New Hanover County Releases State of the County Video with 5 Commissioners

Mar 2, 2017

The five New Hanover County commissioners unveiled this year’s state of the county via a 12-minute video late yesterday afternoon, detailing their individual visions for the area.

It's the 2017 State of the County.

The overall message was one of enthusiasm and optimism.  The entire video featured a music soundtrack, as well.

“I’m so excited about the things that we’re doing from a quality of life perspective."

That's Commissioner Jonathan Barfield.

"What I find is the citizens here in our community have demanded and asked for the quality of life initiatives that make this place home.  I think you can hear the kids in the background.  They're having a good time right now at the playground.  But having tremendous parks and gardens -- the fact that you can come out to Hugh McRae Park and take the one-and-a-half mile walk-around -- or go to Smith Creek Park and take the quarter-mile walk-around there and look at that beautiful lake -- you can go to the Cape Fear Museum and learn a lot.  Go to Airlie Gardens and soak in the sun and do bird-watching -- and a whole host of other things as well..."

Commissioner Skip Watkins discussed the critical role the coast plays in our economy.

"Keep your economy strong, but keep your taxes low.  So, next time you are on the beach, think about what we do in Washington.  Think about what we do in Raleigh.  And understand that beach re-nourishment is not only about your fun coming down here, but it protects your economy.”

Watkins also praised the efforts of the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office and the City's Police Department. 

You can view the full State of the County "In Their Own Words" video at this link: