Thursday, February 27, 2014

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Mayors from North Carolina’s largest municipalities will release results of a study conducted by UNC Chapel Hill on distressed urban census tracts, during their annual luncheon meeting, February 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the Ballantyne Hotel, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. The event is open to the media. 
The study results challenge the assumption that the most intense economic distress in the state is located in rural areas by highlighting struggling areas of the state that are often obscured by the larger community’s well-being. The full study will be posted to the N.C. Metro Mayors Coalition website  at 12:30 pm Friday, February 28.
In addition to the study release, the luncheon will feature a panel discussion, moderated by Mayor Patrick Cannon. The panel is titled “Urban Economic Development Done Right: Charlotte Case Study.”  Panelists include Ron Kimble, Deputy City Manager with the City of Charlotte, Jeff Edge with the Charlotte Chamber, Mark Vitner with Wells Fargo, and Jim Boylan with MetLife. 
The luncheon is part of the annual meeting held by The N.C. Metro Mayors Coalition to discuss issues facing larger communities in North Carolina. Nancy McFarlane, Mayor of Raleigh, serves as the 2014 Chair of the organization.
The Metro Mayors Coalition is comprised of mayors from municipalities with populations over 30,000. The Coalition is committed to the growth of North Carolina’s cities and to addressing national and state issues that affect local government.
Founded in 2001, the Coalition promotes the interchange of ideas and experiences among municipal officials for the continued development of urban areas. In addition, the Coalition works with state officials to encourage the expansion of urban areas as livable, environmentally sound, and economically viable.
To learn more about the Metro Mayors Coalition, visit
opens in a new windowInfographic on urban distress in North Carolina