Citizens complete 15th Concord 101 program
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Concord 101 Class of 2016 - pictured (left to right) are: front row – Tom Black, Jane Black, Charles Breese, Stephanie Wood, Woody Hathaway; second row – Darek McCullers, Pamela Skillman; third row – Mark Reiff, Judy Graeber, Bonnie Breese, George Wood, Betty Hathaway; fourth row – Theresa Isibor, Jenny Eury, Celina Morgan, Leigh Ann Phillips; fifth row – Jeffrey Palm, Earline Ward, Buck Wicklud, JT Patton, Jessica Patton, Kimberly Greer; back row – Ian Mcbrayer, Ronnie Barus, Justin Phillips. Not pictured: Gigi Wasiak.

CONCORD – The Concord 101 class of 2016 was recognized with a graduation ceremony on November 22. This year's class included 26 active participants, who were thanked at the ceremony by Mayor Pro-Tem Al Brown, Jr. and Members of City Council for their involvement in the program.

Concord 101 is designed to inform citizens about their local government. Participants met on Tuesday nights and learned about what it takes to run City services such as solid waste and recycling, public utilities, police, fire, parks and recreation, and more. The course also included special sessions about Concord’s history, economic development, and the redevelopment of Downtown Concord. The free 14-week course began in August.

The class was first offered in 2002, and alumni represent a cross-section of the community. Some are now serving in leadership roles in their neighborhoods or on City boards and commissions. Council Members Jennifer Parsley and John Sweat are both graduates of the program.

2016 participants were: Ronnie Barus, Jane Black, Tom Black, Bonnie Breese, Charles Breese, Jenny Eury, Gigi Wasiak, Judy Graeber, Kimberly Greer, Betty Hathaway, Woodrow Hathaway, Jr., Theresa Isibor, Ian Mcbrayer, Darek McCullers, Celina Morgan, Jeffrey Palm, Jessica Patton, JT Patton, Justin Phillips, Leigh Ann Phillips, Mark Reiff, Pamela Skillman, Earline Ward, Buck Wicklud, George Wood, and Stephanie Wood.

At the ceremony, City Manager Brian Hiatt encouraged the graduates to take an active role in the community. He also welcomed continuing feedback on City services and programs. The next class will begin in fall of 2017, with applications available in May. Learn more about Concord 101 at