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
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