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by Eric Ginsburg

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Greensboro Partnership VP to head Downtown Greensboro Inc.

He may be new to the position, but Jason Cannon isn’t new to Greensboro. After a nationwide search for a new president and CEO, Downtown Greensboro Inc. hired Greensboro Partnership Vice President and lobbyist Jason Cannon.

Search Committee Chair Mark Prince described Cannon’s “incredible energy” and combination of youth and experience in a press release. The search committee also included Mayor Robbie Perkins, Councilwoman Nancy Vaughan, Betty Cone and Michael Schiftan.

The city council, including Vaughan and Perkins, called for Downtown Greensboro Inc. to take a strong stance propelled by visionary leadership earlier this year. The organization receives a significant amount of money from the city for various contracts related to downtown, which YES! Weekly covered extensively in a cover story in February.

Cannon, who beat out 42 “highly qualified applicants,” will start in the new position on Oct. 1. Downtown Greensboro Inc. did not hire a professional search firm to help with the process, the press release noted.

COUNCIL ADDRESSES GUNS IN PARKS

Winston-Salem City Council voted on Monday to update its local ordinances to reflect legislative changes by the NC General Assembly to expand the areas in city parks that citizens can carry concealed firearms to playgrounds, greenways, and biking and walking trails, but under protest.

City Attorney Angela Carmon said that under the state law passed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly this year, the only areas that cities may prohibit concealed firearms are playing fields, and then only under certain circumstances such as when games are scheduled. She said that if the city failed to make the update the entire ordinance could become unenforceable.

The council also passed a resolution expressing objection to the state law, noting that much of Winston-Salem’s greenway system is composed of private parcels conveyed by easement.

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