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 In the News, February 6, 2017 

Greenway growth surge coming to Asheville. Greenway building in Asheville is forecasted for the next seven years to be more than what was built in last 30 years. There are more than 16 miles being built and planned at an estimated $24 million. The money will add to an already unprecedented surge in greenway plans paid for by federal, city and other money.

Greensboro Selected to Participate in National Smart City Program. The City of Greensboro has been selected by Envision America 2017, a nationwide nonprofit supported by the White House, to take part in this year’s Smart City initiative in Charlotte from March 6-8. Program attendees will explore new ways to use technology to tackle energy, water, waste, and air challenges. Cities were selected for participation in the program based on several criteria, including goals, existing cross-sector collaborations, and a commitment to developing innovative approaches important to a Smart City.

1,100 cyclists to descend on Elkin. Elkin will play host to yet another major state event this year, with the announcement late last week that the town will serve as the second stop on the 2017 Cycle North Carolina Mountains to Coast route in the fall. The town already is hosting the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail gathering in March.

Greenville City Council explores public-private partnerships. The Greenville City Council is directing city staff to explore public-private partnerships in order to fund a number of development projects on the Town Common and along the Tar River. District 3 Councilman McLean Godley requested that city staff provide a report of examples of public-private partnerships for city projects as well as identifying other potential development projects in the Tar River Legacy Plan that could be funded through public-private partnerships.

Garner’s mayor touts successes in his State of the Town Address. Strong, optimistic, progressive, engaging, proactive and poised to handle more growth with open arms. That’s how Mayor Ronnie Williams described Garner in his annual State of the Town Address, which he has presented each of his 11 years in the position. “I’m exceptionally pleased,” Williams said in a follow-up interview. “Each town across the state has its own bumps in the road and we’ve had some in years past, but the past year we’ve been in pretty good shape. There’s very little bad to report.”