March 03, 2014
I had the opportunity to travel with a group of regional business and public-sector leaders to Washington D.C. last week to discuss with federal government officials how to further accelerate advanced manufacturing in Charlotte USA. Known as the Global Charlotte Manufacturing Community Consortium, the group is led by Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon and Mooresville Mayor Miles Atkins.
The White House extended an invitation to the Consortium because the region’s Centralina Economic Development Commission (CEDC) and Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) were awarded an Investing in
February 24, 2014
As the region continues to pull out of the recession, a growing number of counties are partnering with developers to build spec projects as an economic development tool. Within the Charlotte USA footprint, there are currently about 10 speculative construction projects under development or already on the market, including in Cleveland, Catawba, Cabarrus, York, Chester and Lancaster counties. The spike in construction gives new and expanding companies more available space from which to choose and helps our partners boost their tax base.
But the rebuilding process is a tentative one.
February 17, 2014
One of the key benefits the Partnership brings to the region is that many of the projects we help land provide ongoing economic growth in the way of expansions and new jobs. An example of this is Greenheck Fan Corporation in Cleveland County. Last year the company began searching multiple states and counties to build a new manufacturing plant. As part of the site-selection process, the Wisconsin-based air movement and control equipment manufacturer asked the Partnership for help in evaluating the Charlotte region for possible locations. In the end, Greenheck officials, citing the area’s
February 09, 2014
Lancaster supporting Charlotte Regional Partnership's 2013 F.U.E.D Golf Tournament, from left
Sandy Martin, Kristen Blanchard, and Keith Tunnell.
As an economic development and marketing organization, the Charlotte Regional Partnership strives to help all of the 16 counties we serve succeed. When one county lands a new company that creates jobs, all of Charlotte USA wins.
One example of our collaborative efforts is Lancaster County. A few years ago Lancaster epitomized the rock-bottom lows seen in many regional communities gripped by the Great Recession. The first hit came when
February 02, 2014
The Charlotte Regional Partnership welcomed new board members and recognized longtime supporters during our Board of Directors meeting last week at the Gateway Conference Center in Richburg, S.C. The event, hosted by Chester County Economic Development, also allowed us to update our members on the Partnership’s continued financial momentum and its economic development strategies heading into 2014.
Even as the State of North Carolina decreases its support for regional economic development agencies, it was encouraging to see many of our public- and private-sector investors at the
January 26, 2014
The momentum that’s been building over the last few years continues to surge in 2014 as Charlotte USA—a strategically crucial 16-county area—forges ahead on dozens of exciting business projects. And just as it’s done for 23 years, the Charlotte Regional Partnership is capitalizing on the area’s many assets to generate additional opportunities.
While the Partnership’s core focus remains marketing and promoting Charlotte USA to attract new companies, we’re constantly fine-tuning our approach to strengthen the region’s competitive edge. We think big. To fully serve our members, we travel
December 16, 2013
"Here's to the bright New Year, and a fond farewell to the old; here's to the things that are yet to come, and to the memories that we hold."
We are a nation of optimists and new beginnings. People come to our country looking for religious freedom, fleeing from political repression or seeking better lives. The U.S. stands as a beacon of hope, and every year, each of has that same opportunity for a fresh start.
Turning the last page of 2013, we unwrap a crisp calendar, its edges unbent. Twelve months of blank pages stretch before us. Days on which to write our
December 09, 2013
"It always seems impossible until it’s done."
– Nelson Mandela
“Homeland” and “Banshee” have finished shooting for the season, but that doesn’t mean that film activity in Charlotte USA has stopped. Far from it.
Four independent films just wrapped, and casting directors are looking now for adult extras of Asian descent for a new Fox21 TV pilot, “The Novice,” being filmed in Charlotte that is planned to air on USA Network. The show follows a recent college grad whose job search lands him at a Korean crime organization.
At any given time, you might
November 25, 2013
"The purpose of life is a life of purpose."
– Robert Byrne
We need to look no further than the daily headlines to realize just how much we have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving week. Thousands of people in the Philippines and Illinois saw not just their homes, but their towns flattened and loved ones killed. In an eye blink, the schools children attended, grocery stores where people shopped, even pure water that townspeople drank were gone. Nature erased their day-to-day lives and many of us have contributed to the immediate need and long rebuilding.
Catastrophic events such as
November 18, 2013
"Direct flights facilitate business. They facilitate business-to-business collaborations. I think anything that makes it easier to bring two areas together is a significant benefit to deepening relations and connections."
– John Roos
Charlotte Douglas International Airport is without doubt one of our most valuable business assets, and its worth has just gone up.
Since US Airways and American Airlines reached an agreement with the Justice Department last week, the merger of the two airlines is on track to close by the end of the year when the new common stock will trade on the