GREENSBORO — The mayors of North Carolina’s largest cities will meet in Greensboro next month for a summit on the rapid growth of poverty.
At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Nancy Vaughan said she was disturbed by a recent Brookings Institution study that showed Greensboro-High Point, Winston Salem, Raleigh and Charlotte among the 10 U.S. metro areas where poverty is growing fastest.
Her response: organize a series of summits for the cities’ mayors to tackle the problem. The first of these meetings will be held at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 10.
Vaughan said she reached out to the mayors of the North Carolina cities mentioned in the study, as well as Burlington, and got a great response.
On Wednesday, they were all confirmed to be attending the summit, city spokesman Donnie Turlington said.
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“I’m really excited,” Vaughan said. “This is the first time we’ll that we get these mayors from these major cities together to talk about an issue that we all have in common — the ways that we want to reduce poverty.”
The mayor also said she hopes mayors can meet quarterly on the issue, moving from city to city.
“This isn’t going to be a one-shot deal,” Vaughan said. “This didn’t happen overnight. We really need to put our resources together and come up with best practices to see how we can fight poverty.”
Next week, the city will also host a meeting with local church leaders and Partners Ending Homelessness on how to better tackle the problem of homelessness in the city.
That meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the ACC Hall of Champions and is open to the local faith community, with whom Vaughan said the city wants to work closely on the issue.