Sharon Hightower

Title: Council Member

Municipality: City of Greensboro

Position Interested In: Population Based Director/Cities Over 200,000 (Greensboro)

Tell us why you would like to serve in a leadership position at the League. In particular, specify goals you would like to accomplish as an officer or board member and indicate how, if attained, they will help to achieve Vision 2030 – the League’s future vision of how cities and towns will operate in 2030.

Currently I serve in leadership roles with the NCBEMO, NAACP and other community groups. While leadership roles are vital in a organization, I most enjoy working in the trenches alongside others where the work actually happens and long-standing relationships are made. While we must embody all 6 principles of Vision 2030, #6 resonates the most. Our people are our greatest resource and supporting inclusion will help to achieve our mission. I would welcome any opportunity to be part of that as I have many diverse opportunities in the City.

I am hopeful that we can begin to drill down on our advocacy to increase the reach of broadband fiber into areas of need.

Tell us about your experience as a municipal official. You may want to include information on your service on the municipal governing body, other related boards and special areas of interest.

In the past six years, I have served as the transit liaison between the Council and GREENSBORO Transit Commission to facilitate discussions and resolve concerns of service, serve as the City rep for the Piedmont Area Regional Transportation (PART) which provides career express service to varies regions and jobs. Chaired the 1st East Greensboro Study Committee that addressed the disparities in a minority area that has high unemployment and poverty to find ways to create jobs, build affordable housing and developed an East Greensboro incentive to attract jobs. This committee consisted of members across the City, as well as high school/university students for thought provoking ideas. In conjunction. I serve East Greensboro NOW, a board whose goal is to bring r equal opportunities. I Served as a inaugural. member of the Participatory Budgeting committee that developed a program where citizens decide on the types of projects for their community using City dollars. Created a housing ordinance to repair condemned property instead of demolishing. This is a way to revitalize neighborhoods and keep housing affordable. As a board member of Greensboro Development, we explore ways to get housing built in redevelopment areas to create mixed use communities. Also Helped several neighborhoods create Community Watch associations to reduce crime and become advocates for their community needs. Working with the Chamber of Commerce, recruited businesses to my District, mostly recently a Publix Distribution Warehouse which will create 1000 jobs with over $400 million in investment & creating program with NC works. In conjunction with economic development. .I have worked diligently to increase Minority/Women participation in City contracts. These are the companies that hire local and help boost the local economy. Many of these companies are small businesses that that are the foundation of a Community.

Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities. 

Attend East Carolina University during 1977-1981. Completed Raleigh School of Data Processing in coding. Paralegal certification.

Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees? 

  • CityVision Annual Conference

  • Town & State Dinner or Town Hall Days

  • Advocacy Goals Conference

  • Regional Meetings

  • Legislative Lobby Days

  • Affiliate Organizations (please list below): NCBEMO 1st Vice-President

Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.

Our City has benefited from the engagement and knowledge provided by the League. We were especially thrilled to support and participate in the job internship program that hired a local college graduate immigrant.

I also want to focus on building more diversity and inclusion programs that will impact future opportunities.

One way is to get support to do a disparity study that would allow us to encourage more Minority/Woman inclusion legislation in government contracting.
I am hopeful that we can begin to drill down on our advocacy to increase the reach of broadband fiber into areas of need.
Thank you for your consideration.

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