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County Selects State and Federal Lobbying Firms
We have completed the selection process for our state and federal lobbying firms. This was done through a competitive RFP process which included face to face interviews with all finalists. After evaluating the submissions and the in-person presentations, the contract for state lobbying services was awarded to Ken Melton and Associates. The federal lobbying contract was awarded Smith, Dawson and Andrews, Inc.
Ken Melton and Associates is a North Carolina-based lobbying and governmental affairs consulting firm. Ken Melton, principal and chief lobbyist, has been ranked numerous times by the NC Center for Public Policy Research as one of the state’s top 50 lobbyists from a list of nearly 800 registered lobbyists. Ken brings a proven track record of being able to work equally effective with members of both political parties.
Smith, Dawson and Andrews is based in Washington D.C. and has provided governmental relations services since 1981. The firm not only offers traditional services related to legislative lobbying, they also have demonstrated significant success in identifying and securing federal grant funding for local projects. This additional capacity is intended to enhance our ability to access new revenue streams for the Board’s priorities.
Once the contracting process is completed, I will be scheduling a time for each of these firms to meet with the Board and to discuss our strategies for the upcoming legislative session. Storm Water Services Continues to Seek Input on Changes to Fee Credits
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) is proposing to modernize the way storm water fee credits are issued.
In October 2015, CMSWS started several outreach initiatives to solicit feedback. Recently, detailed information on how storm water accounts may be impacted was provided to the towns managers for review.
For more information, contact Dave Canaan at 980-314-3209 or Dave.Canaan@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Mecklenburg County to be Represented at Practitioners Leadership Institute
Congratulations are in order for Kelly Little, a program supervisor at Child Support Enforcement (CSE). He has been selected as a participant in the Center for Urban Families: Practitioners Leadership Institute (PLI), a nationally renowned organization that focuses on responsible fatherhood, family strengthening, and workforce development leadership.
Little is one of only 11 people accepted from across the country. The program will take eight months and includes learning through face-to-face engagements and web-based workshops.
Little currently leads a County CSE Intake/Locate Team and helps facilitate the Responsible Fatherhood and Moms as a Gateway initiative.
For more information about Little’s acceptance into PLI, contact Joan Kennedy at 980-314-3628 or Joan.Kennedy@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. County Receives Award for First Ward Park
Mecklenburg County government is a co-recipient of a Special Achievement Award for First Ward Park and will be honored by Charlotte Center City Partners during a ceremony on Thursday, April 7, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., at the Charlotte Convention Center.
The award recognizes organizations, individuals or businesses that have had a major impact on Center City’s ongoing transformation.
The County, along with ColeJonest and Stone, is being honored for creating a highly designed, peaceful yet dynamic urban park and gathering place in uptown’s First Ward that contributes to the quality of life for residents, workers, visitors and citizens of Charlotte. First Ward Park will catalyze ongoing development of the North Tryon area, serving as a hub for transit riders and patrons of the 7th Street Public Market, ImaginOn and UNC Charlotte students.
Congratulations Mecklenburg County!