Charlotte’s Community Letter

Understanding Charlotte City Council’s Adopted Actions in Response to the Community

It was a September Monday night, nearly six months ago, when the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center Chamber was filled with community members who, one by one, shared concerns, fears and frustrations with city elected officials following the officer-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and demonstrations in the days after.

Just a short week later, on Oct. 3, 2016, Charlotte City Council issued a letter to the community outlining goals for policing, housing and jobs to address issues and concerns expressed by the community.

You may not have heard about the letter — it wasn’t mailed, or hand delivered — it couldn’t be — to the 800,000 plus residents of Charlotte. But, City Council wants to be sure you know it exists and that you can be a part of the important work of making our city better. Your input is wanted and needed.

This Community Letter is about everyone working together — across all communities — to make Charlotte the best city for all.

For City Council, that means four things in particular:

· Trust in community policing

· Quality, affordable housing

· Good jobs and the skills to get them

· Other opportunities: the Community Letter is just the beginning.

City Council recognizes that these efforts span far beyond local government and will take everyone to truly achieve a better, stronger community.

The city is working to provide opportunities for you to engage and share feedback on actions outlined in the Community Letter, as well as to offer ideas for future work and partnerships.

City employees are also looking at existing city services, policies and programs based on work done by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Taskforce, a local group examining issues that prevent economic mobility across our city. The city recently formed an Internal Opportunity Team to take a closer look so the organization can lead by example as a model employer.

We’re all part of creating a stronger city. Read the Community Letter, if you haven’t already and take a look at information provided on the city’s website. Talk with your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors about how the experience impacted you and what we all might do differently moving forward.

The city has and will continue reaching out in many different ways, across all communities in Charlotte to tap into the ideas that you may have. You can be on the lookout for city staff and your fellow residents to continue the conversation.

The Community Letter belongs to all of us. Let’s each do our part. Together, we can make Charlotte the best city for all.