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Third Annual Carnaval Latino Set for Sept. 13
8/18/2015

The Town of Garner’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department announces its third annual Carnaval Latino, a festival celebrating Wake County’s Latin American community. This year’s event takes place Sunday, Sept. 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the back lawn of Garner Performing Arts Center (125 Avery St.).

There are still limited spaces available for vendors to be a part of this event. If interested, please contact Jill McAllister at jmcallister@garnernc.gov, or call (919) 661-4602. Please note that all food vendor slots are filled.

For more details about Carnaval Latino, please see the attached news release and visit garnernc.gov/carnavallatino.





Fire Department Video Nominated for National Award
8/17/2015

“Inside the Garner Fire Department,” a 33-minute documentary about Garner Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Inc., has been selected as one of three finalists for a national award recognizing outstanding television and video work by government communicators. The documentary can be viewed at THIS LINK. Please see the news release for details.





Solid Waste Schedule to Change Labor Day Week
8/14/2015

During the week when Labor Day falls (Sept. 7-12), there will be next-day service for all routes:

MONDAY’S ROUTES (red and gray) will be worked on TUESDAY, Sept. 8.

TUESDAY’S ROUTES (green, gold and tan) will be worked on WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9.

WEDNESDAY’S ROUTES (white and orange) will be worked on THURSDAY, Sept. 10.

THURSDAY’S ROUTES (purple and yellow) will be worked on FRIDAY, Sept. 11.

FRIDAY’S ROUTES (blue and brown) will be worked on SATURDAY, Sept. 12.

For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at (919) 772-7600.



Deadline for Veterans Memorial Brick Orders Sept. 10
8/12/2015

The Town of Garner is still taking orders for engraved bricks to be placed in the Garner Veterans Memorial Walkway of Honor. The deadline for submission of brick orders is Sept. 10. Orders are expected to be sent for engraving shortly thereafter with installation planned for late October.

A brick can be ordered for any veteran regardless of location, age or type of service. Order forms are available at Garner Senior Center, White Deer Park Nature Center and on the Garner Veterans Memorial website.



Garner Site Inducted into Duke Site Readiness Program
8/12/2015

The Duke Site Readiness Program ended in Garner on July 30 with a presentation by site consultant firm McCallum and Sweeney about why prepared communities win economic development projects. The Town of Garner and the 152-acre Garner Industrial Site at Greenfield Park South were inducted into the program in April.

The program, sponsored by Duke Energy, is designed to help communities collect extensive information on properties to position them to be ready for development.

Please see the news release for more details.





Sign Up Now for Citizens Police Academy
8/7/2015

The Garner Police Department is currently accepting applications for the Citizens' Police Academy. This is your opportunity to learn how our Police Department works, to meet officers who work in your community and to learn more about what it means to be a police officer in Garner today.

The goal of the academy is to build relationships between officers and the community through better understanding of the Police Department's jobs and functions. It also provides a forum for feedback and suggestions for improvement.

Each week, one or more topics will be discussed by members of the Police Department. Participants will have opportunities for hands-on practical exercises where appropriate.

When?
The next academy starts on Sept. 22 and will run through Nov. 24. Class will meet on Tuesday nights 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Who can attend?
People who meet the following criteria:
· Age 18 or older
· Resident of Garner
· No felony convictions
· No misdemeanor convictions for one year

How long is the academy?
The academy is 10 weeks long, including graduation night. Each week, one class is taught from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Does it cost me anything?
No. All participants will be given handouts as needed. No books or other materials are required.

Can I miss classes?
You may miss up to three classes and still receive a certificate of completion and graduate. All other participants will receive a certificate of participation.

How do I register?
Please apply at this link:
http://www.garnernc.gov/Departments/Police/CitizensAcademy.aspx

The registration deadline is Sept. 8.



Co-recipients of Stevens Award Named
8/6/2015

Beverly Adams and Dr. Johnny Bagwell have been named co-recipients of the 2015 James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award. Ms. Adams and Dr. Bagwell will be recognized at the Aug. 18 Town Council meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. A reception in the lobby of building B of Town Hall (outside the Council Chambers) will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Please see the news release for more details.





PRCR Staff Relocated; Other Town Hall Staff to Move Later
8/4/2015

In preparation for the new Town Hall and Indoor Recreation Center construction projects (both part of the Garner Bond Program), Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) administrative offices have relocated to Garner Senior Center (209 E. Garner Road).

A staff member will remain at the PRCR Town Hall location until Aug. 28 to give the public a 30-day transition period to become aware of the office relocation. After Aug. 28, registrations and rentals will no longer be taken at Town Hall. Citizens can visit PRCR administrative staff at their temporary Garner Senior Center location Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to register for programs and rent shelters or facilities. Program registrations and shelter reservations also can still be made online at THIS LINK. You can also register for programs and rent shelters or facilities at White Deer Park and Avery Street Recreation Center.

PRCR adminstrative staff will move into their new permanent home, the Indoor Recreation Center, upon completion of that facility in the summer of 2017.

The other departments currently at Town Hall will continue the exodus in September, when the Police Department and Information Technology move into the new police station at 912 7th Ave. In October, Planning and Inspections will move temporarily into the police annex building at 400 Aversboro Road. Sometime between mid-November and mid-December, the remaining Town Hall staff will move into swing space at 914 7th Ave.

The new Town Hall, to be built on the existing Town Hall campus at 900 7th Ave., is expected to be completed in the first part of 2017.



The Latest Newsletter Is Out!
8/3/2015

Towne Players at GPAC, National Night Out and the Chamber's Connect conference--it's all going down in August. Learn what's happening in your hometown in the latest Garner Update newsletter.





National Night Out in Garner Slated for Aug. 4
7/14/2015

The Garner Police Department, in association with the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and Target, announces that the 32nd Annual National Night Out (NNO) against crime will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 6-8:30 p.m. The Garner Police Department will once again partner with Target of Garner in hosting an event at the Target store located at Garner Towne Square, 2700 Timber Drive.

Garner Police, Garner Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Inc., Wake County EMS and other public safety agencies will be on hand to talk about the prevention of crime and ways to avoid unintentional injury. Target and other local businesses will be providing food and games for the whole family.

Several Garner neighborhoods are also planning to have their own events. Everyone is encouraged to leave outside lights on, lock their doors and get together with neighbors to recognize National Night Out. Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities and towns celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special citywide and neighborhood events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, visits from local officials and law enforcement, safety fairs and youth events.

If you have any questions about National Night Out or would like to see your community get more involved in events like this, please contact Garner Police Sgt. Chris Adams at (919) 772-8810 or cadams@garnernc.gov.



Garner's Main Street Program Earns Reaccreditation
7/10/2015

Downtown Garner's Main Street Program has received 2015 national accreditation for its performance in 2014. It is the fifth consecutive year that downtown Garner's Main Street Program has received accreditation.

The accreditation performance standards set benchmarks for measuring a community’s application of the Main Street Four Point Approach to commercial district revitalization. Standards include fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

More information about downtown Garner and the Garner Revitalization Association can be found at downtowngarner.com.



Assistant Town Engineer Earns Pair of Honors
7/2/2015

Assistant Town Engineer Jonathan Ham recently won two prestigious professional honors. Please see the news release for details.





For Second Straight Year, Garner Earns Playful City Status
6/17/2015

For the second consecutive year, Garner has been honored as a Playful City USA by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to preserving and expanding play opportunities for America’s children.

In partnership with the Humana Foundation, KaBOOM! this year is honoring 241 cities, towns and counties across the country for making their communities more playable.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department noted several recent developments that are making Garner even more playable, including the opening of the town’s first public dog park at North Garner Park, construction of dugout covers and new concession stands and restrooms at Garner Recreational Park and South Garner Park, and lower prices and increased enrollment in the department’s main summer camp, Camp Kaleidoscope.

For more information on the Playful City USA program, visit playfulcityusa.org.

Please click the button below for a news release with additional details.





Food Trucks, Music and More in Your All-America City!
6/4/2015

Summertime is a great time to get outside and enjoy all the fine things that Garner has to offer. Check out the latest newsletter to find out what's happening in your All-America City.





Town Plans Pair of Events to Mark Dog Park Opening
6/3/2015

The Town of Garner has two events lined up to officially unveil the North Garner Dog Park, a Garner Bond Program project located at 221 E. Garner Road (at the entrance to Garner Recreational Park). There will be a ribbon cutting on June 9 at 10 a.m., and a grand opening 9 a.m. to noon on June 13. Please see the attached news release for details.





Nominations Being Accepted for 2015 Stevens Service Award
6/1/2015

Nominations are being accepted through July 10 for the 2015 James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award. A nomination application can be downloaded on the FORMS PAGE. Please click the button below for a news release with more details.





Public Works Selects Employee of the Year
5/28/2015

Donna Huff has been named the Public Works Department's Employee of the Year for 2014. Please click the button below for a news release about Ms. Huff's accomplishments and contributions to the Public Works team.





Town Hires Downtown Development Manager
5/22/2015

The Town has hired Mari Howe to be its new downtown development manager. Please see the news release for details.





Participate in Special Olympics Torch Run May 28
5/19/2015

Mark your calendars for the law enforcement annual torch run relay for the Special Olympics. The Garner Police Department will be participating in the relay on May 28 as the flame of hope makes its way across North Carolina to the opening ceremonies of the state games to be held on May 29.

The GPD leg of the relay will start at the Garner Police Annex, located at 400 Aversboro Road. Runners will take the torch up U.S. 70 where it will be passed to Raleigh Police and the N.C. State Highway Patrol at the intersection of South Saunders Street (U.S. 70) and Tryon Road.

To participate in the run, please be at the Police Annex no later than 1 p.m. The run will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. Please contact Officer Kevan Anderson at ksanderson@garnernc.gov or (919) 773-9594 if you plan to attend and advise what size T-shirt you wear.

All runners will receive a Special Olympics Torch Run T-shirt. Participation in the run is free; however, GPD is asking for monetary donations to benefit Special Olympics North Carolina.



Rabies Notice Issued for Garner Area
5/17/2015

Wake County has issued a rabies notice for the Garner area. Learn the details at THIS LINK.



Finance Director Completes School of Government Course
5/12/2015

Town of Garner Finance Director Emily Lucas recently completed the Municipal and County Administration course offered by UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Government. Please see the news release for more details.





Food Trucks, Dog Park Grand Opening and More!
5/11/2015

After last fall's Trick-or-Eat food truck rodeo, we heard lots of people say they wanted more of those type events--but with more live music. Well, the Town and the Garner Revitalization Association have responded by putting together what is sure to be a great event on June 7. Read all about it--plus lots more--in the most recent Garner Update newsletter.





Garner Police Department Swears In Two New Officers
5/5/2015

The Garner Police Department on May 4 welcomed its two newest officers, Hunter Miller and Patrick McGuire. Please see the news release for more details.





Summer Youth Basketball Available at Avery Street Rec Center
5/1/2015

The Avery Street Recreation Center summer youth basketball league is designed to teach and enhance basketball knowledge and skills in a recreational and fun atmosphere for youth ages 5-17. League assignments are based on the player’s age as of May 1, 2015. League meetings will begin Monday, May 18.

Volunteer Coaches Needed
The Town of Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is seeking qualified volunteer coaches for youth basketball leagues.

For more information and an application, please contact Jack Baldwin at (919) 662-5051 or jbaldwin@garnernc.gov.



Fair Housing Meetings Coming Up in Wake County
4/30/2015

A regional analysis of impediments to fair housing choice is now underway in Wake County, and there will be a number of local public meetings on the subject in early May. Please click the button below for a flier with more information on these meetings.





Town Unveils New Development Services Newsletter
4/29/2015

In an effort to provide even better service to the development community, the Town of Garner has launched a Development Services Update newsletter. In the inaugural edition, we highlight changes to the Town's Water/Sewer Allocation Policy. Please click the button below to read the spring 2015 newsletter.





Wake Transit Public Meeting Planned at Senior Center May 13
4/28/2015

Wake Transit is planning a series of events to educate the public about transit plan options and to solicit public feedback. One event will be held at the Garner Senior Center on May 13 at 6 p.m. Learn more by reading the news release.





Go Over the Edge with GPD for Special Olympics
4/27/2015

The Garner Police Department will be putting together another team of daring individuals interested in going Over the Edge for Special Olympics. The event will take place on October 3, 2015. Participants will rappel down 30 stories of the Well Fargo Capitol Center in downtown Raleigh. In order to participate in the event, you must raise at least $1,000 by the event date. If you are interested in joining Team Garner in this once-in-a-lifetime event, please contact Officer Kevan Anderson by email at ksanderson@garnernc.gov or by phone at 919-773-9594.



Bike Safety Event Slated for White Deer Park on May 2
4/23/2015

May is National Bike Month, and White Deer Park (2400 Aversboro Road) is celebrating with a Bicycle Rodeo on Saturday, May 2. The event will be held in the east side of the park and will feature safety instruction from the Garner Police Department, bicycle races, giveaways and more. Dick’s Sporting Goods has donated vouchers for two free helmets, and Garner Optimist Club has donated two bicycles to give away.

This free event will start at 8:30 a.m. and wrap up at noon. For more information about the Bicycle Rodeo or other events and programs at White Deer Park, contact Katie Lockhart, outdoor education and parks manager, at klockhart@garnernc.gov or (919) 661-6892.



Town Wins Honors for Pair of Financial Reports
4/20/2015

The Town has won a pair of awards for its financial reports from the Government Finance Officers Association.

For the first time ever, the Town of Garner has received the GFOA’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). The report was for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.

The Town completed a PAFR based on GFOA guidelines for the first time last year. Jamie Ludovic, formerly the Town’s budget and special projects manager, and Rick Mercier, the Town’s communications manager, were primarily responsible for the report.

The Town also has been honored again by the GFOA for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), which also covered the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. It is the 25th consecutive year that the Finance Department has earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the CAFR. The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, the GFOA said in a statement.

The award-winning reports can be read online at THIS LINK. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.



GPAC Shows, Movies in the Park and More!
4/17/2015

The latest edition of the Garner Update citizen newsletter is full of information about events coming up this spring. Check it out!





Town Seeks Volunteers for July 3 Celebration
4/2/2015

The Town's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is seeking partners to help make the annual July 3 celebration at Lake Benson Park a success. Please click the button below to learn how you can get involved.





E-Recycling Event Planned for April 18
3/25/2015

Garner technology company Wingswept is having its annual Technology Spring Clean electronics recycling event on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 800 Benson Road. Please click on the button below to view a poster with more information.





Mayor's Show Wins Another Statewide Award
3/25/2015

“Great People in Garner” with Mayor Ronnie Williams received a first-place award in the talk/interview show category from N.C. City and County Communicators (NC3C) at the organization’s annual awards luncheon on March 19.

This is the second first-place, statewide award for the show in the past four months. In November, “Great People in Garner” received a first-place award, also in the talk/interview show category, from the N.C. Association of Government Information Officers.

To watch episodes of the show online, please visit the Town's YouTube channel.



GPD Holds Successful Operation Medicine Drop Event
3/24/2015

The Garner Police Department collected 140 pounds of unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications from the public at an Operation Medicine Drop event held at Town Hall on March 22. Please see the news release for more details.





Town Hires New Budget and Special Projects Manager
3/13/2015

The Town of Garner has hired Michael Gammon, formerly a management fellow with the Town, to be its budget and special projects manager. Please see the news release for details.





Nextdoor Service to Improve Neighborhoods, Public Safety
3/12/2015

According to a recent study, 93 percent of Americans say it’s important to look out for each other, yet only half of them know a single neighbor by name. That’s why Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods, was created. Nextdoor’s mission is to bring back a sense of community to neighborhoods everywhere by offering free neighborhood websites specifically designed to foster conversations among neighbors and build stronger, safer communities.

Garner neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor, and now the Garner Police Department and Neighborhood Improvement Manager Reginald Buie have adopted the platform to connect with residents to improve safety, strengthen virtual neighborhood watch efforts and share information about public events, important town news and neighborhood improvement initiatives.

On Nextdoor, neighbors create private websites to get to know one another, ask questions and exchange local advice and recommendations. The Garner Police Department and Mr. Buie will now be able to share important safety information, emergency notifications and neighborhood improvement notifications to residents on a neighborhood level through Nextdoor.

Nextdoor was specifically designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood. Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood--including the Garner Police Department or other Town staff--or found on Google or other search engines. Town staff will not be able to see any of the content on neighborhood websites except for direct replies to police or Town posts. Nextdoor also never shares personal information with any third parties.

Nextdoor is not the appropriate way to request emergency services, police services, report criminal or suspicious activity or file a report. If you require emergency services, or wish to report suspicious activity, please call 911. The police also have a non-emergency line at (919) 772-8810.

Mr. Buie can be reached directly at (919) 773-4446 or rbuie@garnernc.gov.

Please join your neighbors, the Garner Police Department and Mr. Buie in building a stronger, safer Garner today at nextdoor.com, or by downloading the free app (search “nextdoor” where you usually download your apps).



Boathouse Opens for Season March 13
3/10/2015

The Town of Garner's Lake Benson boathouse (975 Buffaloe Road) will open for the season Friday, March 13. One of the Triangle’s best-kept fishing secrets, Lake Benson is a 364-acre body of water known for its excellent bass and crappie fishing.

The boathouse features jon boats (with or without trolling motor and battery) and canoes for rent. Boats without motors are $4/hour or $20 daily. Boats with motors are $8 hourly or $40 for the day. Canoes are $5/hour. There is also free fishing from the boathouse dock when the boathouse is open.

Boathouse hours of operation are Friday noon-7 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday noon-7 p.m. For more information, call (919) 662-5703 or visit the boathouse webpage.



March Newsletter Now Available Online
3/9/2015

The March 2015 newsletter includes information about spring events, including the Spring Eggstravaganza on March 28, as well as details on how to support Garner in the N.C. League of Municipalities' Hometown Showdown Facebook photo contest.





S&P Credit Rating Affirms Garner's Economic Strength
3/6/2015

Citing Garner's strong economic conditions, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has given the Town of Garner its "AA+" credit rating ahead of a bond issuance by the Town later this month. Please see the news release for details.





Force Main Work to Affect White Deer Park
2/19/2015

The City of Raleigh Public Utilities will begin a construction project soon that will affect accessibility at White Deer Park over the next several months.

A new force main sewer line is being installed from the pump station located on the western side of the park, which will go to Aversboro Road and then south on Buffaloe Road. During this time, sections of the South Garner Greenway/White Deer Loop Trail will be closed to pedestrians. The City of Raleigh and Town of Garner will make every effort to minimize inconvenience to park visitors, including identifying alternate access to allow for continued use of trails.

For questions about this project, or to receive regular e-mail updates regarding the project, contact Janeen Goodwin at Janeen.Goodwin@raleighnc.gov or (919) 996-3494.



February Citizen Newsletter Now Available
2/15/2015

Learn about Google Fiber, the Feb. 21 Showcase of Talent, the final Broadway Voices show of the season and more in the latest Garner Update newsletter.





Town Earns Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
2/9/2015

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has presented the Town of Garner with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the Town’s fiscal year 2014-15 budget. It is the 18th year that the Town has won the prestigious award. Please see the news release for details.





Customer Alert Regarding Water and Sewer Line Protection Programs
2/2/2015

The City of Raleigh Public Utilities, which provides water and wastewater service to Garner residents, has issued a customer alert regarding water and sewer line protection program solicitations that deceptively appear to be in collaboration with the City of Raleigh. Please click the button below for a news release with more information from the City of Raleigh Public Utilities.





Notice About Increased Reported Coyote Sightings in Area
1/29/2015

There has been an increased number of reported coyote sightings in the Garner area recently. These highly adaptive animals are present in all 100 counties in North Carolina and have expanded into urban and suburban areas. Coyotes are shy and generally afraid of humans, and it is extremely rare for them to approach humans. Nevertheless, pets should be leashed or kept close and monitored at all times. Pets in Town of Garner parks must be leashed at all times.

The Town of Garner has compiled an FAQ sheet about living with coyotes based on information from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and other sources. Please click the button below to view it.

For more information on coyotes (including hunting and trapping regulations), contact the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission at (919) 707-0010, or visit the agency’s website at ncwildlife.org.





GOOGLE FIBER COMING TO GARNER
1/27/2015

Google announced today that it would be bringing its ultra-high-speed Google Fiber network to Garner. Learn more at this blogpost from Google. Please click below for the Town's news release.





Town Hires New Economic Development Director
1/21/2015

The Town has hired Joe Stallings to be its next economic development director. Please see the news release for details.





Garner Welcomes Snerd for Groundhog Day Prediction
1/20/2015

Garner’s annual Groundhog Day event at White Deer Park (2400 Aversboro Road) will feature Snerd this year. The event is Monday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please see the news release for more details.





Mayor Williams' State of the Town Address
1/20/2015

Last year was another great one for Garner, and the best is yet to come. Mayor Williams explains it all for Garner citizens in this year's State of the Town address. Please click the button below to read the text of the mayor's speech. To watch Mayor Williams' video presentation of the speech, please CLICK HERE.





Sign Up Now for Spring Garner 101
1/16/2015

Citizens can now enroll in the spring 2015 Garner 101 Citizens Academy, which starts on March 5 and will run on successive Thursdays through May 14. Classes are in the evening, generally from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To learn more, click the button below, or contact Neighborhood Improvement Manager Reginald Buie at (919) 773-4446 or rbuie@garnernc.gov.





Dog Park Construction, Groundhogs and More!
1/15/2015

The January edition of the Garner Update citizen newsletter is now available. Please click the button below to enjoy it.





Two Public Meetings Coming Up on Indoor Rec Center
1/14/2015

The Town will hold two informational meetings in January on the indoor recreation center planned for downtown at the corner of Main and Montague streets. The first meeting will be Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. at Garner Senior Center (205 E. Garner Road). The second will be Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in building B of Town Hall (900 Seventh Ave.)

For additional information, contact the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department at (919) 773-4442.





Garner's Annual MLK Celebration Jan. 18
1/5/2015

Garner's fifth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be held Sunday, Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road).

Keynote speaker for this year's event is the Rev. Vernon Tyson, a longtime Methodist minister who was active in the Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina in the 1960s and 1970s. His son's memoir, "Blood Done Sign My Name," recounts in part the story of Rev. Tyson's efforts to seek justice and peace following the killing of an African-American man in Oxford, N.C.

WRAL's David Crabtree will be the emcee for this year's event. The Die Master Singers from Garner Magnet High, the Creech Road Elementary chorus and Kevin and Savannah Richmond will perform.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a reception for the African-American Women Art exhibit on display in the GPAC front lobby Jan.15-Feb. 28. The exhibit showcases the art of LeGrant Taylor, Eric McRay, Shawn Etheridge, FRANCO, Jermaine Powell, Delvecchio Faison and Jaylan Rhea.



Get the Lowdown on Your Town's Fiscal Health
12/19/2014

Learn all about your town's financial health by perusing the Popular Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.





Google Releases Statement on Google Fiber Project
12/18/2014

On Dec. 18, Google released a statement updating the public on the company’s progress in deciding whether to bring Google Fiber high-speed Internet to Garner and other communities in the Triangle and nation. The Town of Garner will continue to work closely with Google to ensure that the company has everything it needs from the Town to bring high-speed Internet to Garner.

Here is Google's statement in its entirety:

"This year gigabit Internet has moved from idea to reality, as mayors and city leaders across America have stepped up and made high-speed broadband access a priority for their community. We’ve been working closely with cities around the U.S. to figure out how we could bring them Google Fiber, and we’re grateful for their vision, commitment, and plain old hard work. While we were hoping to have an update for cities before the holidays, we have a bit more work to wrap up; we’ll be back in touch sometime early next year."



Garner Technology Center a Premier Shovel-Ready Site
12/13/2014

With almost 100 acres adjacent to Interstate 40, the Garner Technology Center is the premier industrial site in Wake County. Businesses here will enjoy easy access to one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States with significant clusters in the areas of technology, life sciences, smart grid and advanced manufacturing. Please click the button below to read an information sheet with details and contacts.





New Restaurants Coming to White Oak
12/12/2014

Additional tenants have been announced for buildings at White Oak near where the new Cabela’s is being constructed:

- Longhorn Steakhouse will locate on an outparcel next to Carolina Ale House (yet to be built but announced this past summer) fronting U.S. 70 westbound on the same site as Cabela’s—the northeast quadrant of U.S. 70 and Jones Sausage Road. The company has about a dozen North Carolina locations including Brier Creek in Raleigh and Beaver Creek Commons in Apex. longhornsteakhouse.com, carolinaalehouse.com

- City Barbeque, an Ohio-based restaurant chain, will locate in one of the two multitenant buildings along Cabela’s Drive on that same northeast quadrant. The company currently has one North Carolina restaurant located in Cary. citybbq.com

- Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a popular DC-area-based burger chain, will also locate in one of the two multitenant buildings along Cabela’s Drive (same northeast quadrant). The company has about a dozen Triangle-area locations. fiveguys.com





See What's Coming to Garner!
12/11/2014

A dog park, an engineering firm and Old St. Nick--that's what's coming to town! Read all about it in the December newsletter.





Town Hires Assistant Planning Director
12/5/2014

Jeff Triezenberg started work on December 1 as assistant planning director for the Town of Garner. He fills a new position funded in the Town’s fiscal year 2014-15 operating budget. The position was created in anticipation of a greatly increased workload in the Planning Department due to expected rapid residential and commercial growth in Garner in the coming years. Triezenberg brings 10 years of experience as a senior planner in the Town of Knightdale and over six years with the City of Burlington as a planner and GIS administrator.

Please see the news release for more details.





Overland Contracting Moving Headquarters to Garner
12/5/2014

Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker, along with the Economic Development Partnership of N.C., announced on Dec. 5 that 89 new jobs will be coming to Garner over the next three years. Overland Contracting, Inc., will open its headquarters in Garner with an $8.4 million investment in its facilities that are being built to support more than 90 of the company’s professionals. Please see the news release from the Governor's Office for more details.





Town Welcomes News of Company HQ Move to Garner
12/5/2014

Here is a prepared statement by Mayor Williams on the Dec. 5 economic development announcement by the Governor’s Office about Overland Contracting, Inc.





Mayor's Show Wins Statewide Award
11/14/2014

The Town of Garner and PEG Media Partners earned a first-place 2014 Excellence in Communications Award from the N.C. Association of Government Information Officers for the television program “Great People in Garner” with Mayor Ronnie Williams. To watch past episodes of "Great People in Garner," please visit the Town's YouTube channel.





Holiday Event Info and More in November Newsletter
11/9/2014

The November edition of the Garner Update citizen e-newsletter is now available. Get the news on holiday events, our new assistant town manager-development services and more.





Garner Names New Assistant Town Manager-Development Services
10/31/2014

The Town has named Garner Revitalization Association Executive Director John Hodges as the new assistant town manager for development services. Please see the news release for details.





Register Now for Showcase of Talent Audition
10/17/2014

Auditions for the 2015 Garner Showcase of Talent will be held Nov. 13 starting at 5 p.m. at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road). For more information and an audition registration form, visit garnerperformingartscenter.com or call Debbie Dunn at (919) 661-6972. Registration is required. The deadline for registration is Nov. 10.



Public Works Department First in State to Earn Accreditation
10/8/2014

Congratulations to the Town of Garner's Public Works Department for becoming the first public works department in the state to be accredited by the American Public Works Association and only the 95th in North America. The department was commended for 12 "model practices"--nine related to grounds work and one each for facilities inventories, strategic plan and customer service (i.e. the Town's garner info app). Please read the news release for more details. To download the free garner info app, please go to THIS LINK.





Food Truck Rodeo, Trick-or-Treat Options and More!
10/7/2014

The October Garner Update citizen newsletter is now available, and it's chock full of news about great events happening in your hometown this month. Click the button below to read all about it!





Town Seeks Sponsors for Popular Halloween Event
10/2/2014

The Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is seeking local businesses and organizations to volunteer their time and provide treats for Trick-or-Treat the Trails on Friday, Oct. 31 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at White Deer Park. Please see the news release for more details.





Town to Implement New Fire Inspection Fee
9/23/2014

A new fire inspection fee of $50 for businesses, institutions and multifamily dwellings will start Oct. 1 by direction of the Town Council and in accordance with the fiscal year 2014-15 operating budget. Please see the news release for details.





Veterans Advisory Committee Seeking New Member
9/22/2014

The Garner Veterans Advisory Committee is seeking to fill a vacancy. This committee operates as a public interface between Garner residents and Town officials to explore ways in which to honor and recognize the service of area veterans; assist the Town of Garner’s planning for ceremonies, observances, holidays and events honoring veterans and interact with local veterans organizations and assist in the preservation, operation, integrity, maintenance and upkeep of the Garner Veterans Memorial.

The committee meets at 9 a.m. on the first Monday of a bi-monthly schedule. For an application or questions, please contact Kimberly Moffett at 919-773-4456 or kmoffett@garnernc.gov.



Beasley Moves into Inspections Director Position
9/10/2014

Tony Beasley, formerly the Town of Garner's economic development director, has moved into the inspections director position. He succeeds Sandy Teal, who retired after serving as inspections director for 25 years. Please see the news release for details.





Smith Completes NRPA Directors School Program
9/10/2014

Rob Smith, assistant director with the Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, recently completed the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Directors School, a two-year professional development training program for current and future leaders of parks and recreation agencies. Please see the news release for details.





Learn All About Your Hometown in the September Newsletter
8/28/2014

Lots of special events information and news about bond projects in the September newsletter. Click the button below to read all about it.





Read All About Your Hometown in Citizen Newsletter
8/6/2014

The August edition of the Garner Update citizen newsletter is now available. Read all about the latest developments in your hometown!





June Newsletter Now Available!
6/12/2014

Learn about the Town of Garner's July 3rd Independence Day Celebration as well as the Town's latest accolades in the June edition of the award-winning Garner Update newsletter.





Garner Native Promoted to Town Engineer
2/5/2014

Garner native Tony Chalk will have the opportunity to serve his hometown in a new capacity. Chalk last week accepted the Town’s offer to serve as town engineer. He was promoted from assistant town engineer following the retirement of former town engineer Frank Powell. Chalk’s promotion was effective Feb. 3. Please see the attached news release for more details.





The December Newsletter is Here!
12/5/2013

Parade and tree-lighting information and more in this month's Garner Update citizen newsletter. Check it out here.





GARNER NAMED ONE OF TOP FIVE CITIES OR TOWNS IN NC
11/21/2013

Just a few months after being named an All-America City, Garner has earned another enviable accolade. Movoto, a San Mateo, Calif.-based real-estate brokerage frequently cited by major news organizations, has named Garner one of the top five cities or towns in North Carolina. Please see the news release for details. Movoto's full report can be found at THIS LINK.





Garner Public Information Officer Wins Statewide Awards
11/19/2013

Garner’s public information officer, Rick Mercier, won two Excellence in Communications Awards from the North Carolina Association of Government Information Officers at its annual seminar on Nov. 14 in Chapel Hill. Please see the news release for details.





Read the November Newsletter Here!
11/7/2013

The November Garner Update citizen newsletter can be read by clicking the button below.





Police Accreditation Team Invites Public Comment
10/25/2013

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive Sunday, November 3, 2013 to examine all aspects of the Garner Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Brandon Zuidema announced today.

Verification by the team that the Garner Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, stated Chief Zuidema.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session November 4, 2013 at 5 p.m. The session will be conducted in the Garner Chamber of Commerce located at 401 Circle Drive in Garner.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call (919) 773-4432 on November 4, 2013 between the hours of 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session, are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Garner Police Department, 900-C Seventh Ave. Local contact can be made with either Accreditation Manager Dana Clay or Sgt. Scott Crawford at (919) 772-8810.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Garner Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainsville, VA 20155.

Please see the news release for additional details.





Trick-or-Treat the Trails, Fireman's Day and More in Newsletter
10/3/2013

The October Garner Update citizens newsletter is now available. Click the button below to read all about your hometown!