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SPC Reminder
The Board’s 2007 Strategic Planning Conference is scheduled for Thursday, October 18 at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park. Board members are reminded to contact Hyong Yi to submit an item for inclusion on the conference agenda. Hyong can be reached at 704-336-6945 or via email at Hyong also will contact each Board member next week. Items submitted after October 8 will not be included in the conference binder provided to Board members.

New Human Resources Director Selected
Following an extensive national search conducted by the consulting firm of Waters-Oldani Executive Recruitment, we have hired a new Human Resources Director. Earlier this week, Chris Peek accepted our offer to serve in this capacity, effective October 10.
Although the recruitment drew significant interest from across the United States, we are fortunate that the best candidate is already within our organization. As you may know, Chris currently services as senior human resources manager with Mecklenburg County. In this capacity, his responsibilities include the leadership of the county’s market based pay and rewards systems, employee and retiree benefits administration, as well as the direction of an employee services center.
Prior to joining Mecklenburg County, Chris spent 11 years with the Salvation Army Human Resources Department at its corporate headquarters in Atlanta, GA. This included serving seven years as the Associate Director of Human Resources, where he overall all the human resources operations for the corporation’s 18,000 employees in 15 states.
Chris is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and is certified as a professional in human resources (PHR) by the Society for Human Resources Management.

Grant Secured for Public Involvement Pilot
In the last edition of the Board Bulletin, Board members received an update about Strategic Business Plan key initiatives regarding employee resource management. This week’s update is focused on the key initiative aimed at enhancing public involvement.
This key initiative identified in the Strategic Business Plancalled for seeking a planning grant for a pilot to identify the most effective ways of enhancing public engagement and involvement in civic matters.
Since the adoption of the Board’s Strategic Plan, Mecklenburg County has partnered with The Lee Institute to seek this grant. Recently, The Lee Institute has secured grant funding commitments from The Foundation for the Carolinas and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. One additional grant is still pending confirmation. These grants will fund an 18-month pilot. Implementation will begin in early 2008, following a comprehensive design phase already underway.
Mecklenburg County’s involvement includes providing staff time and other in-kind services to help design and implement the pilot. The pilot design phase also includes staff of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, City of Charlotte Neighborhood Development Office, as well as the Institute of Government at UNC Chapel Hill.
The goal of the pilot, called MeckConnect, is to determine the key factors that most influence public involvement in civic matters. The pilot will examine reasons why people do and do not participate in various civic engagement activities. It also will investigate how the use of modern communications practices and technology can be used successfully to inform, engage, involve and connect more people more easily and more often. The information and experience gained through pilot will be used to recommend a comprehensive approach for sustainable public involvement in public policy decision-making and community building.
For more information see the  Strategic Business Plan
            --Harry L. Jones, Sr., County Manager



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