Mayor Allen Joines has been elected to the executive committee of the N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, a group of mayors committed to promoting policies that support the state’s urban centers.
Founded in 2001, the coalition represents 27 of the state’s largest cities. Its members work together to develop strategies at both the state and national levels to foster vibrant, livable cities that drive growth and innovation. Specifically, the group is focused on economic development, transportation, and public safety.
The executive committee sets the coalition’s agenda and works to promote the group’s priorities. Joines will meet with legislators and other state officials on issues facing North Carolina cities, and serve as a representative of the coalition to state government, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and organizations across the state. Joines was elected to the committee during the coalition’s annual meeting last month in Charlotte.
The coalition was a strong advocate for 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 currently working with Rep. John Faircloth, R- Guilford, 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.