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Did you know?
Did you know you are just minutes away from a departure to an affordable getaway at Concord Regional Airport? Allegiant Air provides service to five great destinations from the new Commercial Service Terminal, with convenient and low-cost parking available. Be sure to follow the blue signs to the new terminal via Zephyr Place NW. Learn more at concordairportnc.com.

Scenes from Charger Day
We didn't let a little rain stop our parade! The community celebrated in Moss Creek Village last night in honor of the 2017 state champion Cox Mill High School men's basketball team. A program in the Harris Road Middle School gym featured the team and 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. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about the team and click here to see photos from Thursday's event.

Fitch upgrades Concord's bond ratings
The City of Concord's continued financial excellence has led to yet another bond rating upgrade, which leads to saving money when issuing debt due to better interest rates. Fitch Ratings upgraded Concord's Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to AAA from AA+. The City's limited obligation bond rating was also raised, from AA to AA+. Fitch noted "The city has demonstrated strong budget management through the recent economic recovery," and that "the rating further reflects the city's exceptionally strong gap-closing capacity and low long-term liability burden." Visit concordnc.gov to learn more.

Branding Cabarrus: County seeks focus group participants
Cabarrus County Government is in the process of creating its first comprehensive brand platform. Goals for the campaign include projecting the strategic vision of the County Government, developing recognition among residents, attracting new residents and businesses, engaging employees, and aiding with the recruitment of the County’s workforce. The branding process will begin with community input on the County’s strengths and personality. Avant Marketing, an agency contracted for the project, will hold a focus group for residents on Tuesday, April 11, at 6 p.m. Cabarrus County residents who are interested in participating should contact Paul VandenElzen at vandenelzenp@avantmarketing.com by Monday, April 3. Learn more at cabarruscounty.us.

CDDC's guided historic walking tours return!
The Downtown Concord Guided Historic Walking Tours return for 2017! Join local author and historian Michael Eury for a guided historic walking tour of Downtown Concord on the second Saturday of the month, from April through November. The first tour will be Saturday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m. Tours are approximately an hour and fifteen minutes. Cost is $10 per person, reservations must be made in advance. Maximum of 16 attendees per tour. Register at concorddowntown.com. Special group tours for other times of the month are also available, minimum of 10 attendees required for a private group tour. For more information email info@concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208.

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.

Cardio and Sculpt
Combining both cardio and strength training to give you two workouts in one class. Fun energetic cardio filled with intervals and circuits and ending with muscle sculpting exercises. Great for all levels. Equipment provided. The next session is April 3-26. Class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Fee for the four week session $33 for Concord residents, $38 non-residents. Unable to make it to every class? The drop-in fee is $5 for Concord residents, $6 non-residents.

Circuit Blast
This outdoor fitness program includes 45 minutes of circuits and 15 minutes of yoga stretch. Burn away calories and have a BLAST as we challenge and encourage you to reach your fitness goals. Bring a mat, towel, and water bottle. Runs April 4-27. Class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Dorton Park from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Fee per four week class is $25 for Concord residents; $30 for non-residents. Or drop-in for $5 residents, $6 non-resident.

Just one month left to join the Youth Council!
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year through April 28. All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who attend a public, private, or home school within the 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 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
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
18 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning 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 it is against the law to make a prank 9-1-1 call? People who call 9-1-1 for a joke or call 9-1-1 and hang up not only waste time and money, but can also harm others. If 9-1-1 lines or call takers are busy with prank calls, someone with a real emergency may not be able to get the help they need. If needed, you can 704-782-2121 with non-emergency Fire request and 704-786-9155 with non-emergency Police requests.

Concord in the Headlines
Students learn about dangers of distracted driving

Mayor Padgett announces parade and celebration to celebrate Cox Mill Chargers
The City of Concord is hosting a parade in Moss Creek Village on Thursday, March 30 to honor the 2017 state champion Cox Mill High School men's basketball team. The parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. at The Monarch Club, followed by a program in the Harris Road Middle School gym featuring the team and 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. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.

Chairmen of the Board announced for May 18 Haulers on Union Parade & Fan Fest
The Chairmen of the Board, one of beach music’s most iconic bands, will add an air of musical fun to the Haulers on Union Parade & Fan Fest in downtown Concord on May 18. Their performance will be part of an evening of family enjoyment anchored by the MONSTER Energy NASCAR Cup car haulers annual trip down Union Street on the way to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the All-Star race on May 20. More than 30 of the colorful haulers are expected to parade down Union Street, part of an evening full of music, games, food vendors and more. There is no admission charge to the Haulers on Union Parade & Fan Fest.

“We are excited about another year of Haulers on Union in Concord to kick off the spring race events on May 18, featuring Chairmen of the Board,” said Concord Mayor Scott Padgett. “Mark your calendars because there will be fun for fans of all ages, I look forward to seeing you on Union Street.” The City of Concord, Cabarrus County, the Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Concord Downtown Development Corporation partner with the 600 Festival Association to stage the event, with activities kicking off at 5:00 p.m. For more information about Haulers on Union and all 600 Festival events, visit 600festival.com.

Lend your voice to the 2030 Land Use Plan process

Since late January, the City of Concord and Tindale Oliver have gathered data and public comments as part of the process to update the City's Land Use Plan. The updated Land Use Plan will provide the vision and framework for land use and development through the year 2030. The existing Land Use Plan, referred to as the 2015 Land Use Plan, was created in 2004 and updated in 2007. The process helps the City create a land use map and a plan document that will contain data, specific goals, and policy recommendations focused on land use and development. The plan will also guide City officials as they develop future budgets, plan infrastructure and other services, make important land use decisions, and revise current policies within the Concord Development Ordinance. Public feedback has been collected at several meetings and events, but it is not too late for you to participate in the process. Visit concordnc.gov/2030 to take a brief survey that will inform the Land Use Plan's vision statement, and look for additional participation opportunities in the coming months.

Over 8,000 trees to be planted thanks to you!
The results are in! Last weekend, Cabarrus Brewing Company 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. CBC has announced that 8,315 trees will be planted this fall thanks to the community's support. Way to go, CabCo! Click here to learn more.

Rider Transit partners with NCDOT Rail Division to help connect the last mile
Rail passengers will now be able to reach their Concord or Kannapolis destination at no additional charge via Rider Transit after getting off the train. Rider is one of 11 local transit systems across the Piedmont participating in the N.C. Department of Transportation Rail Division's NC By Train Transit Pass program. The pass is now available at no additional charge to passengers on board the Piedmont and Carolinian trains in select cities. Passengers should request the pass from conductors while on the train and present it when boarding the transit partner’s bus. The pass is valid for one ride and one transfer only on the day of travel. Visit ncdot.gov for more information, or find out more about Rider Transit at ckrider.com.

Kindergarten Registration Begins in April
Do you known a rising kindergartener? Cabarrus County Schools has announced that children turning 5 years old on or before August 31, 2017 will be eligible to register for kindergarten for the upcoming school year. To register, visit the elementary school located in your child’s attendance area April 3-7. If a language other than English is spoken in the home or the child was born outside the United States, parent(s)/guardian(s) may choose to enroll at the home school or go to the Welcome Center located at Winkler Middle School, Room 716 (4501 Weddington Road) to register their child. Registration times vary by school, so be sure to visit your school’s website for its registration times. Find out more at cabarrus.k12.nc.us.

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.

Last call for adult softball registration
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.

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

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
18 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning 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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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

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 Concord Police host regular community meetings to ensure all residents are in tune with the department? The next Police quarterly crime and safety meetings will be April 25 (for Adam and Baker District neighborhoods) and 27 (for Charlie and David District neighborhoods), starting at 6:00 p.m. each day. Locations and details on guest speakers will be available soon. Learn more about the Police Department at concordnc.gov/police.

Highlights of the March 9 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Presented the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

Received a Haulers on Union update from the 600 Festival Association.

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Article 7 (Base Zoning Districts), Article 8 (Use Regulations), Article 9, and Article 14 (Definitions) of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO).

Approved Bullex as the sole source provider for a Fire Safety Training Trailer.

Approved requests from Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) to co-sponsor Spring into Arts and Music on Means (formerly Union Street Live).

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with Liles Construction Company, Inc. in the amount of $514,400 with a $20,000 contingency allocation, to complete a portion of the third phase renovations at ClearWater Artist Studios.

Adopted resolutions authorizing the sale of real property located at 22 Hawthorne Street SW, 393 Broad Drive SW, and 362 Fox Street SW

Rejected a bid to purchase 4.14 acres of real property located off Weddington Road so the property may be held for potential future public use.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract extension with World Fuel Services for fuel delivery at Concord Regional Airport.

Adopted City Council goals for FY 2017-2018.

Concord in the Headlines
Aviation Director leaving for South Carolina

Are you ready, Concord? Severe Weather Prevention Week
Each year, local and state agencies, in collaboration with the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) and other organizations, sponsor Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina. The week is designed to refresh, remind and educate everyone about the seasonal threats from severe weather and how to avoid them. It's also a great time to make and practice your emergency plan and build or refresh your emergency preparedness kit. The Concord Public Safety Facebook Page was full of severe weather preparedness content this week, get ready at facebook.com/concordncpublicsafety.

Speaking of preparedness, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. this Sunday, which is a good time to TEST the batteries in smoke alarms as you TURN clocks ahead an hour. Learn more about smoke alarms at fema.gov.

Annual Street Resurfacing
The City of Concord has awarded a $2.9 million biennial street preservation contract to Ferebee Corporation, to rehabilitate a total of 30.4 lane miles of roadway in Concord. Over the next four months, motorists in Concord will notice a steady pattern of resurfacing work taking place weekdays during daylight hours. Motorists are asked to remain alert and exercise caution, as well as refrain from parking on the street during the process to avoid conflict with the construction equipment. For more information, go to concordnc.gov or call the Transportation Department at 704-920-5365.

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.

Messy Art is back on March 14
Ages 4-8. Bring your creativity and some old clothes because we are going to be getting messy! The next Messy Art is Tuesday, March 14 where we will be doing EXPLODING ART! We’ll create a scientific mixture with paint and alka seltzer and watch it rocket high into the air! Messy Art Tuesday from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Avenue NW. The fee for this program is $5 Concord residents; $8 non-residents. Register now.

Calling future Youth Council members!
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year through April 28. All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who attend a public, private, or home school within the 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 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.

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

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 Housing Department works to help citizens understand their housing rights? The Department is planning a fair housing informational event at the Neighborhood Networks Technology Center (265 Salem Street SW) on Wednesday, April 19 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This event will educate citizens about the Fair Housing Act and provide information about home ownership programs offered through the City of Concord. For more information call 704-920-6100.

Concord in the Headlines
Alevo's $251.5 million expansion is official

Concord moving forward on developing 2030 Land Use Plan


Here we grow: extending the McEachern Greenway
After years of planning, work to extend the popular McEachern Greenway in Concord's center-City area will begin in the coming weeks. The Harold B. McEachern Greenway is one of the community assets operated by the City of Concord Parks and Recreation Department. The greenway generally parallels Branchview Drive and Three Mile Branch, currently extending north from Lawndale Avenue SE to its current terminus north of McGee Park (located at Corban and Branchview). The project will extend the greenway about 1.17 miles to the north, and add a community trailhead, basic parking facilities, and a nature loop trail. Construction is expected to last eight months. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more about the construction process, and find a map and more details about the extension at facebook.com/ConcordNC.

The Spring 2017 City Circular digital edition is now available
Coming soon to your mailbox: the Spring 2017 City Circular, where you can meet new officers and leaders of the Concord Police Department, find out how to celebrate Earth Day all April long, get an update on local road construction, and more! The digital edition is already available, where you can read all the articles on your screen of choice. Looking for something from a recent issue? It’s in the digital archives: every story, every photo, and every page.

Concord Wildlife Alliance to host Dr. Larry Mellichamp at March 7 meeting
The Concord Wildlife Alliance invites the public to hear Dr. Larry Mellichamp, recently retired Professor of Botany and Horticulture at UNC Charlotte, on Tuesday, March 7, from 6:15-7:30 p.m. at McGill Baptist Church (5300 Poplar Tent Road). On the UNCC faculty for over 39 years, he was also director of their 10 acre Botanical Gardens which includes many native plants. Larry is an expert on plants of all kinds, especially ferns and carnivorous plants, and has written many technical and popular articles on plants and gardening. He has received several teaching awards and written several books, including the recent Native Plants of the Southeast…the best species for the garden (Timber Press). He has traveled the world in search of unusual famous plants. He is the 2016 recipient of the Tom Dodd, Jr. Plantsman Award of Excellence from the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference. For more information, visit concordwildlifealliance.com, facebook.com/concordwildlifealliance, or contact CWA at concordwildlifealliance@gmail.com.

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.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Concord Parks and Recreation is celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday this week, including at Toddling Towards Art yesterday. More Dr. Seuss fun tomorrow with the Concord Youth Council at Seussfest! Come to the Concord Branch of Cabarrus County Library from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon on Saturday, March 4. Seussfest begins with a Seuss story followed by Seuss-tastic games and crafts! Call 704-920-5600 or visit concordparksandrec.org for more information.

Visit us on March 6 to learn about Parks and Rec job opportunities
Need a head start in your career? The Parks and Recreation Department is seeking seasonal and part-time team members. Learn about available opportunities and meet staff at the first annual Summer Job Social: 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 6 at Fire Station 9 (1020 Ivey Cline Road). You can also learn more and apply through the Concord Jobs Portal.

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

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