Lloyd Payne was appointed Concord City Manager on April 1 after serving three years as Assistant City Manager. He secedes Brian Hiatt, who retired after 19 years with the city. We sat down with Lloyd to talk about his first couple of months on the job, why he prefers to “manage by relationships,” how his deployments overseas helped in his new role, and how he earned the nickname “Wide Open.”
Designing manufacturing production systems. Writing resumes and interviewing for jobs. Building robots. Using 3D printers to make assistive devices. These are some of the real-world, hands-on learning opportunities offered through the Academy of Engineering & Automation at Jay M. Robinson High School.
There’s good news on the Cabarrus County workforce front for both job seekers and employers. “The unemployment rate in Cabarrus County is 4 percent, which is lower compared to 4.5 percent last year and 5.1 percent in 2015,” said Denisha Torrence-Nesbit, center leader for NCWorksCareer Center – Cabarrus County. “With all of the new businesses coming to the county, we have a sufficient amount of available jobs.”