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International Trade & Foreign Direct Investment Helping Charlotte USA Diversify

September 19, 2016

I was so proud to see longtime friend of mine and Partnership board member Wayne Cooper, receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Charlotte Business Journal’s Excellence in International Trade Awards, which recognize the achievements and economic impact from exporters and foreign-owned companies investing in the Charlotte region.

As Chairman of the N.C. District Expert Council as well as honorary consul to Mexico for the past 35 years, Wayne has spent 40 of his 50-year exporting and trading career based here in Charlotte.  During that time, he has exported everything from

Tourism’s Positive Impact on Economic Development

September 12, 2016

Last week I participated in the Partners in Tourism CEO Forum hosted by the Charlotte Regional Visitor’s Authority.  My fellow panelists, CRVA CEO Tom Murray and Charlotte Chamber CEO, Bob Morgan and I were all in lockstep on the importance of tourism in all of our organization’s economic development efforts.  That message was well received by the 175+ proud hospitality and tourism professionals in the audience.

Tourism encompasses many things from attractions and major events to even air travel.

We have no shortage of attractions throughout Charlotte USA’s 16-county

The Power of Reinvention

August 25, 2016

A recent blog post in The Federalist by Hickory, NC native Eric Cunningham, really got me thinking about cities and towns reinventing themselves, either out of necessity or because opportunity knocked.

This particular piece was in reaction to a recent front page Wall Street Journal story claiming free trade and Chinese imports had killed Hickory’s furniture manufacturing industry.  The author took great exception to this swipe at his hometown and went on to detail how Hickory is “actually a great example of the American economy’s resilience, adaptation, and success—not despite

Is It Time to Revive the Medical School Dialogue?

August 15, 2016

The regional economic development recommendations for the Charlotte Regional Partnership and Charlotte Chamber, presented by Avalanche Consulting, identified healthcare as one of five key clusters and touched on a familiar topic: Charlotte’s need for a four-year medical school. 
As the largest U.S. city without one, that means we have no homegrown medical talent.  Every Charlotte doctor was educated elsewhere and recruited here.  A separate feasibility study conducted by Tripp Umbach Consulting about a year ago on this topic, commissioned by a group of Charlotte

Eyes On The Sky: Research And Timely Relocation Support Charlotte USA’S Ongoing Focus On Aeros

July 25, 2016

Consultant findings for a combined regional economic development strategy for the Charlotte Regional Partnership and Charlotte Chamber were recently shared with the boards of both organizations as well as the Partnership's Economic Development Advisory Committee. One of the key takeaways from this report was the identification of five regional target clusters:

advanced manufacturing

financial services


logistics and distribution

information technology

As an economic developer, it's gratifying when third-party research validates your organization's

Making the Most of the Political Spotlight on Charlotte USA

July 11, 2016

In economic development, politics matter. 
That fact was made repeatedly clear in 20 meetings during my recent business development trip to several Western European countries.  Why? Historically, foreign companies have viewed the U.S. as a politically stable and dependable environment for business investment. Now, however, the uniqueness of this federal election year and North Carolina’s HB2 are causing concern in the international business community, making a highly-competitive job even more challenging. 
Let me be clear. The Charlotte Regional Partnership is apolitical. Our

Rise of the 18-hour City

May 31, 2016

Charlotte recently beat out such high-profile destinations as Atlanta, Nashville, Raleigh/Durham, Charleston and even San Francisco in a national survey of the country’s hottest real estate markets. Moving up four places from last year, Charlotte ranked third in the *2016 Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, which indicated that Charlotte’s strong job and population growth along with the development of urban centers continue to make the market highly attractive to residents and investors. Moreover, Charlotte is a national leader among “18-hour cities,” an emerging real estate trend that

Networking, NASCAR and New Deals

May 23, 2016

The Partnership was very busy last week. We convened business leaders from across the region at two special meetings, and also hosted site selection consultants during the NASCAR All-Star Race weekend. This kind of outreach and networking are powerful ways to strengthen relationships, showcase Charlotte USA, and ultimately boost the local economy.

Last week’s events included a Regional Research Roundtable, organized and led by Steven Pearce, the Partnership’s director of research. Representatives from many of our partnering counties as well as officials from the City of Charlotte attended

Power Players

May 16, 2016

The Charlotte Business Journal’s recent Energy Inc. Summit and Leadership Awards highlighted one of the region’s most important and dynamic industry sectors. The Partnership was a proud sponsor of the event, which was held last week at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel and featured dozens of expert speakers, including representatives from ABB, General Microcircuits, E4 Carolinas and Charlotte-based Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States. One of the main themes discussed during the summit was how rapidly and dramatically energy production and delivery methods

Youth Movement

May 09, 2016

As if on cue, the rain stopped and the sun came out following last week’s Board of Director’s meeting, and everyone made their way outside to BB&T Ballpark’s rooftop terrace to watch the Charlotte Knights take the field. While the home team fell short of a victory, the event was still a big success. I, along with Partnership Board Chair Judy Wishnek, would like to thank everyone who attended, including many of our new board members. And a special thanks to our host, Dan Rajkowski, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Charlotte Knights. This kind of public- and