A team player dedicated to getting things done for the City of Charlotte, both in a district and citywide capacity, Patrick Cannon’s record reflects his leadership and results on the following initiatives:
- Worked in concert with Tony Pressley of MECA Properties to bring about Southend
- Revitalized the old Westover Plaza Shopping Center now known as City West Commons
- Instituted the first citywide economic development education seminars providing existing and start-up business owners with information on accessing capital through city grants and loans
- Fought (unsuccessfully) to keep the Minority and Women Business Entrepreneurs (MWBE) program alive. After several years of dormancy, helped “revive” the MWBE program which is now called the “Charlotte Inclusion” program
- Led the charge to establish the “Westside Strategy Plan” to address economic development, public safety, housing, environmental, green space, infrastructure, and land use issues. This effort brought about the creation of an Eastside Strategy Plan.
- Brought the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) to Charlotte which has generated hundreds of millions for the city since 2006
- Championed rezoning petitions and/or provided incentives that attracted businesses, created jobs, expanded the tax base and established a better sense of community including:
–Central Piedmont Community College Satellite location
–Marriott Courtyard Hotel
–Lakepointe Corporate Business Park
–Graybar Electric Office and Warehouse
–Whitehall Mix-use development of office and retail
–Eckerd Drug Store (now Rite-Aid)
–Rooms To Go Warehouse (I-85 service road)
–Vocational Technical High School for Charlotte-Mecklenburg
–Michael Jordan Golf Center and Range
- Initiated the teardown and redevelopment of an old dilapidated shopping center now City West Commons
- Helped create the Wilkinson Boulevard Business Park in concert with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Development Corporation.
- Advocated Arrowood Hub Service Connector to link those in fragile/threatened portions of the city to an estimated 25,000-30,000 jobs.
- Approved and advocated for $1.32 billion in capital investment, the largest in the City’s history which included:
- $88.3 million for roads throughout Charlotte (East, West, North, and South)
- $10 million for new sidewalk construction
- $8.4 million for the Westside Strategic Plan
- $4.5 million for First Ward infrastructure
- $19.7 million for the Trolley
- $4.5 million for the center-city infrastructure and rehabilitation
- Continued funding of the 5-year Transportation Plan
- Supported the one-half cent property tax reduction for the taxpayers
- Championed the rezoning and planning for a mini Ballantyne concept called the “Town of Ayrsley”, a smart growth mixed-use development in Southwest Charlotte where citizens rent, own, recreate at a YMCA, enjoy a variety of dining options, discover musical and theatre entertainment, and work in proximity to the area if they desire without leaving the community.
- Led the effort to create the “proper funding model” for affordable entertainment for the Charlotte Knights baseball facility instead of utilizing the proposed 100% property tax suggestion.
- Established the Citizens Review Board that gave citizens a voice and brought harmony to an unstable community
- Started “Shame TV,” that exposes groups or individuals that solicit for prostitution or use illegal drugs
- Instituted a Law Enforcement Cadet Program
- Created a Homicide Taskforce to reduce African-American homicides where numbers were disproportionate by comparisons to other ethnic groups
- Pushed for and got changes to a Youth Curfew and negotiated for well over $1M billboard impressions with the private sector.
- Chaired Public Safety when the “Gang of One” program came into fruition and has fought in Washington to keep funding for it to provide an alternative for youth wanting to start a new life and become productive citizens.
- Led the effort to enact an ordinance to address Predatory Towing on citizens
- Championed the issue of establishing a noise ordinance to reduce confrontations
- Worked to rid areas of Adult Book Stores and establishments in close proximity to neighborhoods that reduced the community’s property values and quality of life standards.
- Led the ask to put School Resource Officers back in public schools
- Developed and implemented neighborhood taskforces that included police, solid waste, neighborhood development and code enforcement representatives, to rid communities of dilapidated housing and commercial structures that would reduce property values.
- Initiated the Wingate Neighborhood Revitalization effort to create a sense of community, ridding it of illegal activity in order to bring future development to the area.
- Pushed for several Hope VI applications to establish mixed-income neighborhoods with desirable architectural designs.
- Worked to provide financial assistance for development of affordable housing by creating a Housing Trust Fund.
- Pushed for and got voter approval…
- in 1996 for $32M in Neighborhood Improvement Bonds for Hidden Valley, Lincoln Heights and Moores Chapel neighborhoods.
- in 2000 for $32M in neighborhood Improvement bonds for West Blvd., Plaza Midwood and the Thomasboro/Hoskins neighborhoods.
- in 2004 for $13.8M to fund the Belmont Revitalization Plan and Hope VI Project ($8.8M) and to complete 2000 bonds ($5M)
- Voted against higher water fees on taxpayers when water rates sky rocketed.
- Pushed to find more ways to fund alternative modes of transit, rather than adding more property taxes.
- Voted to reduce the property tax rate.
- Kept departmental budgets flat or provided cuts which most recently would reflect the following:
- 2011 – $7.7 million in cuts
- 2012 – Budget remained flat