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It’s not the first time Mecklenburg County government has asked its residents about some important issues, but the “Mecklenburg County Asks the Big Questions” event on Jan. 8, 2014 marked the first time they’ve been asked in such an unusual way.  
County staff were deployed to eight different Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library locations the evening of January 8 to talk to residents and listen to their thoughts about pressing issues that face Mecklenburg County. Residents were also asked to fill out short surveys to give their opinions on the importance of economic development, our quality of life and cost of living, human services, and more.
The “Big Questions” event was developed for the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to help gather information to use as part of its planning process and agenda-setting for the coming year and beyond. More than 60 residents braved bitterly cold weather and took time out of their evenings to drop by a library and take a survey.
“It really provided a different way for residents to talk back to commissioners about their thoughts, ideas and concerns on the future of Mecklenburg County,” said Danny Diehl, Public Information director. “The Board needs input to help build on our strengths as a community and government, and where to focus their improvement efforts.”
The survey was also available online at, a County civic feedback and resource site. Updates and pictures from the “Big Questions” event were sent out live from Twitter and on the County’s Facebook site.
Information and feedback provided by the surveys will be compiled and presented to BOCC members during strategic planning sessions in the weeks to come. View the BOCC’s preliminary Strategic Agenda.