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 In the News, November 20, 2017 

Wilmington celebrates completion of Riverwalk

Standing at the heart of Riverfront Park Saturday morning, Mayor Bill Saffo declared Nov. 18 Riverwalk Day to signify the completion of more than 30 years of work on the popular destination. Repairs, renovations and improvements to the Wilmington Riverwalk, which stretches from Nun Street to the beneath the Isabel Holmes Bridge, officially began back in 1980. The final segment to get a facelift was on the north end of the riverwalk in front of the Coastline Inn, where a steel bulkhead and boardwalk were recently installed.

Cary Tests Smart Technology in Its 'Living Lab' City Campus

Cary is testing smart parking sensors and other technology on its city hall campus to see how they work on a small scale. The municipality is trying out smart city projects first at its “living lab” located in the city hall complex. “When we started thinking about how to utilize these smart technologies, we really came to the decision that we should leverage our own campus as a lab, which allows us (to) test out the technologies and prove them out before we deploy them on a much larger scale,” said Nicole Raimundo, Cary’s chief information officer. “So we want to make sure that we’re using taxpayer dollars in the best way that we can.”

Greensboro to Become First North Carolina City with Electric Buses

Greensboro's transit authority just ordered several electric buses becoming the first city in the state to not use fuel for bus transportation. The department is purchasing four all electric buses to replace four aging diesel ones making them the first to hit the roads in the state. "As a diesel engine gets older and older in that 12 year life cycle it's much more expensive to maintain and operate than an electric motor would be," Greensboro's Transportation Director, Adam Fischer said. "That's the primary reason we are purchasing and going all electric is to save money over the long haul."

Charlotte getting new (but familiar) logo

The city of Charlotte is hoping a new branding effort will help draw business and visitors to the Queen City. As every queen must have a crown, the somewhat familiar symbol of a crown will be incorporated into the new city logo. The crown symbol is already in use on the city’s rollout trash cans and on some city street signs. The crown symbol made a debut of sorts Wednesday at the opening of the National League of Cities convention where it is part of the logo.