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Did you know?
Did you know the City Clerk can help you get involved in your local government? While the City of Concord is governed by elected officials, residents are encouraged to serve on one of several boards, commissions, and committees that also provide oversight and support for City affairs. The City Council appoints individuals to serve on these boards, which cover a wide range of issues. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more.

Cabarrus officials join to recognize Governor's work on historic tax credit reinstatement
On Tuesday of this week, elected officials and other representatives from all Cabarrus local governments in Cabarrus County gathered for the most recent quarterly summit hosted by the County. Representatives from each jurisdiction signed a letter of appreciation to Governor Pat McCrory for his work to support the reinstatement of North Carolina’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit Programs. The tax credits, considered by many North Carolina cities and towns as essential in the revitalization of downtown historic districts and a catalyst for economic development, expired on December 31. Over the past year, local leaders vocally supported the reinstatement initiative and its benefit to the Cabarrus community. Governor McCrory personally rallied support for the credits with two stops in Cabarrus County, using the scenic, historic, and economically significant backdrops of Concord in January and Kannapolis in May. Learn more at cabarruscounty.us.

Place of worship security training opportunities continue
The Concord Police Department has announced a new training opportunity to help places of worship consider the security needs of their facilities and operations. The program is designed for clergy, lay leaders, worship staff, and anyone else responsible for the safety of their place of worship. In a free, one-hour session, attendees will understand the challenges and needs of worship security. The program's goal is to make the process of creating a secure environment easier, less expensive, and more effective. The next session will be held on Tuesday, September 29. For more information, please visit concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5000 to register.

Do your part to keep the storm drainage system flowing
Street gutters and storm drains help protect Concord from flooding. They carry water directly from City streets and eventually empty into nearby bodies of water. Unfortunately, many property owners unknowingly contribute to flooding and pollution by putting grass clippings, leaves, and other debris in the street. Storm water washes anything in its path into nearby storm drains, which can be clogged with piles of yard waste and other debris. As the drainage system empties into bodies of water, this can also contribute to water pollution. With your assistance, we can avoid costly blockages and cleanups, protect infrastructure, and take care of the environment. Please place all yard waste, 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 concordnc.gov.

Cabarrus This Week visits ClearWater Artist Studios
Our friends at Cabarrus County's Channel 22 stop in to see the latest at ClearWater Artist Studios on the newest episode of Cabarrus This Week. As part of a community development strategy within Gibson Village, the City is well into executing the plan to redevelop the former public works facility and offers studios to artists at affordable rates. With creative energy and activity in new supply within the community, the studios have become a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization. Tune in on Time Warner Cable's Channel 22, or on demand on the Channel 22 YouTube Channel.

Is your contact information up to date?
The City of Concord uses several systems to get in touch with you, but we need your help to make sure it is correct. For example, do you use a cell phone as your primary contact and your number has changed? If so, please call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 so our representatives can associate correct local contact information with your utility account. This will help us restore power quicker to you during outages, and allow us to contact you if there are other concerns with your City electric, water, or sewer service.

You can also subscribe to receive general voice, text, and email updates from the City such as solid waste schedule changes and emergency notifications. Residents with a published landline phone number are already in the system, but residents may add additional contact information through the Blackboard Connect Portal. Click here to update your information now, and click here for more information about Blackboard Connect.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Sign up now for the fourth annual United Way Kickball Tournament
Rediscover your youth while helping those in need at the fourth annual United Way Kickball Tournament November 8 and 9 at W.W. Flowe Park. Registration is open through November 6 at just $110 per team, with proceeds making a difference locally. For more information or to register, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5618.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

October

6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
20 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates atconcordnc.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.

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