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vibrant communities in a robust region

Vibrant Communities in a Robust Region

Centralina Council of Governments

connect our future is
CONNECT Our Future is …
  • A collaborative effort of local governments, businesses, and non-profits in the region around Charlotte, NC
  • A process for creating a Regional Strategic Framework for
      • Growing jobs & the economy
      • Controlling the cost of government
      • Enhancing quality of life
our regional geography
Our Regional Geography
  • Two-State Region includes:
  • 14 Counties
  • More than 100 municipalities
  • 2011 HUD Grant:One of only 30 awarded in U.S., one of few fully funded


connect goals
  • Build on the CONECT Regional Vision (2008)
  • Engage the full diversity of the region’s population in developing shared regional strategies for growth
  • Establish an ongoing network or organizational relationships to carry out those strategies
connect regional vision
CONNECT Regional Vision
  • A strong, diverse Economy
  • Increased Collaboration among jurisdictions
  • Sustainable, well-managed Growth
  • A safe and healthy Environment
  • High quality Educational opportunities
  • Enhanced Social Equity through community leadership and volunteerism
challenges communities face today
Challenges Communities Face Today

Planning appropriately for dramatic growth within the region, while maintaining community character

Meeting infrastructure needs – sewer, transportation – while controlling cost of government

Shared limited water resources

High unemployment; need for worker training, need for jobs and housing that attract/retain young people

Difficulty attracting businesses, need to revitalize old industrial/commercial areas

Lack of regional information and tools for decision-making

Continuing to build a vibrant community for our children and grandchildren

how could a strategic framework help
How Could a Strategic Framework Help?
  • Develop strategies for shared problems
  • Align regional job growth strategies with local planning
  • Identifying ways to stretch infrastructure dollars, strengthen local agriculture and keep community character intact while continuing to grow
  • ensure neighboring communities know and understand your community’s vision, and how it relates to their plans
what is the connect consortium
What is the CONNECT Consortium?

More than 100 public, private, non-profit member organizations

Guides process to develop a regional strategic framework,

With public engagement and alternative scenario assessment to develop a preferred future scenario


CONNECT milestones

  • Define values, indicators
  • Develop current trend & alternative scenarios
  • Identify preferred scenario
  • Strategies, tools for implementation
sustainable communities program
Sustainable Communities program
  • Livability Principles: Provide More Transportation Choices to “… improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions …”
  • “ … consider the interdependent challenges of: (1) economic competitiveness and revitalization; (2) social equity, inclusion, and access to opportunity; (3) energy use and climate change; and (4) public health and environmental impact.”
  • Regional Plan for Sustainable Development must “… integrate existing or emerging plans … [including] air and water quality plans, … climate change impact assessments …

and tie these plans to local comprehensive land use and capital investment plans.”

air quality climate change work plan
Air Quality & Climate Change work plan

Diesel/Black Carbon Technical Study

  • Assess projected 5-yr extent of Diesel BC emissions from major construction projects
  • Develop strategies for addressing Diesel BC emissions
  • Estimate potential impacts of recommended strategies (environmental, economic, and health)

Questions or Comments?Contacts:www.centralina.orgProject Manager: Sushil Nepal, snepal@centralina.orgBlueprinting Manager: Michelle Nance, mnance@centralina.orgGrants Development Director: Vicki Bott,