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Connect Our Future
Vibrant Communities - Robust Region

 

 

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Vibrant Communities - Robust Region
If you live, work, or play in the 14 county region that includes Charlotte, your input is wanted! Please feel free to share with friends and family and forward the links to your contacts.
 
"CONNECT Our Future" is a process through which communities, counties, businesses, educators, non-profits and other organizations work together to grow jobs and the economy, improve quality of life and control the cost of government. This process will create a regional growth framework developed through extensive community engagement and built on what communities identify as existing conditions, future plans and needs, and potential strategies. It is supported by a $4.9 million HUD Sustainable Communities Grant and $3 million in local in-kind public and private matching resources.
 
The CONNECT Our Future three-year process will engage public, private and non-profit organizations across the 14-county region. It is based on, and builds from, the region's CONNECT vision. To learn more, visit the website or the e-newsletter for more activities in April. To voluntarily add your voice, take this short survey.

The final product of the CONNECT Our Future process – the growth framework – will help to ensure the region can match growth with good quality jobs, transportation, quality housing that is affordable, clean water, improved air quality and other social and physical infrastructure improvements.
 
More than 100 local governments, businesses, and non-profits participating are participating in CONNECT Our Future. The February open houses are the last of 30 held throughout the region in this first phase of public engagement. More events and workshops will be held this summer.

The CONNECT Our Future Federal Grant is administered by the Centralina Council of Governments in partnership with the Catawba Regional Council of Governments, both of which are helping to coordinate, facilitate and staff the process. 
 
Contact:  Michelle Nane
Centralina Council of Governments
704-348-2709 or email for more information.
 

 

Love Inc Adopt An Elder Program

 

Love Inc. will help your church recruit team members and will provide training and guidance for 6-12 individuals (per team) to assist an individual who needs help to remain independent.  The things they need help with are not difficult, but there may be several different types of needs and that might be more help than one or two individuals can handle alone.
You can also serve even if your church does not have a team.  There will be teams staffed by members of several different churches.
For more information or to start a team contact call 704-536-5588.

 

 

Identity Theft

 

If you become a victim of identity theft, there are ways to recover your good credit rating.  First, report the identity theft to Social Security's Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271.   Then, report it to the Federal Trade Commission's ID Theft Hotline, 1-877-IDTHEFT.  You also should contact the three major credit bureaus, tell them you're an identity theft victim and ask them to place a fraud alert on your records. 
The Credit bureaus are:
 
Also, write your creditors and ask them to contact you before opening any new accounts in your name or changing existing accounts or credit limits.  For more information on identity theft, visit the identity theft page website.  
Protect Your Number and Records
Keep your Social Security number and card in a safe place.  If a business or other enterprise asks you for your Social Security number, you can refuse to give it to them.  However, that may mean doing without the purchase or service for which your number was requested.  For example, utility companies and other services ask for your Social Security number, but do not need it; they can do a credit check or identify their customers by alternative means. 
 
Giving your number is voluntary even when you are asked for the number directly.  If requested, you should ask:
  • why your number is needed;
  • how your number will be used;
  • what happens if you refuse; and
  • what law requires you to give your number.
The answers to these questions can help you decide if you want to give your Social Security number.  The decision is yours.

 


 

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