Movies in the Box Program
Designed to help build connectiveness among neighbors
A new engagement initiative MOVIES IN A BOX is proposed in the City’s FY20 budget. If approved by City Council, this program will provide the equipment your neighborhood needs to host an outdoor movie night event. Eligible neighborhoods will have the opportunity to borrow equipment on a first come first serve basis at no cost. This initiative is designed to both encourage and support recognized neighborhoods’ efforts to foster connectiveness of neighbors.
To participate in this program, the recognized neighborhood organization must have participated in the neighborhood program for at least 6 months. Neighborhoods select their date, venue (neighborhood owned property or City park, block party) and provide their own movie. The equipment is provided at no cost to eligible neighborhoods. Full details of the program will be presented at an instructional workshop in June. A representative from the neighborhood’s leadership must attend this “how to workshop” prior to making a reservation.
The City of Concord is committed to fostering and sustaining more connected communities and providing programming that provide neighbors with opportunities to meet face-to-face in a fun and enjoyable way. This proposed program addresses the City’s mission of enhancing the quality of life by providing resources which allow neighborhoods to host a fun and engaging event to bring neighbors together.
Stay tuned for more information. Additional information will be sent via email to neighborhood leaders once the program is approved by City Council as a part of the City’s FY20 budget.
Reminder ~ As was previously announced, improved solid waste collection routes will take effect the week of May 6. Affected customers who will have a collection schedule change have received a notice in the mail.
Your direct link to City Government
Neighborhood Liaisons bring City government closer to communities. They are your “inside connection” to city information and resources. Every recognized neighborhood has a liaison – a city staff member who is are assigned by the City Manager to work extensively with residents in a specific recognized neighborhood. Liaison attends most neighborhood meetings. They help neighborhoods navigate City government to get information, coordinating the exchange of information between neighborhood organizations and city staff, and a host of other activities. This work is an important part of the City’s commitment to excellent service.
Each spring the City Manager hosts a Neighborhood Liaison Luncheon to express appreciation to these volunteers. The 2019 luncheon was held on Tuesday, April 30 at Clearwater Artist Studios in the Gibson Village neighborhood. During this year's luncheon, 52 liaisons were honored by the City Manager with special appreciation gifts for their hard work and dedicated service. Pictured above, center - City Manager Lloyd Payne with Distinguished Liaison Service Award recipients - Jim Sells, Emergency Management Coordinator (left) and Tom Bach, Water Resources Engineering Manager (right).
To find the name and contact information of the liaison assigned to your neighborhood, visit concordnc.gov/neighborhoods.
Don’t miss the deadline! May 31
Neighborhood Matching Gran t Program
Recognized Neighborhoods whom have participated in the Neighborhood Program for at least one year are eligible to apply for up to $3,000 in grant funds to complete projects that improves the neighborhood physically or addresses a need through active involvement of the neighborhood residents themselves. The purpose of the NMG is to strengthen a neighborhood’s appearance with the addition of permanent physical improvements and to promote a greater sense of community through resident participation in a neighborhood project. Neighbors work together to plan and implement their project. The grant money must be matched with cash, labor, and/or in-kind donations of goods or services.
If your neighborhood received a matching grant during the FY18/19 grant cycle, please note - the projects must be completed by June 30. If you are experiencing delays or issues that may prevent you from completing the project, you should request an extension. Extension request should be submitted thru email by May 31. Include a signed letter stating the circumstances and reason for the extension request.
For more information about the NMG or for an application form, visit concordnc.gov/neighborhoodgrants.
Grants & Fundraising Workshop
May 20, 2019 | 6:30 | Concord City Hall (35 Cabarrus Ave West)
When your community organization need money you have to make a decision about how you obtain that needed cash – do you raise dues? or do you find creative ways and apply for grants or fundraise? There’s no easy answer and most times it depends on the time available to commit to these options.
Join us on May 20 as we discuss the best ideas for how to fundraise for your neighborhood association and how to access up to $3,000 through the City of Concord’s Neighborhood Matching Grant (NMG) program. The workshop will be held in City Hall located at 35 Cabarrus Ave West. RSVP required. Call (704) 920-5298 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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2019 National Night Out - Tuesday August 6
National Night Out is celebrated across the US And internationally every year on the first Tuesday of August. It is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. All neighborhoods are encouraged to participate in the community wide celebration by hosting an event held that evening. If you are interested in additional information, please contact Sgt. Chris Friguglietti Phone: 704-920-5063 or email: email@example.com.
Haulers on Union Parade & Fan Fest
A family friendly street party. May 16 | 5PM
On Thursday, May 16 starting at 5 p.m., the streets of Concord will be packed with locals and NASCAR fans catching a glimpse of more than 30 MONSTER Energy NASCAR Cup car haulers as they make their way down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. It will be a free party in the streets with live music, activities for children, food trucks, giveaways, race cars on display and so much more. Visit 600festival.com for details.
Concord NC Preservation Plan underway
Citizen input needed
Preserving historic buildings is crucial to retaining our nation's heritage and history. One of the many attributes which adds to the beauty and character of our City is the historic buildings and places.
A Preservation Plan process is underway to examine the future of historic preservation in Concord. To accomplish this goal, we need citizen input. Take time to share perspectives on important preservation resources and appropriate strategies for your neighborhoods. Visit concordnc.gov/preservationplan for additional details and to provide valuable feedback.
For general questions, contact Scott Sherill 704-920-5136 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What makes Concord, NC Great?
Let us know what makes Concord great by emailing email@example.com and we’ll feature your answer in an upcoming newsletter!
May 2019 Neighborhood Meeting Calendar
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