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August 20, 2009


NACo selects Mecklenburg County to host 2015 Conference

We have been notified by the National Association of Counties (NACo) that it has selected Mecklenburg County as the host location for its 2015 Annual Conference. At the request of the Charlotte Convention and Visitors Bureau (CCVB), in November, 2005 the Board of County Commissioners authorized the chairman to request that NACo consider awarding the Conference to Mecklenburg County in 2011 or 2012. The CCVB submitted a bid for the Conference on behalf of the Board.

Board members may recall that Mecklenburg County served as the host site for the Conference in 2000. Hosting the Conference is a significant undertaking that involves specific requirements of the host county. In 2000, these requirements and other host activities included a budget of approximately $1.4 million that was met through a collaboration of local governments and private fund raising across the North and South Carolina. That event brought approximately 5,000 people from across the United States to Mecklenburg County and the Carolinas.

NACo, comprising more than 2,000 member counties, provides legislative, research, technical, and public affairs assistance to its members. NACo also champions issues of concern to counties before the federal government, and provides a platform to assist counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research.

In addition to naming Mecklenburg County as the 2015 Annual Conference host, NACo has identified the following locations for upcoming annual conferences:

  • 2010, Washoe County (Reno), Nevada
  • 2011, Multnomah County (Portland),Oregon
  • 2012, Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania
  • 2013, Tarrant County (Fort Worth), Texas
  • 2014, Orleans County (New Orleans) Louisiana
County staff is communicating with NACo to ensure we have a full understanding of its expectations and requirements of the host county. Once this information is available, we will provide a briefing to the Board, including recommendations for how these requirements will be fulfilled.

CTO Recruitment to Begin

The recruiting process is underway to hire a new Chief Transit Official (CTO) for Charlotte Area Transit (CATS). This process is consistent with the Transit Governance Interlocal Agreement, which states the following relative to the selection of the CTO:

The chief transit official shall be a City of Charlotte employee appointed by the Charlotte City Manager with the concurrence of the Mecklenburg County Manager and a Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) member representative (not a Charlotte or Mecklenburg County representative) selected by the MTC.

MTC Chair, Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, has appointed Davidson Mayor John Woods to be the MTC's representative on the selection panel. Matthews Town Manager Hazen Blodgett has been asked to join Mayor Woods, Charlotte City Manager Curt Walton and myself on the selection panel.

The four members of the selection panel have conferred and agreed to move forward with the recruitment process as follows. Advertisements will be posted electronically with all national transit-related organizations, with a closing date of September 25, 2009. A profile of the Chief Transit Official position, updated during the 2007 recruitment process, will be subjected to a series of focus groups for input. The profile also will be posted on the city/county website for additional public input. The process is designed to name a new CATS CEO by November 30, 2009.

Board members who would like the current profile for the CTO or who have questions about the process should contact me directly.  

- Harry L. Jones, Sr., County Manager


Tuesday, September 1

  • 5pm, Dinner Meeting, CH14
  • 6pm, Regular Meeting, Chamber

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