Local government leaders like to let their residents know about their accomplishments, and the members of the High Point City Council are no exception.  That’s why, on Wednesday, April 24, the council sent out a press release highlighting the actions taken by the new council during its first 100 days of service.

In March, the High Point City Council, along with some top city staff, traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with representatives from Congress. The delegation from High Point thanked them for their continued support – as well as for advocating for the needs of the community. That trip capped off the City Council’s first 100 days in office – which city officials say has included a whole lot of positive movement toward the city’s goals.

On April 1, for instance, the City Council gave approval for staff to move public meetings from live audio streams to live video. So, residents will be able to watch meetings on Spectrum television, the city’s YouTube page, or on several other streaming services.

Also, a new economic development director was appointed in an effort to help the city grow and attract new investment.

The city also recently completed its 2045 Comprehensive Plan, which city leaders say, “marks a milestone that will guide future development and attract investment to every corner of the city.”

 In February, the High Point City Council approved funding and a construction contract for the Samet Drive extension that will connect Penny Road with Wendover Avenue.  That will clear the way for a 25-acre mixed-use development called Palladium South.

The extension is also expected to alleviate some traffic problems in the area.

 Also in February, the City Council adopted a fair housing ordinance, initiated new downtown revitalization efforts, welcomed new businesses and purchased properties.

In February too, city staff updated High Point’s online permitting software – Accela – in order to enhance communication. So now, for any land use permit submitted to the city, the review process is “more collaborative, and workflows are more transparent.  The system can cut down the time it takes for plan reviews and users can see comments right after city staff enters them into the system.

The council also directed staff to investigate the feasibility of putting some utility lines underground to improve electric reliability and enhance the look of the streetscape.

The April 24 press release also touts the city’s selection as a finalist to be an All-American City.

“In late 2023,” it reads, “staff began preparing an application to the National Civic League for the 2024 All-America City Award program. The All-American City Award has celebrated the best in American civic innovation since 1949. High Point’s submission highlights the impact of the City’s community branding project, Business High Point’s THRIVE initiative and the work of the Greater High Point Food Alliance.”

In March, High Point was selected as a finalist for the award.  Winners will be announced in June. City leaders have their fingers crossed.