Civic Innovation

The City of Charlotte wants everyone to be involved in making this a more entertaining, fun and engaged place to live and work. Employees, departments, businesses and organizations across the Queen City are working together and with nonprofit partners to drive civic engagement and invite people to shape the future of the community. These are some of the ways Charlotte is focusing on civic innovation.

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GovPorch is a KaBOOM! winning project that will reimagine Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center Plaza (CMGC)  as a fun interactive space, where people of all ages want to spend time and exercise their minds and bodies. Many people interact with government when they need something or are required to do something, (like get a permit, pay a bill, or go to court). It can sometimes be a stressful and uncomfortable experience.  GovPorch aims to change that.

 

Rendering of Gov Porch – illustration by KaBOOM!

GovPorch seeks to offer a different government experience to Charlotte residents –to create a lively open space, where government workers and the general public can interact and relax with one another. Government can be fun, exciting and a place to have fun and make connections without worry.

You’ll start noticing differences on the plaza throughout the spring. You’re always invited to the GovPorch. We look forward to seeing you there!


​​​​Knight Cities Challenge

​In 2014, the Knight Foundation solicited innovations from citizens across 26 Knight Communities that would make their communities more vibrant places to work and play. 32 civic innovators were chosen to share funds that would make their projects come to life. In Charlotte, four projects were chosen. We're proud to share that three of those innovators were City of Charlotte employees.


 

 

Bringing together diverse neighborhoods by creating a new space that uses light, sound and play to stimulate conversation.

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Challenging municipal workers to take 10 minutes each week to connect with a city resident and report on their thoughts and ideas. 

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Fostering conversation among strangers by installing Charlotte’s signature porch swings in public spaces.​​

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