honored my work in that manner.
  • Two more connections to I-295 were completed this year following the General Assembly and Governor McCrory fully funding our outer loop just a couple years ago.
  • We have opened the City’s 3rd public pool – updating our existing parks system with badly needed basic infrastructure, we have opened two pools in two years. The first pools built in Fayetteville since 1947.
  • Seeing a need the FPD was the first in North Carolina to start the LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) Program and we were able to launch 424-HOPE – A partnership with CommuniCare that assist our residents who are fighting addiction of opioids and substance abuse. A special thanks to Fayetteville VA Medical Center Director Goolsby, District Attorney West, Cumberland County Health Department Director Wilson and the Task Force members for working to find solutions for those affected by addiction.
  • With a matching grant from the General Assembly we will be able to expand and connect the Cape Fear River Trail with the Cross Creek Linear Park. This walking trail is on its way to winning national recognition for walkability within an urban area.
  • After being elected, I developed plans to bring back the Fayetteville-Cumberland Youth Council. After just one year, these future leaders brought home the state title of “Most Outstanding Youth Council”, beating dozens of Councils from all over North Carolina.
  • I was honored by being presented the Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International.
  • After a year of negotiations, public hearings and planning, baseball is a reality. The landscape of our Downtown and the economic impact the new stadium will bring will forever change the heart of our City.  An agreement with the Houston Astros will bring minor league play back to Fayetteville in a new stadium.  With private and public capital, an estimated 100 million dollars in infrastructure will be invested in our downtown, providing hundreds of jobs and a revitalization we’ve never seen before.

2017 will be a great year for Fayetteville.  The City Council has continued to work together toward the long-term goals of reducing crime, building economic opportunities, becoming a more efficient government and improving the image of our great city.  It continues to be an honor to serve as your Mayor and lead the Fayetteville City Council.

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