RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The Raleigh City Council departed Wednesday afternoon for a retreat in Charlotte, a trip that will cost the city $31,000.
The council took an Amtrak train to Charlotte. Mayor Nancy McFarlane said the council will focus on building relationships and developing long-term and short-term goals.
McFarlane said the trip will minimize distractions and help the council focus on their work.
Raleigh leaders will also look at Charlotte’s light-rail system. In December, Wake County unveiled a $2.3 billion transportation plan that includes more bus routes and a commuter transit system.
The Raleigh leaders are having a retreat out of town for the first time in years.
McFarlane defended the cost of the trip.
“You have to understand that it’s an investment,” she said.
She added, “Certainly in business this is something you do a lot. And it really does make a difference with the engagement.”
The eight-member city council will take 12 staff members and will return Friday evening.