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Local RAIN Organization Awarded Funding For Youth Programs

From left to right: Catherine Kamara (Youth Navigator) – Professional Development Mentee and helps positive youth address holistic and social needs. Morque Bostic (Youth Navigator) – Professional Development Mentee and helps positive youth address holistic and social needs. Adrian Ross (Peer Navigator) – Mentor to the Youth Navigators and helps positive youth address medical needs.

Local Charlotte organization, RAIN, Inc., was recently awarded funding from ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action for Youth grant program.

ViiV Healthcare, a global specialist HIV company dedicated to delivering advances in treatment and care for people living with HIV, launched Positive Action for Youth in April 2017.

The program is a two-year, $1 million grant commitment in U.S. mentorship programs for youth aged 13–24 living with HIV as they enter and begin to navigate adult care. Positive Action for Youth builds on the existing Positive Action grants that have helped people living with HIV across the globe. Because of its dedication to making a difference, ViiV Healthcare initially launched Positive Action in 1992 as the first global pharmaceutical program to support people living with HIV, their caregivers and the HIV community.

About the RAIN, Inc., Program

Through this funding, RAIN, Inc., will receive support for the expansion and enhancement of a mentoring project for youth living with HIV aged 13–24. Peer Navigators will mentor Youth Navigators in development skills, while the Youth Navigators will mentor a small group of youth leaders to better serve youth living with HIV to enter and engage in their care. RAIN, Inc., is focused on providing personalized support services for people living with HIV and associated chronic conditions. RAIN, Inc., is also a community leader in reducing stigma.

To read more about the program and the other grantees selected to receive funding, please go here:https://us.viivhealthcare.com/us-news/us-articles/2016/viiv-healthcare-expands-us-commitment-to-youth-living-with-hiv-through-its-positive-action-program.aspx.

 

CPCC Breaks Ground For Largest Building Ever Built On Campus

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) officials broke ground Nov. 1 for the new North Classroom Building at the college’s Central Campus in Charlotte. The 154,100 square-foot facility will be the largest building ever constructed by the college.

“With this new space, the college will be better able to equip students with the skills required to pursue family-sustaining careers and transform their lives,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, CPCC president. “I firmly believe we at the college are in the life-transformation businesses, and this new building will be an important element in this process.”

North Classroom Building Project Summary:
• Construction/Project Manager:  Rodger Builders
• Architect:  Bergmann Associates
• 154,100-square-foot project
• Total project cost:  $56.1 million
• Source of funding:  2013 Mecklenburg County bonds
• Scheduled completion date:  Open for classes January 2020

The North Classroom Building will include:
• 23 classrooms
• 29 computer classrooms
• 200-seat auditorium
• Four biology labs
• Two chemistry labs
• Faculty/staff offices

The six-floor North Classroom Building will be larger than the Overcash Building, also located on the Central Campus. The Overcash Building, completed in 2005, currently is CPCC’s biggest facility, with 128,304 square feet.

“This new building will provide much-needed classroom space to address student demand on this campus,” Deitemeyer added. The new building will sit on the Central Campus main quad.

The groundbreaking ceremony was one of several inauguration week events taking place at the college. On Friday, Nov. 3, at 10:30 a.m., in Halton Theater of the Overcash Building, Deitemeyer will be inaugurated as CPCC’s fourth president.

About CPCC
Central Piedmont Community College is one of the largest community colleges in the Carolinas, offering nearly 300 degree, diploma and certification programs; customized corporate training; market-focused continuing education; and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. CPCC responds to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies. Established in 1963, CPCC has provided more than 50 years of service to Mecklenburg County residents, business and industry. For more information, see www.cpcc.edu<http://www.cpcc.edu/>. Connect with the college on social media at www.cpcc.edu/social<http://www.cpcc.edu/social>.

Three Charlotte Area Towns Rank Among Best Places To Raise A Family

Best Places to Raise a Family in North Carolina

North Carolina is the ninth-most populous state in the country. Millions of parents in the Tar Heel state have to decide where to raise families. Should they go to Charlotte, a bustling city with the third-largest banking sector in the country? Or head west to live near the Great Smoky Mountains? Below we look at factors like housing affordability and job opportunity to find the best places in North Carolina to raise a family.

Moving to North Carolina? Check out local mortgage rates.

In order to find the best places to raise a family in North Carolina, we looked at data on 10 factors. We analyzed data on median home values, violent and property crime rates, unemployment rates, housing costs, percent of families in poverty, high school graduation rate, percent of residents under the age of 20, median household income and 5-year change in home values.

Key Findings

  • Best places come at a cost – If you want to raise your family in one of the best places in North Carolina, you’ll likely need to spend. Across our top 10 cities, the average cost of childcare and housing runs over $2,000 per month combined.
  • Raleigh ‘burbs – Our top 5 cities to raise a family are centered around Raleigh. This state capital offers stable employment with potential for high incomes. Charlotte suburbs also scored well and fill out the bottom half of the top 10.
  • Which big city?  If you want to live in the center of the action, Greensboro may be the best option. Greensboro is the third-largest city in North Carolina and ranked 18th in this study. Charlotte and Raleigh, the largest and second-largest cities, ranked 26th and 20th, respectively.

1. Holly Springs

Holly Springs is a town of about 29,000 people located in Wake County. Our data suggests that Holly Springs is one of the most economically prosperous places in North Carolina. The median household earns over $94,000 per year. Plus, only 1.8% of families are living in poverty. Holly Springs also has the second-lowest unemployment rate in our study.

The only concern might be affordability. Paying for the median Holly Springs home costs just under $1,500 per month, the most in our study.

2. Apex

Apex, a large suburb of Raleigh, takes second. This is a very safe place to raise a family. This city ranks fourth and fifth in property crime rate and violent crime rate, respectively. Another plus are the jobs one can find around Apex. This city has the 10th-lowest unemployment rate and the average household earns over $90,000 per year.

However, living in Apex can be pricey. Wake County, where Apex is located, has some of the highest costs of childcare in the state of North Carolina. Additionally, the average home costs just under $1,400 per month.

3. Morrisville

Morrisville, another city in Wake County, looks quite a bit like the two cities ranked above it. Economic prospects are good here. The city ranks third in average household income and fourth in unemployment. It also ranks third in percent of families living in poverty.

One area Morrisville does not score as well in is the percent of children who live in the area. Only 29% of residents in this city are under the age of 20. That’s the fifth-worst score in the top 10.

4. Wake Forest

Just north of Raleigh sits Wake Forest, the original home of Wake Forest University. This city took fourth thanks to a young population and high median household income. Around 34% of residents here are under the age of 20, and the average household earns over $80,000 per year. In both metrics Wake Forest secures top 10 scores.

Like other cities near the top of the list, the cost of living can be high in Wake Forest. Data from the Census Bureau shows the median home costs over $1,300 per month.

5. Cary

Cary is the biggest city in our top 10. In the past, Cary has competed for the title of safest city in the United States. That safety is one reason Cary is a great place to raise a family. According to our data, Cary has the second-lowest property crime rate and the lowest violent crime rate in the study.

But Cary is more than just a safe place to raise a family. Its economic prospects are promising. This city has the lowest unemployment rate (4.5%) and second-highest median household income ($91,579) in the study.

6. Huntersville

Huntersville is the sixth-best place to raise a family in North Carolina. Local attractions include Lake Norman, a man-made lake, and the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival, which is held every year. Huntersville scored well in family poverty rate (only 3.2% of families are under the poverty line) and median household income (the average household earns over $90,000 per year). In both of those metrics, Huntersville ranked in the top five.

The area can be pricey, however. Our data shows that the median home costs over $1,400 per month and monthly childcare costs are just under $800.

7. Indian Trail

Indian Trail is a suburban town located outside of Charlotte. It got its unique name due to its placement along the trading route called the Indian Trail.

This is one of the best cities in North Carolina for the younger generation. The high school graduation rate around Indian Trail is over 93%. Plus, around 35% of the population is under the age of 20, meaning there should be plenty of opportunities for kids to make friends.

8. Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill takes eighth. This university town is best known for being the home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The university provides stable employment to local residents. Plus, Chapel Hill is part of the Research Triangle which offers high-paying STEM jobs to residents.

Overall Chapel Hill has the seventh-lowest unemployment rate and the average household earns over $60,000 per year. Homes are also slightly more affordable than in other top 10 cities. The average house costs just over $1,150 per month.

9. Hickory

Hickory is your best option if you want to maximize affordability. The average home here costs roughly $700 per month. Another plus is the local education system. Our data shows that high schools around Hickory have a graduation rate of 89%. That’s a top 10 rate in that metric.

One concern might be the slightly older population. Only about 26% of the Hickory population is under the age of 20.

10. Mooresville

Mooresville is the largest town in Iredell County and is a great place to raise a family, especially if you’re a NASCAR fan. This city is the home to a few NASCAR racing teams and the Universal Technical Institute’s NASCAR Technical Institute.

There are also non-NASCAR reasons to raise a family here. For one, this city has a fairly young population. About 31% of Mooresville residents are under the age of 20. Plus, only 7% of families find themselves under the poverty line, suggesting there are decent economic possibilities for most families in the area.

best places to raise a family in north carolina

Data and Methodology

In order to find the best cities to raise a family in North Carolina, we looked at data for 41 cities with a population over 20,000. Specifically, we looked at data for the following 10 metrics:

  • Median home value. Data comes from the Census Bureau’s 2015 5-Year American Community Survey.
  • Graduation rate. Data comes from the EDfacts data files provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Data is for the 2014-2015 school year and is measured at the county level.
  • Percent of residents aged 19 or younger. Data comes from the Census Bureau’s 2015 5-Year American Community Survey.
  • Median monthly housing costs. Data comes from the Census Bureau’s 2015 5-Year American Community Survey.
  • Median household income. Data comes from the Census Bureau’s 2015 5-Year American Community Survey.
  • Property crime rate per 100,000 residents. Data comes from the 2014 and 2015 FBI Uniform Crime Reporting database and local police departments and city websites.
  • Violent crime rate per 100,000 residents. Data comes from the 2014 and 2015 FBI Uniform Crime Reporting database and local police departments and city websites.
  • 5-year median home value change. This is the percent change in median home values from 2011 to 2015. Data comes from the Census Bureau’s 2015 and 2011 5-Year American Community Survey.
  • Unemployment rate. Data comes from the Census Bureau’s 2015 5-Year American Community Survey.
  • Monthly childcare costs. This is the median monthly cost of caring for an infant. Data comes from the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education.

Tips for Buying a Home in North Carolina

The cost of living in North Carolina is lower than the national average. This goes for both renters and homeowners. There are some places in North Carolina which can get pricey, however. Charlotte, for example, is more expensive than the rest of the state.

But still the long-term costs of owning a home in North Carolina are relatively low. The average effective property tax rate in North Carolina is only 0.84%, 20th-lowest in the nation. If you bought a $250,000 home in Wake Forest, you could expect to pay $2,153 per year in property taxes.

Of course, you have to buy your home before you pay your property taxes. To do that you will need a mortgageMortgage rates in North Carolina are a bit higher than the national average but there are some positive trends. From 2014 to 2015, the average mortgage rate in North Carolina dropped from 4.14% to 3.9%.

Leon Levine Foundation Awards Major Matching Grant to Charlotte Rescue Mission

Charlotte Rescue Mission was awarded a $75,000 matching grant from The Leon Levine Foundation at their annual Evening of Hope held October 24 at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Each year, Charlotte Rescue Mission hosts 300 guests at Evening of Hope to introduce new community members to the transformative work done at Rebound and Dove’s Nest. Throughout the event, guests heard compelling testimonies from individuals and families who have been helped by Charlotte Rescue Mission.

Board Member, Kim Overman, concluded the program with a personal appeal for donations, while announcing The Leon Levine Foundation matching opportunity. The Foundation committed to match, dollar-for-dollar every new and increased gift at the event up to $75,000. The appeal was successful, raising over $500,000 for The Mission, surpassing the previous years’ totals. All money raised will fund key programs at Charlotte Rescue Mission including professional counseling, job readiness classes, and medical services.

“At Charlotte Rescue Mission we offer our residents full transformation – a person struggling with addiction, poverty, and homelessness can become a contributing member of our community, gainfully employed with a place to call home,” said CRM President and CEO, Reverend Tony Marciano.  “All of the money raised through Evening and Hope and The Leon Levine Foundation’s generous match will offer services that heal from the inside out.”

The Charlotte Rescue Mission aligns well with The Leon Levine Foundation’s interest in helping  individuals and families attain self-sufficiency. The Mission will serve over 600 men, women, and children this year as they seek to rebuild lives shattered by addiction and poverty.

About The Leon Levine Foundation

The Leon Levine Foundation’s mission is to improve the human condition by creating permanent, measurable and life-changing impact. The organization invests in nonprofits with a successful track record and a focus on sustainability in the areas of healthcare, education, Jewish values and/or human services.

Started by Leon Levine, the creator of the first Family Dollar Store in Charlotte, N.C., in 1980, the foundation has grown into one of the country’s largest and most impactful philanthropic organizations. For more information, please visit www.leonlevinefoundation.org

About Charlotte Rescue Mission

Founded in 1938, Charlotte Rescue Mission has a long history of reaching out to the homeless and those battling addictions. Rebound, a men’s residential recovery program, works to empower individuals to move beyond cycles of homelessness and addiction to become productive citizens in the community. In 1992, Charlotte Rescue Mission opened Dove’s Nest to offer those same services to women and families. Both facilities provide free, high-quality substance abuse recovery programs to members of our community who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford such services. In addition, our graduates have access to after-care and continuing education programs.

For more information, visit www.charlotterescuemission.org or call 704-333-HOPE.

Always and Target Donate $1 Million To Charlotte’s “Girls on the Run”

Based on the insight from the Always #LikeAGirl campaign that half of girls lose confidence at puberty, Always is partnering with retailers to encourage girls to pursue their goals and build their confidence. As part of this work, Always and Target are pleased to announce their support of Girls on the Run, a non-profit organization that provides a physical activity-based positive youth development program to girls in third to eighth grades.

According to Girls on the Run, starting at the age of nine, girls’ confidence begins to drop, and by the time they reach the age of 10, their physical activity levels begin to follow suit. In the spirit of continuing to support girls throughout adolescence, Target with the support of Always is donating $1 million to Girls on the Run. As nearly half of participants require some level of financial assistance, this donation will help remove financial barriers and allow thousands more girls nationwide to enroll in Girls on the Run.

NC Ranks As No. 6 Most Sexually Diseased State

Just in time for a little Halloween horror, BackgroundChecks.org has updated their Most Sexually Diseased States in America report. Since we first looked at the data, the CDC has published new findings, with new data from 2016 available.

The 10 most sexually diseased states are currently:
1. Alaska (no change)
2. Mississippi (+2)
3. Louisiana (-1)
4. Georgia (+3)
5. New Mexico (no change)
6. North Carolina (-3)
7. South Carolina (-1)
8. Arkansas (+1)
9. Delaware (+5)
10. Oklahoma (-2)

The 10 least sexually problematic states are currently:
1. Vermont (-3)
2. New Hampshire (+1)
3. West Virginia (+1)
4. Maine (+1)
5. Utah (no change)
6. Idaho (no change)
7. Wyoming (no change)
8. Connecticut (-1)
9. Massachusetts (+1)
10. New Jersey (no change)

Also worth mentioning is the increase in reported gonorrhea cases. The top ten worst states experienced a rise in the rate of gonorrhea per 100k residents. In Alaska (#1), Mississippi (#2) and Georgia (#4), the rate rose by more than 40 per 100k. The across-the-board increase in gonorrhea infection is startling, and many experts attribute it to the rising prevalence of antibiotic-resistant strains of the disease.

Originally released on February 7, 2017, the ranking was created from local county and state health data, social media surveys, and CDC data on the rate of incidents per 100k residents for the two most common STDs, gonorrhea and chlamydia. The results may surprise you.

The full report, with graphics, is available here: http://backgroundchecks.org/these-are-the-most-sexually-diseased-states-in-the-us.html

BackgroundChecks.org is an organization devoted to public safety, online privacy, home security, and open government.

Portrait Innovations Studios Offer Free Halloween Portrait Party for Kids in Costume

Portrait Innovations, one of the largest operators of free standing retail professional portrait studios in the United States, is pleased to offer parents with children dressed in costumes free portraits during its Halloween party taking place at all Portrait Innovations studios Monday, October 30.

Charlotte-area locations include:

  • Gaston Mall: 401 Cox Road, Suite 178, Gastonia
  • NorthCross Shopping Center: 9709 Sam Furr Road, Suite A, Huntersville
  • The Promenade Shopping Center: 5349 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Suite 700, Charlotte
  • Gateway Plaza Shopping Center: 2355 Highway 70, SE, Hickory

Photography sessions are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and parents will receive two free 5×7 portraits and high-resolution digital images on CD of each child dressed in costume. Employees will also be handing out candy to get everyone in the Halloween spirit. There will be no purchases during the Halloween party. Everything is FREE. Portrait photographers will focus on photographing children dressed in costumes for Halloween. To find your closest Portrait Innovations studio, visit www.portraitinnovations.com/Find-a-Studio.

Following the free event, parents can submit their children’s portrait as part of a fun Portrait Innovations photo contest for a chance to win one of three $1,000 cash prizes. To enter, participants should submit their Portrait Innovations Halloween portrait, and then encourage friends and family to vote for it. Three of the 20 portraits with the most votes will be selected by a panel of judges for costume originality and will be named winners. Learn more and submit photos at www.portraitinnovations.com/halloween.

About Portrait Innovations 

Portrait Innovations specializes in giving customers a customized portrait studio experience with creative options for beautiful, professional portraits and personalized gifts and keepsakes. Photographers at each studio have been trained in the newest posing and shooting techniques and work with newborns, children, families, graduates, religious milestones and large groups.

During the past 17 years, Portrait Innovations has reinvented the professional portrait studio experience, understanding how important capturing and sharing cherished family and personal memories, events and milestones is to its customers. The company is honored to be the studio of choice by customers selected to capture their important, personal memories. Learn more at www.portraitinnovations.com.

Ciel Gallery Presents Fall National Juried ‘Exhibition I Spy’

Ciel Gallery is pleased to present its Fall National Juried Exhibition I Spy, showcasing works by artists across the U.S. who give us a raw, up-close and personal glimpse into how they really see and interpret the world. The exhibition opens October 6th and continues through October 28th, 2017. A special reception will be held on Friday, October 6, 6-9 pm. Award winners will be judged by Lee Baumgarten, Executive Director at The Civic & Cultural Arts Center in Pineville and announced at the reception.

Our planet is a monument to wonder, to see, to explore, to present everyday epiphanies as a moment of refuge and delight for an overloaded and often blinded world. The works presented will give viewers insightful peeks into the inner depths of artists minds.

A blind panel reviewed 268 entries from 146 artists representing 15 states and 44 pieces were selected to exhibit. Themes of the natural world, human moments, oddities and curiosities are interpreted in a variety of scale and media such as: Oil, Acrylic, Digital, Stoneware, Jewelry, Beadwork, Mosaic, Photography, Lithography, Sculpture, Fiber and Gaming Screens.

Local artist professional, Lee Baumgarten will be judging for awards. He is a proponent/advocate for creativity and innovation, for creating a better paradigm in public education and advocating “Art” as a catalyst for change. He has received grants, awards and honors and has regularly produced artworks, gallery exhibits, student workshops and cultural projects in the Charlotte area since 1998, expanding across the US and into Europe since 2012.

Ciel Gallery is a well-known fine art & fine craft collective art gallery. Its artists are very much a part of Charlotte’s pulsating art scene. The gallery hosts twelve exhibitions a year and offers a varied slate of art instruction for all levels. It is located at 128 E. Park Avenue, in South End, Charlotte’s urban, trendy neighborhood within walking distance to the train,

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 6 pm; 1st Fridays 11 am – 9 pm. All works will be available for purchase online as well. For more information visit www.cielcharlotte.com.

Opening Reception: Friday, October 6, 6-9 pm. Awards will be announced during the art reception.
Admission is free and families are welcome!

Artists selected: Andrea Zinn, Cathy Wilkin, Charles Roche, Cornelia Wende, Daniel File, Daniel Quinn, David McCrae, Donna Downey, Emily Andress, Hannah Lindo, Heather McLeod, Helen Beacham, Jade Lowder, Jason Stein, Joelle Jacobs, Jonathan Grauel, Katie Ries, Kerry Griffin, Laura McRae-Hitchcock, Lauren Bradshaw, Lisa Jasinski, Maggie Jones, Martha Worthy, Mary Hinchey,Max McLeod, Merrill Steiger, Michael Henry, Michele Morrice, Molly Morningglory, Nancy Smeltzer, Penny Beesley, Rhett Thompson, Richard Greene, Robin Howard, Sara Simpson, Seth Rouser, Simone Esquibel, Staci Swider, Steve Knight, Teresa Sheilds, Teresa Shields, Terie Christmas, Tina Alberni, Veronique Moses.

 

CATS Unveils New Branding Designs In ‘Envision My Ride’ Initiative

CATS unveiled its new branding design of its buses and vanpools today.  The new look creates a branding synergy with the LYNX light rail service and the design of the future CityLYNX streetcar service that is scheduled to open in 2020.  The rebranding is one of the phases of the Envision My Ride initiative started last year where CATS is focused on redesigning the bus system to:

  • Create more direct and frequent routes
  • Better route connections
  • Lessen travel time
  • Improve equipment and amenities

“The Envision My Ride initiative is an all-inclusive review of the bus system and these new branded vehicles with the latest technology and amenities will enhance the riding experience of our customers,” said John Lewis, CEO of CATS.

The new branding is initially installed on 40 new buses and vanpool that will start serving customers next week.  Over the next 5 plus years the entire fleet will be replaced and upgraded along with the new brand design. “We are committed to continually enhancing the reliability and comfort of the ride for our customers while expanding our hybrid fleet to do our part for the environment,” Lewis said. With the addition of these vehicles today, over 15 percent of CATS’ bus fleet will use hybrid technology, continuing to protect the environment and reduce fuel costs.

For more information on Envision My Ride and CATS services, visit ridetransit.org.

City of Charlotte Prepares for Hurricane Irma – Details for Each Department

The City of Charlotte is preparing for potential impacts to the Charlotte area and city services as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management is monitoring Irma, per regular updates received from North Carolina Emergency Management and the Greenville-Spartanburg office of the National Weather Service. Emergency Management is making internal preparations consistent with planning for any weather event or impending hazard.

Just as the city is preparing for Irma, Charlotte residents should, too. Members of the Charlotte community are encouraged to:

  • Make a plan
  • Build a ready kit (Stock up on items such as bottled water, nonperishable foods, batteries, flashlights, gas up your vehicle, etc.)
  • Stay informed

Shelters will open as needed. Locations will be determined as conditions progress. Stay tuned to city communications channels, including @CLTGov on Facebook and Twitter, as well as local media outlets for more information.

Residents can also stay engaged and informed by signing up for CharMeck Alerts at charmeckalerts.org or by connecting with Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter.

Charlotte Water

Charlotte Water has made a series of preparations this week to ensure continued delivery of drinking water and wastewater services through any storm event.

Charlotte Water has participated in frequent briefings and updates with local and state emergency management. As a member of N.C. Water WARN, Charlotte Water is prepared to exchange mutual aid requests and, if necessary, have a staff presence in an emergency operations center.

City water and sewer operations staff has reviewed hurricane procedures in Charlotte Water’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.

Fuel tanks have been topped off, and backup generators are being tested and placed on standby. Equipment and supplies, such as radios, laptops, chemical inventories, flashlights and chainsaws, have been serviced and maintained.

Facilities have been inspected and shored up to ensure reasonable protection against flooding and wind damage.

The operating divisions have reviewed staffing schedules and are prepared to adjust as needed. Some scheduled work may be delayed, but Charlotte Water will be prepared to respond to any emergencies. Customers will not see any visible change in their service.

Housing & Neighborhood Services

Code Enforcement’s DART (Damage Assessment Response Team) has been placed on standby in case assistance is needed. Staff has been instructed to check its gear and ensure vehicles are fueled up in the event DART is mobilized.

Solid Waste Services 

City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services asks customers to put their materials out on their collection day and leave materials there until collected, as long as outside conditions are safe.

Engineering & Property Management

All emergency response crews and contractors for downed trees and debris in the roads have been alerted and are on-call.

Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT)

CDOT crews are out clearing catch basins and investigating areas that are traditionally prone to flooding. Trucks are being fueled up and crews are on standby.

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)

CATS anticipates operating normal service on its bus routes, LYNX light rail service and CityLYNX streetcar service up until Monday evening. CATS will closely monitor weather conditions and make any necessary adjustments at that time.

Citizens should go to ridetransit.org for the most up-to-date information on specific routes. The public is encouraged to follow CATS on Twitter and Facebook for periodic updates. Citizens can also call 704-336-RIDE, but wait times for information may be long due to increased call volume.