Connect NC: Preparing for Tomorrow, Investing in A&T Today


What is Connect NC?

About Connect NC:

  • Connect NC is a $2 billion general bond referendum that will connect North Carolina to the 21st century through statewide investments in education, parks, safety, recreation, and water and sewer infrastructure
  • The bond includes projects across 76 of the state’s 100 counties with a bulk of the funds going to support construction, renovation and repair projects across the UNC System and community colleges
  • A total of $980 million will go toward UNC System universities and $350 million to community colleges

Connect NC- Investment in A&T:

N.C. A&T will receive an investment of $90 million to construct the Engineering Research and Innovation Complex (ERIC). The complex will:

  • Educate 21st century STEM leaders and workforce
  • Develop diverse, adaptive and innovative engineers and computer scientists
  • Enhance A&T’s critical areas of research
  • Ensure A&T’s competitiveness with peer institutions
  • Provide modernized classroom space needed to meet projected enrollment growth

Why Now:

  • North Carolina has added 2 million people since the last infrastructure bond 15 years ago
  • Interest rates are at a historic low
  • No tax increase needed to pass bond
  • Connect NC will pay for assets that will last for 50 years


  • Voters will have the opportunity to vote on the bond referendum during the March 15, 2016 primary elections