FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Sushil Nepal, Centralina Council of Governments
Jonathan Wells, City of Charlotte
A forum to present information about regional growth scenarios developed from public input will be held Friday March 7, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can attend anytime between those hours. Presentations will be given specifically at 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 2:15 p.m.
The scenarios were developed as a result of community meetings held last fall throughout a 14-county region, including the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Those meetings provided an opportunity for residents to provide input about how the region might grow over the next 40 years. The ideas discussed at those meetings were used to develop several possible scenarios for regional growth. The scenarios reflect the different perspectives and desired outcomes that residents shared across the region. At Friday’s meeting, participants will be asked to provide feedback to identify a preferred regional growth scenario.
The meeting is sponsored by the CONNECT Our Future initiative, coordinated by Centralina Council of Governments and Catawba Regional Council of Governments, to develop a regional framework addressing the projected growth of the region and the current and future challenges facing communities. The 14-county project region includes: Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union Counties in North Carolina, and Chester, Lancaster, Union and York Counties in South Carolina.
The greater Charlotte region is expected to grow by 1.8 million people and 860,000 jobs by 2050. The goal of the CONNECT effort is to plan and change by local choice - not chance.
Registration for the Friday meeting is encouraged; however, walk-ins are welcome. For more information and to pre-register, visit the project website at www.ConnectOurFuture.org.