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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. Its 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 it's soft infrastructure of low-cost, high-bandwidth information and telecommunication networks, the hard infrastructure energizes the state to compete in a dynamic, knowledge-based, and communications-driven global environment.
Goals
Measures
Commentary
Maintain a safe, efficient & balanced transportation system Transportation Efficiency
Highway Quality
Port & Rail Capacity
The state's transportation system must be about efficient commerce — not just good roads — to be truly competitive. In the years ahead, North Carolina's leaders will be forced to make some tough choices as they allocate scarce resources for transportation. To reconcile competing transportation demands and make each dollar count, we will have to reassess our traditional commitment to highway access and explore more efficient ways to move people, goods, and services.
Ensure abundent & affordable energy sources

Energy Efficiency
Power Access
Natural Gas Access

Plentiful, reliable, and affordable energy will be required for a competitive economy. This in turn will require that the state maintain adequate oversight of energy supply and distribution, even in a deregulated environment. In the interests of energy independence and a clean environment, further emphasis should be placed on conservation and on alternative energy sources.

Build ample & efficient public utility capacity Infrastructure Investment
Water Capacity
Sewer Capacity
North Carolina's unmet water and sewer demands are troubling, if not overwhelming. It is estimated that the state faces $15 billion in long-term water, sewer, and stormwater system requirements. The state's ability to manage its solid waste likewise is being tested as the tonage sent to landfills continues to rise.
Stimulate a thriving technology network Private Technology Access
Public Technology Access
In North Carolina, we are astute enough to see the need for innovation, but not always bold enough to pay for it. Despite early movement to establish affordable, high-speed access to the Internet, the state today lags behind most others in its performance on technology infrastructure issues. One challenge lies in determining the state's appropriate role in promoting technology and identifying the most cost-effective opportunities for public investment.