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​January 7, 2019



County Seeks Residents’ Budget Priorities for Fiscal Year 2020

At the last BOCC meeting in December, we discussed using community engagement techniques to help identify residents’ budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2020. The information that we collect will help guide decisions during the budget development process.
I am pleased to announce that we have already started seeking input from residents.

Last week, we released a survey that residents can either complete online or at several locations around the County. You can view a list of locations here.

In addition, residents will be able to share their priorities at a public hearing that will take place during the Jan. 15 BOCC regular meeting.
More information can be found here.

If you have questions, please contact Monica Allen, director of Strategic Planning and Evaluation, at 980-314-2901 or
Community Support Services Hosts UNC Chapel Hill’s Violence Prevention Alternative Winter Break

Last month, Community Support Services (CSS) served as host to eight students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as part of their APPLES Service-Learning Violence Prevention Alternative Winter Break. During the visit, the students toured the Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Center, the New Options for Violent Actions facility, and learned about CSS Prevention and Intervention domestic violence services.

APPLES Service-Learning is a student-led program that transforms educational experiences by connecting academic learning and public service. During the break experience, students apply what they are learning about the focus areas and communities at different sites through direct and indirect service as well as advocacy work. At the beginning of the spring semester, after students return to campus, participants attend a reorientation program to share experiences across breaks and consider ways to build on lessons learned.

For additional information about the visit, contact CSS Director Stacy Lowry at 980-314-8903
2nd Annual Imagine Mecklenburg Student Art Contest

Mecklenburg County, in partnership with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, is inviting all 9th through 12th graders to participate in the 2nd Annual Imagine Mecklenburg Student Art Contest. Imagine Mecklenburg fosters creativity by providing young artists of all skill levels an opportunity to exhibit their works publicly. Engaging with youth also means imagining Mecklenburg County's future together. Each submission should answer the following prompt: "What does success look like for you?"

Last year, the contest received remarkable submissions in mediums varying from pen and ink, painting and original photography. All high schools were invited to participate, and three winners were chosen to have their artwork framed and displayed publicly in County Executive Offices for a full year, along with a few special prizes.

The contest will run now through March 4. Contest registration and rules can be found here.

For more information, contact Community Relations Coordinator Christine Edwards at 980-314-2802 or

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