Residents complete Concord 101

The city of Concord recently recognized Concord 101 participants. The class of 2010 was recognized Nov. 30 with a graduation ceremony at Fire Station No. 9.

Concord 101 is a course designed for residents to learn about their local government. Participants met Tuesday nights and heard from city staff members about what it takes to run city services such as solid waste and recycling, public utilities, police, fire, parks and recreation, and much more. The free 13-week course began in September.

The class was first offered in 2002 and alumni have come from all walks of life. Some are now serving leadership roles in their neighborhoods or on city boards and commissions. In addition, council member John Sweat is a graduate from the 2003 class.

The 2010 participants were: Pearl Asbury, Carolyn Baker, Pat Baker, Ed Brasefield, Jennie Brasefield, Yvette Burwell, Lafa' Coleman, Brenda Cook, William Hall, Carolyn Osborne, Gerry Osborne, Julie Petroff, Tracy Raulerson, James Shepherd, Mary Shepherd, Jeanette Thompson, Dale Wood, and Marybeth Wood.

"We appreciate the citizens who have taken their time to learn about city government and services," said Mayor Scott Padgett. "The graduates always enjoy the course and come out of it learning more than they could have imagined.

The next class will begin in fall of 2011, and applications will be available in May.

"This course is an opportunity for us to interact closely with citizens. We hope these graduates will continue to give us input and take an active role in the community," City Manager Brian Hiatt commented.

For more information call 704-920-5215 or visit the city's website.