Meet Matthew Poling

Matthew Poling

engineering director, Town of Fuquay-Varina

The people I get to work with on a day-to-day basis keep me excited. They are amazing, hard-working professionals who make me look better than I should!

An Introduction: I graduated in 2005 from N.C. A&T State University with a B.S. in civil engineering. I began working for the Town of Fuquay-Varina in May 2014 and became the engineering director in January 2021.

Inspiration: I get to practice civil engineering in a rapidly expanding community. Whether it’s transportation, environmental Issues, or water and sewer infrastructure, there are always diverse problems to solve and projects to build.

A Proud Moment: Being part of a team that is working to deliver over $30 million worth of roadway improvements to the Fuquay-Varina area. In addition, the engineering department has six more federal highway grants totaling over $8 million that will go towards multi-modal projects that are to be constructed within the next 18 months.

Recent Challenge: Becoming a Director during COVID. Not being able to have face-to-face interactions with coworkers and citizens has been challenging at times. Trying to make sure that you provide the kind of leadership that is positive, encouraging, and energetic through virtual means is very difficult.

True Fact: In 2009, I became the undefeated Mid-Atlantic MMA Champion. My ring name was Matt “One-Punch” Poling.

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