Concord is a vibrant community, and one that honors its heritage and tradition while racing towards the future. Since 1990, the total population of Concord has grown tremendously to approximately 84,000 people. Geographically, the City of Concord has expanded from 23 square miles in 1990 to over 60 square miles. The continued growth and expansion of the City is supported by our comprehensive infrastructure and services, all of which help enhance the quality of life of Concord’s residents.
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The area surrounding Concord, from the Latin for “harmony,” was settled in 1750. Our county, Cabarrus County, was officially formed in 1792. The North Carolina General Assembly named Concord as the county seat in 1796, and from the mid 1800s to 1920, Concord became a booming textile and banking center. Today, we have a diverse economic base that includes distribution, manufacturing, racing, and professional services.
Concord offers an excellent variety of entertainment and leisure for visitors, as well as residents. Whether you want to attend one of NASCAR’s biggest events, go on a shopping spree, or take in the beauty of the Historic District, Concord has it all.
City Management and Planning staff work with regional and state officials to encourage economic development in Concord. Staff works with the Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation to assist businesses with their expansion needs. Visit www.concordnc.gov/business to learn more about what makes Concord an attractive choice for expanding companies.
The City follows applicable state and federal laws when making purchases or contracting services. The City advertises for potential vendors and contractors on the City’s website and in local newspapers.
The City of Concord partners with our community to deliver excellent service, and plans for the future while preserving, protecting, and enhancing the quality of life.
Under the council-manager form of government, the City Council acts as the legislative body in establishing policy and law and the City Manager handles the day-today management of the City organization. In Concord, the Mayor and City Council serve part-time and are elected on a non-partisan basis. The Mayor is elected at-large (city-wide) for a four-year term and serves as the presiding officer at city council meetings and as the official head of the city for ceremonial purposes. The seven City Council Members are elected at-large from districts for staggered four-year terms. The City Council appoints a professional City Manager, who serves as the Council’s chief advisor, and the City Manager appoints the employees of the City. The City Council meets on the second Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 26 Union Street. The meetings are open to the public, and the meeting agendas are posted at concordnc.gov.
In Concord, and elsewhere in North Carolina, county and municipal governments operate independently of each other and have different responsibilities for many services. Concord residents are also residents of the County and pay for and receive County services.
The City of Concord provides a variety of diverse services that every person uses daily. We provide water, sewer, garbage collection and recycling, police, fire, maintenance of City streets, planning and development services, parks and recreation and much more. Many of our residents also purchase electricity from the City. We are proud to deliver this enhanced level of service to residents and strive to be high-quality and customer-focused. Since 2000, the City's Customer Care Center addresses most service requests over the phone at 704-920-5555. We are exploring more ways to make customer care even more convenient.
We are concerned about our natural, historic, economic, and aesthetic resources and work to preserve and enhance them for future generations. In 2012, the North Carolina League of Municipalities honored Concord for its sustainability accomplishments by awarding it the prestigious Susan M. Burgess Sustainability Award. This award recognizes the leadership of the Concord City Council and the achievements of the City's departments.