A Huge Step Forward on Dix Park

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Today, the City of Raleigh took another step toward cementing its status as a world-class city by obtaining the land for a world-class park.

When the North Carolina Council of State voted today to approve our agreement with the State of North Carolina to buy the Dorothea Dix property, Raleigh gained over 300 spectacular acres on the edge of downtown. When I see Dix Park, I see over 300 acres of potential - potential first bike rides, first games of catch, first family picnics and first dates. I see potential engagement photos in front of the skyline, potential art installations and potential movie sets. I see all the potential in those 300 acres that people once saw in the undeveloped land of other cities.

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RALEIGH CITY COUNCIL MEMBER BONNER GAYLORD RUNNING FOR REELECTION

RALEIGH, NC – Raleigh native Bonner Gaylord will run for a fourth term on his hometown’s city council. A council member since 2009, Gaylord is a father of three and the general manager of the North Hills shopping, dining and living community.

“I’ve always believed that to whom much is given, much is expected and continuing to serve on the Raleigh City Council allows me to keep giving back to the city that has given so much to me and my family,” Councilmember Gaylord said of his decision to seek a fourth term. Councilmember Gaylord’s passion for giving back to his community is evident in his deeds as well as his words. Councilmember Gaylord has shaved his head several times to help raise money for childhood cancer research, serves on the board of several local civic organizations and speaks to addiction counseling groups about his brother’s substance abuse history.

Councilmember Gaylord has also been the catalyst and driving force for policies that encourage smart, sustainable growth and sensible transit strategies while protecting the environment and keeping taxes low. His work on the city council enabled Raleigh to enjoy a period of dramatic growth and prosperity following the national financial crisis.

As a city council member, Bonner Gaylord has:

  • implemented the popular SeeClickFix app at no cost to Raleigh
  • co-founded the innovative CityCamp Raleigh open source technology conference
  • pushed through technological initiatives to increase government transparency and accessibility
  • ensured Raleigh’s long-term planning documents give businesses and entrepreneurs the confidence and stability to invest in the city

“I love Raleigh, and I love serving Raleigh as a city council member,” Councilmember Gaylord said, adding “Raleigh is thriving and I want to continue working to make my hometown the best place in America to live, work and raise a family.”

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CityCamp's Fourth Year!

It’s that time of year again, when tech nerds like myself intermingle with engaged citizens, city/county/state government, and businesses to develop innovative solutions to improve our quality of life here at home through technology.  Yes, it is CityCamp NC’s fourth year hosted here in Raleigh!

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City of Raleigh: Best CX in the World

Jason Hibbets reporting a SeeClickFix success!

The word “platform” comes from the Middle French “plateforme” meaning ground plan, as in a foundation plan off of which many things can be built.

A computer platform is the hardware and operating system off of which many different software solutions can be built. The iPhone is a platform. Apps are solutions.

An interesting thing is happening. Solutions have exploded to the point that users can't keep up. This fragmentation harms the user experience (UX for short) because people can't use what they can't find in the App clutter.

 

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Crowdfunding in Raleigh

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that they will be proposing new crowdfunding rules. This is a topic that has gotten a fair amount of press lately. The Kickstarter model has been has been duplicated and modified to fit different sectors and industries from philanthropy to individual loansMatch Capital Ventures, a North Carolina based startup, is a company that is ready to take full advantage of new rules the SEC and Congress write to open up micro-investors for startups. It was only a matter of time before innovative citizens addressed the public sector’s need for crowdfunding.

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My Endorsement By The Sierra Club!

Recently I was honored to be endorsed by the Capital Group Sierra Club in the 2013 City Council race. This is especially significant to me in part because this is the first time I have received this endorsement. I have always felt strongly about the preservation of the environment and increasing sustainability and I am honored the Sierra Club would consider me a solid choice.

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Homeless Task Force

On September 16th there was a community meeting at Marbles Museum to discuss the way the City of Raleigh treats it’s most vulnerable community members and how we can do more to support the people and organizations that sacrifice time and money to help them. This was on the heels of news that city officials had explored options for dissuading groups like Love Wins from feeding the homeless in Moore Square and around the city.

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Law & Public Safety Committee Recommendations

On Friday, after a few sleepless nights, I met with Hugh Hollowell of Love Wins and then posted my feelings in an earlier post. Hugh graciously invited me, my wife, and my daughter out to Moore Square on Saturday to hand out juice, biscuits, and cookies to about a hundred individuals experiencing homelessness.

I was surprised to see that one of the individuals we served was in my graduating class at Broughton. She was in the special education program, so we didn't really cross paths, however that’s no excuse... I never reached out to her, which I now regret. Maybe I would've acted differently had I known what future lay ahead for her after Broughton.

I can’t go back and change the past, but I can have an impact on our future. Below I have posted the interim decision by the Law & Public Safety Committee and approved by the City Council.

I look forward to working with all to find a solution for all, but I confess I will be focused on the needs of the woman I should have befriended 20 years ago.

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I'm Sorry

Seeing the resentment, frustration, and disenfranchisement at Wednesday's City Council meeting was tough for me.

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Let's End Homelessness Together

As the only Councilor not running opposed I could step back and not have to get involved. But that’s not who I am. I believe those who are hungry and without a roof over their heads need our help and I ran for this seat to do the right thing for those that need it most. I was heartened to see at today’s Law and Public Safety Committee meeting that there are so many individuals who believe the same as I do.

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