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Concord Weekly Update - March 16, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

Did you know?
Did you know you can find employment opportunities with the City of Concord in a variety of occupational fields? Get started in a rewarding public service career today at concordnc.gov or call 704-920-JOBS (5627).

LeDerick Blackburn honored with 2018 Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values award
In last week's Council Meeting Highlights, LeDerick Blackburn was announced as the 2018 Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values awardee. Blackburn has worked in the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department for 12 years and received the award from City Manager Brian Hiatt. The Continuous Core Values award was created in 2003 to recognize one coworker annually who embodies the organizational core values and commitment to serving others in the community. Jo Atwater, who was Concord’s Human Resources Director until she passed away in 2004, was the first recipient of the award that was named in her honor. Find out more about Blackburn and his service at concordnc.gov.

Ledwell, Osborne named to key positions as incoming City Manager begins transition
This week, two City of Concord staff members were named to fill open director positions by City Manager Brian Hiatt and incoming City Manager Lloyd Payne. On Wednesday, Steve Osborne was announced as Concord's next Planning and Neighborhood Development Director. Osborne has worked for the City of Concord since 1989 and succeeds retiring Planning Director Margaret Pearson.

Today, Bethany Ledwell was named as Concord's next Communications Director. Ledwell has worked for the City of Concord for over 15 years, and has been serving in the role on an interim basis since former director Vicki Callicutt left for a position with Union County Emergency Communications.

Both promotions are effective Monday, March 26. Payne assumes his new role as City Manager on April 1, as Brian Hiatt retires after 19 years of service with Concord and more than 37 years in North Carolina local governments.

Time for launch: Rider's Concord Charlotte Express starts MONDAY
Rider Transit 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 tryccx.com to find out more.

2018 City cemetery cleanup planned for March 19-23
Crews are making plans for the annual spring cleaning at cemeteries operated by the City of Concord. The work, planned for the week of March 19, will take place at Oakwood Cemetery, West Concord Cemetery, and Rutherford Memorial Park. In order to prepare for spring mowing and grounds work, the City requests the public’s cooperation in removing all items placed on or near gravesites prior to Monday, March 19. Any item not removed from gravesites before this time will be discarded. Flowers and other items may be replaced after Friday, March 23. For more information call the Cemetery division at 704-786-8212.

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.

Now hiring for summer 2018 seasonal positions
Are you or someone you know looking for seasonal employment this coming summer? Concord Parks and Recreation is now hiring for a variety of seasonal positions in preparation for summer aquatics, camps, and programs. Positions with a range of education and experience requirements are available, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started and learn more, 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.

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

April
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session

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