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Concord Weekly Update - October 20, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Did you know?
Did you know local first responders and Concord Regional Airport staff regularly train for emergency situations? On the morning of Tuesday, October 24, first responders will take part in a simulated incident near the airport. Through the realistic portrayal of this event in a learning environment, participants will rehearse the emergency protocols and procedures that would be needed should an actual aircraft accident occur. The public may see additional emergency traffic around the airport Tuesday morning. Volunteers will play the role of injured passengers. Concord Regional Airport’s response to the incident and interaction with other agencies will be evaluated to find ways to improve future training, equipment, and response procedures. Additional information about airport safety requirements is available at faa.gov.

Early voting for the November 7 municipal election continues until November 4
One-Stop Voting (known as early voting) for the November 7 municipal election is now underway. Registered voters are able to vote by Absentee One-Stop voting at the County Board of Elections offices (369 Church Street N) during set hours weekdays through October 30, as well as Friday, November 3 and part of Saturday, November 4. This year's municipal election in Concord includes City Council Members from Districts 3, 4, and 5 and the Mayor. Voters can find one-stop voting times and more information on the municipal election online at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections website.

CTW visits ClearWater Artist Studios to preview Barbara Ellis exhibition
Tune into Cabarrus This Week for a peek at ClearWater Studios new solo exhibition: "Abstracting Spirit: A New Direction," featuring work of tenant artist Barbara Ellis. Ellis' abstract expressionist works have evolved over the years as she delved deeper into how spirit moves her artistic practice. ClearWater is located in Gibson Village (223 Crowell Drive NW). Through December 1, you can view the exhibition Wednesdays through Fridays (noon until 5:00 p.m.), at 2nd Saturday Open Studios (10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.), or by appointment. Find out more at clearwaterartists.com or call 704-784-9535.

CDDC Innovation Day in Downtown Concord TOMORROW!
The Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) is hosting a one-day event called Create the Connection tomorrow, October 21. Last month, creative artists, inventors, and members of the greater community were invited by the CDDC to develop design concepts to activate the sidewalks of Downtown Concord. The 13 entries will be placed along Union Street for a one-day viewing by the public from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. During this event, attendees will vote for their favorite installation, whose designer will receive a $500 prize. Judges will also pick a $1,000 prize winner with potential for a permanent installation. Participants should meet at the Old Courthouse lawn (65 Union Street, South) to get their voting ticket and punch card. Visit concorddowntown.com for more information.

CommUNITY conversations, medication take-back events start next week
Cabarrus County was recently at the top of a list of NC Counties dealing with opioid overdoses. On October 24 at Concord High School, join the City's public safety team, Cabarrus Health Alliance, and Cabarrus County EMS for the latest in a series of important conversations on prescription opioid and heroin abuse in our community (invite family and friends using our Facebook event page). The goal is to bring you valuable information on how we can work together to as a community to combat this epidemic. In addition to this event on October 24, a second conversation in Concord is planned for November 14 at Jay M. Robinson High School.

One way to battle this epidemic is through proper disposal of medications. Saturday, October 28, 2017 is
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On that day, Concord Police are partnering with several pharmacies to host events where the public can drop off unused or expired medications for proper and environmentally safe disposal. There will also be participating pharmacies in Kannapolis, Mount Pleasant, and Harrisburg. All locations will accept drop offs between 10:00 a.m. and noon. As a reminder, the Concord Police Headquarters, the Kannapolis Police Headquarters, and the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office all have a secure medication drop boxes that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Find out more at lockyourmeds.org/nc/cabarrus.

Cabarrus County – America Thrives Here
Cabarrus County has introduced its new brand identity, known as America Thrives Here. Wanting more than a logo and tagline, Cabarrus County sought an authentic, research-based brand that reflected the community as it is today. The research overwhelmingly showed that the community united around four values—family, faith, collaboration and tradition. Starting with Living the Brand Workshops, the County began a year-long project to develop the brand storyline in conjunction with the County’s 225th anniversary. The County will use the brand to project its strategic vision, develop recognition among residents, attract new residents and businesses, engage employees, and aid with the recruitment of a talented and diverse workforce. More information is available at cabarruscounty.us.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Dogs' Day Out TOMORROW!
Dogs, owners, and pet lovers alike are invited to join us at Les Myers Park on Saturday, October 21 for
Dogs' Day Out, a day designed especially for the dogs! To kick everything off, we welcome everyone and their pets to join in a Fun Run/Walk down the greenway at 10:30 a.m. Play off-leash in the Doggie Fun Zone and enter one of our contests for a chance to win some great prizes! Visit our sponsoring veterinarians to ask questions and get current medical information. Be sure to visit Information Alley, packed with great vendors, non-profits, and rescue organizations. Hot dogs and refreshments will be offered by Concord Youth Council. Find out more at concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

November
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
9 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
21 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

Peter Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager
City of Concord
franzese@concordnc.gov
704-920-5210 office