RALEIGH – Mayor Miles Atkins and members of the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition met with Governor Pat McCrory, Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis today in Raleigh. The Coalition, which is comprised of the mayors of the state’s 28 largest cities and represents more than three million citizens, focused on issues important to Mooresville and all the state’s metropolitan areas.
The visit to Raleigh was highlighted by a special reception with Governor McCrory at the Governor’s Mansion. As mayor of Charlotte, McCrory helped found the Coalition.
“North Carolina’s cities are the driving forces behind our state’s economy,” said Atkins. “As mayors, we are being called upon to partner with surrounding communities to leverage our economic strengths and collaborate on key issues such as transportation and public safety. As a former mayor, Governor McCrory understands our challenges and concerns.”
According to a study commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, 81 percent of North Carolina’s economic output is produced in metropolitan areas. In addition, 67 percent of the jobs in North Carolina are located in the Piedmont Crescent, the urban corridor that stretches from Charlotte to Raleigh.
The Coalition’s legislative agenda is focused on promoting innovative strategies to build and maintain transportation infrastructure, providing cities the needed revenues and resources to ensure they continue to serve as thriving centers for citizens, and supporting local law enforcement and the judicial system to reduce crime.
POSTED: MARCH 6, 2013