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Charlotte Regional Partnership
550 South Caldwell Street, Suite 760
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Beth Petty
Charlotte Regional Film Commission
Phone: 704-331-2723

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Region At A Glance

 Overview |  Location | Population | Air Transportation | Business/Finance | Right to Work Force | Sports & Entertainment Facilities | Television

The Charlotte Region – A Region Like No Other

  • We have competitive incentives for both states: 25% in NC, 15% in SC
  • We have five daily non-stop flight from LA to Charlotte
  • We have over 40 daily non-stop flights from the NYC area to Charlotte
  • We have direct flights to almost anywhere - average of 700 flights daily
  • Our airport ranks 6th in the word for total operations
  • We have a strong crew base and have been named a Productions Center in the 2009 IATSE Area Standards Agreement
  • We are home to four major equipment houses
  • We have film and digital camera houses
  • We have an unbelievable variety of locations
  • We have over 60 small towns within 30 miles of uptown Charlotte
  • We have 1,770 miles of shoreline
  • We have great studio and office space

With its unique combination of urban and rural, foothills and flatlands, small towns and large city locations representing the 18thcentury through the 21stcentury, the Charlotte Region is like no other. Encompassing portions of both North and South Carolina, it is a 16-county area with Charlotte as its hub.

The Charlotte Region boasts a superior production environment. In addition to being home to three major equipment companies, numerous sound stages and a strong crew base, the Charlotte Region offers diverse locations and a community that's very hospitable to filming. The fact that there are more than 640 flights daily to almost anywhere adds to Charlotte's production advantage.

Other Charlotte Region Advantages include:

  • The Charlotte Region's Cost of Living Index average is 93.3 (2011 Annual) compared to the nation as a whole, lower than Atlanta (97.3), and Hartford (123.8), Los Angeles (132.8), and New York (218.8).
  • Professional sports in the area include the NFL Carolina Panthers, the NBA Charlotte Bobcats, NASCAR racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway, PGA golf, AAA Charlotte Knights baseball, ECHL Charlotte Checkers, along with men's & women's professional soccer and men's professional lacrosse
  • Recreational assets include two outdoor amphitheaters, Carowinds, a Cedar Fair theme park, over 100 public and private golf courses, aquatic centers and equestrian facilities.
  • The US National Whitewater Center is the world's largest recirculating artificial whitewater river in the world and the only river of this type in the western hemisphere at this time.
  • The Charlotte Region contains numerous rivers and lakes, including Lake Norman and Lake Wylie, which offer year-round water sports and recreational activities. All told, there are 1,770 miles of lake shoreline in the region.
  • Four distinct seasons are marked by mild winters. Autumns rival New England's, and our springs are spectacular with blooming dogwoods, magnolias, pear trees, and azaleas. Our 214 sunny days and only 43 inches of annual precipitation make us one of the brightest spots in the nation.
  • There are a variety of neighborhoods within the region, including numerous historic districts. 

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Interstates 77 and 85 intersect in Charlotte, linking the city with the Great Lakes region, New England and Florida. Interstate 40, which stretches westward across the nation to California, is in the Charlotte Region. Major route U.S. Highway 74 also runs through Charlotte.

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The area comprised of the city of Charlotte/Mecklenburg County has nearly 938,000 people and over 2.6 million in the 16-county region. This area is one of America's fastest-growing metropolitan regions. Over 7.29 million people live within a 100-mile radius of Charlotte. The Charlotte area grew faster than any other large urban area from 2000-2010, according to the U.S. Census.

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Transportation by Air

Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the world's 6th largest in total operations, 33rd in cargo and 11th in worldwide total passenger boardings. With over 718 daily departures, Charlotte/Douglas offers nonstop or single plane service to more 138 destinations. There are 5 daily nonstop flights to LAX, 39 daily nonstop flight to the New York area and 17 daily flights to Chicago. Nine major airlines and seven commuter carriers serve over 100 markets. International flights to Europe, South America, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean are available from Charlotte, and all other worldwide destinations are only one stop away. More than 39 million total passengers were boarded in Charlotte in 2011. Charlotte is within 650 miles of 60% of the US population. Our location, midway along the East Coast, makes air travel to all major cities more cost and time-efficient compared to other southeastern airports. Charlotte Douglas recently opened a third parallel runway opening in 2010. Some of the major airlines in Charlotte are:

American/American Eagle                   Northwest Airlines

Air Canada Jazz                                 United/United Express

Air Tran Airways                                 US Airways/US Airways Express

Delta/Delta Connection                        Lufthansa German Airline

Jet Blue                                             Insel Air                                 

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The Charlotte was voted #1 in the top 10 Cities of the Future in fDi Magazine. Charlotte has also been hailed by Fortune Magazine as having the nation's #1 pro-business attitude. Eight Fortune 500 headquarters and more than 300 Fortune 500 companies with operations are located in the Charlotte Region along with more than 800 foreign firms. 

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Right to Work Force

North and South Carolina law permits individual workers to choose whether or not they wish to join a labor union. Currently, North Carolina has the lowest at 2.9%. South Carolina is second lowest at 3.4%.

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Sports and Entertainment Facilities

  • Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers, is a 160 million dollar state-of-the-art facility, designed specifically to give each of the 72,300 spectators it holds a clear view of the playing field.
  • The Carolina Panthers (704-358-1644 or 1-800-635-4695), the 29thteam in the NFL, won the 2003 NFC Championship. The Carolina Panthers also won seven games in their inaugural season, setting an NFL record for a startup team.
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway (704-455-3200) is America's premier NASCAR facility. It is home to the Coca-Cola 600, The NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, and the Car Quest Auto parts 300 each May; and the Bank of America 500 and AllPro Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts 300 each October. The May races, including the Coca-Cola 600, attract crowds in excess of 500,000 people every year. The crowd is second only in size to the Indianapolis 500. The 600 is the second largest single-day sporting event in the country. The majority of the sport's leading racing teams have their headquarters in the Charlotte region. The Busch Series and the Craftsman Truck Series also take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • World Premier of Cars was hosted at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. With more than 300,000 people attending, it was the largest premier in Disney's history.
  • The US National Whitewater Center (704-391-3900) is a non-profit outdoor recreational park and environmental education center located only 10 minutes from downtown Charlotte. Inspired by the whitewater stadiums built for the 2000 & 2004 Olympic games, Scott Shipley, the designer and engineer and a 3 time Olympian from the US, created the world's largest multi-channel, recirculating artificial whitewater river in the world and the only river of this type in the western hemisphere at this time. USA Canoe and Kayak has moved its headquarters to Charlotte and the USNWC is now an official Olympic Training Site. The center's 300 acres of woodlands along the scenic Catawba River are the perfect setting for whitewater rafting and kayaking, mountain biking, and hiking. The center also has the largest climbing wall in North America that is open for public use.
  • The Time Warner Cable Arena is an entertainment and sports venue with professional and college sporting competitions, concerts and family events. With a variety of seating arrangement possibilities, the arena is capable of a maximum capacity of 20,200 spectators.
  • The Charlotte Bobcats (704-424-4120) are now in their eighth season in the NBA.
  • The Charlotte Checkers (704-342-4423) is Charlotte’s minor league East Coast Hockey team. They also play at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
  • Knights Castle is home to the Charlotte Knights Triple-A baseball team. Seating capacity is 10,000 with the ability to accommodate another 4,000 on the grass berms. The stadium was built to major league specifications featuring 35,000 square feet of covered concourse, nine concession stands, full-service box office, 21 skyboxes, temporary office space and over 3,000 paved parking spaces.
  • Charlotte Knights Baseball (Knights Castle 704-357-8071) are a Triple-A baseball team (Chicago White Sox affiliate) with 72 home games running from April – September.
  •  Carowinds/Palladium (800-888-4386) is a 112-acre theme and water park that straddles the North Carolina/South Carolina state line just 15 minutes from uptown Charlotte. The park offers more than 60 state-of-the-art rides, attractions and shows for all ages. The Palladium Amphitheatre is an outdoor theatre designed for 13,000 people to enjoy a variety of star performances.
  • Verizon Wireless Amphitheater  (704-549-5555), an outdoor amphitheater with lawn seating just north of Charlotte, brings in such notable acts as the Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Paul McCartney, The B-52's, and Widespread Panic. This facility seats up to 19,000 people.
  • Golf in the Charlotte region features over 100 public and private golf courses, including Piper Glen, a Tournament Players Championship Course, The Peninsula, host of the LPGA Championship Tournament, and Birkdale, which was designed by Arnold Palmer.

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Eight major television networks are represented in Charlotte by WBTV (CBS), WSOC (ABC), WCCB (FOX), WCNC (NBC), WTVI (PBS), WJZY (The CW), WMKT (My Network TV). WAXN-TV is an independent television station serving the Charlotte area. Time Warner Cable has a corporate office in Charlotte and produces 24-hour local news channel, News 14 Carolina. NBC news cable channel CNBC has studios in Charlotte with both English and Spanish broadcasts originating from here. Raycom Sports, NASCAR Images, Speed Channel and Wheeler TV (Wheeler Television, Inc), a production company specializing in motorsports, are all based in Charlotte. ESPN does extensive production work in the Charlotte region and their college sports network ESPNU is produced at an ESPN Regional Television office in Charlotte. Discovery Communications (Discovery Channel) has a sales office in Charlotte. The Inspiration Network cable channel (INSP) and the new Halogen cable channel are both headquartered near Charlotte in Lancaster County, SC, and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association have their headquarters in Charlotte.

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