FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2014
Ashley Simmons, Office of the Mayor
Mayor Dan Clodfelter highlighted the City of Charlotte’s Community Investment Plan, when he spoke to the Charlotte Rotary Club Tuesday. In his discussion, Clodfelter outlined several projects that are scheduled for the November 2014 bond referendum, supporting $146 million in improvements to the city.
The projects include street and intersection improvements, sidewalks, walking and bike trails, housing, neighborhood amenities, airport improvements, and public safety improvements. The focus areas of the plan are livability, getting around, and job growth. Charlotte City Council approved the plan June 9 as part of the 2015 budget.
Clodfelter also answered questions from audience members. Attendees posed questions about several topics including the airport, jobs, the city’s tax base and plans for the city’s water supply.
Clodfelter said he believes the CIP will strengthen Charlotte’s competitive edge. He also asked attendees to help become familiar with the plan, so they can speak about it with others.
"Please share the importance of this plan to Charlotte’s future," said Clodfelter. "It’s not just about building a sidewalk, or a bike trail. It’s about putting the necessary infrastructure in place to sustain Charlotte’s vibrant future."
Clodfelter discussed the transformation of Charlotte since 1977, when he chose to relocate to Charlotte over Atlanta, after completing his law degree.
"You could sense that things were bubbling up in Charlotte," said Clodfelter. "I’ve never regretted that choice. Charlotte is not only a great place to raise a family, but it has become a magnet for young people."
"Working together in partnership, we can harness our city’s academic, research and business assets in a way that attracts and retains the best and brightest to work at start-ups, small businesses and large firms. Through this plan we can also maintain a high quality, livable environment for the citizens who call Charlotte home."