Boyd Cauble labored for Charlotte mayors for almost 4 a long time, first as an aide and for the twenty years as town’s voice in Raleigh. A Cabarrus County native, he was an insider’s insider at Metropolis Corridor.
JOHN D. SIMMONS
Boyd Cauble lived by a easy credo: “Just be nice to people — you’ll be amazed what will happen.” His personal listing of accomplishments included a few of Charlotte’s largest initiatives: the Lynx gentle rail, Bank of America stadium, the Charlotte Conference Heart, Blumenthal Performing Arts Heart and the NASCAR Corridor of Fame. “He helped build Charlotte,” Mayor Vi Lyles mentioned Monday. Cauble died Friday after a stroke. He was 72. For greater than 37 years Cauble was the manager assistant to a parade of mayors and metropolis managers. He pushed their agendas within the Common Meeting, promoting the pursuits of North Carolina’s largest metropolis to lawmakers who nonetheless chafed at “the Great State of Mecklenburg.” “I loved him to death,” former Mayor Eddie Knox mentioned Monday. “Boyd could get along with anybody. He had a wonderful disposition to work with people.” Knox was Cauble’s first mayor. Then got here Harvey Gantt, Sue Myrick, Richard Vinroot and Pat McCrory. Republicans and Democrats. All with completely different personalities and types. Cauble not solely obtained together with them, he was their deal-maker. It was usually Cauble who helped safe the state or federal financing or coverage change that made potential the transformation of a rising metropolis. “For 14 years as mayor I attached myself to his hip,” mentioned former mayor and Gov. Pat McCrory. “There was nobody better at communicating Charlotte’s needs to officials in Raleigh and (Washington) D.C. He had a unique skill to work with Republicans and Democrats without aligning himself to either party.” Small-town roots Cauble grew up in Kannapolis, the place his dad and mom labored at Cannon Mills. He frolicked on the second shift himself whereas attending UNC Charlotte. By means of graduate faculty at Virginia Tech, a stint within the Military Reserves and a long time in Charlotte, he by no means forgot his small-town roots. Lyles, a longtime metropolis worker herself, remembers telling Cauble what it was like rising up Black and poor in Columbia. “I was Kannapolis and poor,” he replied in an effort to seek out widespread floor. With a delicate drawl, prepared smile and unassuming fashion, Cauble navigated the egos of mayors and metropolis managers. Collectively along with his small-town roots, in addition they nurtured relationships in Raleigh. In 1997, when Natalie English joined the Charlotte Chamber as a lobbyist, she turned to Cauble. Collectively they helped persuade lawmakers to permit Charlotte’s bond referendum for the half-cent gross sales tax that made gentle rail potential.. “Boyd was just so personable,” mentioned English, now president and CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. “A good lobbyist is someone who’s built relationships because it’s all about trust. So Boyd spent a lot of time building relationships.” Together with the transit referendum, he helped discover the legislative votes to cross measures that financed the conference heart, the NASCAR Corridor of Fame, the Blumenthal and the cluster of arts services on South Tryon Street. He usually accompanied McCrory to Washington, the place he would all the time be the “good cop” in coping with politicians and bureaucrats. There Cauble helped get housing grants that changed getting older public housing with mixed-income neighborhoods like First Ward. “His work transformed what used to be housing projects into neighborhoods and communities,” McCrory mentioned. Boyd Cauble labored for Charlotte mayors for almost 4 a long time, first as an aide and for twenty years as town’s voice in Raleigh. JOHN D. SIMMONS ‘Loved connecting’ When he retired from town in 2012, he went into the monetary planning enterprise along with his son, Bo, who he thought to be a finest good friend. Collectively they traveled the state, leveraging Cauble’s broad community of contacts. “You’d walk in and he’d just smile at these folks and laugh and tell a story,” Bo recalled Monday. “Business was second. . . He just loved connecting to people.” When Cauble retired, the Observer ran a narrative with the headline: “The City’s Most Influential Guy You’ve Never Heard of.” That was the way in which he appreciated it. “I’m a firm believer that if you don’t care who gets the credit,” Cauble mentioned on the time, “you’ll get a whole lot of things accomplished.”
Jim Morrill, who grew up close to Chicago, covers state and native politics. He’s labored on the Observer since 1981 and taught programs on North Carolina politics at UNC Charlotte and Davidson School.