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Updates from the City of Charlotte

September 10, 2014


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Council Approves Funding for TWC Arena Renovations

Hackstock for #LocalGov

As a part of its 2014 Annual Conference, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has partnered with Esri and MindMixer to sponsor Hackstock for #LocalGov! Hackstock participants will use data provided by local governments across North America to develop new mobile and online apps and dashboards to enhance citizen engagement and improve service delivery. 

Hackstock for #LocalGov
Charlotte Convention Center (501 S College St.)
Saturday, September 13 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Sunday, September 14 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

ICMA an Esri will judge the best all-around product, and the winning entry will be awarded the grand prize of $2,000! Charlotte coders are encouraged to register and show off their hacking skills. Click here to learn more about eligibility, rules and the overall event.

Could Your Neighborhood use $25,000?

Apply for a Neighborhood Matching Grant today! 

The Neighborhood Matching Grant program awards funding to eligible neighborhood-based organizations for community improvement projects. Organizations can submit applications to receive up to $25,000 for projects ranging from landscaping and bike racks to Little Free Libraries and lighting upgrades. Organizations are also required to match the funds received with cash, volunteer labor, or in-kind donations.

Neighborhood Matching Grants are awarded four times a year, with the next round of applications due Monday, September 15. For more information, visit

Neighborhood Leadership Awards Ceremony

On Saturday, September 27, the City of Charlotte will host its annual Neighborhood Leadership Awards, a community celebration at BB&T BallPark featuring panel discussions, networking and the Neighborhood Leadership Awards ceremony.

The public is encouraged to visit the Neighborhood Leadership Awards webpage by Tuesday, September 16 to view the finalists for the People's Choice Award and vote on a winner. The winner of the People's Choice Award will be determined by popular vote.

Already submitted your vote? Click here to register for the event by Sunday, September 21.

Sweep Around!

The Big Sweep, a one-day cleanup of Charlotte-Mecklenburg creeks and lakes, takes place on Saturday, September 27

Litter in our local bodies of water is unsightly, can be deadly to wildlife and can contaminate water supplies. During last year’s event, participants collect more than 29 tons of trash from local waterways.

Big Sweep
Saturday, September 27
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Big Sweep will be staffed at eight locations. View the chart on the Big Sweep webpage for directions, meeting place information and site difficulty. 

At staffed sites, Big Sweep participants will be provided with trash bags, gloves, snacks, water and instructions from a site coordinator. Volunteers are asked to wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and old clothing and shoes you don’t mind getting dirty. Children ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

To register to become a volunteer and to view staffed Big Sweep locations, click here

Register now for the Runway 5K

CLT’s Sixth Annual Runway 5K Run will be held on Saturday, October 25. Last year’s run attracted nearly 2,000 participants and raised more than $20,000 for LIFESPAN. Runners and walkers can register now to be guaranteed t-shirts. 

Receive reduced rates by pre-registering at through Sunday, October 12.

Registration will be offered on race day, however, participants (both runners and walkers) who pre-register prior to Thursday, October 16, will receive t-shirts during the week of the run when picking up packets.

Adults and Children     5K Run     5K Walk

Now – October 12             $25            $25

October 13 – 24                $30            $30

October 25                        $35            $35

Race proceeds will benefit LIFESPAN’s LIFEWORKS Program. LIFESPAN is a local nonprofit that assists children and adults with developmental disabilities by providing education, employment and enrichment opportunities. Nearly three dozen LIFESPAN participants currently work at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

To register for the event or more information, visit at or