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Managing Community Engagement in Hickory, NC

Every year, City Planners across North Carolina ask their citizens to reinvest in their communities by approving bond referendums for projects that will spur economic growth or enhance infrastructure to accommodate rapid population increases. This article spotlights the various tactics that the City of Hickory used to generate support for a bond election to fund projects that would attract millennials and revitalize the community.

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Civic by Design 101: Charlotte’s Built Environment on Valentine’s Day 2017

Author: Thomas E. Low AIA CNU LEED AICP NCARB, Director, Civic By Design What do you love most about Charlotte’s build environment? Charlotte’s changing fast — and more massive new developments are coming every week. Are there ways we can help shape that growth? Political leaders, developers, planners, designers and ordinary citizens all hold pieces of the necessary knowledge. We need to learn from each other … and especially to learn how to talk together about what makes a well-planned livable city.  Time for CIVIC DESIGN 101 ! Since 2005, Charlotte’s long-running Civic By Design Forum has brought people together to discuss local growth issues. In 2017 the Forum begins a series of monthly workshops aimed at helping people of every background become informed, active participants in the city’s  growth.  Course attendees will receive a Certificate in Civic Design for participating in a minimum of 4 workshops.  The course and certification are free and open to the public. Together let’s raise the bar in 2017! For our February session of CIVIC DESIGN 101, please join us as perhaps a warm-up to venturing out into our beautiful city on Valentine’s Day. Join us, share your opinion, and receive a box of #candyhearts. CIVIC BY DESIGN 101 Tuesday, February 14, 2016 5:30pm — 6:30pm Levine Museum of the New South Free and open to the public Free car and bike parking at 7th the Street transit station info@civicbydesign.com www.civicbydesign.com Follow Us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram QUESTIONS/APPLICATION FORM?:  If you would like to officially sign up for our course, please contact info@civicbydesign.com to request the application form. PARTNERS:  Levine Museum of the New South http://www.museumofthenewsouth.org/ The mission of... read more

Post-Hurricane Matthew Resilient Redevelopment Plans

In a release dated January 30, 2017, Governor Roy Cooper’s office is asking the 49 counties with Hurricane Matthew federal disaster declarations to assist in developing Resilient Redevelopment Plans. The plans will become the foundation for any supplemental funding requests from Congress, the NC General Assembly, or other sources.

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