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Northwest Corridor Welcomes New City Manager

Charlotte, N.C. (July 10, 2013) – More than 60 community members of the Northwest Corridor Indaba welcomed Charlotte’s new City Manager, Ron Carlee, during a reception on July 10 in Grimes Lounge. The event offered an opportunity for representatives from area neighborhoods and businesses to greet the new manager while Dr. Carter shared some highlights of University-led projects in the Corridor including:

  • A leadership audit and candidate seminar to give voice to the Northwest Corridor
  • Healthy living initiatives through the new HealthPlex and Sustainability Village
  • Applied research projects by students that benefit area residents


            Sen. Malcolm Graham, interim director for the Center for Applied Leadership and Community Development, announced other university projects that support women entrepreneurs, prepare students for college, and serve young adult males through a partnership with Men Who Care Global. “Our mission is to build people power and be a critical community partner with the city,” said Graham.

            He referred to Mosaic Village, the Arts Factory and Passing Through Light underpass artwork as tangible examples of progress toward improved quality of life in the Corridor.

            Carlee commended JCSU for reaching beyond its walls, saying, “Not every university takes seriously its responsibility for the community in which it lies. Going forward I have a lot of hopes and dreams for the community that are the hopes and dreams of this community.”  


Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 22 fields of study to more than 1,600 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit or follow the university on social media sites FacebookTwitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram.

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