December 09, 2013
"It always seems impossible until it’s done."
– Nelson Mandela
“Homeland” and “Banshee” have finished shooting for the season, but that doesn’t mean that film activity in Charlotte USA has stopped. Far from it.
Four independent films just wrapped, and casting directors are looking now for adult extras of Asian descent for a new Fox21 TV pilot, “The Novice,” being filmed in Charlotte that is planned to air on USA Network. The show follows a recent college grad whose job search lands him at a Korean crime organization.
At any given time, you might
November 25, 2013
"The purpose of life is a life of purpose."
– Robert Byrne
We need to look no further than the daily headlines to realize just how much we have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving week. Thousands of people in the Philippines and Illinois saw not just their homes, but their towns flattened and loved ones killed. In an eye blink, the schools children attended, grocery stores where people shopped, even pure water that townspeople drank were gone. Nature erased their day-to-day lives and many of us have contributed to the immediate need and long rebuilding.
Catastrophic events such as
November 18, 2013
"Direct flights facilitate business. They facilitate business-to-business collaborations. I think anything that makes it easier to bring two areas together is a significant benefit to deepening relations and connections."
– John Roos
Charlotte Douglas International Airport is without doubt one of our most valuable business assets, and its worth has just gone up.
Since US Airways and American Airlines reached an agreement with the Justice Department last week, the merger of the two airlines is on track to close by the end of the year when the new common stock will trade on the
November 10, 2013
"I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match."
– Mia Hamm
Nearly every week, you read in my Monday Memos about business development trips that members of the Charlotte Regional Partnership team make throughout the U.S. and around the world. David Swenson, Mike Flynn, David Bell, Beth Petty and I devote a lot of personal time and spend days on end away from home because we, and all of us at the Partnership, believe without reservations that our region is the best location companies and production companies could possibly
October 28, 2013
Lancaster County Economic Development Corporation’s Elaine McKinney joined the Charlotte Regional Partnership at the National Business Aviation Association annual meeting and trade show last week to market Charlotte USA.
“Where Innovation Begins” was an apt title for last week’s Charlotte Life Sciences 2013 Conference. As I gathered data for my presentation that recapped regional highlights in life sciences over the last year, I was struck by the number and variety of activities in that sector taking place throughout Charlotte USA.
The emphasis on science, technology, engineering and
October 20, 2013
"Reckoning with these deepening class and geographic divides, finding and implementing a set of policies that can build a sustainable prosperity for everyone, is the toughest and, at the same time, most urgent challenge we face."
– Richard Florida
There has been a lot written about the shrinking middle class, and a number of reasons have been put forth as to the reasons. According to Joshua Wright, senior editor at Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI), about a quarter of all new jobs since 2010 fall in the mid-wage range, with about 29 percent paying high wages and 46
October 07, 2013
"Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival."
– René Dubos
Charlotte USA has more than 950 foreign-owned firms. Parent companies are headquartered in Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan Switzerland and other countries. Foreign direct investment is a key part of the Charlotte Regional Partnership’s business development strategy.
However, there’s another type of FDI that we don’t have to recruit because it’s already here: foreign-born entrepreneurs.
National Venture Capital Association and Stuart
September 30, 2013
"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."
– John Dewey
The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded the Centralina Council of Governments a well-deserved thumbs up – and a $200,000 grant – to help Charlotte USA further develop the skilled workforce that advanced manufacturers need. The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) grant, one of just 44 awarded around the country, is intended to help communities create economic development strategies that leverage their comparative advantages. Charlotte USA already is ahead in the game.
September 21, 2013
"Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous."
– Bill Moyers
The pros and cons of North Carolina’s film incentives have been a hot topic recently. From my perspective, I have no doubt that the film industry significantly benefits our regional economy. Just consider the businesses that have opened, expanded or in some way profited from movie, TV, documentary and commercial productions.
Because of the volume of work, major equipment houses Cinelease, Hollywood Rentals and Illumination Dynamics have opened in our region. Local businesses profit when productions buy
September 16, 2013
"Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."
– Satchel Paige
Area Development recently released its always-interesting state rankings based on site consultants’ survey responses, and the Carolinas did well again. In addition to parsing the reasons behind the rankings, I find the consultants’ analyses particularly enlightening.
One comment especially intrigued me. Andy Shapiro of Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company wondered how much the survey results were influenced by effective marketing campaigns. Of course good campaigns don’t seal deals, but they can get you on the