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Concord Weekly Update - May 18, 2018

Friday, May 18, 2018

Did you know?
Did you know the Concord Fire Department is a national leader in working to prevent cancer exposure in the fire service? Find out more at ncfirefightercancer.org.

Blackburn, Smith named to Assistant City Manager posts
City Manager Lloyd Payne has named LeDerick Blackburn and Joshua Smith as the two new Assistant City Managers to fill roles vacated through his appointment to City Manager and the retirement of Deputy City Manager Merl Hamilton.

Blackburn is currently the Community Development Manager for Concord's Planning and Neighborhood Development Department, and brings over 25 years of local government service to the role. He was honored in March with the City's highest honor for coworkers, the Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values Award. Smith comes from the Town of Dobson in Surry County, where he has been Town Manager since 2010.

"I am excited that LeDerick and Josh will be joining me on the City’s executive management team," said Payne. "LeDerick is the first African-American to serve as a Concord Assistant City Manager. His more than 25 years of successful and varied local government service will continue to serve the citizens of Concord. Josh comes from a local government management background and will hit the ground running. LeDerick and Josh will be critical in the planning and implementation of projects associated with the continued growth in Concord. I am honored to have both of them partner with me and look forward to them serving our City."

Both will assume their new positions effective June 18. Additional information is available at concordnc.gov.

Join Concord 101 to engage with your City
The City of Concord is accepting applications for the 2018 Concord 101 program, an annual course designed for citizens to learn about their local government. The free fourteen-week session begins August 14 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in November. Residents of Concord age 18 and older are invited to submit an application by July 24. Class size is limited. More information, the application, and the class schedule are available at concordnc.gov, or call 704-920-5215.

Cabarrus County partnership one of ten NC teams selected for opioid crisis support
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) and the UNC School of Government have announced the selection of 10 North Carolina local government teams who will work to address the opioid crisis in their communities through an intensive two-year program. Cabarrus County and the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis were one of the ten successful applicants that will receive technical, financial, and collaborative support. Each team, or “community,” comprises at least one North Carolina county and represents multiple departments, jurisdictions, and organizations addressing challenges posed by the opioid epidemic. Learn more at sog.unc.edu.


New interactive City Council District Map available at concordnc.gov
Do you know who your Council Member is? The answer is: all 7 of them. Concord's City Council members are elected at-large, from districts, to four-year staggered terms. Find which district you live in using our new interactive City Council District Map at concordnc.gov.

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.

Wild Child: Nature Exploration finale – Creek Detectives
Calling all children ages 8 and older (with parents encouraged to join in on the fun) to our last Wild Child adventure: Creek Detectives. EEEEK! Get wet in the creek and investigate what just touched your leg! You will learn about our local creeks and inhabitants while having fun sloshing around. Bring a towel and a dry pair of shoes. Meets at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, on the newest phase of McEachern Greenway, accessible from 106 Wilson Street NE. No fee for this program, but pre-registration required. Find out more and register 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.

June
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 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