Charlotte 2011

The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County serve as the leading example of functional consolidation: sharing government services in order to reduce duplication of efforts and improve operational efficiency. Rather than merging into a metropolitan government, the jurisdictions divide functions and responsibilities; for example, the City of Charlotte oversees all regional planning functions while Mecklenburg County operates the parks and recreation system. Home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte is a premier motorsports destination featuring many of the top racing teams with associated research and development operations. Through the Centers, Corridors, and Wedges plan, the Charlotte/Mecklenburg region is committed to long-range, integrated transportation and land use planning. Charlotte is a developing a multi-modal mobility system featuring multiple rail technologies: streetcar, light rail and commuter rail. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system regularly rates as one of the top-performing urban school districts as they have pioneered many leading-edge initiatives including strategic staffing and performance-based compensation while facing stiff budget challenges and under-capacity facilities.


Welcome: Overview for Mecklenburg County

  • Bob Morgan, President, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

Creating a Medical School

  • James T. McDeavitt, MD, Chief Academic Officer, Carolinas HealthCare System

Charlotte's Growth Framework: Centers, Corridors and Wedges

  • Debra D. Campbell, Planning Director, City of Charlotte – Planning Department

Charlotte Center City Partners: Vision, Funding and Operations

  • Michael Smith, President & CEO, Charlotte Center City Partners

Managing Mobility and Wayfinding

  • Danny Pleasant, AICP Director

Community Advocacy for a Multimodal System

  • Dr. Ronald Carter, President, Johnson C. Smith University
  • Ned Curran, President & CEO, The Bissell Companies
  • Natalie English, Senior Vice President Public Policy, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

Best Practices in Transit

  • Carolyn Flowers, CEO, Charlotte Area Transit System

Lessons Learned from a High Performing School System

  • Hugh Hattabaugh, Interim Superintendent, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
  • Eric Davis, Board of Education Chairman, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
  • Anne Clark, Chief Academic Officer, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
  • Denise Watts, Executive Director, Project LIFT

Foundation for the Carolinas

  • Mike Raible, Executive Director, Planning & Project Management, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
  • Andy Baxter, Director, Human Capital Strategies, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Circuit of the Americas

  • Steve Sexton, President, Circuit of the Americas

Envision Charlotte: A Plan for Sustainability - Video Presentation

  • Vincent Davis, Director Smart Energy Now, Duke Power
  • Darlene Heater Vice President of Neighborhood Development

Charlotte Center City Partners

  • Tom Shircliff, Managing Partner, Intelligent Buildings

Functional Consolidation: Benefitting Taxpayers

  • Curt Walton, City Manager, City of Charlotte
  • Harry Jones Sr., County Manager, Mecklenburg County

Capital Improvement Planning: A Team Approach

  • Hyong Yi, Director of Management & Budget, Mecklenburg County
  • Ruffin Hall, Budget Director, City of Charlotte

Role of the Arts & Sciences Council

  • Scott Provancher, President, Arts & Science Council

Cultural Facility Partnership

  • Bob Bertges, Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo Corporation
  • Curt Walton, City Manager, City of Charlotte

Downloadable Documents

Other Trips