Concord mayor elected vice president of state group

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Concord Mayor Scott Padgett was recently elected vice chairman of the N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, a group of mayors committed to promoting policies that support the state’s urban centers.
As vice chair, Padgett will be a visible representative for the Coalition and its priorities at the N.C. General Assembly, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and other organizations around the state. As a member of the executive committee, Padgett will also be active in setting the Coalition’s agenda for the coming year.
Padgett was elected mayor of Concord in 2001, having served on the City Council since 1995. Prior to his election to City Council, he was a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission. He is a retired elementary school principal who is active in the community. His civic involvement includes a number of local organizations, including the Concord Rotary Club, Cabarrus Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Cabarrus and boards of directors for the Cabarrus Boys and Girls Club and Cabarrus Bank and Trust. Padgett is a member of All Saints Episcopal Church.
Founded in 2001, the coalition represents 27 of the state’s largest cities. Its member mayors work together to develop strategies at both the state and national levels to foster vibrant, livable cities that drive growth and innovation for the state. Specifically, the group is focused on economic development, transportation and public safety.
The coalition works to shape legislation in the General Assembly and encourage forward-thinking policies. For example, its members were strong and important advocates for the creation of the N.C. Mobility Fund, which generates new funding for major transportation projects of statewide significance.
The group has also been active in pursuing new strategies to reduce the threat of gangs. The coalition is working with Rep. John Faircloth on legislation giving law enforcement additional tools to fight illegal gang activities. It passed the House unanimously and awaits Senate action in the short session.
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