|William C. "Bill" Dusch
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
Excitement lies ahead
After our City Manager of 19 years, Brian Hiatt, announced his retirement last fall, City Council started the process to find his replacement. To do this, we were fortunate to have had the input from many of Concord's citizens and community leaders in this extensive selection process. At the completion of this process, we are proud to have former Assistant City Manager Lloyd Payne rise to the top of the process and be named our new City Manager. Lloyd has worked with us for three of his 17 years of service in municipal government. He also serves in the North Carolina National Guard as a Command Sergeant Major, including past active duty deployments in Bosnia, Kuwait, and Iraq. Welcome Lloyd!
Another important item for our community is the continued development of our parks, greenways, and recreation facilities and the creation of a more walkable community. Concord currently has 226 acres of total park lands which includes 69 acres yet to be developed. We have completed 11 miles of greenways and 4 miles of trails within our park system. As we move forward, we are planning and actively acquiring land for the next park areas.
In addition we are in the process of doing extensive connectivity planning for the growth of our greenway system and identifying feasible links to it from neighborhoods and other community assets. Click here to find out more about the open space connectivity analysis process.
One of the recreation enhancements now underway is the conversion of a residence on Burrage Road into a Community Building. This facility will have four programmable spaces for staff to provide cultural arts, nature based, and fitness programs. The building is located on ten acres and backs up to Three Mile Branch, along the future extension alignment of the McEachern Greenway. This segment will connect to the segment recently opened north of McGee Park and offer walkers, runners, and cyclists access to more of our great City.
As an active user of our parks and greenways, I hope to see you out on our ever growing system this summer!