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Updates from the City of Charlotte

October 22, 2014


News Around the Crown

County Limits Tobacco Use in Parks and Government Property

City Remains in Control of CLT Airport


Imagine, Plan and Create Charlotte’s Future

The City of Charlotte’s Community Investment Plan is a long-range investment program designed to meet the needs of our growing community. This plan incorporates innovative and creative approaches to leverage resources into projects that can truly transform our community and strengthen our competitiveness regionally, nationally and globally. Over the next several years, $816.4 million in proposed community improvements will be planned, designed and implemented. The plan focuses on the areas of livability, getting around and job growth and accomplishes several goals:

  • Creating jobs and growing our tax base
  • Leveraging public and private investments
  • Enhancing public safety
  • Enhancing transportation choices and mobility
  • Ensuring housing diversity
  • Providing integrated neighborhood improvements

We want you and your neighbors to be actively involved in the plan from beginning to end as we invest in Charlotte’s future. You won’t just be helping to build a bridge or a sidewalk or a bike trail, you will be building a community.

Upcoming meetings:

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Northeast Corridor Infrastructure (NECI) Public Meeting 1 (Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church, 101 Sugar Creek Road West)

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6 – 7:30 p.m. 
NECI Public Meeting 2 (Hampton Park Community Center, 211 Hampton Church Road)

To see how you can help shape Charlotte’s Future and to view a list of proposed projects, please visit While there, take a moment to sign up through the Notify Me button to stay up-to-date with news about the Community Investment Plan.

There's Still Time to Register 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.

Adults and Children     5K Run     5K Walk

October 22 – 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 or

Old City Hall Earns Energy Star Certification

For the 2nd year in a row, Old City Hall has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR certification. This signifies the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide operating under EPA’s strict energy efficiency performance levels, earning an ENERGY STAR score of 87 out of 100. 

Commercial buildings earning this certification use an average of 35% less energy than typical buildings and also release 35% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. 

Old City Hall’s ENERGY STAR rating was made possible by building renovations with funds from the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant awarded to the City in 2009. These upgrades covered interior lighting systems, buildings control systems and a portion of the HVAC system.  Recognizing the historical significance of the building, staff worked diligently to preserve historical features while making them more energy efficient.  

Old City Hall achieved an energy use reduction of 46% according to the baseline year of 2009.  Additionally, the energy efficiency renovation project and dedicated efforts of staff ensuring energy efficient management of Old City Hall has resulted in accumulated avoided costs of $74,000 to date. 

Want to learn more? Check out for more information.


Join the Conversation!

The City of Charlotte is partnering with Mecklenburg County to create a 26-mile trail and greenway facility that will stretch from the City of Pineville, through Center City and on to the UNCC campus and Cabarrus County line. When completed, residents will be able to travel seamlessly from one end of Charlotte to the other. 

Click here for information on the Cross-Charlotte Trail.

As a part of this project, we would like your feedback on certain aspects of the trail. What type of amenities would you like to see on the trail? (Ex. fitness station, dog park, community garden, etc.)

Share your thoughts with us on the City of Charlotte's MindMixer.