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My Record on Economic Development

There has been a great deal of public concern around the 2019 property tax reevaluations in Mecklenburg County. In this particular budget, I was concerned about displacing the elderly and the poor. As Council prepared the FY2020 budget, I advocated for and supported no tax increase for the FY2020 budget while being responsive to important issues facing our city: affordable housing, environmental sustainability, community safety, smart infrastructure, and economic development. The City of Charlotte has the lowest tax rate of the top 10 cities in NC.

As City Council member for District 5 in 2017, continuing through my historic 2017 at large victory, I have worked tirelessly to bring traction and economic opportunities to the 69-acre Eastland site, an area left undeveloped for more than eight years.

I was instrumental in bringing "The Silicon Valley Young Coder's Club" to Charlotte. This California-based nonprofit teaches students how to become entrepreneurs. This is the 12th Young Coders' Club in the country and the first one outside of California.

I hosted numerous town halls, and/or led efforts to connect businesses and residents with city contracting resources, including:

  • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE)
  • Women Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • Airport Concessionaire Disadvantage Business Enterprise (ACDBE)
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
  • Historically Underutilized Business (HUB)
  • AMP Up! Charlotte
  • Business Matching Grants Program
  • Small Business Mobilization Loans
  • Charlotte Community Capital Fund
  • Charlotte Business INClusion Program

I voted to approve the Charlotte Compact on Immigration. It is crucial to send a strong message to individuals and prospective businesses that Charlotte is a safe and welcoming city. Statistics prove that immigrants are important to our economy and cultural enrichment. Specific to Charlotte:

  • Immigrants made up 15.1 percent of the total population in Mecklenburg County in 2017.
  • Immigrant households in our county earned $14 billion in 2017. $867.1 million accounts for federal taxes and $398.7 million went to the state.
  • These same Immigrants have $3.7 million in spending power.
  • In 2017, immigrants in Mecklenburg County contributed $527.6 million to Social Security and $140.8 million to Medicare.

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