April 13th 2011
City Holiday Hours
City of Charlotte offices will be closed on Friday, April 22.
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
will operate on a normal schedule. For transit information, please contact CATS Customer Service at 704-336-RIDE or visit www.ridetransit.org
Solid Waste Services
will provide garbage, recyclables, yard waste and bulky items collection on a normal schedule. For information on how to properly prepare your materials for pick-up, visit http://curbit.charmeck.org
CATS Holds Annual Bus Roadeo
Join the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) as bus operators put their safe driving skills to the test at the annual Bus Roadeo. Competition begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 16 at the Charlotte Vehicle Operations Center (2725 Beam Road)
. On-site parking is available.
CATS will have 24 drivers from the Bus Operations Division and Special Transportation Services and six drivers from Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services competing in this year’s roadeo. While bus operators will navigate a 40-foot bus, the remaining operators will drive paratransit vehicles through an obstacle course with several driving elements including passenger stops, serpentine turns and backing maneuvers. Competitors will be judged on how safely and timely they complete the course and on their professional appearance, pre-trip inspection and a written safety test.
To learn more about CATS and its services, visit www.ridetransit.org
, or call 704-336-7433.
The Neighborhood Symposium
The City of Charlotte will host the 16th Annual Neighborhood Symposium on Saturday, April 16. Attendees will have an array of diverse activities from which to choose and participate, including many activities for the entire family.
Saturday, April 16
8 a.m. – 12 p.m
(Exhibits 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Central Piedmont Community College, Central Campus
1201 Elizabeth Avenue
In addition to the symposium, the CPCC Charlotte Clean & Green environmental festival and Sensoria Celebration of the Arts events will take place on campus as well.
A continental breakfast, lunch and parking are free.
Visit the Neighborhood Symposium web page
or call 704-336-2061 for more details and to register.
CMPD Citizens Academy
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s (CMPD) Citizens Academy program continues with two upcoming workshops.
Tuesday, April 19 – Traffic Enforcement
Learn about traffic stops from a police officer’s perspective, how they remain safe and citizens’ responsibilities. Participants will also learn what to do and what not to do during a traffic stop.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Police and Fire Training Academy
1770 Shopton Road
Thursday, April 28 – Community Services
Interested in volunteer opportunities through CMPD? Participants will review volunteer requirements, training, available positions and time commitments for the Citizens on Patrol Program and other volunteer openings.
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Police and Fire Training Academy
1770 Shopton Road
To register, complete the online registration form
or call 704-432-1655. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions. Visit the Citizens Academy web page
at cmpd.org for more information about the workshops offered including complete course descriptions and dates of future courses.
City Seeks Input from Area Businesses
As part of a disparity study, the City of Charlotte is accepting testimony regarding minority and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBE) and non-M/WBE business owners’ experiences in doing business with or attempting to do business with the City and its contractors or service providers.
Information the City is seeking includes, but is not limited to: whether or not firms face difficulties or barriers when bidding as prime contractors/service providers, subcontractors/sub consultants, or vendors; whether business owners believe they have been treated fairly or unfairly based on their race, ethnicity, or gender; whether prime contractors solicit, or fail to solicit, bids or price quotes from M/WBE firms on non-goal projects; and whether there is a level playing field for firms in access to capital, bonding, and insurance.
You may submit written testimony no later than Tuesday, April 19 to:
Ms. Vernetta Mitchell
MGT of America, Inc.
2123 Centre Pointe Blvd.
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
For more information, visit the Disparity Study web page
Free Small Business Workshops
Throughout April, Community University is offering a series of free workshops focused on small businesses.
Wednesday, April 20 – Small Business Programs and You
Learn about programs and resources that the City offers to assist small businesses, including grants and partnerships for continued learning.
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, Room CH-14
600 E. Fourth Street
Thursday, April 28 – Marketing your Business in the Community
Learn how to develop effective and targeted marketing and communication campaigns to better connect with your audience.
8:30 – 10 a.m.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, Room 270
600 E. Fourth Street
Workshops are free and open to all Charlotte residents. For full class descriptions and to register, go to the Community University website or call 704-336-2061.
For more information about Neighborhood & Business Services, visit http://nbs.charlottenc.gov
CU is the City’s neighborhood training program dedicated to providing high quality training to Charlotte residents to improve the strength and vitality of neighborhood organizations and the overall quality of community life. Courses are intended to engage, inform and equip participants with the training and assistance needed to help them improve and maintain their communities.
Small Business Week 2011
The more than 27,000 small businesses in Charlotte are a bright spot for the local economy. Join the City of Charlotte and other community partners in a celebration of the economic contributions made by small business owners during Small Business Week 2011 beginning Monday, May 16.
As part of Charlotte’s Small Business Week activities, one lucky small business will win an Extreme Makeover: Small Business Edition. Eligible businesses have until Sunday, May 1 to apply
online for pro-bono services to enhance the winner’s operations and better position the business for growth. Those free services have been donated by local experts include:
- strategic planning/business plan optimization
- branding and advertising accounting and tax advisory services
- sales enhancement
- human resources audit
for more information about this year’s small business week activities and to enter for a chance to win an Extreme Makeover: Small Business Edition. The winner will be announced by Mayor Anthony Foxx during the kickoff of Small Business Week on Monday, May 16.
Utilities’ Equipment Upgrade
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities (Utilities) will proceed with an upgrade of water meter transmitters and launch a second pilot program to test next-generation meter transmitter technology. City Council approved an agreement in response to ongoing customer service improvements at Utilities.
The pilot program would take place in the Peninsula neighborhood in Cornelius and in the Faires Farm neighborhood in Charlotte. Both neighborhoods were a part of the meter equipment audit completed last summer. A transmitter system has been recently developed that is compatible with existing equipment and includes new features such as the ability to internally store hourly water use data. The study would include the installation of up to 1,000 transmitters.
To learn more, read the full press release at www.cmutilities.com
In addition to upgrading equipment, Utilities is seeking customer input to improve the website, www.cmutilities.com
. Give feedback by taking this brief 11-question survey
The GOV Channel is Your City Source
The GOV Channel brings you the latest City Source episode on Thursday, April at 21 p.m.
This episode will give you an in-depth look at why trees are important to our community and what is being done to protect them. You’ll also learn about the latest crime statistics and how CMPD is tracking crime trends; how the City is using Federal Stimulus to improve the CATS North Davidson Maintenance Facility; and why fire chiefs from throughout the world will be visiting Charlotte in May.
For your convenience, you can view episodes of City Source
online at charlottenc.gov
by clicking on the GOV Channel logo.
If you know someone who would be interested in reading CMail, please forward it to them!
You can always visit www.charlottenc.gov, Twitter or Facebook for City information as well.