Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Planner Jason Lawrence named Employee of the Year

Jordan-Ashley Walker

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 11, 2017) – Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Planner Jason Lawrence is the 2016 City of Charlotte Employee of the Year, the City of Charlotte announced today at its employee awards, The GOVies, which recognizes outstanding work done by city employees in calendar year 2016. 

 "Jason is an exemplary employee with a keen knowledge of all of CATS services and he combines his operational experience with his planning background to achieve very successful results," says CATS Director of Development John Muth. "Above all, he is a true community leader who is motivated by innovation that benefits the entire City of Charlotte."

As a planner for CATS, Jason has led major initiatives in 2016. Lawrence was the project manager for the LYNX Silver Line/Southeast Corridor Transit Study. For that project, he led extensive public outreach campaigns receiving direct feedback of over 1,000 citizens, 39 community stakeholders and 14 corridor neighborhoods. Lawrence also leads a strategy team for the city's Community Investment Plan (CIP). His efforts focus on projects on the East area of Charlotte.

Lawrence goes beyond his normal work by being a civic innovator. He's a 2016 Knight Cities Challenge grant winner with his CrownTown Hall project, which is a mobile citizen engagement strategy. He also was a part of the team that implemented the 2015 Knight Cities Challenge grant project Public Swings along Central Avenue.

Jason Lawrence has been with the city for 17 years. For the past 16 years Jason has been the Transportation Planner for transit corridors in the 2030 Transit System Plan. During his tenure, Jason has performed bus service planning, conducted population/ridership forecasting, and implemented the Sprinter Airport Enhanced Bus service.

The Employee of the Year award is a 55-year-old city tradition acknowledging a standout employee whose efforts, ideas, suggestions and courtesy in job performance deserve special recognition. Sponsored by The Employers Association, the award is selected by an external panel.  

During the awards ceremony, city employees and departments were also recognized in the categories of Civic Engagement, Community Ambassadorship, Innovation, inspiration and Outstanding Work.


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