2023 State of the County Address

Chair Thomas addresses the audience at the 2023 State of the County

Wake County Board of Commissioners Chair Shinica Thomas hosted the 2023 State of the County Address on Monday, Nov. 13. The event was held at the PNC Arena to update the community on Wake's work and celebrate a year of successes with partners. The theme of the State of the County Address was “Better Together.”

Watch the 2023 State of the County Address


Commissioners presented updates in a video, covering transit, affordable housing, education, food security, veteran services and behavioral health.

Wake County Commissioners' Update

After delivering remarks, Chair Thomas led a conversation on partnership with local leaders:

Willie Rowe, Wake County Sheriff
Lindsay Mahaffey, Wake County Board of Education Chair
Katherine Williams, Wake County Cooperative Extension Director
Gayle Headen, Wake County Smart Start Executive Director

The public event invited community members to mingle with each other, as well as NC State's Mr. and Ms. Wuf, and Carolina Hurricanes mascot Stormy, before the program. Guests were also treated to a surprise performance from the Shaw University drumline.