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Fellow Citizens of Greenville,

I am running city-wide for At-Large Councilmember and seek your help in making Greenville a city of excellence.

Through the very challenging economic recession, I have worked on developing prudent city budgets, which required no cuts in essential services, no increases in taxes, did not spend down our safety fund balances, and yet encouraged smart new development projects.

In the last two years, however, the Council’s new leadership reversed much of our fiscal prudence and other hard-won gains, which occurred prior to its seating. This less productive, less transparent majority also has been less supportive of city staff, presiding over the departure of high-level, key personnel, including the city manager, assistant city manager, public works director, police chief, fire chief, and others. The rate of major crimes increased slightly last year (2012), reversing two years of double-digit declines (in 2010, 2011).

Since joining the Council in 2007, I have worked on and/or supported numerous big projects, which are helping make Greenville the residential, commercial, cultural, and tourist center of eastern North Carolina, including:

  • Nathaniel Village, an award-winning 5.5 million dollar Center City residential complex completed in 2010
  • The Province, a 30-40 million dollar project, completed in 2011 and replacing Kings Arms Apartments on Charles Blvd., which had become a crime haven and code enforcement nightmare
  • First Street Place, a 14 million dollar Center City residential complex completed in 2009
  • Drew Steele Center, funded in large part with private donations and state grants, completed in 2012
  • Georgetown, a current 42 million dollar project by Tom Taft and Jim Ward, almost a decade in the making
  • Small Business Grants, an award-winning job creator and small-business start-up program since 2008
  • Go Science Center, several years in the making
  • 10th Street Connector, a cooperative transportation project uniting the hospital, university, and city. Ahead of schedule, the connector will be a boon for economic development and Uptown revitalization
  • Relocation of the train switching station, which is positively impacting traffic and commerce

Some of the other projects I am taking a lead on and, with your help and a reasonable majority on the Council, I will continue to pursue as your At-large Councilmember include:

  • Minor League Baseball: I organized and am working with a group of business people and other stakeholders who are determining if this is a feasible economic development project.
  • “Certified Retirement Community”: I have promoted Greenville as a retirement community, in part by advocating for the achievement of this NC Commerce Department certification as soon as possible.
  • Utilizing the River: It’s time to stop doing expensive studies on what we already know to be true, that relatively inexpensive improvements will give citizens more opportunities to enjoy the river, bring more people Uptown, and promote economic development.

My regular newsletter, available upon request and emailed to Greenville citizens, has shown that I will keep you informed about your city government and explain my positions and votes on important issues. You will know why I vote as I do, and you will not have to guess what is going on behind the scenes.

Born and raised in eastern North Carolina, I have lived and worked in Greenville for many years. I plan to continue living and working here, and I understand the issues and challenges of people and municipalities in our part of the state. I am committed to this city and will run a vigorous campaign.

Thanks so much for your support and your vote.

Calvin Mercer

www.CalvinMercer.com     www.facebook.com/MercerCalvin     mercerc99@yahoo.com


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