April 25, 2016
The Partnership is at the world’s largest industrial trade fair this week. With Vanessa Goeschl, senior vice president of economic development, at the helm, the Partnership, in coordination with the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, is leading a 19-person Charlotte region delegation to Hannover Messe in Hannover, Germany, April 25-29.
The delegation includes members of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, along with private-sector representatives and economic development executives from six Charlotte USA counties. Together, the delegation is serving as a one-stop shop for
April 18, 2016
Last month I wrote about The Charlotte Entrepreneur Growth Report, which indicated that while Charlotte USA has a strong set of entrepreneurs contributing to the region, we lag behind other peer metros in key sectors that drive entrepreneurial growth, including technology innovation and venture capital investment. This week an important event takes place that helps foster and grow the local entrepreneurial community, which is critical to our long-term economic vitality.
The Charlotte Venture Challenge, now in its 15th year, is a start-up competition for early-stage, high- growth
April 11, 2016
The Partnership celebrated its 25th anniversary in grand style last week at our annual Jerry Awards Luncheon, during which we honored Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). I’d like to personally thank all the sponsors, participants and 900-plus attendees who helped make the event such an unforgettable success. It’s this kind of regional, multi-state support that has enabled the Partnership to create new job and capital investment opportunities for Charlotte USA since 1991. You can read about our gala in both the Charlotte Business
April 04, 2016
When some of Charlotte’s most prominent and influential business leaders founded the Partnership in 1991, the region was very different from what it is now. The metro’s population was about 1.6 million compared to 2.8 million today. While our banking industry had achieved national prominence, Charlotte struggled with an inferiority complex and was often overshadowed by peer cities across the country. Our urban core was still a fledgling work in progress—venues like the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Time Warner Cable Arena and Bank of America Stadium had yet to open—and there was little
March 28, 2016
Even as Charlotte USA’s economy continues to flourish, we must do more to attract and retain innovative, visionary entrepreneurs. A new report, released today, details the region’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to creating and fostering a business environment in which startups can flourish. The Charlotte Entrepreneur Growth Report points out that while there are examples of successful local ventures, including AvidXchange, Accrue Partners and Peak 10, we lag behind other peer metros in key sectors such as technology innovation, venture capital investment and overall startup
March 21, 2016
In today’s global economy, the Partnership’s international business recruitment initiatives have never been more critical. Charlotte USA has a wealth of assets that we market around the world, giving our 16-county region a strong competitive advantage. Some of these resources include the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which provides nonstop service to 154 destinations, including 31 international flights. We also boast a skilled workforce, convenient East Coast location, and world-class educational institutions and job training resources. During this week’s Global Competitiveness
March 14, 2016
With the official start of spring less than a week away, the Partnership’s economic development activities are also heating up. We have a number of business recruitment and networking events scheduled over the next few months, in addition to our annual Jerry Awards Luncheon on April 6th. So far 2016 is shaping up to be another very busy year at the Partnership.
Vanessa Goeschl, our senior vice president of economic development, is in New Orleans this week for the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) Professional Forum, one of the real estate industry’s most prestigious networking
March 07, 2016
Nearly a dozen countries were represented at a special Honorary Consul Breakfast that the Partnership hosted last week. These government-appointed officers of the North Carolina Consular Corps are very beneficial to the Partnership’s economic development mission, as foreign-owned companies make up more than 40 percent of our projects.
Consular officers provide unique insight into their respective country’s economic landscape, which can lead to lucrative business opportunities. In turn, the Partnership helps the consuls advance the commercial interests of the countries they represent,
February 29, 2016
Jacqie McWilliams, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Commissioner, says her whole team is taking a collective breath today after last week’s CIAA basketball tournament, which attracted an estimated 200,000 people to Charlotte USA. It was an exciting whirlwind of activity as fans cheered for their favorite teams at Time Warner Cable Arena and enjoyed an eclectic lineup of parties, concerts, festivals and other special events.
“The CIAA Tournament is about so much more than just basketball,” says McWilliams, who enjoyed her fourth CIAA Tournament as commissioner this year.
February 22, 2016
With innovate 3D printing resources, advanced product-testing capabilities, and a thriving business incubator program, the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) in Conover was an ideal location for the Partnership’s second Charlotte USA Manufacturing Coalition. The event, held last week, brought together manufacturers from across the 16-county region to network and discuss the newest innovations in this critically important industry that supports nearly all our target sectors, including aerospace, defense, biomedical, energy and logistics.
The Partnership’s initiative to bring together