Mayor's Key Initiatives
As Mayor, Foxx has focused on achieving three goals: strengthening and diversifying the local economy; improving quality of life; and building stronger relationships with Raleigh and Washington, DC.
Strengthening and Diversifying the Local Economy
After being elected in 2009, Foxx responded to the economic downturn by hosting town hall meetings with hundreds of displaced workers and a job creation summit with local employers. Then, he led a delegation of Charlotte business leaders to the White House to share findings from town hall meetings and suggestions on how to improve the economic recovery in American cities.
With City Council’s support, Foxx introduced a series of initiatives to help area small businesses. These initiatives included revisions to the City’s Small Business Loan Program, recommendations to increase the City’s use of smaller firms (or small business enterprises) and the development of a one-stop Web resource for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Through collaborations with Mecklenburg County, the State and local business organizations, efforts to improve, strengthen and diversify the local economy continue in and around the Charlotte region.
Improving the Quality of Life
To enhance quality of life, Mayor Foxx has focused on public safety and various social matters, including the implementation of the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness.
Since being elected Mayor, more than 100 newly sworn officers have been added to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, which has contributed to the reduced crime rate in Charlotte. The City’s crime rate has dipped to the some of the lowest levels in history.
As Mayor, Foxx has worked with Council to implement the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness and approved updates to the City’s Housing Locational Policy as well. He supported a $15 million Affordable Housing Bond that was approved by Charlotte voters in November 2010. Monies will be used to support the redevelopment of the Boulevard Homes Hope VI Project and the City’s Housing Trust Fund, which will leverage private dollars to increase the development of affordable housing for low and moderate-income families.
Mayor Foxx has also collaborated with Council to address other timely community issues throughout the past two years including initiatives that provided funding to local schools and libraries. In 2009, as a City Council Member, he supported the return of $4.7 million in City funds to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; and, as Mayor in 2010, Foxx was an advocate and supporter of Countywide efforts to keep Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library branches open. This resulted in the one-time allocation of $1.4 million City funds to the Library System, and allowed for more than 20 of the 24 library locations to remain open.
Building Stronger Relationships with Raleigh and Washington, DC
As part of Mayor Foxx’s efforts to improve relations with Raleigh and Washington, DC, he has worked with State and Federal leaders to address the economic recession and local unemployment levels. This has led to increased export opportunities for Charlotte’s small businesses, and supporting of an innovative investment tax credit that, if approved, will result in billions of private capital for U.S. small businesses.
As a result of closer partnerships with Raleigh, several infrastructure projects significant to the Charlotte region have been accelerated. These include the completion of the I-485 loop by 2014, the widening of the southern leg of I-485 before 2015 and ensuring the State’s portion of the Blue Line Extension project funding.
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