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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles talks city management mistakes


Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles says city staff is looking into a report that the city paid to a team-building company while overlooking other companies that were certified with the city’s minority, women and small business program.

Instead of working with companies within the city's program, the city worked with team-building company evolYOUtion, owned by Tori Stevens. A WCNC report found that the city paid the company $417,000 over the last two and a half years. Lyles joined Charlotte Talks on Wednesday, saying the contract can be reviewed.

“So, that’s why we have an internal audit review that reports to a council committee,” she told WFAE. “And that’s what’s going to happen if this goes to that level, then that will happen. I have full confidence in the team, that the manager and the team will know what the policy should’ve done and how it should’ve done.”

"So we are not pushing this anywhere but what we do better," Lyles added. "I think everybody deserves an opportunity to make a mistake and to do better.”

All of this comes shortly after astudydone by City Council found disparities in the city's hiring of companies, particularly Black-owned businesses.

You can listen to the entire interview with Lyles here.

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Kenny is a Maryland native who began his career in media as a sportswriter at Tuskegee University, covering SIAC sports working for the athletic department and as a sports correspondent for the Tuskegee Campus Digest. Following his time at Tuskegee, he was accepted to the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program as a Marketing Intern for The NASCAR Foundation in Daytona Beach, Florida in 2017.