|J. Scott Padgett
J. Scott Padgett was elected to the position of Mayor in 2001 after serving on the City Council since 1995. A longtime resident of Concord, Scott is a retired elementary school principal who received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University, Master of Education Degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an Advanced Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Very active in the community, Scott is a member of the Concord Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow and former Board of Directors member), and All Saints Episcopal Church. He is a past member of the North Carolina League of Municipalities Board of Directors, is an active participant in the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and is a current board member of the N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Cabarrus Boys & Girls Club and Cabarrus Bank & Trust. He is a member of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce, and has been honored with the Order of The Long Leaf Pine.
Prior to becoming an elected official of the City, Mayor Padgett served as a member of Concord’s Planning and Zoning Commission. He is married and has one child and three grandchildren. Mayor Padgett states, “I have always been impressed with the leadership in Concord, and it is an honor to serve the citizens. We have many challenges today, but they are no greater than those faced by our forefathers. Working together, we can make this an even better place in which to live and work.”
A Message from the Mayor
Here's to being bold in 2016
It is hard to believe that we are already well into 2016. The City Council and staff are working on the budget process and priorities for the next fiscal year that begins in July. Our state legislature will also convene for the short session in April to work on the state's budget and priorities.
In recent years the North Carolina General Assembly has asserted their power to make decisions that have traditionally been made by local governments. I sincerely hope the upcoming legislative session will not be a continuation of this practice. One of the most divisive issues in North Carolina is the espoused conflict between the rural areas and urban areas of our state. You may remember that last year there was a narrowly defeated bill that would have taken a higher portion sales taxes generated in urban areas like Cabarrus County and redistributed them to rural areas of the state.
Many of us grew up in rural areas and we are proud of our roots. The fact is our state and country are becoming more urban. This is simply a product of market forces. More than seventy five percent of economic development occurs in urban areas but many of those jobs are filled with nearby residents from rural areas. We will never achieve successful outcomes with an "us-versus-them" attitude. We should be one state working together to make it better for everyone.
As we move forward, I hope that our state leaders will provide a bold vision for the entire state. This bold vision will need to be supported by bold investment. North Carolina can be great when the vision for our future is all inclusive and represents the best for all of us.
On a lighter note, I am looking forward to the enjoyable music filling Downtown Concord this summer. On the third Thursday evening in May, The Tams return to Concord for the latest installment of Haulers on Union, part of the regional 600 Festival series of events. In June, the popular Union Street Live concerts and block parties resume each third Thursday through September. This series is produced by Concord Downtown Development Corporation under the leadership of Executive Director Diane Young, with the financial support of local businesses. Keep this handy schedule or visit concorddowntown.com for more information.