City Manager Marcus D. Jones presented his proposed fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget to Mayor, City Council and the Charlotte community on Monday, May 7.

  • Our Vision; programs that make Charlotte a safer, more inclusive and business-friendly community
  • The fabric of our city; neighborhoods, housing and community-building for the future

Among the recommendations, the city manager proposed support of transformative environmental innovation in Charlotte, by proposing $2.0 million for facility improvements to an existing city building in the Belmont neighborhood to begin making the Circular Economy initiative a reality. The traditional linear economy emphasizes consumption and disposal. In the Circular Economy, economic and environmental resources are kept in use for as long as possible then recovered, reused, and regenerated to marketable products and materials in a way that creates new industries, jobs, training, and income opportunities.

The City will partner with Envision Charlotte, a globally recognized local public private plus collaborative, to create a living lab incubator. The incubator for this forward-thinking approach will foster public collaboration, community engagement, and in-depth utilization of data, while reusing waste products normally headed for the landfill. The lab will be housed in a repurposed facility once used by the Charlotte Fire Department (the Old Horse Barn) to house horses. The goal is to have innovation and products to showcase during the international Cities for Cities event, which will be hosted here by Envision Charlotte in 2019.

To help propel the Circular Economy movement forward, the City of Charlotte has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF). This foundation was established in 2010 with the aim of accelerating the transition to the Circular Economy. Since its creation, the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, establishing the circular economy on the agenda of the decision makers across business, government, and academia. The Circular Economy 100 (CE100) program brings together leading organizations and cities, with the key objective of innovating, developing and implementing Circular Economy opportunities.

The City of Charlotte is the second U.S. city to commit to this network (Phoenix, AZ was the first). Charlotte will leverage this program and its premier network to accelerate our transition to a Circular Economy and become the leading U.S. Circular city. By joining this network, we have access to global corporations, institutions, and affiliates that can be brought in to facilitate local innovation and drive economic development advancements through multi-stakeholder collaboration. In partnership with EMF, Charlotte will attract global leaders to see how innovative partnerships