|City Council launches task force to respond to COVID-19|
|Panel includes political, community leaders|
|Published Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:00 pm|
Mayor Vi Lyles and Mayor Pro Tem Julie Eiselt will lead the initiative, assuming responsibility for coordinating how the task force proceeds as well as the final report to the community. The task force will focus on small business, housing and Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Four City Council members and five community thought leaders will be included in each category. Community members will be chosen by council members, a process which is underway. City leaders stated their desire to have community representatives depict varying business types and demographics reflective of the city. Weekly meetings will begin on April 21 and continue for the pandemic’s duration. They will be followed by public forums for community input, which will be subject to regulations such as a stay-at-home order.
The task force’s purpose is to provide a long-term vision for Charlotte’s economic and civic environment that is both stable and healthy. They will serve as a sounding board for citizen concerns amid the pandemic and provide recommendations to city government as to the best ways to support changes caused by COVID-19. The task force will also plan for potential challenges in the wake of the pandemic.
The task force sectors are comprised of the following council members. Small business will be coordinated by Eiselt and at-large representative James Mitchell with at-large council member Dimple Ajmera and District 6 representative Tariq Bokhari also serving. Housing will be coordinated by District 2 representative Malcolm Graham. Council member at large Braxton Winston, District 4 representative Renee Johnson and District 1 representative Larken Egleston will also be responsible for housing. Egleston will also be in the group responsible for the airport, which is coordinated by District 7 representative Ed Driggs. District 3 representative Victoria Watlington and District 5 representative Matt Newton will also serve on that group.
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