Local Government

Taking Care of Home Series with Terry Brown Jr., Community Advocate and Charlotte City Council District 3 Candidate

Taking Care of Home Series with Terry Brown Jr., Community Advocate and Charlotte City Council District 3 Candidate

Meet Terry Brown Jr., a Fayetteville native raised by public educators in North Carolina. See what drove him to advocate for economic balance in his west side Charlotte neighborhood, his  civic involvement advice for newcomers and see what all he has in story for the Queen City.

Alphabet Soup: Decoding Small Business Certification Acronyms

Alphabet Soup: Decoding Small Business Certification Acronyms

Whether it’s DBE, MBE, WBE, or SBE… applying for certifications with the State of North Carolina or the City of Charlotte can be confusing. We will quickly run down the different certification programs for small and underutilized businesses. These programs are designed to increase participation on federal, state, and locally funded projects by underutilized businesses.

Celebrating the Legacy: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Message in 2019

Celebrating the Legacy: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Message in 2019

We like to think that Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of non-violent protest, social justice, change and equality for all continue today in 2019. We know that the importance of his contributions and the contributions of many influential African Americans who tirelessly advocated for equity continue to live on today. King’s message of service certainly does.

Diversity Dashboard: One Woman's Public Service Story

Diversity Dashboard: One Woman's Public Service Story

I can remember taking a class in grad school while studying for my Master of Public Administration (MPA); it was one of the core classes, where we analyzed Katrina, the devastating 2005 hurricane that changed New Orleans forever, as an emergency management case study. I can distinctly remember watching the accompanying documentary on the edge of tears while my peers took notes. I feel strangely seen and invisible at the same time thinking; how can we as leaders govern when disparity is so obvious but on that same thought, how can we NOT govern in this moment?