Durham County Today

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Durham County has evolved from an agricultural and manufacturing economy to achieve world-class status in the areas of medicine, research and high technology. In the process, it has become one of the country's most desirable places to live. The internationally known Research Triangle Park is home to more than 50 major research and development organizations including IBM, Ciba Geigy, Glaxo-Wellcome and NorTel. These companies and others in the Park employ approximately 33,000 people. Other major research and development organizations, including Becton Dickinson and Organon Technika are located in the northern sectionof the County.

Durham County government has been a catalyst for on-going economic development and the demand for public services continues to increase. Voters approved a $120 million in bond issues in 1986 to fund necessary improvements to schools and public buildings, water and sewer infrastructure, law enforcement facilities, museums, historic properties, and community development. In 1991, voters approved an additional $131 million in bonds to renovate and build schools, improve the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science and build a northern campus for Durham Technical Community College. These improvements will go a long way toward preserving Durham County's enviable quality of life.