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Residents invited to help plan region's future

​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Contacts
Jonathan Wells, City of Charlotte
704-336-4090 or jwells@charlottenc.gov

Sushil Nepal, Centralina Council of Governments
704-688-6509 or snepal@centralina.org

Residents of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County have the opportunity to help plan for future growth through two community growth workshops in October. The workshops will be held on the following dates:
Monday, October 14, Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House
218 Davidson-Concord Road, Davidson
The Davidson event is a two-hour workshop at three separate times: 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 24, Mahlon Adams Pavillion-Freedom Park
2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte
The Charlotte workshop will be conducted from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The workshops are part of a series of community growth workshops sponsored by the CONNECT Our Future initiative, coordinated by Centralina Council of Governments and Catawba Regional Council of Governments. The 14-county greater Charlotte region is expected to grow by 1.8 million people and 860,000 jobs by 2050. The goal of CONNECT is to plan and change by local choice - not chance.
 
Participants will work with other area residents to demonstrate how the region, and specifically Mecklenburg County, might grow over the next 40 years, and map out the growth, focusing on where people will need to work, live, and play and how the quality of life can be protected as the county grows. The ideas discussed and maps developed will be combined with the input gathered across the region. From these shared ideas, four or five possible scenarios for the growth of the region will be created. These scenarios will reflect the different perspectives and desired outcomes shared across the region.
 
Hundreds of Mecklenburg County residents have participated in other CONNECT Our Future events including open houses, and RealityCheck 2050, a day-long visioning session. CONNECT Our Future effort is funded by a grant from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Registration to attend the community growth workshops is strongly recommended. To register and for more information on CONNECT Our Future, visit www.connectourfuture.org