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Quality of Life

Enhancing the quality of life in Pender County is the overall goal of everything county government undertakes. Nearly everything the county does contributes to quality of life one way or another, whether it be recruiting new business, funding new school buildings, adopting new land use ordinances, or extending infrastructure to serve undeveloped areas of the county. In addition, there are many other activities undertaken by the County to enhance our quality of life in Pender County.

The efforts to provide a new public access to the intracoastal waterway continues in partnership with several State agencies. Planning for a new branch library in Hampstead to meet the increased demand for library services has been initiated by the Board. A new Tourism Director is now in place to collaborate with tourism partners in developing and implementing strategic plans to increase tourism development county-wide, with focus on agri-tourism and eco-tourism as well as the County's coastal tourism assets. The Rail-to-Trail project proposed for western Pender County will offer an amenity not found in most rural areas. Increased efforts are underway to develop housing initiatives to help ensure our most needy citizens have safe, quality and affordable housing.

Our public health program continues to seek resources to develop new programs to meet needs of our population, such as the mobile dental clinic and a pediatric clinic. A capital improvements plan has been developed and approved to assist in soliciting funding to address serious drainage management issues throughout Pender County. Major facility expansions at Pender Memorial Park and Hampstead Kiwanis Park have been underway over the past year and are nearing completion, and Capital Improvement Plans are being developed to provide for the reservation and eventual development of additional parks throughout the county. The Pender County Department of Social Services is known as one of the best in the delivery of programs to help our economically disadvantaged, and the Board is committed to ensuring adequate capital facilities are provided so the services can be delivered in the best manner possible.

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