Charlotte has seen a substantial bump in job growth and has become a desired location for corporations to call their home.
In the first three quarters of the year, 1,156 firms created 11,105 new jobs and an investment totaling $616.1 million.
Sealed Air Corporation and Velocity Technology Solutions announced headquarter relocation to Charlotte. AvidXchange also announced the addition of 603 jobs to its current 200-employee team.
Google Fiber announced that Charlotte is a finalist in expanding their fiber network.
Community Investment Plan
Voters approved $146 million in City bonds for public improvements (70.18 percent), housing (63.59 percent) and neighborhood improvements (71.08 percent) on Nov. 4, 2014. Additional bond referendums are scheduled for 2016 and 2018.
More information about the projects, an interactive project map, meetings, news and updates can be found at www.charlottefuture.com.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
CLT continues on a growth trajectory reflective of its position as the 6th busiest airport in the country.
This Thanksgiving, CLT saw an increase in passengers originating their flights at CLT compared to last year.
CLT’s new Hourly Deck opened providing 4,000 public parking spaces. The opening marks a major milestone in the CLT 2015 Development Program.
Public Safety (Based on 3rd Quarter reports – as of September 30, 2014)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
CMPD had a 2.2 percent decrease in Index Offenses compared to the same period last year.
Property crime decreased by 1.5 percent while violent crime decreased by 5.8 percent compared to the same period last year.
29 homicides were reported compared to 40 last year, resulting in a decrease of 27.5 percent.
1,171 robberies were reported compared to 1,352 last year, resulting in a decrease of 13.4 percent
Charlotte Fire Department
CFD responded to 87 working fires (Q3 2014) compared to 101 in the third quarter of 2013, resulting in a 13 percent decrease.
CFD mitigated 186 hazardous material incidents.
CFD Rescue units responded to 783 calls for rescue.
CFD had a CPR saves success rate of 55.8 percent, 136 victims with 76 cases of returned spontaneous circulation.
Sports in Charlotte
Council approved funding for renovations and upgrades to Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Charlotte Knights relocated to their new stadium and saw record attendance for the Knights’ inaugural season in Charlotte.
Renovations were completed to Bank of America Stadium in time for the Panthers’ season opener.
The CIAA announced that they will keep the men’s and women’s tournament in Charlotte for the next six years starting in 2015. They are also moving their conference headquarters to Charlotte.
ACC announced that they will use Time Warner Cable Arena to host its men’s basketball tournament in 2019.
The City is working jointly with Mecklenburg County on a review of our permitting processes.
Through community partnerships with the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the Foundation for the Carolinas, the Task Force for Economic Mobility was formed to give Mecklenburg County’s underprivileged an opportunity to overcome poverty. It will be made up of 16 to 20 members who will work through the next year to improve the potential of upward mobility for those living in poverty. Official launch of task force was on Nov. 24, 2014.
Blue Line Extension
CityLYNX Gold Line
Construction of Phase 1 along the alignment will be complete by end of this year.
Testing will begin after the first of the year and Phase 1 of the line will open in Spring 2015.
This is the first part of a multi-phase project.
City services upon which residents can rely each day
255 Firefighters on duty at 42 fire stations responding to more than 260 calls for service
348 Police Field Units responding to over 900 resident and 2,600 officer-initiated calls for service
735 signalized intersections operating over 2,400 miles of City streets
4,400 service calls received by CharMeck 311
42,500 households receiving trash collection
100 million gallons of drinking water treated and delivered
76 million gallons of wastewater collected and treated