Mayor Foxx has focused his administration on strengthening and diversifying Charlotte’s regional economy, improving quality of life, and leveraging state and federal support to create long-term growth for the City. Since he first took office, Charlotte has added thousands of jobs and hundreds of new companies.
Mayor Foxx spearheaded a successful bipartisan, citywide effort to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The event had a $164 million economic impact on the regional economy and was widely hailed as one of the best political conventions ever.
As Mayor of the fastest-growing urban area in the country, Foxx is a strong believer in intelligent urban growth and the power of infrastructure to create jobs and improve communities. Working with leaders in Washington and Raleigh, Foxx helped secure more than $1 billion in combined federal, state, and local funding to help double the size of the City’s light rail system.
With a forward-looking approach to energy, Foxx has worked to diversify Charlotte’s economy by establishing the Charlotte region as an international energy hub. Under his leadership, Charlotte is the first city in the world to endeavor to reduce the carbon footprint of its central business district through Envision Charlotte, a unique public-private partnership between the City, corporate leaders, and Center City building managers.
The first Mayor in Charlotte history to lead an international trade delegation, Foxx traveled to China to help boost Charlotte’s international profile and explore economic opportunities for Charlotte businesses. Locally, Foxx has worked to bolster regional economic cooperation through the establishment of a bi-state, 16-county Regional Conference of Mayors.
Knowing that small businesses are the engines of job growth, Foxx has worked to improve the climate for them in Charlotte. He worked with City Council to create two funds to seed entrepreneurship, launch a mobilization fund to keep City small business contractors working, expand the City’s small business loan fund, and start a City small business resource website. As Chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Advanced Manufacturing Task Force, Foxx is also working to expand the City’s manufacturing sector and create high-paying jobs for Charlotte residents.
In addition to helping businesses grow, Foxx has worked to help Charlotteans find jobs by overhauling the City’s workforce development system. To help prepare Charlotte’s young people to enter the workforce, he dramatically increased the scope of the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program, from 45 internships the summer before he took office to 3,200 career experiences in 2012.
To improve public safety, Foxx put more police on the street—reducing the City’s crime rate to its lowest level in 30 years. An ardent supporter of education, Foxx helped found a public-private partnership that has raised $55 million to address the achievement gap in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and led the fight to save several Charlotte libraries from being closed. Under his leadership, the City and County are also implementing a 10-Year-Plan to End Homelessness that addresses the need for permanent affordable housing throughout the region.
A Charlotte native, Foxx attended West Charlotte High before earning a bachelor’s degree in history from Davidson College, where he served as the first African-American student body president. Foxx earned a law degree from New York University’s School of Law on a Root-Tilden scholarship, the University’s prestigious public service scholarship program.
Foxx has been recognized as one of the Charlotte Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” and received the North Carolina Bar Association’s Citizen Lawyer Award.
He and his wife, Samara, have two children, Hillary and Zachary.