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Updates from the City of Charlotte

December 17, 2014


News Around the Crown

MLK Medallion Award Nominations

Bojangles’ Coliseum Renovations

Search Solution Group Wins Free Advertising Uptown

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The refreshed newsletter will continue to share news, service updates and event notices, but will also include feature stories from within the City of Charlotte organization related to employees, departments and projects. CROWN eNews, currently distributed biweekly, will transition to a monthly publication. These changes will take effect in the Jan. 15, 2015, edition.

We hope that this refresh will make our content more dynamic and relevant to our subscribers. If you have any suggestions, comments or questions related to CROWN eNews, please email Thank you for subscribing to CROWN eNews. 

City Launches Open Data Portal

The City of Charlotte recently launched its Open Data Portal, a website for one-stop access to explore publicly available data related to City services and departments. From the portal, users can search and explore data by categories such as transportation, community safety and neighborhoods & housing. You can view and download data for analysis, or if you’re a developer, you can easily connect to data for use in software applications.

To demonstrate the type of applications that can be created through the use of our open data, Code for America fellows developed the digital tool Citygram. From this application you can specify an area of interest and subscribe to receive automatic notifications of non-emergency events within that area via text message or email. 

For more information on the City’s Open Data Portal and Citygram, visit the Citywide Newsroom.

Neighborhood Board Retreat Applications

The City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood & Business Services department will host a Neighborhood Board Retreat on Saturday, Feb. 7. The retreat is open to all neighborhood organizations and business or merchant associations within Charlotte city limits. In addition to current board members, participating organizations are encouraged to invite neighbors, business owners, school representatives and nonprofit partners that may help them achieve their goals. Each organization can have five to 15 participants.

Neighborhood Board Retreat
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Central Piedmont Community College's Overcash Building
1201 Elizabeth Avenue

Neighborhood Board Retreat attendees will receive:

  • A customized Quality of Life Study report 
  • Networking and idea sharing with other community leaders
  • Guidance with planning yearly goals and board priorities  
  • Idea development with trained, experienced facilitators 
  • Expert support from staff and community resources   
  • A $1,500 Neighborhood Matching Grant credit incentive for eligible neighborhoods

Capacity is limited. Applicants will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to first-time attendees. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Please click here to apply. The deadline to register is Jan. 5, 2015.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Mitchell at 704-336-8409 or


Do You Have a Plan?

You probably won’t have to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, but we should all have a plan for the #1 hazard in Charlotte-Mecklenburg: FLOODING. 

With 90 percent of all natural disasters in this country involve flooding, it's important to know what steps to take before, during and after a flood. As part of the Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) update process, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management held a public meeting to educate residents on the dangers of flooding and how to prepare.

If you weren't able to make the meeting, click here for a short video highlighting flood preparedness tips. 

You also have an opportunity to contribute to the HMP. Click here to take a brief survey to provide feedback on what you think should be included in the new plan.

To learn more about the HMP, visit the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management page.

BLE Station takes Shape

The Old Concord Station is one of four Park and Ride facilities along the Blue Line Extension alignment and is near completion. This station will feature a surface lot with 330 parking spaces and six short-term and 14 long-term bicycle spaces. This station will also include two bus bays for convenient transfers to CATS buses that will serve this location.

Clearing continues from this station area to Old Concord Road where crews will construct a bridge that will carry the train over the intersection of North Tryon Street and Old Concord Road, and bring it down into the median of North Tryon Street. The station finishes work in 2015.

Follow the Blue Line Extension on Facebook and Twitter for more news and construction updates.