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The 2018 Jerry Awards a Resounding Success! 3-20-18

The 2018 Jerry Awards a Resounding Success!
What a privilege it is to let you know that, thanks to an absolutely incredible team effort and invaluable sponsors, investors, and supporters, our annual Jerry Awards event is in the record books as a great success. 
I can’t express the appreciation I and the Partnership team have for everyone who supported our signature event and attended to honor our 2018 Jerry Award winners- Lincoln Harris and the Charlotte Knights.
I’d like to share with you some of my remarks which I will hope you will find of interest and as a testimony to the value we all place on the support from our economic champions across Charlotte USA:
Hello, and a big Charlotte USA Welcome to the 11th Annual Jerry Awards!
We’re delighted to have you with us as we spotlight and thank outstanding organizations and individuals for their significant and ongoing impact on our regional economy.
I also want to thank each and every one of you for all you do to improve the economic health, vitality and quality of life in our communities. Give yourselves a round of applause.
For 27 years now, the Charlotte Regional Partnership has worked tirelessly to fulfill its mission: to create new job and capital investment opportunities for the 16-county, two-state region known as Charlotte USA. 
We know the power of regionalism. In fact, the Charlotte Regional Partnership worked with 99 businesses considering expanding or relocating in Charlotte USA in 2017, a record number. I think that deserves a round of applause. 
You may have heard of one endeavor we worked on - something called Amazon’s HQ2. I want to say a huge Thank You to everyone involved in what was an unprecedented region wide collaborative effort. The wealth of information gained, not to mention the spirit of mutual support, will reap significant benefits long into the future in our economic development efforts.
It is this spirit of collaboration and the power of regionalism that drives the Charlotte Regional Partnership to serve our public and private partners in growing their economic prosperity. Our talented and dedicated team works tirelessly to execute effective marketing and business development strategies that showcase our region and spur business development.
We have a fantastic program for you today as we honor the 2018 Jerry Award winners: The Charlotte Knights and Lincoln Harris. 
These two stellar organizations have made wide ranging positive impacts to Charlotte USA. 
Each year the home of the Charlotte Knights, BB&T Ballpark, hosts 70 Knights games, college baseball games, exhibition baseball games and hundreds of outside events. 
Lincoln Harris takes great pride in its reputation as one of the region’s most accomplished full-service commercial real estate companies.
The Jerry Awards would not be possible without the support of our incredible sponsors -- and I’d like to begin our program by thanking them.
First -- this year’s Presenting Sponsors:
Atrium Health
Paragon Bank, a division of TowneBank
These two organizations are shining examples of outstanding corporate citizenship and we sincerely appreciate all their contributions to Charlotte USA.
I’d also like to thank our Platinum Sponsors:
The Charlotte Business Journal
The Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
Flick Studios 
Wells Fargo
And our Gold Sponsors:
Our Premier Sponsors Reception was sponsored again this year by K&L Gates. We thank them very much for their continuing support.
And finally, thank you to our Silver Sponsors (listed in the program and on our website.)
All of these dynamic companies play a vital part in leading our region.
You know, Partnership is not just in our name -- it is truly the way we operate. One key partner organization in our work to grow business investment in Charlotte USA is our Economic Development Advisory Committee. 
Again, thank you for joining us today to celebrate the people and organizations that work every day to grow the economic base of the Charlotte region.  
We are well on our way toward meeting – actually, exceeding – the goals of our 2018 Program of Work. Every day, we are seeing the positive impact of our work in communities throughout our dynamic and thriving region. We look forward to making this year one of record setting success, thanks to the commitment of our dedicated public and private sector investors. 
Very importantly, our success would not be possible without, as mentioned earlier, our very talented and hard-working staff. It is a privilege to work with such top-notch professionals and I’d like for the team to please stand for some well-deserved recognition and applause. 
And as we close the 2018 Charlotte Regional Partnership Jerry Awards, I want to again say Thank You to our valued sponsors, and I also want to thank each of you for your support of the Charlotte Regional Partnership and all you do for our Charlotte USA.
I’d like to leave you with some words from Edwin Markham:
“There is a destiny that makes us brothers; none goes his way alone, all that we send into the lives of others, will come back into our own”
Thank you again, God Bless and enjoy your afternoon.

Ronnie L. Bryant, CEcD, FM, HLM
President & CEO

Charlotte Regional Partnership
550 S. Caldwell St., Suite 760
Charlotte, NC 28202
phone  704-347-8942

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