We have a significant economic development conference happening in our area this week. ITRA Global, the leading corporate site selection and tenant representation organization, selected Charlotte for their 2018 fall conference to be held on October 19-20. It is indeed a pleasure to welcome and co-host this important and valuable global conference. We look forward to supporting the conference and to the opportunity to spotlight the internationally recognized economic development climate in Charlotte USA.
As you may know, North Carolina was ranked as the most competitive state in economic development activity, according to a closely watched annual business ranking by Site Selection magazine. North Carolina has been a consistent leader in Site Selection‘s Prosperity Cup recognition, ranking No. 1 in 2018, 2017 and 2016. North Carolina also achieved Best State for Business ranking by Forbes Magazine.
We are excited about having attendees from across the United States, and other parts of the world -- Europe, Australia, Canada -- see and learn first-hand how the Partnership’s business development activities position Charlotte USA for sustained long-term growth, job creation and investment opportunities. Our Charlotte Regional Partnership Directors of Business Development, Steven Pearce and Marvin Price, will be our lead representatives at the conference.
ITRA Global Chairman, Debra Stracke Anderson, CCIM, SIOR will be on hand, along with affiliate principals from around the world, to discuss the latest in commercial real estate trends, client requirements, and best practices. Attendees will learn more about business expansion opportunities and benefits offered by the region and the state. The Charlotte Regional Partnership is proud to be a conference premier VIP Sponsor along with the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.
ITRA Global (International Tenant Representative Alliance) is an organization of senior real estate professionals specializing in representation of tenants and buyers in the leasing, acquisition and disposition of office, industrial and retail facilities. With coverage in major markets around the world, ITRA Global is one of the largest organizations exclusively representing tenants and occupiers of commercial real estate. ITRA Global clients benefit by having experienced principal-level professionals as trusted advisors, providing conflict-free representation with total objectivity.
I hope you will join me in welcoming these economic development professionals from around the world to Charlotte USA and support our efforts to inform, engage, and build relationships which will advance the vitality of our region.
President & CEO
Charlotte Regional Partnership
550 S. Caldwell St., Suite 760
Charlotte, NC 28202