Neighborhoods’ retreat: UNC Charlotte’s Urban Institute sponsored the Charlotte Neighborhood & Business Services board retreat Feb. 15 at the Center City Building of UNCC. The retreat was an opportunity for representatives from Charlotte neighborhood associations to learn about their own neighborhoods and services offered by the city. The group heard from representatives from the city and university as well as a neighorhood representative from Grove Park, Emily Wu. After the opening meeting, individual neighborhood groups spent the morning in facilitated sessions with their neighbors to review data reports on the neighborhoods and develop visions for their communities’ future.
Venture Challenge: March 3 is the deadline for business startups to apply for the Charlotte Venture Challenge business innovation competition. The challenge is the Southeast’s largest startup competition, annually attracting more than 100 business startups to compete for investor attention and customer discovery by large corporations, as well as cash prizes. Winners will be chosen in six categories: New Energy & High Tech; IT & Informatics; Health IT & Biotech Sciences; Consumer Products & Services; Undergrad Student Ventures; and Graduate Student Ventures. The finals will be May
Blood drives: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas plans the following blood drives: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 12 at BECO South, 8505 IBM Drive, Innovation Park, Charlotte; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 18 at UNC Charlotte SAC, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. Donors must weigh at least 120 pounds. For more information or additional blood drives, visit www.cbcc.us.
Crime report: According to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department report, January crime the department’s Hickory Grove Response Area 2 decreased from 2013 to 2014 in the categories of commercial burglary, aggravated assault (gun), shoplifting, larceny from building, larceny from auto and other larceny. It increased in auto theft and residential burglary. In addition, there were two rapes and two armed robberies in January 2014, whereas there were none of either in January 2013.