April 02, 2014 at 5:32 AM
The arrest and resignation of former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon will not damage the city's efforts to attract businesses to the area, City Manager Ron Carlee and others said Tuesday.
"I don't think any business should have a second doubt about coming to the city of Charlotte," Carlee told the BusinessFirst Charlotte annual meeting.
In his first public comments on the scandal, Charlotte Chamber president Bob Morgan said economic developers were headed overseas with a message of "integrity and clean government in Charlotte."
"The events of last week were quite the abberation to the way of doing business," Morgan said.
Carlee, in recent days, has been downplaying the impact of Cannon's arrest on federal public corruption charges. At Tuesday's meeting and elsewhere, Carlee has said the council-manager form of government in Charlotte gave little opportunity for Cannon to corrupt city departments.
Federal prosecutors said Cannon took $48,000 in bribes and gifts and promised to influence the city's zoning and planning departments.
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