Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan and the City of Greensboro have invited mayors from throughout the state to convene on September 10 for a summit to discuss the topic of poverty. The meeting comes after BusinessInsider.com released a Brookings Institution study that named Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Raleigh and Charlotte in the top 10 of its list of the 15 US cities where poverty is growing fastest.
According to Vaughan, that is not a top-10 list the City of Greensboro wants to be on. “In Greensboro, we pride ourselves on being a City that cares for its residents and works to provide for those who are less fortunate,” says Vaughan. “Through this summit, we’re bringing leaders together with one common bond – we all want to see an improvement in the poverty levels and aid the residents of our communities. As mayors of the largest cities in North Carolina, we do not get together often, but when we do it’s usually for important issues and I’m thankful to my colleagues throughout the state who share my concern about poverty and want to do something about it.”
Vaughan says September’s summit is the first of what will be quarterly meetings to discuss the topic and to create action steps for addressing the poverty levels in each respective City. Mayors, key staff members, and community experts from the cities of Burlington, Charlotte, Durham, High Point, Raleigh and Winston-Salem have been invited to join Greensboro's team for an overview on poverty numbers, discussion of best practices and deliberations on ways to improve poverty levels throughout the state.
“By combining our resources, sharing ideas, and developing new strategies, I’m convinced that a meaningful impact can be made,” says Vaughan. “This issue did not occur overnight and we really need to work together and remain committed to fighting poverty on a sustainable level.”
The summit is set for 10 am to 2 pm, Wednesday, September 10, at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, 134 S. Elm St. The meeting is open to the public, but attendance is limited. Go online for more information and to register for the event.
What other Triad mayors are saying about the poverty summit:
“The increasing rate of poverty in North Carolina’s most prosperous metropolitan regions is alarming. I look forward to working together with neighboring communities to examine the factors contributing to this poverty epidemic and exploring ways to provide opportunities for our residents to improve their circumstances.” -- Ronnie K. Wall, Mayor City of Burlington
“Winston-Salem is underway with a poverty reduction program and looks forward to sharing ideas with other municipalities.” – Allen Joines, Mayor City of Winston-Salem
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