Charlotte ranked in the top 20 on Forbes’ annual list of America’s fastest-growing cities, and the population of Mecklenburg County is projected to increase by more than 1 million residents by 2030, which would double the city in size.
Livable Meck is an initiative dedicated to ensuring our community’s strengths will dominate its story of growth. The organization brings together residents, local governments, nonprofits and businesses to encourage greater collaboration in developing a unified vision for the community’s future.
Voice of the Community
Over 130 partners and programs work together to support the vision for a better Charlotte, and resident voices will determine Livable Meck’s priorities and actions for the future. The “Voice of the Community” initiative calls on residents to share experiences, needs, priorities and concerns to shape the community plan for the upcoming year.
Private and nonprofit partners use the information in prioritizing projects, budgets, education, affordability, economic mobility and infrastructure, among more. Recent initiatives include “Green Space and Growth” as well as “Air Quality and the Breathing Room.”
What’s most important to you?
A reason to get involved
Livable Meck recently rolled out Wave 3 of its “Voices of the Community” survey, which is available through the end of April, and takes about two minutes to complete. Available in both English and Spanish, the survey seeks input from a diverse set of respondents. This year specifically, they are seeking more responses from Millennials, residents new to Charlotte, and Spanish-speaking individuals to guide community growth.
“We need to seek to understand all residents’ perspectives so that the quality of our community flourishes,” said Rebecca Herbert, Community Engagement and Strategy Manager for Livable Meck. “Being a healthy, accessible, and prepared community takes the contributions of all residents.”
“Since the 2010 census, there are over 30,000 more Hispanics in our community. Our intent in offering the survey in Spanish is to make participating more accessible,” Herbert said. “Millennial participation has been good, but doesn’t yet match the percentage of the population.”
Herbert also mentions the importance of hearing from newer residents, stating that they can offer fresh perspectives, while long-time residents have context and experiences to share.
“We need to look at the future with an attitude of abundance – not that we’re in competition with each other. We need to seek to understand all residents’ perspectives so that the quality of life in our community flourishes,” Herbert said.
Residents weigh in
So far, residents shared concerns and processes that they wish to see shape Charlotte including neighborhood involvement, planning for all ages, more front porches to encourage a feeling of companionship, and affordability that extends to housing, transportation, food and access to health services.
“As a native Charlottean, I feel that the future of this community is important. Positive change can’t be made without having all voices at the table,” said Erin Barbee, Director of Mission Advancement at Aldersgate Continuing Care Community and PR Director for the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
Barbee chose to take the survey to weigh-in on decisions affecting the city and county. “Livable Meck is telling me—I matter, my opinion matters and they want to know what is important to me.”
As young adults/Millennials, we are the future,” Barbee said. “We have an opportunity to help design what it is going to look like. Take the survey and be part of what’s next.”
Visit Livable Meck’s website to learn more and take the survey.