November 24, 2014
Contact: Ashley Simmons, Office of the Mayor
(704) 336-3438 or (704) 614-9116
Mayor Dan Clodfelter joined officials from the Mecklenburg County and the Foundation For The Carolinas along with other agencies for a news conference Nov. 24 to announce the creation of a taskforce to address economic opportunity in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
Speakers included Clodfelter, Mecklenburg County Commission Chairman Trevor M. Fuller and Foundation For the Carolinas President Michael Marsicano, along with the taskforce co-chairs, Ophelia Garmon-Brown of Novant Health and Dee O'Dell of U.S Bank. 
Several other agencies also attended to show the collaboration on the partnership. Clodfelter said Charlotte has become the land of opportunity for newcomers, but the city must also provide the same access for native- born citizens.
“We cannot be two different cities,” said Clodfelter. “It’s imperative that we work together to reduce inequities among various populations. The ladder of opportunity must be accessible to all.”
The Taskforce for Economic Opportunity is designed to organize multiple activities underway into a unified, concentrated effort. A steering committee has been working to create the taskforce, identify co-chairs, and is currently compiling a list of names for potential task force members.
The taskforce will work over next year to develop list of draft recommendations to create greater opportunity for all residents.