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
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
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
August 15, 2016
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
July 11, 2016
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
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
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
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