April 21, 2014
Here at the Partnership we’re busy gearing up for the 2014 Jerry Awards Luncheon, which is scheduled for May 20—less than a month away! Since we launched the awards in 2007, it has become one of the region’s most prestigious and high-profile events. We expect more than 1,000 of the area’s top business and community leaders to attend the ceremony, during which we’ll recognize organizations that have made significant, ongoing contributions to economic development in Charlotte USA. It’s a wonderful opportunity to show your support for the 16-county region and make valuable connections with
April 13, 2014
The last few weeks have been quite a roller-coaster ride. After a disheartening political scandal things are back on track now that Charlotte has a new mayor, Dan Clodfelter, who says his top priority is moving forward. I think that sounds like a great plan. In fact the Partnership’s focus on economic development has never wavered—we’ve been too busy to get distracted.
In addition to celebrating recent announcements like American International Group(AIG) moving into its new $5.5 million technology center in Uptown, we’re gearing up for business recruitment trips to the Midwest, Europe,
April 06, 2014
As a fan of both sports and Charlotte USA, I’m excited about the new BB&T Ballpark, where a sell-out crowd is expected for the Charlotte Knights’ game against the Norfolk Tide this Friday. The grand opening of the 10,000-seat ballpark is yet another example of why this region is such a desirable place to live, work and play. From entertainment and cultural venues to adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventures to world-class shopping and dining destinations, it’s no surprise this is one of the fastest-growing regions in the country.
The addition of the new ballpark puts Charlotte in the elite
March 31, 2014
Key members of the Partnership’s economic development team are traveling to Florida next week for the annual Food Automation and Manufacturing Conference and Expo. The two-day event is a great opportunity for the Partnership to network with food and beverage processors and suppliers and to showcase Charlotte USA’s many assets.
The food industry is one of the region’s fastest-growing sectors, with nearly 50 companies relocating or expanding here since 2009. We’re well positioned to take advantage of that growth. From our expanding population base to a convenient eastern seaboard
March 24, 2014
As CEO and president of the Partnership, I consider the region’s transportation and logistics infrastructure to be one of our strongest economic development assets. From a new intermodal facility to a convenient East Coast location to one of the country’s fastest-growing international airports, Charlotte USA is ideally positioned for global trade and commerce.
The Partnership is exploring this issue and how it impacts the local economy during the Regional Research Roundtable, which we’re hosting today. The event brings together research and marketing professionals for a lively
March 17, 2014
The Partnership had a very useful and informative retreat last week at Ballantyne Hotel that brought together our Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) along with our Business Development and Marketing and Communications committees. Both our Charlotte USA county members and some of our private-sector partners, including sponsors Bissell Companies, Wells Fargo, Allen Tate Realtors, Manpower and Miles McCellan Construction, attended the two-day event. It was a wonderful opportunity to get many of the region’s best and brightest in the same room to discuss our mission and the area’s
March 10, 2014
I’m excited about the Partnership’s sponsorship of the Global Competiveness Summit and Advanced Manufacturing Awards happening this week. Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and the Charlotte Business Journal are co-hosting the event, which is part of an ongoing program, led by local civic, business and political leaders, to explore how to make the Charlotte region a hub of global commerce. The initiative coalesces nicely with the Partnership’s own international outreach and ties to business—including several economic development trips we have planned this year to Europe. As
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