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 

Planning for our future

 

As our rapidly growing City approaches a population of 100,000 residents, your elected officials and staff are focused on continuing to provide a high quality of life citizens and customers. The demands continue to grow for core City services such as fire, police, solid waste, and utilities; better and improved transportation systems; and a need for more recreation amenities such as parks, greenways, facilities, and leisure programs.

Your airport, Concord-Padgett Regional, is one of the fastest growing commercial airports in the state. We project an increase from 1,200 commercial flights last year to over 1,500 in 2019 with the potential of new routes to the northeast and west being considered.
  At the same time, we are also seeing an increase in the number of general aviation operations.

Add to this the increasing activities in the Concord Mills/Charlotte Motor Speedway areas, new business investments in nearly all areas of the City, significant residential growth, and the potential new economic development at the Grounds at Concord (the former Philip Morris property)—it is clear the challenges are large.
  With all this comes greater transportation and other infrastructure demands. To keep up, our team must devote a significant amount of time and effort towards planning and support.

Each year, our City management, staff and Council exert much effort in the annual budget process to ensure we address needs in all these areas, while keeping our City moving forward and tax rates low. This detailed process starts in December with each department doing a detailed analysis of current and future operational needs obtained from citizens and staff. The refinement of each department’s budget continues over the next several months under the watchful eye of the City Manager. The process concludes when the final balanced budget is approved by City Council, typically in June, in time for the start of our new fiscal year on July 1.

The next time you are driving, running, or biking around our lovely city, or see a plane landing at your airport, please take a moment to think about teamwork happening behind the scenes to make sure we all continue to move forward.