June 27, 2012
Contact: Al Killeffer, Office of the Mayor
(704) 336-3438

Charlotte, NC — Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx today moderated a business roundtable discussion between Charlotte business leaders and White House Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeffrey Zients.  The discussion, hosted by Foxx in conjunction with the White House Business Council and Business Forward North Carolina, focused on jobs, innovation and government performance.   

Foxx organized the event as part of his ongoing efforts to strengthen Charlotte’s relationship with Washington, D.C., and provide greater access for Charlotte’s business leaders to top federal policymakers.  Today’s event follows a February trip Foxx helped organized for Charlotte business leaders to Washington where they met with senior officials at the National Economic Council, U.S. Treasury Department and other federal agencies.

“As Mayor of Charlotte, I’m committed to ensuring that our City’s business leaders have open lines of communication to the officials in Washington who are setting the policies that affect their bottom lines,” Foxx said.  “Through conversations like today’s, members of Charlotte’s business community have the opportunity to speak directly with federal authorities as part of a two-way conversation in which both sides benefit from the others’ input.  I’d like to thank Director Zients for joining us today and I look forward to bringing more federal policymakers to Charlotte to meet with our business community in the future.”

“President Obama believes that America's business owners and entrepreneurs are the drivers of economic growth,” Zients said.  “That's why we have been working closely with business leaders on the President’s Jobs Council and throughout the country to cut through red tape and make it easier for the private sector to grow and hire.  I was delighted to be in North Carolina today to share our progress and hear directly from the Charlotte business community about ideas and opportunities to continue growing our economy.”