Years in Review

2016

Policy Advocacy:

  • Bike share
  • Falls and Jordan Lake legislation
  • Green infrastructure/Low Impact Development
  • Public schools funding
  • Safe Routes to Schools
  • Monitored county commission, school board, city councils, & NC General Assembly
  • Wake Transit Plan and referendum approval – VICTORY 53%-47%!!

Civic Education and Engagement:

  • Public hearings
  • Emails and calls to elected officials
  • 40 press hits & daily social media
  • Candidate forums for Wake Board of Commissioners & Board of Education
  • Great Schools in Wake convening
  • WakeUP & Explore City Livability Tour of Hillsborough Street

Leadership:

  • Moving Wake County Forward campaign
  • Capital Area Friends of Transit coalition
  • Great Schools in Wake coalition
  • Received grants: Z Smith Reynolds Foundation, John Rex Endowment, Capital Broadcasting Company, American Public Transportation Association, Pisces Foundation

 

2015

Community Education:

  • Community engagement on Wake transit planning scenarios
  • “Growing Pains” town hall series across Wake County
  • Candidate forums for Raleigh City Council & other municipal elections
  • Great Schools School Assignment Vision series
  • City Livability Tour of downtown Raleigh
  • Presentations to 22 civic organizations and community festivals

Policy Advocacy:

  • Wake transit plan and referendum
  • County and state funding for schools and teachers
  • Raleigh’s Green Infrastructure/Low Impact Development workplan
  • State and local water quality policies
  • Monitored Wake County Commission, school board, city councils, and NC General Assembly

Civic Engagement:

  • Spurred emails and calls to elected officials:

✓legislation restricting county referenda

✓Wake’s and NC’s education budgets

✓Water quality protections for Jordan Lake

✓Wake student assignment plan

  • Generated 48 press hits in print, TV, and radio.
  • Mobilized daily social media on Facebook and Twitter

Leadership:

  • Capital Area Friends of Transit coalition
  • Local partner for T4A’s Transportation Innovation Academy
  • Wake Transit Technical Core Team
  • Great Schools in Wake coalition
  • Received grants: Z Smith Reynolds Foundation, John Rex Endowment, Capital Broadcasting Company, TransitCenter Inc.

2014

Community Education:

  • “2014 Water Quality Series” – forums/webinar
  • Community forum on waste reduction options
  • State forum co-host on teacher pay
  • Webinar series on public school issues
  • Candidate “meet & greet” for Wake County candidates
  • Presentations for 21 civic organizations and community festivals

Policy Advocacy:

  • Wake transit plan
  • County and state funding for schools and teachers
  • Raleigh’s Green Infrastructure/Low Impact Development workplan
  • State and local water quality policies and transportation funding
  • Sale of Dorothea Dix
  • Monitored Wake County Commission, school board, and city councils

Civic Engagement:

  • Spurred emails and calls to elected officials:

✓legislation restricting county referenda

✓Wake’s and NC’s education budgets

✓State water quality protections

✓Wake student assignment plan

  • Generated 61 press hits in print, TV, and radio.
  • Mobilized daily social media on Facebook and Twitter

Leadership:

  • Great Schools in Wake coalition
  • Capital Area Friends of Transit coalition
  • Local partner for T4A’s Transportation Innovation Academy
  • Wake Transit Technical Core Team
  • Received grants: Z Smith Reynolds Foundation, John Rex Endowment, Capital Broadcasting Company, TransitCenter Inc.

2013

 WakeUP and our volunteers were YOUR voice in meetings with and at public hearings before elected and government officials at the city, county and state levels.

  • Responded to state legislation to delay Jordan Lake cleanup rules with public education events, calls to action, extensive ad campaign and bipartisan advocacy.
  • Activated local base to respond to legislative threats to Dix Park lease, Wake County school construction and district policy, and municipal authority for environmental protections and codes.
  • Met with leaders in the business community to discuss important issues in our community.
  • Continued to be the voice of taxpayers at public hearings on budgets, development ordinance, water quality, and bike-ped code.
  • Participated in local meetings and festivals to spread the message of good growth.
  • Attended every school board meeting and work session, and monitored the search for a new school superintendent.

Additionally, WakeUP led two community coalitions: The Great Schools in Wake (GSIW) and Capital Area Friends of Transit (CAFT).  WakeUP also sponsored and mentored a new statewide organization, Public Schools First North Carolina.

  • Lead the way for transit advocacy by hosting a major transit summit, Transit Makes $en$e.
  • Educated the public on Wake County School Bond and Raleigh Transportation Bond in anticipation for local election.
  • 70 press hits in TV, radio, print, and online media.
  • Gathered 2,000 signatures on petition supporting multi-modal transit plan for Wake County.

WakeUP engaged the community by hosting informative public forums on timely issues (along with community partners):

  • Held major transit summit, engaging members of the business community on the economic benefits of transit.
  • Educated the public at more than 30 local community meetings and festivals.
  • Hosted 6 well-attended candidate forums.
  • Partnered in citizen training program with other local advocacy organizations.

WakeUP raised funds to support its ongoing work, enabling us to better represent you.  WakeUP is VERY grateful for your personal financial support, as well as grant support from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, American Public Transportation Association, Americans for Transit, Blueprint NC, and the 30 local businesses and organizations that sponsored the Transit Makes $en$e community summit.

2012

WakeUP and our volunteers were YOUR voice in meetings with and at public hearings before elected and government officials at the city, county and state levels.

  • Spoke to every mayor and city/town councilor in Wake about Wake County Transit Plan
  • Advocated with Board of Education about improvements to Wake school assignment plan
  • Reviewed and commented on Raleigh’s New Development Code (UDO)
  • Attended every school board meeting and work session
  • Encouraged stronger county & city water quality protections

Additionally, WakeUP led two community coalitions: The Great Schools in Wake (GSIW) and Capital Area Friends of Transit (CAFT).

  • Spurred 1000 emails, calls, and letters to town and county elected officials
  • Mobilized citizen remarks about transit, Wake Sustainability Plan, UDO, budgets, and school assignment at Wake Board of Commissioners, city councils, and Board of Education
  • Launched student assignment campaign, working w/ hundreds of families and realtors
  • Generated 116 press hits (including letters to editor and op-eds) in print, TV, and radio.
  • Mobilized social media with daily Facebook and Twitter feeds
  • Launched 2 new websites
  • Received another leadership award – Independent Citizen Award presented to GSIW
  • Founded statewide public education advocacy group –  Public Schools First NC
WakeUP engaged the community by hosting informative public forums on timely issues (along with community partners):
  • Held town hall meetings on transit in Wake Forest, Cary, Knightdale and Garner
  • Held 5 non-partisan candidate forums for Wake Board of Commissioners and NC Superintendent for Public Instruction
  • Spoke before 35 civic organizations about growth issues and transit
  • Held two WakeUP After 5 events in Raleigh on UDO and on transit

WakeUP raised funds to support WakeUP’s ongoing work, enabling us to better represent you.  WakeUP is VERY grateful for your personal financial support, as well as grant support from the Triangle Community Foundation and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.