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Updates from the City of Charlotte

October 4, 2014


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Passenger Traffic Rises for Eighth Consecutive Month & ACI Finalizes 2013 Rankings

QC Bowl

Queen City Bowl

The City of Charlotte has announced the Queen City Bowl, a friendly social media challenge issued to the City of Cincinnati to determine the rightful owner of the nickname “Queen City.” With each name staking claim to the nickname, the rightful owner will be determined by the outcome of the week six NFL game between the Carolina Panthers and the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. EST.

Both cities have agreed that the loser of the Queen City Bowl must issue the winner a symbolic item relevant to its city. Items will be announced following Sunday’s game. 

Fans can also vote for who they believe to be the real Queen City.

To follow the 'claim for the name', click here

CMPD Domestic Violence Awareness Ride

This Saturday, join the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for its first Domestic Violence Awareness Motorcycle Ride. A police escort will lead participants for an event to raise money for Safe Alliance. All proceeds will benefit Safe Alliance. 

Domestic Violence Awareness Ride
Saturday, October 11
1 - 5 p.m. (Registration will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ride begins at 2 p.m.) 
Harley-Davidson of Charlotte (9205 E. Independence Blvd.)
(food and drink will be provided)

Registration fees are $20 for one participant or $25 for two. Registration includes entry into a raffles for:

  • 32 inch flat screen television
  • Autographed Carolina Panthers football 
  • Tickets to Charlotte Hornets home game
  • $60 worth of gift cards

For more information contact Barry Williams at or Bobby Dendy at 

Town Hall on Police, Poverty and Education

Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes is inviting the public to join him for a community conversation about police, poverty and education. This town hall will give attendees a chance to express their concerns about public safety and economic mobility in light of recent events across our country and within the City.  

According to a study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research, climbing out of poverty is a bigger challenge in Charlotte than in many other large cities. Our goal will be to leave the meeting with at least two action items that we can focus on as a community to improve both police services and economic mobility.  

Speakers will include Chief Rodney Monroe of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Dr. Patrick Graham, President and CEO of the Urban League of the Central Carolinas and Dr. Kelly Gwaltney, Chief School Performance Officer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Town Hall Meeting
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (600 E 4th Street)
Tuesday, October 21
6 - 8:30 p.m.

RSVP by calling (704) 336-4947 or emailing no later than Monday, October 20 at 5 p.m.

Honoring Local Neighborhood Champions

Community leaders, City of Charlotte staff and elected officials turned out for the second annual Neighborhood Leadership Awards. Held at BB&T Ballpark, the celebration featured networking, panel discussions and the Neighborhood Leadership Awards ceremony.

During the ceremony, awards were presented to neighborhood organizations that made outstanding contributions in their communities. 

The following neighborhoods and individuals were recognized:

  • Eastway Sheffield Neighborhood Association: Community Safety Ambassador Award
  • Eastwood Acres: Embracing Diversity Award 
  • Bridlewood Community Association: Good Neighbors Award
  • Plaza Midwood: Moving Charlotte Forward Award
  • Grier Heights: Sustainability Pioneer Award
  • Hollis Nixon: People's Choice Award

Didn't make it to the Ballpark? Check out pictures from the Neighborhood Leadership Awards on the City's Flickr account.

Helping Local Business Districts

This June, Neighborhood & Business Services' (NBS) Economic Development division awarded funds to several organizations serving Charlotte's older urban business districts.

The Business District Organization Program (BDOP) provides up to $30,000 annually to eligible business organizations to help strengthen and promote targeted commercial corridors. Funding can be used for a variety of purposes such as supporting annual operating expenses, business district marketing & branding, special events & projects, and business district communications.

FreeMoreWest received a $30,000 grant to assist with hosting the 5K on the Greenway, Taste of FreeMore and the Bryant Park Cornhole Tournament events. The grant will also help create a marketing and communication strategy.

Historic West End Partners received a $11,045 grant to host inaugural Art & Soul events, host local businesses at quarterly Business Council meetings, and develop a new website to market the Historic West End community.

Plaza Midwood Merchants received a $10,850 grant to host annual Holiday Central and quarterly Art Crawl events, and develop a merchant map to market businesses in the districts.

Applications for the BDOP program are accepted in April of each year and funds are awarded annually to support the organization’s business district revitalization efforts. For more information about the BDOP program, click here or contact Veronica Williams-Mosley at