It’s a very exciting and busy time at Charlotte Regional Partnership.
As you know, Amazon is putting out a national call for proposals from cities eager to be the home to their next headquarters, which would bring in 50,000 high paying jobs and $5 billion dollars in economic investment. In the competition to win Amazon’s 2nd headquarters site, Charlotte USA is spearheading coordination of a broad based, collaborative effort to showcase our stellar combination of infrastructure, cultural amenities and a keenly skilled workforce.
This is yet another example of the public/private collaboration that has established this region as one of the nation’s most dynamic metro economies.
A comprehensive Partnership team is working in close alignment with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce in crafting a winning proposal, as we seek and assess potential locations across the 16-county Charlotte USA region. We are building a compelling package that will showcase the region’s strengths and demonstrate the commitment of government, industry, and the community to meeting Amazon’s vision.
We’re thrilled with the personal, business, and media interest we’re already receiving.
I had the pleasure of sharing what makes our region a great fit for the second Amazon headquarters in interviews which aired this Monday on NPR’s ‘All Tech Considered’ out of Washington DC and in newscasts on WUNC, the NPR affiliate station in Raleigh/Durham.
I stated that I believe Amazon will be very impressed with the culture of our community and the fact that we are a fast-growing community. We also have incredible educational resources. We sit in close proximity to five major technical universities when you think about the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, North Carolina State, UNC Charlotte, which is here in Charlotte. But also we feed from University of South Carolina, we feed from Clemson University and up north we feed from the University of Virginia. All of these schools provide engineering talent for the Charlotte region and I think this will be very attractive.
Another key message is the fact that our area is number one in the nation in attracting millennials, which is a plus in terms of Amazon’s target employee market.
We are putting together a strong package, including a video and a social media campaign. Let me know your ideas and how you’d like to get involved! We welcome and appreciate your support in our full throttle effort to see Charlotte USA as the home to Amazon HQ2.
Ronnie L. Bryant, CEcD, FM, HLM
President & CEO
Charlotte Regional Partnership
550 S. Caldwell St., Suite 760
Charlotte, NC 28202