Residents can meet with elected officials at Ballantyne Breakfast Club priorities meeting
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Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

Residents can meet with elected officials at Ballantyne Breakfast Club priorities meeting

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    The meeting is free and open to the public. Residents are asked to come 15 minutes early to enjoy refreshments provided by the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. If the meeting needs to be relocated, it will be moved to the Lodge at Ballantyne, 13015 Ballantyne Corporate Parkway.

    For more information, contact Ray Eschert at 704-651-1237, reschert@aol.com, or visit www.ballantynebreakfastclub.com.

Residents can meet one-on-one with elected officials from the state, county, city and school board during the Ballantyne Breakfast Club Priorities Meeting on Feb. 15.

The meeting willl be from 9-11 a.m. in the Ballantyne Ballroom of the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

The gathering will be a chance for residents to share concerns and priorities with elected leaders, according to the club’s website.

“Since 2001, the Ballantyne Breakfast Club has provided the public with meeting formats based on the belief that an informed community is a better community,” said club founder Ray Eschert. “This priorities meeting format is one that raises the bar by bringing in so many levels of elected officials and department leaders.”

Residents may meet with Mayor Patrick Cannon, city and county managers, department leaders from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, Charlotte Fire Department, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte Department of Transportation, N.C. Department of Transportation, Charlotte Chamber, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department and others.

“It is rewarding seeing how responsive the leaders are in attending this meeting, as they want that level of public engagement,” Eschert said. “The more involved and informed the public becomes, the better.”

Last year, 40 representatives were present at the priorities meeting, and more than 250 residents came to share their concerns.

At the last meeting, the hot topic was the management of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Eschert said, an issue that has yet to be resolved.

Eschert suggested the public discuss priorities including Eastland Mall, funding for transit projects, needs of the police and fire department for new stations to meet growth, Charlotte Premium Outlets and other expanding residential and commercial developments.

Eschert encouraged all residents to attend.

“By attending this meeting, the public will develop a better understanding of priorities while establishing a closer relationship with the representatives they have spoken with,” he said. “Our elected officials and department leaders have shown a willingness to attend this annual meeting because they want and need public input.”

Amanda Harris is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Amanda? Email her at amanda.phipps@gmail.com.

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