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Foxx era ends with list of achivements
Mayor thanks constituents before resignation
 
Published Tuesday, July 2, 2013 11:04 am
by Herbert L. White

Before taking off for Washington, D.C. and a new job as U.S.  transportation secretary, Anthony Foxx and Charlotte exchanged thank-yous.

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Former Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx (second from right) leaves the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center with  (from left) daughter Hillary, son Zachary and wife Samara on July 1. Foxx resigned to become U.S. transportation secretary.


In his final speech as Charlotte’s mayor on Monday, Foxx clicked off a list of accomplishments over four years as the city’s leader: the addition of new jobs in the aftermath of crippling global recession; expansion of the Mayor’s Youth Employment from 48 participants to 3,200.


There’s the capital improvement plan that improve infrastructure and money for work force housing.


The result, he surmises, is that the Charlotte that cared for him as a child is in position to do the same for future generations.


“You may disagree with the methods and means, but there can never be a disagreement that I love this community and worked my tail off to make this city everything it can be.”


Foxx, who will be sworn in as transportation secretary this week, thanked   City Council, where he served a couple of terms, constituents and family in a 13 minute, 15-second speech. Council members did the same.


“There were times – 11:30, midnight, 1 o’clock, he’s on the phone and he’s talking about just one thing: what is best for Charlotte,” said District 2 council member James Mitchell. “We’re truly losing a young man who grew up right before us and he did it with so much integrity, he did it with so much love and he did it with so much passion that he wanted each citizen to be proud of Charlotte.”


That, Foxx insists, will be the legacy he leaves behind as a new chapter opens in his political career.


“Why do you do this? It’s love,” he said.

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