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Did you know?
Did you know a historic cannon will soon return to its prior display location on Union Street? City Council has authorized staff to restore a 1907 cannon used in World War I, and construct a structure with site improvements to allow the cannon's return to Union Street N. The cannon was originally donated by the French Government to the Cabarrus Black Boys D.A.R. Chapter, who in turn presented it to the community. It was displayed at a location near the current Veteran's Memorial on Union Street N until the 1970s, when it was moved to the National Guard Armory at Old Charlotte Road and Highway 49. When complete, the cannon and surrounding area will provide a picturesque addition to Union Street, while historically preserving the cannon for the community.

Concord in the Headlines
City parade honors Jay M. Robinson basketball for ‘class and composure’
Cabarrus County Schools photo gallery of Bulldog Day parade and ceremony

Final session of urban design workshops TONIGHT at 6:00 p.m.
Members of the public are invited to take part in the City of Concord's Downtown Master Plan update process. The Planning and Neighborhood Development Department has hosted a series of urban design workshops in City Hall (35 Cabarrus Avenue W) this week. During the workshops, planners and participants have developed and tested new ideas for the downtown area. Public input is essential and will inform and guide the development of the updated Downtown Master Plan. The series concludes with tonight's closing session at 6:00 p.m. For more details, visit
concordnc.gov.

Good Friday holiday schedule, Bunny Run 5K and other events
As a reminder, in observance of Good Friday City offices will be closed Friday, March 25. For information on the Bunny Run 5K and festival on Saturday, March 26 continue reading the CityLink Newsletter or visit
concordnc.gov.

New affordable housing, investment celebrated in Logan Community
This week, City of Concord officials and community members celebrated the opening of "Hilltop Plaza," a more than 2,000 square-foot duplex located at the corner of Shannon Drive SW and Hilltop Avenue SW in Concord's Logan Community. Hilltop Plaza is one of several projects constructed with funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which provides grant funds to the City of Concord under the HOME program for new construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing. The duplex contains two 1,034 square-foot units, each with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a covered porch, and rear patio. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more.

Portraiture on exhibit at ClearWater through March 30, new exhibit coming in April
ClearWater Artist Studios hosted a successful Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off event on Saturday, March 12, with over 120 guests watching master portraitists from the Charlotte area complete paintings of a live model in under two hours. The exhibit of portraits by the five featured painters will stay up in the ClearWater main gallery through March 30.

Coming in April is a new exhibit by guest artist Bryan Wilson (and friends), including a free opening reception with the artists on Friday, April 8, and Artist Talk on April 20 ($5 fee). ClearWater is ramping up its changing exhibitions and events, and several more guest artist shows are planned through 2016.

The ClearWater Gallery is available to visitors who drop in during staffed times, or by pre-arranged appointment. Staffed hours vary, but generally include Tuesday evenings until 7:00 p.m. The ClearWater Gallery is also available to rent for private events and parties at reasonable rates, as are the outdoor Green, and open-air, covered Market area. Call the Manager at 704-784-9535 to inquire or visit
clearwaterartists.com for more information.

Final week: make your voice heard through CabCo 2016 Community Survey
Cabarrus County Government is asking the community to participate in its 2016 Community Survey. Through March 28, the public can take the confidential online survey at cabarruscountysurvey.org. The survey measures several factors of Cabarrus County Government, including satisfaction, perception, customer service, funding and department-specific questions. Your feedback is critical to evaluating programs, improving services and providing excellent customer experiences. For more information, visit “Hot Topics” at cabarruscounty.us or email outreach@cabarruscounty.us.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the
Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Make plans to attend the Bunny Run 5K and Festival
The Bunny Run 5K will begin and end on Means Avenue in Downtown Concord and will run on the McEachern Greenway and the Downtown Connector on Saturday, March 26 at 9:30 am. Race-day registration for the Bunny Run 5K is $20, opening at 8:00 am on Means Avenue. The Bunny Run Festival will be from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and will include inflatables, arts and crafts, face painting, and a DJ.

Youth Council seeking 2016-17 members
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year through May 1. All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who attend a public, private or home school within Cabarrus County School district or live in Concord City limits are encouraged to apply. The Youth Council seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and serving as the official youth voice to the City government. The Youth Council has regular meetings and members participate in service projects throughout the year. To find out more and receive an application, visit
concordnc.gov/YouthCouncil or contact Taylor Morris at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov.

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

April
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
21 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.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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Did you know?
Did you know the law does not permit drivers turning turn right on red traffic signal arrows? In North Carolina, drivers are accustomed to turning right on red at most signals with a red "ball" indication. Many of the new signalized intersections in coordinated signal systems provide protected movements with a green arrow and use red arrows to provide protection for unique operations and efficiencies in the intersection and corridor. Supplemental signs are sometimes installed to reinforce the signal indication, but citizens are best served by knowing the law. The City of Concord Transportation Department installs and maintains traffic signals and other traffic infrastructure throughout the community, visit concordnc.gov to learn more.

March 21 parade to honor Jay M. Robinson High School boys basketball team
The City of Concord is hosting a parade on Monday, March 21 to honor the 2016 state champion Jay M. Robinson High School boys' basketball team. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. near the intersection of Union Street N and Buffalo Ave NW. Heading south on Union Street, the parade will arrive at the intersection of Union Street S and Means Ave SE at approximately 6:00 p.m. A stage program will feature the team and continue with public recognition by Mayor Scott Padgett and the Concord City Council, the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners, the Cabarrus County Board of Education, and others. The public is encouraged to attend to show support, visit concordnc.gov for more information.

City to host Downtown Concord urban design workshops, March 21-24
Members of the public are invited to take part in the next phase of the City of Concord's Downtown Master Plan update process. The Planning and Neighborhood Development Department will host a series of urban design workshops in City Hall (35 Cabarrus Avenue W), March 21 through March 24. During the workshops, planners and participants will develop and test new ideas for the downtown area. All interested individuals and groups are invited to spend as much or as little time as they would like to share ideas. Public input is essential and will inform and guide the development of the updated Downtown Master Plan. The series begins with an opening presentation on Monday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m. For the full workshop schedule and more, visit concordnc.gov.

Good Friday holiday schedule, Bunny Run 5K and other events
In observance of Good Friday, City of Concord offices will be closed Friday, March 25. Some City services will operate on a different schedule the week of March 21, and several events are planned throughout the area including egg hunts on Thursday, March 24 and the Bunny Run 5K and festival on Saturday, March 26. For details, visit concordnc.gov.

Concord firefighters develop and adopt cancer risk mitigation practices
The Concord Fire Department, in partnership with the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs and the North Carolina Chapter of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, is introducing an affordable and innovative method to help mitigate firefighter occupational cancer risks. Historically, dirty and soiled bunker gear (or turnout gear) was viewed as a badge of honor, representing "battle scars" accumulated over a career of service. However, data has revealed that the lack of basic personal, equipment, and station hygiene presents a significant and totally preventable risk to firefighters and those around them. Visit concordnc.gov to find out how the Concord Fire Department is making a difference locally and encouraging peer organizations to follow.

Concord Fire Department to perform fire hydrant maintenance
Over the course of the next six months the Concord Fire Department will perform annual maintenance checks on all City of Concord fire hydrants. This will include removing the caps, greasing the threads, and exercising the operating valve on over 5,000 hydrants to ensure water can be obtained should the need arise. Customers who experience discolored water should allow a faucet to run until it clears up. Please contact the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 with any questions or concerns.

Make your voice heard through CabCo 2016 Community Survey
Cabarrus County Government is asking the community to participate in its 2016 Community Survey. Through March 28, the public can take the confidential online survey at cabarruscountysurvey.org. The survey measures several factors of Cabarrus County Government, including satisfaction, perception, customer service, funding and department-specific questions. Your feedback is critical to evaluating programs, improving services and providing excellent customer experiences. For more information, visit “Hot Topics” at cabarruscounty.us or email outreach@cabarruscounty.us.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the
Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Youth Council seeking 2016-17 members
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year through May 1. All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who attend a public, private or home school within Cabarrus County School district or live in Concord City limits are encouraged to apply. The Youth Council seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and serving as the official youth voice to the City government. The Youth Council has regular meetings and members participate in service projects throughout the year. To find out more and receive an application, visit concordnc.gov/YouthCouncil or contact Taylor Morris at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov.

Make plans to attend the Bunny Run 5K and Festival
The Bunny Run 5K will begin and end on Means Avenue in Downtown Concord and will run on the McEachern Greenway and the Downtown Connector on Saturday, March 26 at 9:30 am.  Race-day registration for the Bunny Run 5K is $20, opening at 8:00 am on Means Avenue.  The Bunny Run Festival will be from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and will include inflatables, arts and crafts, face painting, and a DJ.

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.
Downtown Urban Design Workshop opening session
22 at 1:00 p.m. Downtown Urban Design Workshop (drop in, presentation at 6:00 p.m.)
23 at 1:00 p.m. Downtown Urban Design Workshop (drop in, presentation at 6:00 p.m.)
24 at 1:00 p.m. Downtown Urban Design Workshop (drop in, closing session at 6:00 p.m.)

April
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
21 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.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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Did you know?
Did you know the City's Communications Department maintains the telephone and radio systems used by all City departments on a daily basis? The Department's "Radio Shop" team also assists with special projects such as installing emergency lighting and other equipment in public safety vehicles. The team saved the City $87,000 in the City Hall construction project by installing over 26.5 miles of Cat 6A cabling and fiber for data and telephone services, including 1,100 "data drops."

Highlights of the March 10 City Council Meeting
Please visit
concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented a retirement plaques to:

  • Gary Hatley – 16 years of service, Police Department
  • Richard Armstrong – 29 years of service, Fire Department
  • Patrick Bergeron – 29 years of service, Fire Department
  • Steve Blackwelder – 29 years of service, Fire Department
  • Mike Gaskey – 29 years of service, Fire Department


Received a presentation from Police Chief Gary Gacek on body cameras and other important information concerning the police department during the last six months.

Conducted a public hearing and approved a rezoning request from Residential Village to General Commercial-Conditional District

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of property owned by James and Brenda Cook.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of property owned by the Estate of John M. Licari.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of property owned by Beverly and William Hooks, Freddie Anne Davis, William P. Martin, and Betty Jo Denny.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance for annexation of property owned by Von Stephen Blackwelder, Carl D. Blackwelder, Jr. Irrevocable Trust, Fannie B Blackwelder Revocable Trust, June E. Barringer, Telka D. Ritch, and the Credit Shelter Trust established under the Last Will and Testament of Carl D. Blackwelder, Jr.

Conducted a public hearing pursuant to NC General Statutes Sec. 158-7.1 and offered a contract for a three year / 85 percent tax-based Economic Development Incentive Grant to 1000 Derita Road, LLC (The Silverman Group).

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Article 5, Subdivision Plats and Site Plans, of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to address the expiration of preliminary subdivision plats.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending the Historic District Handbook, repealing and readopting Chapter 5, Section 9, Fences and Walls.

Received an update on 2016 Haulers on Union event scheduled for May 19.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Transdev to operate the Rider Transit System.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with National Bus Sales & Leasing, Inc. utilizing the North Carolina Department of Transportation State Contract for the purchase of three new Ford Transit High Top vans for the Rider Transit system’s federally required ADA Paratransit service, and a contract with RouteMatch Software for the purchase of Paratransit service scheduling software.

Received a voluntary annexation petition and adopting a resolution setting a public hearing on April 14, 2016 for annexation of one parcel of land owned by Lelia McGraw.

Approved a request from Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) to co-sponsor the upcoming Spring Into Arts Festival by providing in-kind services and liability insurance for the event.

Awarded the fiscal year 2015-16 audit contract to Elliott Davis Decosimo and to authorize City Manager to negotiate and execute the agreement.

Adopted City Council goals for FY 2016-2017 and State and Federal Legislative Goals for the City of Concord.

Pound Cake and Portraits return to ClearWater Artist Studios TOMORROW!
ClearWater Artist Studios is bringing back the popular
Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off on Saturday, March 12. See master painters bring blank canvas to a fully-realized portrait in just two hours. Punctuated by live entertainment, with ClearWater's studios open throughout the building for perusal and live demos by the Southern Piedmont Woodturners. Pound cake and other refreshments will be served, along with prizes for raffle. To learn more about this event and other happenings at ClearWater, visit clearwaterartists.com or facebook.com/ClearwaterArtistStudios, or call 704-784-9535.

Utility system maintenance planned for March 11-14
Between 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11 and 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 14 the City's utility management system will be unavailable during scheduled maintenance. This includes utility payments, the eCare utility account portal, and inquiries over the interactive voice response phone system. Thank you for your patience as we complete essential network upgrades to serve you better.

Change your clock, change your battery
The Concord Fire Department encourages residents to test and replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when changing clocks forward to Daylight Saving Time over the weekend. Although smoke alarms are present in 95 percent of American homes, 20 percent do not work—mostly because of dead or missing batteries. Changing your batteries at least twice a year is the simplest, most effective way to reduce tragic deaths and injuries. In fact, a working smoke alarm nearly cuts in half the risk of dying in home fire. The International Association of Fire Chiefs also recommends replacing smoke alarms every ten years. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.

Come for the fun, stay for your health
Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks invites all senior citizens to the Cabarrus Arena on Wednesday, March 16 for a morning of engaging and exciting educational sessions, health screenings, cooking demonstrations, door prizes, and more. Be sure to visit the demonstration area where participants can watch and participate with people their own age, and probably older, stepping back the hands of time through dance and exercise. The message is clear—there is no age limit for fun. This event is free and everyone walks away with tools to help you live healthy. Call 704-920-3484 for more information or visit cabarruscounty.us.

Last call for early voting
One-Stop Voting, known as early voting, concludes Saturday at select polling locations in Cabarrus County for the March 15 Primary Election. For the final early voting day, all registered North Carolina voters may cast their ballot in person at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections Office (369 Church Street N, Concord) from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m, or at Concord Fire Station 7 (250 International Drive NW) and Harrisburg Branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library System (201 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg) from 8:30 a.m.–noon. All polling places will reopen for the primary on Tuesday, March 15. For more information on early voting and North Carolina's new voter identification requirements, visit
cabarruscounty.us.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the
Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Go hiking!
Adults and youth ages 14-18 (with accompanying registered adult) are invited to explore hiking—a lifelong activity that will impact your physical and mental health. Each meeting and trip will focus on the importance of a different vital aspect to hiking: proper footwear, how and what to pack, adjusting to varying terrains, and the many perspectives on the trails we seek. This five step program progresses from easy greenway trails to strenuous and challenging opportunities in North Carolina's mountains. The hikes vary in days and meet up locations. The five-step spring session costs $70 ($10 City-resident discount). Visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 for more information and registration.

Bunny Run 5K and Festival coming soon!
The Bunny Run 5K will begin and end on Means Avenue in Downtown Concord and will run on the McEachern Greenway and the Downtown Connector on Saturday, March 26 at 9:30 am.  Pre-registration for the Bunny Run 5K is $15 until 3/18; $20 on race day.  Registration is available online at www.concordparksandrec.org and at the Academy Recreation Center until 3/18.  Race Day registration will open at 8:00 am on Means Avenue.  The Bunny Run Festival will be from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and will include inflatables, arts & crafts, face painting and a DJ

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

March
15 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
17 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission

April
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.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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Did you know?
Did you know there is another chance to provide the Concord Police Department your perspectives, concerns, and suggestions? During this month's second listening session, Chief Gary Gacek and staff will share information, answer questions, and receive feedback about the department’s proposed body-worn and existing in-car camera programs, and other important policy changes that have been made in the last six months. The second session is Monday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m. in Concord Police Headquarters, located at 41 Cabarrus Ave W. Visit concordnc.gov for more information and RSVP to Leslie Griffin at 704-920-5007 or griffinl@concordnc.gov.

Scheduled maintenance on concordnc.gov planned for March 5 and 6
Between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5 and again during the same time on Sunday, March 6, concordnc.gov and all of the City's online service portals will be unavailable during scheduled maintenance. This includes utility and tax payments, the eCare utility account portal, and GIS mapping. Utility payments and inquiries over the interactive voice response phone system may also be unavailable during this time. Thank you for your patience as we complete essential network upgrades to serve you better.

Downtown Market Analysis findings to be presented March 8
As part of the ongoing Downtown Master Plan update process, the Development Finance Initiative of the UNC School of Government (DFI) has conducted a market analysis. This phase of the process is used to determine the retail, residential, and office space demands that will have an impact on Downtown Concord over the next five years. Interested members of the public are invited to learn about this project and receive an update from City staff and DFI at 6:00 p.m. on March 8 in City Hall (35 Cabarrus Avenue W). For more information please contact Scott Adams at 
adamss@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5124 or Steve Osborne at osbornes@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5132.

Avoid the lines—cast your vote early
One-Stop Voting, known as early voting, is now open at select polling locations in Cabarrus County for the March 15 Primary Election. All registered North Carolina voters may cast their ballot in person at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections Office (369 Church Street N, Concord) March 3–11, 8:30 a.m.– 5 p.m., or Saturday, March 12, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Satellite precincts at Concord Fire Station 7 (250 International Drive NW) and Harrisburg Branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library System (201 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg) will open for One-Stop Voting, March 7–11, noon–7 p.m., and Saturday, March 12, 8:30 a.m.–noon. For more information on early voting and North Carolina's new voter identification requirements, visit
cabarruscounty.us.

Pound Cake and Portraits return to ClearWater Artist Studios
ClearWater Artist Studios is bringing back the popular
Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off on Saturday, March 12. See master painters bring blank canvas to a fully-realized portrait in just two hours. Punctuated by live entertainment, with ClearWater's studios open throughout the building for perusal and live demos by the Southern Piedmont Woodturners. Pound cake and other refreshments will be served, along with prizes for raffle. To learn more about this event and other happenings at ClearWater, visit clearwaterartists.com or facebook.com/ClearwaterArtistStudios, or call 704-784-9535.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the
Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Go hiking!
Adults and youth ages 14-18 (with accompanying registered adult) are invited to explore hiking—a lifelong activity that will impact your physical and mental health. Each meeting and trip will focus on the importance of a different vital aspect to hiking: proper footwear, how and what to pack, adjusting to varying terrains, and the many perspectives on the trails we seek. This five step program progresses from easy greenway trails to strenuous and challenging opportunities in North Carolina's mountains. The hikes vary in days and meet up locations. The five-step spring session costs $70 ($10 City-resident discount). Visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 for more information and registration.

Bunny Run 5K and Festival coming soon!

The Bunny Run 5K will begin and end on Means Avenue in Downtown Concord and will run on the McEachern Greenway and the Downtown Connector on Saturday, March 26 at 9:30 am.  Pre-registration for the Bunny Run 5K is $15 until 3/18; $20 on race day.  Registration is available online at www.concordparksandrec.org and at the Academy Recreation Center until 3/18.  Race Day registration will open at 8:00 am on Means Avenue.  The Bunny Run Festival will be from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and will include inflatables, arts & crafts, face painting and a DJ

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday
Join the Concord Youth Council at the Concord branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library for Seussfest 2016! Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with a story, games, and crafts! Seussfest will be Saturday, March 5 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 for more information.

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

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

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