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Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

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980-314-2900

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Board Bulletin 
July 21, 2014
 
Legislative Update

The General Assembly appeared to inch closer to a budget agreement (and with it, adjournment) this week. However, while making progress on issues such as teacher pay and Medicaid, there was not yet agreement on these major points that must be resolved in order to move to smaller issues of disagreement.

While those negotiations continued, the Senate Finance committee passed a local sales tax proposal that would prevent counties from having more than 2 1/2 cents of local sales tax. With Mecklenburg already collecting 2 cents for General Fund and school construction and a 1/2 cent for Transit, this bill would prevent the planned-for 1/4 cent referendum this fall.

The bill was originally calendared for Thursday, but the Senate re-referred the bill to the Finance committee where changes will be considered before the full Senate considers it. Because the proposal was inserted into a previously unrelated House bill, if the Senate approves the measure the House will have to take an up or down vote to concur in the Senate changes. If the House does not concur, a conference committee will be appointed to negotiate a compromise on the legislation. 

Even as these issues proceeded unresolved, the House filed a resolution on Wednesday to adjourn the session on Friday, July 25. The adjournment suggests optimism among House leadership that issues will be resolved or displaced in the next week.  
 

DSS/Salvation Army Partnership Earns National Award

In 2010, The Salvation Army, Charlotte Housing Authority, Mecklenburg County, CMS, two large community churches, and numerous volunteers launched SHIP: Supportive Housing Innovative Partnership at Hampton Creste, a collaborative effort to reduce homelessness by providing struggling families the services, support, and short-term rental subsidies needed for them to become self-sufficient. The Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services supplies two case workers for SHIP, providing case management and Work First services.

Since launching the program 3½ years ago, 127 families – with a total of 246 children – have been enrolled in the SHIP program. To date, 23 of those families have graduated from SHIP, successfully moving on into market-rate housing before their three-year allotment has run out.

This month, the SHIP at Hampton Creste collaboration was recognized for its accomplishments by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, who chose SHIP as a recipient of a 2014 NAHRO Award of Merit, which gives national recognition to those housing and community development organizations that have found innovative ways of making a difference in the communities and the lives of the people they serve.
If you have questions about the SHIP at Hampton Creste collaboration, you can contact Deronda Metz, director of Social Services for the Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte, via email
 

BSSA-IT Innovation Recognized by Microsoft CityNext

A series of Microsoft-led innovations that are transforming our technology capabilities have resulted in the company choosing Mecklenburg County as an example for other governments to follow.

Microsoft Southeast Director Alex Pope recently nominated Mecklenburg County to be a part of Microsoft’s CityNext initiative, which recognizes governments that use technology to be more productive and efficient.
As part of the County’s recognition, Microsoft has produced a video case study using the County’s BSSA-IT department as a model for other local governments across the nation on how to adopt an integrated set of technologies to become more efficient, drive cost savings, and increase employee productivity. You can view the video here.

BSSA-IT began a technology overhaul earlier this year with the goal of finding modern and secure technology solutions that save time and money, enhance employee productivity, and meet security and privacy requirements.

To achieve these goals, the County is using several Microsoft solutions – updating employees to Microsoft Office 365, deploying 175 Microsoft Surface Pro devices, and adding additional file and data storage capacity.
Office 365 includes the same Office products – Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint – as the traditional Office, but allows employees to access files and applications from virtually anywhere from their computer, tablet, or mobile device.

The new system updates automatically, reduces the cost for data storage and provides additional disaster recovery capability.

The Surface Pro devices allow workers to access information remotely and securely, without being in an office. Social workers with the Department of Social Services Youth and Family Services Division are using the tablets along with Office 365 and custom-built applications to access case documents while visiting clients in the field.
Restaurant inspectors use their Surface Pros to access a custom-built State of North Carolina application that allows them to download and print state applications and certificates for clients, greatly enhancing customer service.

Park and Recreation employees are also using Office 365 to efficiently collect payments, schedule venues, and integrate with the County’s financial system. These innovations allow employees to spend more time on-site doing their jobs and less time driving to the office.

If you have questions about Microsoft CityNext, you can contact Cliff DuPuy, BSSA-IT’s Technology Services director, via email
 

UNCC Helping DSS Recruit and Retain Social Workers

As I indicated in my FY 15 budget message, the County is partnering with UNC Charlotte to complete a recruitment and retention study for the Department of Social Services. Assistant County Manager Michelle Lancaster is finalizing an agreement with the university that will include the work of a three-person research team. 

This team will focus on providing three types of information in their study. First, they will conduct a thorough literature review on best practices in recruiting and retaining social services staff; second, they will complete focus groups with non-supervisory staff in all DSS divisions about how to better recruit and retain staff; and, finally, they will collect information from comparable agencies from North Carolina and from other states with a focus on caseload size and standards. 

The work of the research team is expected to begin in mid-August, and completed by March 1, 2015. I am excited about the information that we will gain from this work and the effect our findings will have on our organization. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Michelle Lancaster via email
 

Music Series Returns to Romare Bearden Park

The Bearden Music Series will resume at Romare Bearden Park on Saturday, July 26, with an evening of soul and beach music featuring The Headliners and Ken Knox & Company. The event is free to attend, with live music beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and arrive early to enjoy food from vendors including Brixx Pizza, I Scream 4 Ice Cream, Roots Farm Food, Thrasher Dawgs, and Junior Scoops Italian Ice.

The final installment of the Bearden Summer Music Series is slated for Sept. 20 and will feature an evening of Cajun music.

Romare Bearden Park is also offering a series of weekly performances, the “Party in the Park” series, each Wednesday evening from 5:30-9 p.m. Live music begins at 6 p.m., and food and beverages will be available for purchase. The schedule of bands for “Party in the Park” is:

•  July 23 – The Entertainers
•  July 30 – Jim Quick & Coastline
•  August 6 – Band of Oz
•  August 13 – The Fantastic Shakers
•  August 20 – A Sign of the Times
•  August 27 – The Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band – On the Border
•  September 3 – Too Much Sylvia

To learn more about these and other events, visit the Romare Bearden Park website.

Address

Mailing Address:

Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Office Location:


Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

MAP

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Contact

County Manager's Office
980-314-2900