Mecklenburg County

Jim Puckett, the vice chairman for the Mecklenburg County Commisssion, speaking at Tuesday's meeting.
Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County leaders are taking the first steps to determine whether the public health department should have different oversight. Commissioners voted 6-2 Tuesday night to form a committee to explore options that include creating a medical board to oversee the health department and forming an advisory board.

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Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio will ask county commissioners Tuesday night to approve spending an additional $2.3 million to speed up cybersecurity projects. The request comes four months after a ransomware attack that crippled county computer systems. 

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As Atlanta struggles to recover from a cyberattack last week that knocked out city computer systems, one place officials turned to for advice was Mecklenburg County. A similar attack here in December kept some systems offline for weeks - and the county is still working on security improvements.

Mecklenburg County grew by about 60 people a day last year. U.S. Census Bureau data shows the county’s population increased by 22,000 from July 2016 through June 2017, making it home to 1,076,837 residents.

Drawing shows the concept for a redevelopment of two blocks along North Tryon Street in Charlotte.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library/DaVinci Development Collaborative

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and other property owners are hunting for a company to carry out a major redevelopment on North Tryon Street, to include shops, apartments, offices and a hotel. 

 The 2018 North Carolina health outcomes map.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Mecklenburg County was ranked the fifth healthiest county in the state. That’s according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report. The annual study looks at how long people live and how healthy their lifestyles are. But there are some less-than-pleasant details.

Drawing shows the concept for a redevelopment of two blocks along North Tryon Street in Charlotte.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library/DaVinci Development Collaborative

Property owners along two blocks of North Tryon Street are seeking a developer for a mixed-use project that would include a replacement for the current Charlotte Mecklenburg Main Library. The 7-acre project between Sixth and Eighth Streets would include market rate and affordable housing, shops, offices and a boutique hotel. 

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Charlotte City Council members Monday night could approve a revised plan for providing police protection in some unincorporated areas of Mecklenburg County.

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Mecklenburg County will open an emergency shelter for the homeless at the Grady Cole Center on Kings Drive for the next couple of days as winter weather returns to the Charlotte area.

Clients outside the Men's Shelter on North Tryon Street Friday. The shelter has hosted more people than usual this week.
David Boraks / WFAE

Updated Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018
The long cold snap is keeping homeless shelters in Charlotte busy this week. Shelters were close to full again Thursday and again Friday, when the temperature dipped to 14 degrees.  Saturday's forecast calls for a low around 12 early Sunday. County officials say more beds were available Friday night, as more churches hosted homeless people through the Urban Ministry's Room in the Inn Program.