Mission & Vision


The mission of the City of Lenoir is:

  • To serve our citizens and the community by providing a clean, safe, healthy, and attractive living and business environment, through the efficient delivery of essential city services in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • To identify, plan, and act on opportunities for preserving and improving the quality of life of all of our citizens and co-workers.


We aspire to be the city of choice in western North Carolina for current and future generations - beautiful, clean and safe.

We will achieve our vision through:

  • A healthy economy
  • Strong businesses
  • Vital neighborhoods
  • A vibrant downtown
  • Extensive recreational and cultural opportunities

We will preserve Lenoir’s friendly, small town atmosphere and celebrate the diversity of our people.

We require a city government that is:

  • Accessible and engaged with the public
  • Accountable
  • Efficient and responsive
  • An employer of choice
  • Forward thinking
  • Honest and ethical
  • Inclusive, innovative, collaborative
  • Transparent
  • Fiscally responsible

with funding that is fair, affordable, and stable.