FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2014
Nearly 50 Charlotte newcomers and their families gathered in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center September 15 for a special citizenship ceremony hosted by the Office of International Relations, and the Charlotte Integration Immigration Task Force.
Mayor Dan Clodfelter welcomed the group and read a joint special proclamation declaring September 13-21 National Welcoming Week throughout Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Clodfelter said it was special to host the ceremony in the government center, to engage residents in the civic process.
“Our city and county recognize the impact of immigrant populations to economic development, job growth and creation, and improved value in our local housing market,” said Clodfelter. “Diversity is one of our city’s greatest strengths and our goal is for every newcomer to feel at home. We are committed to maintaining a warm, friendly environment for our immigrant populations.”
Participants watched video clips and took the oath of U.S. citizenship before receiving special certificates.