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Imperative 7
21st Century Infrastructure

Our Vision

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.


Goal 1: Develop and maintain a balanced, nationally recognized transportation system.

Goal 2: Ensure affordable energy, including electricity and natural gas.

Goal 3: Provide safe and cost-effective water, wastewater, stormwater, and waste management systems.

Goal 4: Support a modern technology infrastructure that will help residents, communities, and businesses achieve their economic, educational, and social goals.

Goal 5: Adopt flexible public policies and partnerships with regard to infrastructure development.