To Honor the Service of Concord City Councilman James E. ``Jim’’ Ramseurby Representative Richard Hudson
Posted on 2015-12-08
of north carolina
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Mr. HUDSON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor James E. ``Jim''
Ramseur of Concord, North Carolina, for his more than twenty years of
service to our community on the Concord City Council.
Jim was first elected to the Concord City Council in 1995 and has served on the Council five consecutive terms. During this time, he served as Mayor Pro-Tem from 1997-99, 2007 and 2013. Jim is a native of Concord, graduating from Concord High School and attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Jim honorably served our nation for four years in the United States Air Force before going on to a successful business career, where he retired as CEO of Turner-Baxter, Incorporated. In a sign of things to come in his future community leadership, Jim joined the Concord Jaycees in 1973 and within the next year was appointed to the Concord Planning and Zoning Board. He eventually became President of the Concord Jaycees and received the Distinguished Service Award from the organization in 1977. Continuing to be an active member of our community, Jim has served on the Board of Directors of Concord Downtown Development Corporation, and Historic Cabarrus Association, Inc.
[[Page E1728]] As anyone who knows Jim is well aware, he is seen by most folks in Concord as one of the city's foremost historians. He was the Vice Chairman of the City's very successful 1996 Bicentennial Committee and has amassed an impressive collection of historic photographs of Concord that he regularly contributes to the Concord Independent Tribune. Additionally, Jim played a large role in the final design of the new Concord City Hall, which retains many qualities from the design of the 1902 city hall, including the unique tower with the words ``City Hall'' on the glass.
Jim's steady leadership has seen Concord maintain a low tax rate while its population has more than doubled from the 42,000 people who lived in the city when he was first elected in 1995. During a time that saw our area lose thousands of textile and manufacturing jobs while still increasing in population, Jim and the rest of the City Council were instrumental in continuing infrastructure development, growing city schools and recruiting new industry to Concord. Because of his hard work and dedication, Concord's future looks brighter than ever.
Mr. Speaker, please join me today in thanking James E. ``Jim'' Ramseur for his esteemed service on the Concord City Council and wishing him well as he opens the next chapter in his storied life.