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Community Growth workshops give residents opportunity to help plan region's future

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Jonathan Wells, City of Charlotte

Sushil Nepal, Centralina Council of Governments

Residents of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County have the opportunity to help plan for future growth through a community growth workshop, Wednesday, September 25 at East Stonewall AME Zion Church, 1729 Griers Grove Road in Charlotte, off of Beatties Ford Road. The two-hour workshops will be held starting at three separate times: 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.
The workshop is part 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 the CONNECT effort is to plan and change by local choice - not chance. Workshop organizers are encouraging residents to invest two hours at a workshop and make a difference in their county and the region for the next 40 years.
Participants will work with other area residents to demonstrate how the region, and specifically Mecklenburg County, might grow over the next 40 years; map out the growth for Mecklenburg County, 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 at the workshop will be combined with the input already 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 that people have shared across the region.
Other Mecklenburg County workshops will be held on October 2 in Pineville, and on October 14 in Davidson. In addition, Charlotte will host another workshop on October 24 from 5:30-7:30 at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park. Each workshop will have the same agenda.
More than 700 Mecklenburg County residents have participated in other CONNECT Our Future events including open houses, small groups 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