Citywide Newsroom Archive
Below are news releases for the current year. Click the links on the left to access previous years' releases.
City Manager Ron Carlee has declared uptown Charlotte's SkyShow 2016 on July 4 an Extraordinary Event. The city also kicked off its social media campaign, #704th, to highlight July 4 (7/04) celebrations in Charlotte (704).
Council Approves FY17 Budget
Tonight Charlotte City Council voted 9-1 to approve the citywide budget for fiscal year (FY) 2017 totaling $2.45 billion.
2016 Speed Street report
The 22nd annual Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street festival drew an estimated 200,000 participants to Uptown Charlotte over three days.
Council wrap-up for May 23, 2016
Council removed the House Bill 2 (HB2) item with no action on the subject. A motion was put forth to discuss the topic on May 25, during the budget straw vote meeting. Council voted 7-4 against the motion.
Council wrap-up for May 9, 2016
Community members provided input on the recommended Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 city operating and capital budget during a public hearing Monday.
FY17 Budget Recommendations
Tonight Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee presented his fiscal year (FY)2017 recommended budget to Mayor and City Council, emphasizing a structurally balanced and sustainable budget that addresses public safety needs associated with a growing community.
April 11 Council wrap up
Charlotte City Council approved changes to its Rules of Procedure, updating how it conducts meetings, after completing the first comprehensive review of the rules in more than 15 years.
Spring Ahead - Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries
Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 13, and families will “spring ahead,” setting clocks ahead one hour. When you’re changing those clocks, remember to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
City manager to stay through budget process
Mayor Jennifer Roberts announced tonight that the Charlotte City Council and City Manager Ron Carlee have agreed that Carlee will continue to serve as manager through completion of the Fiscal Year 2017 budget process.
CFD Chief ‘Pays Up’ on Super Safety Challenge Wager
Charlotte Fire Chief Jon Hannan fulfilled his part in the “Super Safety Challenge” Tuesday morning, Feb. 16, when he tested and installed several smoke alarms in a resident’s home – all while wearing a Denver Broncos jersey.
City of Charlotte prepares for winter weather
Winter weather is expected to move into the area on Monday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management will be monitoring weather conditions and departments will determine potential impacts to city services.
Trails and Tails
Have a K-9 companion? Want to meet other dog lovers in Mecklenburg County? Meet up with the Shelter Pet Enrichment Fund and Park and Rec at various park locations across Mecklenburg County the second Saturday of each month from 9:30am - 11:30am.
#KeepPounding for the home team
As the Carolinas prepare to cheer on the Panthers in Super Bowl 50, no one is more excited than staff from the City of Charlotte.
January 25 2016 Council Wrap Up
Charlotte City Council voted Monday to approve four items related to the LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE) project to maintain the current project schedule.
City offices closed January 22
Due to severe winter weather conditions, City of Charlotte offices will be closed on Friday, Jan. 22. Due to dangerous road conditions, residents are asked not to travel unless absolutely necessary.
Citywide P-card compliance audit
The City of Charlotte today released results of an internal audit that evaluated the city’s internal procurement card (P-Card) policy.
Panthers Counterfeit Tickets/Extraordinary Event
As the Carolina Panthers begin their NFL Playoff run, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department would like to remind the public that purchasing game tickets from non-reputable sources can be a costly and unnecessary risk.
New Year's Eve 2015 after-action report
The 2015 New Year’s Eve celebration, hosted by Ally Bank and Charlotte Center City Partners, was deemed to be a lively and incident-free event with approximately 5,000 people in attendance.
Update: Northlake Mall incident
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide/ADW Unit are conducting an officer involved shooting investigation that occurred in the 6800 block of Northlake Mall Drive in the North Division.
CMPD investigating Northlake Mall incident
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide/ADW Unit detectives are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred inside the Northlake Mall, located in the 6800 block of Northlake Mall Drive.
Council wrap-up for December 14, 2015
Charlotte City Council voted to accept a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to fund the Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) anti-gang initiative.
Council wrap up for November 9, 2015
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) Police Chief Kerr Putney presented the current state of public safety and the department’s strategy to fight crime.
CLT Passenger Traffic Keeps Climbing
Passenger traffic at CLT rose 1 percent to 33,716,968 travelers flying through CLT January – September 2015 compared to the same time period in 2014.
Spooky and Safe - Avoid Hidden Fire Hazards This Halloween
In just a few days, zombies and vampires, princesses and knights will be hitting Charlotte-area streets, looking for Halloween treats. Don’t let those festive costumes and decorations bring dangerous Halloween tricks this weekend – like home fires.
Council wrap-up for October 26, 2015
Charlotte City Council adopted a resolution that extends requirements council imposed on itself earlier this year to members of certain boards, committees and commissions of the City of Charlotte.
CLT Passenger Numbers Continue Rising
Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s passenger numbers rose 1 percent to 30,140,846 travelers flying through CLT January – August 2015 compared to the same time period in 2014.
CFD Honors 126 Employees With Awards, Ribbons
At least 126 firefighters and other Charlotte Fire Department (CFD) employees will be honored on Tuesday, Oct. 6, for going to extraordinary lengths to protect the citizens of Charlotte – and beyond.
Council wrap up for September 28, 2015
Charlotte City Council voted to accept a grant from the New York County District Attorney’s Office in the amount of $557,974 to test 885 unprocessed sexual assault kits.
CFD Communications Staff Wins Two Major State Awards
The Charlotte Fire Department Communications division took home two major state awards at the North Carolina Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials/National Emergency Number Association (NC APCO/NENA) conference on Sept. 16 in Sunset Beach.
CLT Passenger Numbers Increase
Passenger traffic at Charlotte Douglas International Airport increased 1 percent to 26,214,093 travelers visiting CLT January – July 2015 compared to the same time period in 2014.
Council wrap-up for August 24, 2015
Council actions include approving the All-Hazards Mitigation Plan, contamination cleanup monitoring at area wastewater treatment plants, Bojangles'/Ovens Auditorium parking lot expansion and more.
Lightning Causes Two House Fires
The Charlotte Fire Investigation Task Force determined lightning caused two house fires in Charlotte Wednesday evening, Aug. 19.
Unattended Candle Causes Apartment Fire
The Charlotte Fire Investigation Task Force determined an unattended burning candle caused a morning fire at 7128 Wallace Road, in the Wallace Woods Apartment complex.
City's CFO named CFO of the Year
Charlotte's Chief Financial Officer Randy Harrington was named CFO of the Year for a local government agency by the Charlotte Business Journal. Assistant Aviation Director of Finance Mike Hill was a finalist.
Council wrap-up for July 27, 2015
The City's contribution for services during the 2017 NBA All-Star Game will be capped at $600.000 through an in-kind contribution that would cover public safety and traffic control costs.
Charlotte Fire Department Achieves Highest Rating Possible
The Charlotte Fire Department has received a Class 1 Public Protection Classification rating from the Insurance Services Office, which means business owners, residents and visitors to Charlotte can count on superior fire protection.
SkyShow 2015 declared extraordinary event
An Extraordinary Event is defined as a large-scale event or event of national or international significance that might attract a significant number of people to a certain geographic area of the city.
CFD Announces Deputy Chief
Charlotte Fire Chief Jon Hannan announced on Wednesday, June 24, that Kevin Gordon will be the department’s newest deputy chief.
Council wrap up for June 22, 2015
CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe was honored by Mayor and Council during tonight’s meeting for his seven years of service to CMPD, the largest municipal police department in the state of North Carolina.
Mayor's Youth Employment Program Hosts Annual Kickoff Event
The Mayor’s Youth Employment Program recently kicked off its summer internship season, hosting its annual event that provides hundreds of local high school interns and their host employers with the opportunity to meet, mingle and discuss logistics.
2014 Water Quality Report
Once again, drinking water provided by Charlotte Water meets and exceeds all state and federal standards. Charlotte Water conducted more than 150,000 tests on drinking water in 2014 to ensure that the water we all drink is safe.
CMPD seeks public input on JAG grants
CMPD will apply for Justice Assistant Grants to fund several important law enforcement initiatives and invites the public to comment and provide feedback.
Airport Community Job Fair
Charlotte Douglas International Airport in association with its tenants will host a community job fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6 at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and Fire Academy located at 1770 Shopton Road, Charlotte, NC 28217.
Charlotte prepares for Speed Street
The City of Charlotte has outlined services it provides to make the three-day Speed Street festival a safe and successful event for visitors, uptown residents and workers.
CLT Canine Crew a Hit with Passengers
Charlotte Douglas International Airport has extended our southern hospitality by welcoming the CLT Canine Crew, our new team of four-legged volunteers to greet passengers at the airport.
Council wrap up for May 11
Charlotte residents weighed in on the proposed FY2016 city budget during a hearing at Monday's Charlotte City Council meeting.
CRTPO makes decision on I-485 South wide paved shoulder
On April 7, the policy board of the CRTPO voted to leave the wide paved shoulder in place on I-485 between I-77 and Johnston Road in anticipation of an upcoming managed lanes project between I-77 and US 74 (Independence Boulevard).
Council wrap up for March 23, 2015
The Charlotte City Council adopted a resolution that enables important renovation and construction projects to proceed and enables the financing of improvements to Bank of America Stadium and Bojangles’ Coliseum to proceed.
Lane Closure: Park Road - March 21 - 22, 2015
To accommodate construction for the Sulkirk Road Water Main Replacement, lane closures will occur on Park Road at the intersection of Park South Drive on Saturday, March 21, 2015 and Sunday, March 22, 2015.
Lane Closure: Park Road - March 20 - 23, 2015
Park Road will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Seneca Place and Cortland Road on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7 p.m. and will re-open on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 6 a.m.
February 26 winter weather update - 2 p.m.
The City of Charlotte reminds residents to use extreme caution when traveling on area roads overnight tonight and tomorrow morning. As temperatures dip below freezing overnight, standing water on roads can turn into black ice and make driving dangerous.
February 25 winter weather update - 5:30 p.m.
As the city of Charlotte and its partner agencies continue to prepare for the impending weather event, residents are being urged to use caution on area roads when traveling tonight and tomorrow.
February 17 winter weather update - 4 p.m.
Residents cautioned about black ice on area roads. CDOT advises that street temperatures won't rise above freezing until 9 a.m. tomorrow and asks resident to delay their morning commute if possible.
February 16 winter weather update - 11 p.m.
The City of Charlotte urges area residents to take precautions throughout the night as ice on area roads makes traveling treacherous. Ice is also expected on branches and power lines. Power outages are a possibility in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
February 16 winter weather update - 11 a.m.
The City of Charlotte and its partnering agencies are advising all residents to prepare for icy conditions throughout the area tonight and through tomorrow morning as a result of the winter storm arriving this afternoon.
Nominate a CMPD officer
Nominations are being accepted for the 36th annual Police-Community Relations Award, which recognizes CMPD officers and work teams for building positive, problem-solving relationship with individual citizens and neighborhood groups.
City Council meeting January 26, 2015
City Council approved the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) to enter into a five-year contract with Taser International to equip officers with Body Worn Cameras.
CDOT crews prepare for winter weather
The Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be treating Charlotte bridges and culverts with salt and/or salt brine tonight under a “Condition A” of the ice control and snow removal plan.
Curb It! MLK holiday collection schedule
The City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services will not collect garbage, recyclables, yard waste and bulky waste on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 19.
Last day to nominate someone for 2015 MLK Medallion Award
This award recognizes those who personify the ideals of racial equality and social justice espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The award will be presented during the MLK Annual Prayer Breakfast on January 19 at the Charlotte Convention Center.