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Charlotte Regional Partnership
NASCAR Plaza
550 South Caldwell Street, Suite 760
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Industry

Center of Finance

  • Second-largest banking capital in the United States (New York City ranks first)
  • Eight Fortune 500 firms headquartered in the Charlotte region
  • Bank of America, the nation’s largest bank in assets, is headquartered in uptown Charlotte
  • Operating costs below the national average; urban amenities and downtown location at fraction of cost of major U.S. banking cities
  • Restructuring of nation’s top banks allows opportunity for new employers to tap into skilled, available talent base; high concentration in financial services and IT professionals
  • Attractive quality of life that rivals larger urban markets
  • Largest metropolitan area between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta; region attracts nearly 100,000 newcomers each year
  • Bank of America, Wells Fargo, TIAA-CREF, LendingTree and Fifth Third Bank among largest employers

“We believe it will continue to be a great place to have a major financial services operation because of the skill set here.”  -  Roger Ferguson, chief executive of retirement services, TIAA-CREF, when asked how Charlotte will fare during the economic recovery.

Center of International Business

  • Largest concentration of foreign-owned firms between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta;  German, British and Japanese parent companies represent the countries with the largest representation of foreign-owned firms
  • Home to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), seventh-busiest airport  in the U.S. and only 15 minutes from uptown Charlotte
  • Never more than one plane change away from any business destination
  • If the Carolinas were a country, would be the 17th largest economy in the world
  • More than 40 languages spoken in the Charlotte region
  • Five language immersion programs in French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and Japanese
  • Ten honorary consuls located within the Charlotte region
  • More than 700 daily departures to 140+ destinations, including nonstop daily service to international business destinations such as London, Frankfurt, Munich, Rome, Paris, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro
  • Foreign Trade Zone #57 with 16 subzones throughout the region
  • Siemens Energy, Areva NP, Dessaulte Systems, Okuma, Toshiba and Compass among largest foreign-owned firms

“Charlotte is a great place to live. ...I can drive downtown in 15 minutes from our office. You can't do that in other cities.” - Scott Carr, president of Biotage, a Swiss company that moved its North American headquarters to Charlotte in 2009.

Center of Logistics

  • More than 100 distribution centers
  • Home to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), the seventh-busiest airport in the world for total movement (25th-busiest worldwide for passenger movement)
  • 75 percent of industrial parks within five miles of an interstate
  • Two inland intermodal terminals operated by N.C. State Ports Authority
  • More than 300 trucking companies in the region; five truck driving training schools

“Getting into and out of the airport is very easy... air service was something we looked at pretty hard.” - Steve Huggins, senior vice president at Goodrich Corporation, on relocating its headquarters to Charlotte from Ohio in 1999.

 

Center of Manufacturing
 

  • Largest concentration of manufacturing employment in the Carolinas
  • Center of I-85 manufacturing corridor that stretches from Atlanta, Ga. to Richmond, Va.
  • Interstate frontage property still available
  • Half of all Charlotte USA counties exceed 20 percent manufacturing employment
  • Average wage for production occupations consistently below the national average
  • Industry-driven research to foster commercialization at Charlotte Research Institute and the Polymers Center of Excellence
  • On-site custom training programs available through local community colleges
  • North Carolina ranked fourth, South Carolina ranked fifth among “States with Best Workforce Training Programs” by Expansion Management magazine

 

Center of Entertainment

  • Home to  professional motorsports, football, hockey, golf, baseball, whitewater rafting, basketball and swimming teams
  • Local production studios for SpeedChannel, ESPN, Inspiration Network and NASCAR Media Group produce TV, radio, Web segments and shows
  • NASCAR Hall of Fame
  • Economic impact of local film/TV production and distribution activity estimated at more than $500 million in 2008 alone
  • Performing arts centers, museums, art studios, concert halls, arenas, public parks and outside amphitheaters
  • Carolina Thread Trail, to link five counties and over 2 million people with hundreds of miles of hiking, biking and running trails
  • Newly constructed Wells Fargo Cultural Campus in uptown Charlotte boasts three museums and a theater
  • Uptown