Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Contact: Colleen Brannan

Mayor Patrick D. Cannon, sworn in on December 2, 2013, today marked his 100th day in office by issuing aopens in a new windowprogress report. During Mayor Cannon’s oath of office address, he identified five priority areas for moving Charlotte forward:

  • Economic Development & Global Competitiveness
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Jobs and opportunities for all
  • Community Safety through Prevention

“I’m happy to report that working together is working,” said Mayor Cannon. “Thanks to citizens, City Council, the City Manager, and City staff along with the business, philanthropic and faith communities, signs of progress are everywhere.”

Some of the first 100 days highlights mentioned in the report include
  • Leading a consortium to DC to further the Charlotte region’s goal of becoming one of 12 designated manufacturing communities
  • Renewing the CIAA Basketball Tournament contract for six years and recruiting their HQ to Charlotte
  • Getting the go ahead to begin project development for Phase 2 of the Gold Line that will connect Charlotte’s east and west sides.
  • Applying for a $3.8 million Homelessness Grant. U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
  • Hosting the first ever Mayor’s Job Fair that attracted nearly 100 employers and 2000+ job seekers resulting in 51 hires to date with others in the pipeline.
  • Working with Safe Alliance, and supporting the Jamie Kimble Foundation, recruiting to place/train 100 domestic violence volunteers and supporting a volunteer fair taking place this month.

“As Mayor of the City I grew up in, it is very rewarding to see groups work together for the greater good of Charlotte, “said Mayor Cannon. “As a servant leader, I’ve always known there is no “I” in team and there’s certainly not one in Mayor.  Working together is working thanks to the collaborative spirit that Charlotte is known for.”

Mayor Cannon, who was in Washington at the National League of Cities meeting earlier this week, returns to Charlotte today to speak at the Global Competitiveness Summit with NC Governor Pat McCrory, CPCC President Tony Zeiss and others at the Harris Conference Center.