Mayor Patrick Cannon spoke to members of Charlotte’s financial industry Thursday, outlining his efforts to make the city more business friendly.

He said he hopes to streamline the city’s permitting process and touted the city’s $816 million capital plan passed last fall. The long-term vision, he said, is for Charlotte to be a prominent city on the international stage: “Our ideas are not only proactive, but aspirational and global-minded,” he said.

Cannon made the remarks at a lunch meeting of the Charlotte chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth – an organization primarily made up of bankers and private equity professionals – held at the City Club uptown.

It was one of Cannon’s first appearances before the city’s financial workers since being elected mayor last fall. Andrew Dunn

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