Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan, who was first elected to that job in 2013, announced at the very end of the Greensboro City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 7, that she would not be seeking another term as mayor next year.

Vaughan prefaced her announcement by speaking passionately about the accomplishments the city has made over the past decade, and she said she was immensely proud of the work done by city leaders and the community to make those advancements happen.

“It has taken hard work trust and dedication,” she said of the transformation of Greensboro and Guilford County which is now clearly a powerful magnet for new businesses looking for a home.

Vaughan quoted NC Governor Roy Cooper who stated recently that no region in the state had made more progress than the Piedmont Triad.

“That did not happen by accident, and our role in the business renaissance was pivotal,“ she told her fellow councilmembers and those watching in the meeting room and on the livestream Tuesday night.

Vaughan noted that the city took a controversial “leap of faith” when it backed the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite that will now be the Toyota battery facility and did the same by supporting the megasite at Piedmont Triad International Airport, which is already reaping terrific economic benefits.

“They were difficult and controversial decisions, but they will positively impact our regions for generations to come,” she said.

She also said that, as a result of the community’s efforts, $13 billion dollars in economic announcements had been made.

“We used to be talking about millions, now we are talking about billions,” the mayor said.

She joined the City Council in 2009 and one of the first votes she took, she said, helped to establish the state-of-the-art Greensboro Aquatic Center  Vaughan also talked about the large number of children who had learned to swim there and called it the best aquatic facility in the country.

“It’s saving lives we don’t even know,” she said.

The mayor added that the Tanger Center for the Performing Arts has “outperformed all projections.”

She added that she has cherished her time as mayor and will stay focused in the time she has left.

“I enjoy being mayor, “ she said. “I always say this is the best job in the city of Greensboro.”

Vaughan said she considered calling a press conference or sending out a press release regarding her decision, but she noted that she wanted to make the announcement right there in the City Council’s meeting room, “where the work’s been done, the sausage has been made, and the work has happened.”