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
May 02, 2016
The Partnership was founded in 1991 on the visionary belief that combining the region’s strengths and resources would make Charlotte USA a more desirable business location and a stronger competitor in the global marketplace. Today, 25 years later, that early conviction has been proven right.
With Charlotte’s urban core acting as the economic engine, the 16-county, two-state Charlotte region has developed into one of the most vibrant and fastest-growing destinations in the country. We have shown that while counties and states will always compete for companies and jobs, boundary lines have
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