Economic growth and schools
I was honored recently to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for Scotts Ridge Elementary School in Apex. I thought it was fitting that Joanna Helms, who is the newly hired economic development director for our town, was also in attendance.
For years, Apex has thrived as a booming bedroom community mostly serving companies in Research Triangle Park. During this time many of these bedrooms were filled with children. This has fueled demand in western Wake County for new teachers, more buildings, more supplies.
Now Apex will try to recruit more companies to locate here. We want residents to live, play and work in our town. Joanna is an experienced professional and will have no problem selling the Main Street charm of Apex. But we can’t expect her to do this by herself; neither can the Town Council or the Chamber of Commerce. We all need cooperation from the Wake County Commissioners and North Carolina General Assembly.
I’m excited about Joanna and for the bright students who will soon fill the classrooms at Scotts Ridge Elementary. But to succeed at economic development we must succeed at education, and that means equipping students and teachers with the tools they need to thrive.
Dozier is a member of the Apex Town Council.