Message From the Mayor

William C. "Bill" Dusch
Mayor

Mayor William C. "Bill" Dusch, a Concord native, has been active in the community as a business owner and a member of City boards and non-profit organizations for 30 years. He and his wife, Debbie, have two grown children. His Council-appointed board service includes chairing Concord's Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and Historic Preservation Commission. He is affiliated with many local non-profits including Concord Downtown Development Corporation, United Way, Cabarrus Arts Council, NorthEast Foundation, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Earlier this year, he was awarded the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce Duke Energy Citizenship Award for community service.


"The citizens of Concord have given me an opportunity to be their next Mayor. I thank you all and give you my commitment to uphold our leadership tradition. Together with the City Council, I will work hard to continue moving our City forward and am excited for what we will do together over the next years."

 

A Message from the Mayor 

Be a part of the solution with Neighbor Helping Neighbor

Anyone who has looked for housing in our community over the last few years has seen the effects of a "hot" market. For many in the community, this type of market presents a challenge because the costs of housing are taking more than the recommended 30 percent of monthly income. In other words, the cost of housing is growing faster than incomes. This is just some of the information City officials and staff learned in a recent housing affordability study completed for our community. You can learn more about this study and the resources in place to address these challenges here.

The study specifically found that In Concord and Cabarrus County, over 40 percent of renters are paying more than 30 percent of their income for housing, leaving them with insufficient resources to meet other household expenses, like utility bills. For several years, the City has partnered with Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM) to assist qualified utility customers. Neighbor Helping Neighbor is one way to help those in need that I hope you will consider.

As a utility customer of the City of Concord, each month you receive a bill for the utility services that you receive. Neighbor Helping Neighbor allows utility customers “round up” utility bills to the nearest dollar, with the proceeds going to CCM to help citizens in need pay their utility bills.

So how does this work? If your utility bill was $94.50, it will be automatically rounded up to $95 with 50 cents going directly to CCM to help your neighbor. If you have any city utilities, you can be a part of this important program. With nearly 50,000 Concord utility customers, the potential impact from thousands giving just a few cents each month is tremendous.

If you want to help even more, you can also choose a flat donation like $5, $10, or $20 each month. A one-time donation to Neighbor Helping Neighbor is another way to join in.

Signing up is quick and simple with two ways to sign up. A secure online sign up for Neighbor Helping Neighbor is available at concordnc.gov under the resident dropdown. You can also sign up over the phone with a Customer Care representative at 704-920-5555. Just tell the representative “I want to join Neighbor Helping Neighbor” and they will take it from there.

And remember, every penny from this program goes directly to CCM to help your neighbor. Thank you for your help.