Following a report on economic inequity in the city and a fatal officer-involved shooting in late 2016, Charlotte, North Carolina looked to engage the community in meaningful ways.
PIECE is a collaboration among the City, local businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide training and employment in the construction industry to economically challenged segments of the Charlotte community.
LEVEL UP was started in 2017 to assist Charlotte teens by preventing crime, promoting health and reducing academic summer regression. The initiative is a collaboration of the City, YMCA and an assortment of other nonprofit organizations.
Charlotte, NC, used a novel approach a few years ago to survey residents: use city employees to stop people on the street for an impromptu ten-minute survey on how they feel about their city.