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What is Connect NC?

The Connect NC Bond is a $2 billion general bond referendum to provide critical support for North Carolina’s university system, community colleges, water and sewer systems, state and local parks, agriculture, National Guard and public safety.

  • The bond includes $980 million to improve the UNC System and $350 million to the state’s community colleges.
  • Because of the state’s superior financial standing, passage of the bond will not result in a tax increase.
  • It’s been 15 years since North Carolina voters last approved a bond to invest in the state’s infrastructure — and the state has increased by more than 2 million residents since then.
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The Engineering Research and Innovation Complex

With an investment of $90 million from the Connect NC bond referendum, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will construct the state-of-the art Engineering Research and Innovation Complex (ERIC). The ERIC will:

  • Be an interdisciplinary and multifunctional facility for academics, research and community engagement.
  • Provide the technology, environment and education necessary to meet the global challenges of tomorrow.
  • Host experiential learning and prototyping laboratories and studios, distance learning facilities and modern learning spaces.
  • Transform the speed in which ideas are put into practice and in which knowledge is transferred from academia to industry and government.

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will construct the state-of-the art Engineering Research and Innovation Complex (ERIC). It will provide the technology, environment and education necessary to meet the global challenges of tomorrow.

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The Engineering Research and Innovation Complex will create jobs

The ERIC will serve as a catalyst for economic growth and development both in the short and long term, helping to foster partnerships with local and regional industries, creating job opportunities that directly benefit the entire local community, as companies seek to meet the demands of tomorrow.
The ERIC will serve as a catalyst for economic growth and development …creating job opportunities that directly benefit the entire local community.

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The Engineering Research and Innovation Complex will establish a pipeline of diverse STEM leaders

Women and minority engineers are drastically under produced in the nation. A&T has the distinction of being the No. 1 producer of African American and African American women engineers in the nation. With consistent enrollment in the College of Engineering and a growing need for engineers from diverse backgrounds, the ERIC will affirm A&T’s position in the marketplace by providing the necessary space to accommodate the increasing number of engineering students and to support their respective research interests.

The ERIC will affirm A&T’s position in the marketplace by providing the necessary space to accommodate the increasing number of engineering students and to support their respective research interests.

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The Engineering Research and Innovation Complex will provide a return on investment that will enlarge the university’s economic impact 

A&T has posted an economic impact on the Piedmont Triad region of $656.2 million and nearly $1 billion on the state of North Carolina. The completion of the ERIC will aid in the recruitment and retention of some of the world’s most high-achieving and highly motivated STEM students and educators to A&T and the Piedmont Triad, driving increased research and innovation, which could also attract diverse businesses and industries in need of qualified STEM employees.
A&T has posted an economic impact on the Piedmont Triad region of $656.2 million and nearly $1 billion on the state of North Carolina.


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