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Happy St. Patrick's Day! The CityLink Newsletter has turned green and we wish you the luck of the Irish all weekend, Concord!

Did you know?

Did you know you can help plant trees in the community without lifting a shovel? As you continue celebrations of actual or honorary Irish heritage this weekend, be sure to stop by Cabarrus Brewing Company. CBC has partnered with Concord, Cabarrus County, and all local governments within the county, along with the NC Forest Service, to plant one tree for every pint sold during their first anniversary celebration this weekend. Click here to learn more. The City also encourages everyone to visit BeSmarterThanThat.com to plan a safe way home this weekend.

Concord in the Headlines
Concord to resurface more than 30 miles of city maintained roads

ClearWater Artist Studios expansion moving forward

2017 City cemetery cleanup planned for March 20-24
Crews are making plans for the annual spring cleaning at cemeteries operated by the City of Concord. The work, planned for the week of March 20, will take place at Oakwood Cemetery, West Concord Cemetery, and Rutherford Memorial Park. In order to prepare for spring mowing and grounds work, the City requests the public’s cooperation in removing all items placed on or near gravesites prior to Monday, March 20. Any item not removed from gravesites before this time will be discarded. Flowers and other items may be replaced after Friday, March 24. For more information call the Cemetery division at 704-786-8212.

Concord recognized at 2017 N.C. Main Street Conference
Redevelopment efforts in Downtown Concord received two of the fifteen awards presented this week at the 2017 N.C. Main Street Center Conference in Shelby. Recognizing work completed in 2016, the awards recognized excellence in downtown revitalization in several categories including promotion, organization, design, and economic vitality. The Lofts 29 project received Best Public-Private Partnership in Downtown Revitalization, and City Hall received Best Infill Building Project. Additionally, Lofts 29 and Hotel Concord developer Patrick Reilly was named Concord's Main Street Champion for 2016. Since 1980, The North Carolina Main Street program has generated $2.5 billion in private and public investment. The City of Concord has participated in the program since 1990. More information about the North Carolina Main Street & Rural Planning Center is available online at nccommerce.com/MainStreet.

NCDOT announces improvements coming to Derita Road
Driving around Concord Mills and Concord Regional Airport will soon be more efficient, thanks to a $19.4 million contract awarded by the NC Department of Transportation to Blythe Development Co. of Charlotte. The two-phase project will widen Derita Road from two to four lanes, between north of Concord Mills Boulevard and Poplar Tent Road, approximately 2.4 miles. In addition to necessary utility relocation, the City of Concord is funding 20 percent of this project cost. Work can start as soon as April 1, with a substantial completion date of Nov. 1, 2019. Additional information about this project is available at ncdot.gov.

Police Major Keith Eury completes FBI National Academy
Fresh news on the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page, Police Major Keith Eury was among the graduates of FBI National Academy Session 267. The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement managers nominated by their agency heads because of demonstrated leadership qualities. The 10-week program—which provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science—serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide. Less than one percent of all law enforcement officers are invited to attend this course. Learn more at fbi.gov.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Spring adult softball registration still available
Spring adult softball league registration remains open through March 31. The registration fee is $375 per team, including Men’s Gold, Men’s Blue, Women’s, and Co-ed divisions. The Men’s Gold and Women’s divisions play on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Men’s Blue and Co-ed divisions play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The league season will include 10 regular season games and a post season single elimination tournament. For more information or to register, visit concordparksandrec.org.

Sign up for swim lessons starting March 20
Winter gave its last hurrah this week, but Concord Parks and Recreation staff is already thinking about summer because the
Mclnnis Aquatic Center will open in less than 3 months. You can think warm thoughts too—registration for swim lessons opens Monday, March 20 at 8:00 a.m. The cost is only $35 for City residents and $40 for non-residents. Register online at concordparksandrec.org or in person at Academy Recreation Center (147 Academy Avenue NW). A full list of classes is available in the Splashing Times.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

March
21 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

April
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session

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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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