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February 1, 2016

State Treasurer Janet Cowell Gives Boost to Connect NC Bond Campaign

North Carolina Treasurer Janet Cowell said Wednesday, January 27, the state has the capacity to borrow $2 billion through the Connect NC Bond program. Ms. Cowell, nationally recognized and respected for her fiscal management, said the state has managed its debt.

"Our findings demonstrate that North Carolina has maintained a conservative posture on debt and has the ability to responsibly invest in its future — and keep the 'AAA' bond ratings if the Connect NC bonds are approved," Cowell said.

According to the Office of State Budget and Management, the bonds will NOT require a tax increase. The bonds will pay for 50 years of infrastructure with a 20-year payback period. This is the first state bond campaign in 16 years. Read more about Treasurer Cowell's release here.

To read more about the Connect NC Bonds, a note from Governor Pat McCrory and frequently asked questions, click here.

Code Enforcement, LUESA Mark Move to New Facility with Ribbon Cutting

On January 8, Code Enforcement and other divisions of the Land Use and Environmental Services Agency hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the move to 2145 Suttle Avenue, the former Charlotte School of Law building. 

Click here for more about the new facility, phone number and Customer Service Center.

BEST NC's 2016 Facts and Figures: Education in North Carolina

BEST NC's second edition 2016 Facts and Figures now provides an even more comprehensive collection of data about North Carolina’s education system from cradle to career. It now includes over 100 data points with information from across a student’s full educational experience in North Carolina.

You can view or download an electronic version of the 2016 Facts & Figures book at the year, follow #NCEdFacts on Twitter or @BESTNCorg for selected data points on North Carolina education. If you would like printed copies of the updated Facts & Figures, please contact BEST NC at

2016 Transportation Infrastructure Summit - Today, Tomorrow, Together

The 2016 Transportation Infrastructure Summit will take place Friday, March 4, at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge. This year's theme, "Today, Tomorrow, Together," will convene hundreds of business and public sector leaders who address the path forward for Charlotte's transportation future.

As the Charlotte region continues to experience rapid growth, we must invest in the infrastructure needed to accommodate that growth while also maintaining existing infrastructure. This summit will feature speakers and panelists who discuss the region's multi-modal growth plans and ways to finance and support a bold vision that positions our city for success in the decades to come.

Register now. Stay tuned for exciting speaker confirmations. Click here to view highlights from last year's event.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education Launches Survey to Seek Community Input on Student Assignment

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education is seeking input from parents, CMS employees and other Mecklenburg County residents to help inform how students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) are assigned to schools. The online survey opened Friday, January 29, and closes February 22, 2016. Survey results will be used to inform any changes to the district’s student assignment plan, which would take effect in the 2017-2018 school year.

The CMS Student Assignment Survey is designed to gain valuable feedback on what’s important to community members when considering their child’s education or public education overall.

“We want anyone interested in the success of our public schools to participate in the survey, whether they have children in CMS or not,” said Mary McCray, chairperson of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. “The success of our public schools impacts all of us. We want to develop a thoughtful student assignment plan that reflects input from people across all areas of our county.”

The survey is part of the Board of Education’s comprehensive student assignment review process, which started in February 2015 and is expected to continue throughout the year.

“Maximizing academic achievement by every student in every school is our core mission,” McCray added. “The student assignment process is our opportunity to rethink how CMS students are assigned to schools and how we can provide families with greater choices to satisfy the unique interests and aspirations of all students.”

The online survey can be taken on any computer or mobile device. Simply go to the CMS website at and click on the Student Assignment Survey link at the top of the homepage. The online survey can be taken in English or Spanish.

Paper copies of the survey will also be available at every CMS school front office and the Smith Family Center. Individual paper copies in other languages will be made available upon request.

February Aviation Committee Meeting

The Aviation Committee will meet tomorrow, February 2, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the CLT Center at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. Committee members will hear from representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, American Airlines and the airport about the recently unveiled plans to reduce plane and passenger time on the tarmac. Dubbed NextGen, as in Next Generation, the plans include using a digital system to link networks and navigation systems, and improve the efficiency of operations.

To register for this committee meeting, click here.

For questions regarding this committee meeting, please contact Laura Guacci at 704.378.1322.

February Business and Workplace Topics Committee Meeting

The Business and Workplace Topics Committee will meet Thursday, February 4, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Charlotte Chamber. The committee will hear from Michael Barnes, president of Unique Background Solutions, who will speak about the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Mr. Barnes will separate facts from myths and address what is commonly misunderstood by employers. He will also speak on recent litigation and the costs associated with lawsuits, and the committee will take away five common actions to minimize lawsuits.

To register for this committee meeting, click here.

For questions regarding this committee meeting, please contact Laura Guacci at 704.378.1322.

February Transportation Committee Meeting

The Transportation Committee will meet Wednesday, February 24 at 8 a.m. at the Charlotte Chamber. Stay tuned for more meeting details.

To register for this committee meeting, click here.

For questions regarding this committee meeting, please contact Laura Guacci at 704.378.1322.