Did you know?
Did you know Concord Regional Airport turns 20 years old this month? The airport opened in November of 1994 after the City of Concord took ownership of the property and used a $25 million FAA block grant to construct the initial facilities, including the runway, taxiway, aircraft parking apron, and terminal building. In the first year, six aircraft were based at the airport and there were 1,500 takeoffs and landings. Today, there are over 160 based aircraft and over 60,000 takeoffs and landings annually. Learn more at
Come Downtown for Tree Lighting and fireworks TONIGHT!
A weekend of fun and festivity starts today with the City of Concord's 17th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System, Duke Energy, and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks! Activities begin at 6:00 and the Tree Lighting and fireworks are planned for 8:00. This year, the festivities return to the original location in Bicentennial Plaza. Visit for details.
Tree Lighting night also features biggest Art Walk of the year
The Cabarrus Arts Council and ClearWater Artist Studios are planning the biggest ArtWalk event of the year concurrent with tonight's Tree Lighting Ceremony. Along Union Street, see visual art and demonstrations at The Galleries and other locations. The ArtWalk Shuttle provides a free link to ClearWater Artist Studios at 223 Crowell Drive NW every 15 minutes, featuring special guest artists, some whose work has never been shown in Concord. ClearWater will also debut its new paint job and art hanging system. The Galleries' current exhibition is called Discover Local, and ClearWater will be featuring Faces and Forms.
City of Concord to observe Thanksgiving
In observance of Thanksgiving, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a normal schedule next week. However, Thursday and Friday customers will have a one-day delay. All yard waste should be placed at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 24. There will be no loose leaf collection scheduled next week, and cycle two continues with Thursday customers on Monday, December 1. Visit for more service changes and additional information.
With leaf collection on hiatus next week, a friendly reminder about storm drains
Would you believe that leaves and grass clippings can kill fish? When yard waste is washed into local bodies of water via storm drains and ditches, the unnaturally high amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus they contribute (nutrient pollution) causes algal blooms. Subsequent algal die-off and decomposition deplete dissolved oxygen levels, which can suffocate gill-breathing animals like tadpoles, fish, salamanders, crayfish, and freshwater mussels. Pet waste and fertilizers are also sources of nutrient pollution. Please place all yard waste (bagged or loose piles), bulky waste, and roll-out carts at the top of the curb, in the grass if possible, keeping everything out of the street gutter. Learn more at
Minutes matter: on time performance is a team effort
Rider Transit has been steadily growing ridership since launching in 2004. At the same time, the populations of Concord and Kannapolis have been growing steadily as well. As a result, on time performance of Rider Transit has been declining and has become a significant problem, as noted in our recently completed Transit Development Plan. While staff has adjusted and modified various routes over the years in an attempt to address this issue, the plan recommended significant changes to the system. These will take effect Monday, December 1, 2014. Please visit to learn about these changes and what they will mean for you.
Firefighters join forces with Salvation Army to collect food donations
Concord Fire Department and the Cabarrus County Fireman’s Association are partnering with the Salvation Army on a food drive to give a helping hand this holiday season. Donation barrels have been placed at all Concord Fire Stations, Odell VFD, and several schools to collect non-perishable food items. Examples of needed items are: dry pastas, boxed meals, dry goods and any canned goods. Donations will be accepted through December 15.
Cabarrus-Rowan Community Health Centers offer health care enrollment assistance
For coverage starting in 2015, the Open Enrollment Period is available through February 15, 2015. The Cabarrus-Rowan Community Health Centers are offering free enrollment assistance appointments at various locations in Concord and the surrounding area. Call 704-79292260 or visit for more information.
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
9 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
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