Known as DPAC, the 2,700-seat Durham Performing Art Center opened in 2008. More than 200 events are held there annually, from Broadway productions to concerts to the American Dance Festival. Its presence has fostered economic development and helped revitalize downtown Durham.
From smart phones to programmable thermostats to digital assistants like Amazon’s Echo, individuals embrace technology that helps them run their homes and lives more efficiently. Local governments are beginning to do the same with smart-city initiatives, using technology to integrate management of traffic flow, public transit, utilities, government buildings and more.
The newly launched Statewide Emergency Repair Program aims to help homeowners who live in unsafe or unhealthy dwellings, but who can’t afford the costly repairs.