Focus Areas

City Council Focus Areas

Developing an organizational strategy means making choices and decisions.  Defining strategy means determining to what need or demand must we respond to achieve the desired future for our community and organization. 

To this end, the Charlotte City Council defined five strategic areas on which the City focuses its resources. The goals for each strategy should align with the mission of the organization, "Why we exist," as well as attend to the vision for the city: "What we want to be."

While the strategic areas have been fairly stable over the years, the initiatives the organization undertakes to respond within each of the strategic focus areas continues to evolve to meet changing demands.

​​Community Safety Focus Area

Charlotte will be one of America’s safest communities.

Charlotte seeks to be one of America’s safety communities. The city’s commitment to community safety does not only target reducing crime, it also leads to the development of infrastructure and technology that effectively serves public safety agencies,  hiring and retaining police officers and firefighters that reflect our diverse population,  and improving emergency response capabilities​.

Economic Development & Global Competitiveness Focus Area

Charlotte will be the most prosperous and livable city for all citizens through quality economic development.

Charlotte strives to develop an educated and trained workforce spanning all ages and socio-economic groups. By creating a prosperous and livable community for all people and businesses, Charlotte will attract and retain top regional, national and international talent. This gives the city a competitive edge in supporting economic development and opportunity.​

Environment Focus Area

Charlotte will become a national leader in environmental sustainability, preserving our natural resources while balancing growth with sound fiscal policy. 

Charlotte is committed to protecting natural resources and promoting conservation to maintain a vibrant economy and preserve quality of life for the community. Environmental sustainability includes balancing growth with responsibility in the areas of waste, energy, water and air. Charlotte’s Smart City footprint includes connecting the community to sustain waste diversion, alternative energy sources, clean drinking water and tree planting and preservation. 

Housing & Neighborhood Development Focus Area

Sustain and create distinct and diverse neighborhoods for residents of all ages. ​

Charlotte strives to develop and maintain vibrant, diverse neighborhoods anyone can call home. The city will create distinct neighborhoods where people and businesses enjoy a high quality of life and families have access to affordable living with all the necessary amenities, jobs and services. 

Transportation & Planning Focus Area

Charlotte will be the premier city in the country for integrating land use and transportation choices. 

As one of the fastest-growing cities, Charlotte aims to connect and build the infrastructure to offer transportation choices for those living, working or visiting Charlotte. City government examines land use along with different forms of transportation to build a custom street network for use by motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.  

The city maintains and grows its mass transit system with bus, light rail and streetcar services. Charlotte's transportation goals also take flight, with a world-class airport that continuously expands to meet the growing needs of our local, regional, national and international guests and communities. ​​ 

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