Charlotte Mayor and City Council Announce Community Recovery Task Force

Cory Burkarth

Charlotte, N.C. (April 8, 2020) – Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Charlotte City Council has been committed to the work of maintaining essential City services, while preparing and planning for the realities that will challenge our community to rebound from the economic impact of this crisis. 

While healthcare professionals continue to fight the disease to save lives now, the Mayor and Council will assemble a Community Recovery Task Force to support and assist families and businesses as they plan for the future.

The Community Recovery Task Force will focus on three specific areas: Small Business, Housing, and the Airport. The objectives of the task force are the following:

  • Anticipate and plan for Charlotte’s post-recovery challenges, given the economic uncertainties in our city’s future

  • Listen to the community regarding the challenges people are facing as they navigate a changed working and living environment

  • Develop recommendations for how the City of Charlotte - specifically, City government - can pivot to support changes needed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic 

  • Provide residents with a long-term vision for a healthy and stable economic and civic environment

Mayor Vi Lyles and Mayor Pro Tem Julie Eiselt will lead the Task Force and will be responsible for coordination of the effort and the final report to the community.

Each Recovery Task Force area will include four City Council members and five community thought-leaders who will lend their expertise, time and energy. Community thought-leaders will be chosen by the Council members and will strive to represent a broad cross-section of the various business segments and demographics of Charlotte. This selection process will begin immediately.

Beginning April 21, the Task Force will hold weekly virtual meetings until the pandemic is resolved and the economy is moving toward recovery. Each meeting will be followed by a public forum for community comment and will meet under the appropriate declaration regulations.

Due to the urgency and importance of building a plan for Charlotte’s recovery, these Task Force meetings will serve as Council committee meetings until the end of the pandemic.

Below are the Recovery Task Force areas and Council members who will lead each effort:

Small Business

Julie Eiselt (coordinator)

James Mitchell (coordinator)

Tariq Bokhari

Dimple Ajmera


Malcolm Graham (coordinator)

Braxton Winston

Renee Johnson

Larken Egleston


Ed Driggs (coordinator)

Larken Egleston

Victoria Watlington

Matt Newton

This difficult time that we are all going through will eventually yield way to normalcy. The Community Recovery Task Force will work to ensure that the “new normal” includes a bright future for all Charlotteans. 

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