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Concord Weekly Update - February 16, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018

Did you know?
Did you know the Blackboard Connect system is in place to help keep you up-to-date about service changes or other updates via voice, text, and email messages? However, only residents and businesses with a published landline phone number are already in the system. Residents and businesses may add additional contact information through the Blackboard Connect Portal. Click here to update your information now, and click here for more information about Blackboard Connect.

New destination announced at Concord Regional Airport: Destin, Florida
On Monday, City officials joined Allegiant Air to announce Destin, Florida as the airline's sixth nonstop destination from Concord Regional Airport (USA). Twice-a-week seasonal service will begin June 7 to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). "We are proud to partner with a great company to expand our travel options for those in the surrounding area," said Concord Aviation Director Dirk Vanderleest. "This will be a great benefit to the Charlotte area and Cabarrus County community as we continue to attract those looking for convenient and nonstop service to their favorite vacation destinations." Concord is one of five new routes to Destin for Allegiant. Schedules and ticketing information is available at, or learn more about commercial service at Concord Regional Airport at

County parking deck construction causing brief downtown Concord traffic shift
Drivers in downtown Concord will encounter a single-lane closure and traffic shift on Spring Street SW between Corban Avenue and Foard Avenue, beginning Monday, February 19, through Thursday, February 22. Signage and flaggers will direct traffic around the closure, which is associated with the construction of the County’s new 628-spot downtown parking deck. The deck, on the corner of Corban Avenue SW at Spring Street SW, across from the Cabarrus County Courthouse, will help address parking demands for courthouse activities. Find out more at

What's Happening at ClearWater – last chance for faculty art!
ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord will host a closing reception and two Artist Talks as part of the 2nd annual faculty show of selected artworks by nine Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Fine Arts Department faculty members. The event will be Thursday, March 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The show has been on view in the ClearWater Gallery since mid-January. The range of works include 6-foot tall watercolor close-ups of trees, photography, photo-collage, abstract and surrealist painting, and mixed media. The Artist Talks will come from Anna Kenar, whose intaglio prints examining and manipulating imagery from World War II photos are on exhibit; and Mikel Frank, whose colorful abstract paintings incorporate tissue and other materials and artifacts. ClearWater Artist Studios is at 223 Crowell Drive NW in Gibson Village. For details and weekly hours, see; the CW Facebook Page, or call the office at 704-784-9535. Open to the public most weekdays, with plenty of free parking.

Starting March 19 – ride the new Concord Charlotte Express bus service
Rider Transit has is launching the new Concord Charlotte Express regional bus route on Monday, March 19. This new express service will connect the Rider Transit Center, CFA Village/Big Lots Park and Ride, and the new Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) JW Clay Boulevard Station on the LYNX Blue Line Extension. This service, run by Rider Transit and the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis, in partnership with CATS and the City of Charlotte, will be the first all-day, seven-day-a-week regional express service in our area. It will provide easy access to and from Charlotte to provide residents and visitors expanded access to employment, medical, entertainment, and educational options. The service will launch with free rides for the first two weeks—March 19 through April 1--visit to find out more.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Second chance to discuss Concord's next greenway phase coming February 26
The second drop-in workshop on the next greenway construction project will be Monday, February 26. The Hector H. Henry, II Greenway's Riverwalk phase will be designed in the coming year with plans to begin construction in 2019. City staff members will be on hand at the Fire Station 9 Community Room, located at 1020 Ivey Cline Road, from 4:00 until 7:00 to meet with residents and answer questions about the next Henry Greenway phase. Additional information is available at

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

20 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
14 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at 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 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

Peter Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager
City of Concord
704-920-5210 office