University City Partners is committed to justness and opportunity for all

To the University City community: University City Partners stands against racism and social injustice in every form. We work to help build a community that is inclusive and equitable. I know that many of our residents, business owners and area employees are experiencing pain and trauma from recent killings that have been shared across TV screens and online. Though I personally do not know the pain felt by the Black community, I extend my compassion. We at University City Partners stand with our Black-owned businesses, community members and partners. We will continue to work with our community leaders, business partners, and City and County government leaders to identify ways that we can support those who have been treated unjustly in the past and even today. We will continue our work with the UCITY Family Zone that was created in partnership with UNC Charlotte leaders, the community and civic and faith partners following the killing of Keith Lamont-Scott by a police officer four years ago in University City. We will also continue to listen to local residents who experience racial injustice first-hand, supporting them in the best ways that we can. We are committed to ensuring that we nurture a University City that provides equitable employment, living and leisure experiences for everyone in our diverse and inclusive community. Changes this big only happen when everyone gets involved. If you need help getting started, visit the the UCITY Family Zone website and fill out its contact form. If you want to learn about COVID-19 support efforts needing your help right now, visit the UCITY Family Zone’s COVID-19 support web page. Thank...
Where Will They Play?

Where Will They Play?

We need more parks now – YOU CAN HELP A crisis caused by Charlotte’s explosive growth and government inaction threatens one of the most important assets of every truly livable city – public parks.   A recent nationwide study revealed that Charlotte has the least parkland per person of any comparable city in America! Mecklenburg County has added nearly 200,000 residents in 10 years yet provides virtually no more parkland for 1.1 million people than it did a decade ago for 900,000. Now, land prices are soaring while sites suitable for new parks are being lost to development. A University City without parks Nowhere is the situation more dire than within walking distance of University City’s growing community.  University City Partners and the Parks Department staff jointly funded a parks master plan five years ago—anticipating this growth. Nothing in the plan has been done. That radical change can happen – with your help, now! The time is now for all of us to tell commissioners that we demand more and better parks. Our commissioners will respond when enough citizens call for change. Email each of the commissioners. Encourage friends and family to do the same. Together, let’s make that happen. Darlene Heater Executive Director University City Partners Email addresses of decision makers and email copy for easy action. lee.jones@mecklenburgcountync.gov Dena.Diorio@mecklenburgcountync.gov Vilma.Leake@mecklenburgcountync.gov george.dunlap@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov ella.scarborough@mecklenburgcountync.gov pat.cotham@mecklenburgcountync.gov trevor.fuller@mecklenburgcountync.gov elaine.powell@mecklenburgcountync.gov Mark.Jerrell@mecklenburgcountync.gov Susan.Harden@mecklenburgcountync.gov susan.rodriguez-mcdowell@mecklenburgcountync.gov Want a shortcut to writing your emails? Feel free to use any or all of the content below: RE:  More Parks Now for University City Please fund parks so our Future University City will have vibrant, active and safe park spaces...
Meet our new intern, Haley Chilcott

Meet our new intern, Haley Chilcott

Haley Chilcott is our new Marketing Communications Intern here at University City Partners. Haley is an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is majoring in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations. After graduation in May, Haley hopes to find a creative, challenging position that will allow her to become an innovative PR practitioner. As an undergrad, Haley has been highly involved in campus life from Special Olympics to the Sailing Club. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society, Order of Omega Honor Society, as well as Chi Omega Fraternity. Haley has held 2 positions in her chapter of Chi Omega: the 2017 President and the 2016 Director of Social/Friendship. She is also on the 2018 Greek Week Executive Board and is a highly active member of UNC Charlotte’s Greek community. Originally from Santa Anna, California, Haley has an “extreme” passion for authentic Mexican food and margaritas. She is always looking for a good place to eat that provides a unique experience to go along with the food. Haley also enjoys spending time outdoors, specifically on the greenway, with her 30-pound mutt named Omega. In her spare moments, Haley enjoys daydreaming, reading Nicholas Sparks novels and looking up places to visit. She plans to eventually eat her way around the globe and learn how to “rough it” the right way. Haley describes herself as bubbly, down to earth and always looking for an intriguing conversation, so don’t be afraid to say hi, she...
University City Partners welcomes our newest board members

University City Partners welcomes our newest board members

  University City Partners welcomes its newest members of the UCP Board of Directors: Charlotte City Manager Marcus Smith and Michael Fung, a regional leader for Wells Fargo’s Corporate Properties Group. The University City Partners Board of Directors consists of 23 business and civic leaders who set the direction of our nonprofit organization and donate many hours each year of invaluable expertise in planning, development, business recruitment and community service.   Meet Michael Fung Michael Fung is a Regional Leader for Wells Fargo’s Corporate Properties Group. His team provides facility management oversight for over 40 company locations in the Carolinas, with 30,000 team members. He has 27 years of leadership experience in commercial real estate and the hospitality industry. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Fung held positions with Bank of America, Accenture, Cousins Properties and Ritz-Carlton hotels. He is an active member of CoreNet and BOMA Carolinas. He has served on boards for the YMCA and the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Fung is a graduate of Guilford College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.  He has lived in Charlotte for 16 years with his wife, Savannah, and their two children.   Meet Marcus Jones Charlotte City Manager Marcus D. Jones has spent the last 23 years in public service. Prior to becoming our city manager last December, Jones served as the city manager of Norfolk, Va., where he helped Norfolk build on its competitive advantages as the urban core of a region of more than 1.7 million people. Jones has extensive experience managing complex budgets. As a deputy secretary of finance for two governors of Virginia,...
Response to tragic police incident and unrest

Response to tragic police incident and unrest

Last night our community was at the center of a tragic police incident followed by several hours of demonstration, aggressive agitation and unrest. Our neighborhoods, businesses, retail centers and institutions were impacted with activity that has left us all feeling insecure, concerned, and emotional. This morning, University City Partners joined our City leadership and CMPD for a press conference to provide information about the events that unfolded yesterday. Click here to view a video of the press conference. Efforts to ensure safety for all We are concerned that there may be similar protests today (Wednesday) and beyond in the Charlotte region.  We must prepare for this potential as “one Charlotte” by standing together in a way that demonstrates our support of peaceful protests, while also ensuring the safety of law enforcement officers and all citizens. We would like to share the following information with you, our partners and neighbors, to keep you informed of our City’s efforts to maintain safety in our community. There is a full ongoing investigation of the shooting. More information will be shared by CMPD in the coming hours and days as the investigation is in very early stages. Additional CMPD officer resources are being deployed into the Charlotte community and specifically into University City today and for as long as necessary to maintain safety. CMPD is operating under emergency staffing conditions, meaning all officers work 12 hours on, 12 hours off. CMPD monitors social media activity proactively and are prepared to address demonstrations and potential threats. It is possible our City will experience more unrest this evening, including people from outside of Charlotte who...