Show 12: Joel Gillie – Public Affairs Director for Wayne County, NC

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Joel Gillie, Public Affairs Director for Wayne County, NC and Justin Ckezepis Talk About Development and the Challenges of Rapid Growth on Our Latest Show

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Joel Gillie – Public Affairs Director for Wayne County, NC

If you live anywhere in North Carolina, you’ve probably noticed that growth is happening at a rapid rate. While all of this economic growth and development is a positive thing, it must be managed carefully to reduce growing pains.

As the North Carolina real estate market continues to boom, you need to know what’s going on and hear from the people who live near you, so you have a say. Now more than ever, it’s important that we are good local stewards of the land and make choices that empower the community as a whole 5, 10, or even 20 years down the road.

On this show, we welcomed Joel Gillie, the Public Affairs Director for Wayne County, North Carolina, to talk about this tremendous growth happening in Wayne County and throughout the rest of the state, as well as some of the challenges that come with it. We discuss the current comprehensive development plan for the 2022-2023 fiscal year and how the budget is affecting certain projects and developments.

Some of the issues we go over in this show include the current public transportation system, like the existing bus system and the I-42 corridor, and how to grow transportation infrastructure in a way that benefits the population but doesn’t impede on businesses. We also talk about how to balance development while still prioritizing farmers, the future of Wayne County, specific development projects (like broadband internet connectivity), how to adjust public services in the wake of problems like the national fuel shortage, and other pertinent issues to a developing area.

This show is for you if you’re a current resident of Wayne County and you’re interested in some of the issues affecting individuals and business owners during this record-breaking period of development.