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This talk-show style workshop will highlight the work of President Matt Zone’s Task Force on Economic Mobility and Opportunity under the leadership of Task Force Chair Mayor Kasim Reed. Task Force representatives will share their efforts with participants.

Small businesses and start-ups are a critical component of a strong local economy.  Small businesses provide nearly 37 percent of jobs and offer a great deal of economic mobility and opportunity for residents.   Understand the power of local businesses and the critical role local leaders play in boosting local businesses.

This training will be a follow-on course to the March Fostering Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship session, with a goal of helping elected officials understand the power of their local businesses – from start-ups through growth companies – and the critical role they play in their success.

Credits: 2
Specialization Area: Community & Economic Development
Level: 201
Audience: All
Cost: $150 by September 15

Data is a city’s most valuable tool. Increasingly, cities are sharing data and leaders are making data-driven decisions. Learn about the different types of data – performance data, open data, and community indicators. Find out why data-driven leadership is important and how to analyze and use it effectively. Discover how innovative uses of data will allow you to enforce regulations and improve social services.

Credits: 2
Specialization Area: Management | Public Administration
Level: 101
Audience: All
Cost: $150 by September 15

As a continuation of the 101 level course, you will get an opportunity to dig deeper and learn from peers about best practices and shared challenges. Structural changes to daily operations, budgeting, communications, decision-making and community leadership, are a critical component for mayors and other city leaders seeking traction on advancing a racial equity strategy. Specialists from the NLC REAL (Race, Equity and Leadership) team and the Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE) will demonstrate how to break down barriers and find solutions related to the specific challenges of addressing institutional and structural racism in local government.

Credits: 2

Specialization Area: Leadership
Level: 201
Audience: All
Cost: $150 by September 15

Local leaders must be proactive in developing a comprehensive resilience plan. Equipping cities with resilient infrastructure will lower the impact of the physical, social, and economic challenges facing American cities. Learn how to breakdown governmental silos to develop a holistic resiliency plan that will meet the custom needs of your community.

 

Credits: 2
Specialization Area: Sustainability
Level: 301
Audience: All
Cost: $150 by September 15

(Offered both Wednesday and Thursday mornings.)

Get an insider look at the world of NASCAR racing on this two-stop tour.

Charlotte Motor Speedway – On the Charlotte Motor Speedway “Feel the Thrill” Tour you’ll experience the 24-degree banking in the turns and areas of the legendary superspeedway that are not accessible to fans on race days. You will also get to see the NASCAR garages located in the infield, travel the two infield road courses, ride down pit road and stop for a picture in Victory Lane.

Hendrick Motorsports – One of the most successful teams in NASCAR history, Hendrick Motorsports (HMS) is the home to the Sprint Cup teams of record-tying seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., NASCAR winning driver Kasey Kahne and current rookie-of-the-year Chase Elliott. Tour the museum and team store and check out the race team shops to get a good feel for the fascinating world of racing and the many drivers who came through the HMS tables.

Cost: $49 per person

Includes transportation, guide, admissions, guided tour of the speedway and time at gift shops

This unique tour will appeal to animal lovers and history lovers alike.

The Carolina Raptor Center

The Carolina Raptor Center, which got its unlikely start in the basement of the science building at UNCC, has come a long way. Since the arrival of the first injured owl in 1979, the non-profit organization has grown to one of the largest raptor rehabilitation centers in the United States. Last year, more than 650 injured and orphaned birds of prey were brought to the center for help.

Boasting one of the country’s most extensive collections of birds of prey, get a glimpse of what’s behind the scenes at Carolina Raptor Center’s raptor hospital and education trail. At the hospital, staff admits, treats and performs surgery and physical therapy on more than 900 birds a year. The goal is to get the majestic creatures healthy and released back into the wild as quickly as possible. Depending on availability at the time of the tour, it may include a private bird presentation and flight show.

Latta Plantation

Built in 1800, Latta Place was owned by James Latta, an immigrant from Northern Ireland. A successful traveling merchant through 1820, Mr. Latta then retired and turned his property into a cotton plantation consisting of 742 acres and 34 enslaved people. Visit rare and endangered breeds of historic livestock, see the process of growing short-staple cotton firsthand, visit the honeybee exhibit, and much more! We’ll take a guided tour of the house and explore the grounds.

The Carolina Raptor Center, paired with The Latta Plantation, makes for a wonderful afternoon excursion.

Cost: $54 per person

Tour includes transportation, guide and admissions