RSVP for the Next #discussCLT Event: June 20, 2018, 6 p.m., at Catawba Brewing Co. 

Charlotte Task Forces: Are They Effective?


When the city faces a crisis-from education to economic mobility-we turn to task forces. Why? And do they make a difference, or simply slow down progress? Our panel, moderated by local politics writer Greg Lacour, discusses the best ways to start fixing Charlotte’s biggest issues.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 20 at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Catawba Brewing Co. 933 Louise Ave Ste. 105 (Look for parking on Otts Street.)     
COST: Free — but you must RSVP below


Willie Ratchford
CRC Director Willie Ratchford is responsible for developing programs to maintain and improve community relations. Active in civil rights for over 38 years, in 1998 he received the Charlotte Area Peace Corps Association’s first Peace Prize. In 2005 he received the Individual Human Rights Award from the National Association of Human Rights Workers and the Nancy Susan Reynolds Award for Race Relations in 2006.  In 2008 he received the Spirit of Detroit Award for outstanding leadership. In 2011 he received Mecklenburg Ministries’ Annual Community Leader Award. In 2015 Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter presented to Ratchford the Mayor Richard Vinroot Award for outstanding community service. 

David Butler
David Butler works as creative consultant with his own firm, The Featherbed. Butler also co-owns and works as COO for A Way of Life (AWOL) – A creative development company looking to bridge the gap between education and lifestyle. He also serves on the executive level of the arts and education non-profit A.Bevy as Vice President of Content and Creative Engagement.


Cyndee Patterson
Cyndee Patterson is president of The Duke Mansion, a historic inn and meeting place, and The Lee Institute, a nonprofit that offers strategic planning and other services to strengthen organizations, empower leaders and engage citizens so they can build great communities.  Her work at The Lee Institute includes facilitation, civic engagement projects, and leadership training for nonprofits.




Dr. David Chadwick
Dr. Chadwick is the Senior Pastor of Forest Hill Church with six campuses located in North and South Carolina. He is an accomplished author and hosts “The David Chadwick Show,” a local weekly radio program on WBT 1110AM that addresses issues from a faith and values perspective.



Moderator – Greg Lacour
Greg Lacour is a contributing editor for the magazine and a contributor to multiple other media outlets, including Our State, The Nation, Entrepreneur, and Distinction magazine, WFAE, and the Reuters news service. He spent 16 years working for daily newspapers, including The Charlotte Observer, and was a member of a team that won the Public Service Pulitzer in 2006. For Charlotte magazine, he concentrates on political and civic issues, including #discussCLT content.


ABOUT #discussCLT
At Charlotte magazine, we are committed to making this city better. Each year we feature a few Charlotteans who are doing just that in our December issue. We call them our Charlotteans of the Year. Throughout the year, we host a series of discussions on our city's defining issues with local leaders, thinkers, and YOU. We call it #discussCLT, an event series powered by OrthoCarolina. You can join the conversation by attending events, listening to the podcast, subscribing to the newsletter and reading articles.

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