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The City of Charlotte was awarded a grant from Smart Growth America to host a community dialogue regarding Smart Growth concepts and challenges. Through this discussion the city hopes to gain insight on how attract new business, reduce tax burdens and create a stronger foundation for long-term fiscal health and competitiveness. But what might some of those actions steps toward prosperity be? And what hurdles might we face along the way? A conversation about smart growth, when Charlotte Talks.

The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are working together with more than 100 governments and organizations in the 14-county region in North and South Carolina to develop a framework for growth. There's a 3- year initiative in place to figure out the needs of our region and to ensure that the region can fulfill those needs, including jobs, transportation, housing, air quality and much more. We'll talk with leaders from around the region about "CONNECT Our Future" about how it can benefit our area, when Charlotte Talks.

A Trifling Place, Episode 1: Where Are You From?

Jan 4, 2013
Tasnim Shamma

President George Washington called Charlotte a "trifling place." That's how our founding father described the city during a visit in 1791. But it's certainly changed since then. Welcome to "A Trifling Place," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

The General Fund is the state’s piggy bank, where revenue goes in and payments come out.  Today, the State Controller’s office released a report showing that, since June, the fund earned almost $300 million more than the same time last year. That’s an increase of over four percent. Amber Young at the controller’s office says it’s for the best possible reason-- people are earning more.

“It’s just things are doing better—individual income went up five percent,” Young said. “We’re seeing more people working again. Corporate went up about that amount.”