July 21, 2014
“The Charlotte Regional Partnership’s mission of fostering economic development and job growth is important to Sockwell Partners. As they recruit more companies to the region, we have more opportunities, as a retained search firm, to help new and existing clients find compelling executive talent. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship, and together we help make the region a stronger and more viable business destination.”
Susie Jernigan, Managing Director, Sockwell Partners
--Member, Charlotte Regional Partner Board of Directors
Setting the Stage
The lure of a Lamborghini first
June 30, 2014
"The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in evey opportunity."
With recent announcements like the Singapore-based Giti opening a new $560 tire manufacturing plant in Chester County, Charlotte USA continues to strengthen its position in the global marketplace. Already home to nearly 1,000 foreign-owned companies, the 16-county Charlotte region remains a frontrunner in recruiting companies
June 23, 2014
—Shannon Miller, Olympic gymnast
There was big economic development news in Charlotte USA last week. Three companies announced plans to bring a combined 3,900 jobs to the region and together invest nearly $800 million.
Giti, a Singapore-based tire company, will open a new $560 manufacturing plant on a 1,300-plus-acre site at the Chester County Megasite in S.C. and create about 1,700 jobs. The S.C. Department of Commerce and Chester County spearheaded the project and asked the
June 16, 2014
“I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
Even as most people are planning summer vacations and beach trips, here at the Partnership we’re keeping our eye on the economic development prize. But that’s not to say we’re not enjoying ourselves while doing it. I joined several key staff members in Pinehurst last week for the U.S. Open Championship, one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the country, which draws spectators from around the world.
During the event we hosted Partnership board members and
June 02, 2014
“Opportunities? They are all around us. There is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it.”
--Orison Swett Marden
As the Partnership readies for the start of the next fiscal year, international mission trips figure prominently into our economic development plans. The 16-county Charlotte USA region continues to emerge as one of the country’s most desirable markets for foreign companies. With our international airport, intermodal facility, skilled workforce, competitive business costs and desirable quality of life, it’s no wonder the region
May 27, 2014
Time Warner Cable Award presentation: (l to r) Pete Acker, Ken Fitzpatrick, Carol Lovin, Ronnie Bryant
EPRI Award Presentation: (l to r) Pete Acker, Mike Howard, Carol Lovin, Ronnie Bryant
I want to thank everyone who attended the Jerry Awards Luncheon last week at the Charlotte Convention Center. Because of your support, the event was a big success and a lot of fun. The festivities included a networking reception complete with mascots from the Charlotte Knights, Charlotte 49ers, Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Charlotte Hounds, along with an exclusive video from the Charlotte
May 19, 2014
The North Carolina General Assembly’s short session started last week and legislators are discussing a couple of issues that are important to the Partnership.
One issue is the state’s film incentive, which was first signed into law in 2006. Currently, North Carolina offers a 25 percent refundable tax credit of a production’s cost, including films, TV series and commercials. Unless this law is renewed, the tax incentive will expire at year-end. I believe this would negatively impact a thriving regional industry, resulting in a loss of jobs and millions in direct in-state spending. I
May 12, 2014
May is shaping up to be a very busy month for the Partnership. Key staff members were in Canada last week, and this week we’re heading to Europe, including London and Italy. During the two-week trip we’ll meet with consultants, CEOs and company officials representing industries such as motorsports, aerospace, defense, financial services and construction equipment.
We’ll also be at the Charlotte Motor Speedway this month for both the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600. These are two of the sport’s biggest events, and they atract thousands of fans from all over the world,
May 05, 2014
Despite that there are more than 90 Canada-based companies in the Charlotte region, the country often flies under the radar when it comes to economic development. While perhaps not as high profile as Europe or Asia, Canada is one of this area’s most productive international markets. The Partnership travels to Canada nearly every year for mission trips and 2014 is no exception. Several key staff members are departing this week for Montreal, where they’ll meet with representatives from a variety of industries, including energy, food, plastics and medical devices. Last year the Partnership
April 28, 2014
It’s doesn’t get much better than springtime in Charlotte USA. With sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s, it’s an ideal time to go outside and enjoy all that this region has to offer, including the Carolina Thread Trail (CTT). While still a work in progress, the CTT will be one of the longest regional trail systems in the country, spanning some 1,500 miles through the Carolinas. Not only is this one-of-a-kind amenity great for the environment and people’s health, it’s also a useful economic development tool.
Charlottean Karl Froelich, a longtime corporate executive with a passion