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Commissioner Leake Hosts ‘A Cry for the Quality of Education in District 2’ Town Hall Meeting
County residents are invited to join Commissioner Leake and Mecklenburg County representatives for “A Cry for the Quality of Education in District 2” town hall meeting on Sunday, March 26 beginning at 3:30 p.m. The event will take place at First Baptist Church West, 1801 Oaklawn Ave. in Charlotte.
During the town hall meeting, participants will be able to discuss their issues and concerns about K-8 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the quality of the diploma for graduating seniors.
For more information, contact LaShonda Hart, assistant to the County manager, at 980-314-2906 or LaShonda.Hart@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Air Quality Report to be Presented at Tomorrow’s Board Meeting
At tomorrow’s Board meeting, you will be presented with the 2016 annual report from your citizen advisory commission for air quality.
In their report, the Air Quality Commission (AQC) highlights successes such as Mecklenburg’s compliance with all National Ambient Air Quality Standards and the 99 tons of ozone-forming pollution that will be reduced through the latest round of GRADE (Grants to Replace Aging Diesel Engines) projects. There are also challenges such as a lower, more stringent ozone standard that we must meet by end of ozone season 2017 to avoid a federal non-attainment designation.
The AQC report summarizes air quality data measured in Mecklenburg County which shows that 98 percent of the days during 2016 were classified by EPA as healthy (green) or moderate (yellow).
For more information, contact Shelley Lanham, senior Air Quality specialist, at 980-314-3371 or Shelley.Lanham@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Economic Development Expands
The Office of Economic Development (OED) welcomed Mark Stewart today as an economic development specialist. Mark comes to the County with a wide range of experience, including being a small business owner with his own consulting firm and most recently as the director of the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center.
Mark’s role with OED will be to develop and implement the recommendations of a consultant-led small business eco-system analysis of the County. While developing programs from the recommendations, Mark will also be the main point of contact between small business owners, small business support providers and the County. He will seek ways to help small businesses form, grow and thrive.
Mark’s position is a key first step toward addressing County-wide economic mobility challenges and implementing portions of the Board of County Commissioner’s economic development framework. Mark’s energetic and people-oriented personality is particularly well suited for reaching communities that have not always been connected to opportunities.
Welcome aboard, Mark!