Fall is here and festival time is in full swing. Our 10th annual Day in Downtown is scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fuquay District. Please come and enjoy the Arts & Craft booths, antique cars, stage performances including dancing, cheerleading, taekwondo, amateur musicians and bands, business booths, and FOOD! There will also be a Kids Kourt with a climbing wall, bouncers, games, a train, and slot car racing. I’m sticking my neck out and predicting beautiful weather for this year’s event. Come out and bring the family for this signature Chamber of Commerce event and enjoy all the activities and FUN.
The election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 6 and early voting is taking place in Fuquay-Varina starting Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Falcon Hut on Falcon Drive near the Middle School. Hours are posted here at the Chamber and if you need directions or other information please call 919-552-4947.
There is an issue of importance to Wake County and Fuquay-Varina on the ballot this year. Wake Tech, the jewel in the crown of the community college system, has a $200 million bond referendum up for a countywide vote. This bond will provide for capital improvements to the Northern Wake Campus, expansion of the Public Safety Education Campus, renovations and repairs on the Main Campus (located in Fuquay-Varina), and the start of construction on the new RTP Campus in Morrisville. All these improvements will be achieved without an increase in the county tax rate. With this investment in Wake Tech, they will be able to better serve our county—which is growing by 20,000 residents a year—and help educate and prepare some 24,000 additional students for the job market.
Wake Tech has been a major contributor to the economic growth of our area. They offer training in the trades and skills required in the job market of today. There is also the two-year transfer program that allows students to get their basic core classes locally and then transfer those credits to four-year school on a degree path. Another, but lesser known, function of Wake Tech is job training for specific businesses and industries that is tailored to the employer’s needs. Over the years, this has attracted many good businesses with high paying jobs to Wake County. Please be sure to look on the back of your ballot for this issue and vote YES for the your future and the future of our children. You may learn more about the bond referendum at bond.waketech.edu.