North Carolina -- long recognized as the good roads
state -- wins renewed acclaim for a globally competitive
public infrastructure and is considered the best practice
state for both hard and soft public infrastructure.
Its hard infrastructure effectively integrates efficient
transportation modalities, reliable and affordable energy
generation and distribution networks, and safe and extensive
water, sewer, storm water, and solid waste management
systems. Coupled with low-cost, high-bandwidth information
and telecommunication networks, the hard infrastructure
provides the platform for the state’s prosperous
economy and renowned quality of life.
The soft infrastructure encompasses the state and local
government fiscal, regulatory, and financing framework.
In enables public officials and business leaders, together
with heads of non-profit agencies, to respond creatively
and quickly to new challenges. This soft infrastructure
energizes the state to compete in a dynamic, knowledge-based,
and communications-driven global environment.
Develop and maintain a balanced, nationally recognized
2: Ensure affordable energy, including electricity
and natural gas.
3: Provide safe and cost-effective water, wastewater,
stormwater, and waste management systems.
4: Support a modern technology infrastructure
that will help residents, communities, and businesses
achieve their economic, educational, and social
5: Adopt flexible public policies and partnerships
with regard to infrastructure development.