ust like the Panthers are looking for answers these days after a rough start to the season, our city is in a similar place; looking for answers to the issues affecting our town. Recently our kids had the opportunity to spend the evening with former CEO of Bank of America, Hugh McColl through his stewardship of the arts and giving at the Mint Museum. I was quickly reminded of how local government and the business community used to work hand in hand to shape the direction of Charlotte. Years ago people had real dialogue about how certain issues would impact the business community and the city as a whole. The business community used to work collaboratively with the political leadership in Charlotte.
Business leaders like Mr. McColl lived and worked in Charlotte, so his allegiance was to this community. A number of the CEOs of the large companies located in Charlotte today no longer call our city home. The allegiance to Charlotte is gone. And it shows in our changing landscape. It is clear based upon some of the recent decisions of local government that little to no collaborative dialogue took place on some of the hot button issues like the LGBT ordinance. Our skylines are dominated by cranes and rent rates have flown by $1000 a month with no regard to the working class of our city. Urban neighborhoods have been bought up by developers and have priced out current residents who call these areas home. Charlotte is in need of a fresh dose of collaborative leadership once again.
We are in the midst of significant change in Charlotte. It's time for us to roll back pews and step on toes; we need to demand collaborative leadership by our business and political leaders to affect the direction of our city in a positive way. Be sure to vote your conscience on November 8th! You can help change the landscape...#OneCharlotte!
(Photo - Former Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl and Former Mayor Harvey Gantt)
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