It’s hard to believe August is already upon us. Some students in our community have already returned to school, with many more set to return later this month. Football season is also here. Fall is on the way.
Our City Council meets less frequently during the summer months, but we continue to look forward to the initiatives, projects and services necessary to maintain Charlotte’s position as the best place to live and do business.
I continue to emphasize the role of every citizen in these efforts. The priority areas I've identified impact every member of our community.
• Economic Development & Inclusion
• Environment & Sustainability
• Strong Neighborhoods
You will continue to see and hear more about how my office is connecting with agencies and individuals to support each of these areas. Stay tuned!
Tuesday August 5 marked National Night Out (NNO). The observance traces its roots to 1984, when it was introduced by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).
Community safety has always been the goal of National Night Out: to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, improve police-community relations, and encourage neighborhood camaraderie.
As Mayor, I’m proud to support National Night Out, as it represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination needed from communities to help make neighborhoods safer.
I want to personally thank all of the citizens, elected officials and neighborhood organizations in Charlotte that contributed to National Night Out events throughout the city and for all efforts that coincide with declining crime rates in our neighborhoods. Check out my #NationalNightOut tweets. @CLTMayor https://twitter.com/CLTMayor
I recently spoke with the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Regional Partnership (CRP) about the importance of regionalism in economic development strategies.
In Charlotte, we have long recognized the benefits of regional partnerships, evidenced by the longstanding commitment of the CRP to position our region for sustainable long-term growth, job creation and investment opportunities.
Our partnership allows government and business to showcase our highly competitive, vibrant communities and how they offer a desirable quality of life. As we seek to broaden our community investment, particularly in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship, this regional approach will be of particular importance.
In September, I'll be meeting with mayors from around the region to discuss ways that we can strengthen our efforts to support the economic prosperity of our region.
The Sustainability Scholars at Davidson College represent a group of sophomores, juniors and seniors who believe the growing sustainability movement in Charlotte gives them the opportunity to explore how interactions with the environment can be improved for the city’s future.
I was so impressed with the students’ work, and not just because I’m a Davidson College alumnus.
The students lived at the Mosaic Village on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University and immersed themselves in the Charlotte community. They interned with several organizations including Bank of America, Chiquita, Envision Charlotte, Crescent Communities, Friendship Gardens, Ingersoll Rand, Sow Much Good, Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, and Clean Air NC.
The students are in the process of creating a detailed report of their recommendations for how we can help improve sustainability efforts in Charlotte.
I encourage you to learn more about their work, and the impact they are making on our city. To learn more about them visit http://sites.davidson.edu/sustainabilityscholars/ or follow them on Twitter @sustscholars. You can also read more about them on the Mayor’s news website. http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/mayor/News/Pages/Davidson-College-Sustainability-Scholars-share-ideas-with-Mayor-Clodfelter.aspx
I had the honor of inviting Mayor Stephanie
Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore, MD, to explore two diverse housing developments and learn more about how they are transforming communities in the Queen City.
I heard great things about Mayor Rawlings-Blake and
her neighborhood initiatives in the City of Baltimore and I wanted to showcase developments in Charlotte that are making an impact for our citizens.
Mrs. Rawlings-Blake toured the Brightwalk community, located along the Statesville
Avenue Corridor, just outside of Center City. She also visited The Renaissance, located along the West
Boulevard Blvd Corridor, just east of Billy Graham Parkway. When complete, both
developments will represent signature examples of diverse, mixed-income
Charlotte is committed to providing quality affordable
housing that meets the needs of our diverse populations including working families, singles and senior citizens. Developments such as Brightwalk and The Renaissance provide
residents with safe, economical, and environmentally friendly homes with
amenities needed to support a healthy and connected lifestyle.