VICTORIA WATLINGTON

Victoria Watlington is the proud daughter of MSG (Ret) George Watlington and SFC (Ret) TD Watlington. Born on Fort Bragg into a tight knit family of service members and educators, she learned early on the values of faith, integrity, personal courage, and selfless service to her community. As a military child, Victoria enjoyed a diversity of experiences, being raised in the Carolinas and beyond, including three years abroad. This cultivated in her a “big picture” perspective, respect and appreciation for differences, and a keen ability to reach common ground among competing interests.

After graduating from the University of Florida, where she earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering on a full academic scholarship, Victoria returned home to North Carolina to begin her career in Charlotte. She honed her leadership skills leading manufacturing organizations, coaching continuous improvement methodologies, and managing multi-million dollar initiatives. Along the way, she continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she earned an MS in Engineering Management.

Victoria quickly found her home in Charlotte, and has spent the last decade serving the community via various professional and service organizations. She currently sits on the City of Charlotte Civil Service Board, as well as the City of Charlotte Business Advisory Committee and the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition Board. A graduate of all four City of Charlotte academy programs, she brings an understanding of the needs of her community and the systems within which it is governed. Victoria understands that solving complex issues requires working across departments and agencies, and she is committed to working collaboratively with public and private partners.

Why Victoria, why now?

District 3 is changing rapidly. Simultaneous residential and commercial development, upcoming airport expansion, and burgeoning transportation infrastructure projects necessitate the development of a holistic vision. Victoria is passionate about leading a community that is:

1. Connected to grocery, healthcare, and entertainment, with safe and efficient transportation.

2. Inclusive, drawing strength from its diversity.

3. Responsible, driving growth through purposeful planning.

The future of the district depends on a community driven approach fueled by educated and organized leaders and residents committed to crafting solutions that are strategic, systemic, and sustainable.

Victoria Watlington's Ten Commitments

Community-Driven Strategic Planning

Community-Driven Strategic Planning

  1. Engaging citizens in creating community focused strategic plans: Charlotte is a city of neighborhoods. We must invest in our neighborhood leaders’ education on the local government process, and bring their voices to the table by appointing more District 3 neighborhood leaders to City boards and commissions.

  2. Advocating for cross-functional approach to community planning, working across government entities to increase effectiveness and efficiency: Across departments and agencies, we have to work together. I will work with the City Manager to ensure the organization is designed to deliver a seamless customer experience and innovative, holistic solutions.

 

Affordable/Workforce Housing

Affordable/Workforce Housing

  1. Investigating options to expand the City’s toolkit to provide rental and home ownership opportunities for those earning 30-60% AMI: Ownership is the of the game. I commit to advocating for the expansion of the Aging in Place program, down-payment assistance, and home repair. In addition, I support aligning our develop incentives to community aims of providing higher density, mixed income housing near mass transit.

  2. Championing zoning and permitting process improvements to remove barriers to low cost workforce housing development, as well as partnering with lending institutions to enable affordable development financing.

  3. Supporting the public acquisition of land and property to preserve affordable housing, including land trusts.

  4. Advocating for residents for the prevention of rental income source discrimination.

Transportation

Transportation

  1. Working with State officials to deliver Vision Zero by improving traffic signals along major corridors and key intersections

    • West Blvd/Steele Creek/NC-160

    • S Tryon/NC-49 (Moss Rd, Shopton Rd W intersections)

    • I-485

  2. Working with City and County officials to increase alternative transportation options

    • Efficient public transit routes (CATS Envision My Ride, rail)

    • Greenway connections

    • Bike lanes

Economic Mobility

Economic Mobility

          1. Updating our business recruitment toolkit to attract companies that offer entry and mid-level positions in target industries with career growth options.

          2. Growing business/workforce development programs to increase MWSBE participation in tax increment financed development to meet upward mobility concerns:

Awards & Accomplishments

Professionally

• Licensed Professional Engineer
• Certified Project Management Professional
• Licensed Building Contractor
• Managed 24/7 manufacturing operations organizations in leading global consumer products company, directly responsible for department strategy deployment, productivity, quality, cost, delivery, safety, and organizational development metrics
• Led site continuous improvement program at 450-employee facility, employing LEAN Six-Sigma, system management, and root-cause analysis methodologies.
• Managed product, process, facilities, and supply network capital projects totaling $30MM

Board Service

Vice Chair, City of Charlotte Civil Service Board
City of Charlotte Business Advisory Committee
•West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition, Land Use Committee Chair
•Westover Hills Neighborhood Association Secretary
United Way Young Leaders Council, Programming Committee Co-Chair
National Society of Black Engineers, Programming Chair
•Sealed Air Toastmasters Club, Charter Member, VP Public Relations

Civically

• Led organizational development and legal formation of nonprofit status for Westover Hills Neighborhood Association
• Acquired Neighborhood Matching Grant for and led execution of first Westover Hills city funded project
• Advocated in 2015 and 2017 for the Westover Hills Neighborhood Association to be recognized with a Neighborhood Exchange & Leadership Award, resulting in the WHNA being named as a winner and finalist, respectively
• Created and executed Westover Hills learning plan to connect and educate residents on city and county departments of interest to address neighborhood issues
• As West Blvd Neighborhood Coalition Land Use Chair, led efforts to petition the City of Charlotte to develop and incorporate an integrated strategic plan for the corridor as input into 2020 budget recommendations
• Only person in Charlotte to graduate from all four City training academies:
City of Charlotte Community Planning Academy Graduate
City of Charlotte CMPD Citizens Academy Graduate
City of Charlotte Civic Leadership Academy Graduate
City of Charlotte CLT Aviation Academy Graduate
• Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Charlotte Alumni Chapter
• Elevation Outreach Liaison
• Member, Mecklenburg County Democratic Party (Precinct 31 Treasurer)
• Member, Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County
• Member, Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County
• Member, Black Political Caucus
• Member, Black Women's Caucus

Awards & Accolades

•2019 Next Level Leadership Fellow
2019 New Leaders Council Fellow
•Pride Magazine Outstanding Millennial (2018)
•Elevate Lifestyle Future Leaders of Charlotte 30 Under 30 (2018)
•Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals Business Leader - Large Enterprise (2017)
•2019 UNCC Alumni Association Outstanding Young Alumna
•2019 Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women
•2019 Charlotte Business Journal's 40 Under 40

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