Phone: 704-347-8942

Toll Free: 800-554-4373

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

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Regional Assets

Global magnets such as Daimler North America, Siemens Energy, Toshiba Nuclear Engineering and Bosch have invested significantly in facilities around the Charlotte USA 16-county region.  In all, there are more than 850 foreign owned firms in the region... more than any other metropolitan area between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. 

Global Accessibility

  • Home to nation's 7th busiest airport - Charlotte Douglas International Airport, with nonstop service to Frankfurt, London, Mexico City , Munich, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Rome plus several Caribbean destinations
  • Never more than one plane change away from any business destination in the world
  • Quick, reliable and affordable connectivity between manufacturing operations, sales offices, distribution centers and their overseas corporate headquarters
  • Foreign Trade Zone #57, reduces taxes and fees, expedites customs process for imports/exports
  • New intermodal facility at Charlotte Douglas International Airport to be center of robust infrastructure linking air with rail and highway network on the U.S. East Coast
  • Convenient port access to Charleston, Wilmington, Morehead City and Savannah
  • Rail access via CSX and Norfolk Southern with more than 43,000 miles of track running throughout the region
  • High-speed rail line to be constructed from Atlanta to Washington, D.C.; track expected to run directly through Charlotte region
  • 60% of the U.S. market accessible in 24 hours

Business Strength

  • Largest international community in North Carolina and South Carolina
  • 7 Fortune 500 headquarters in Charlotte USA
  • 21st largest regional economy in the United States
  • Heart of I-85 corridor; highest concentration of manufacturing in Carolinas
  • Favorable business climate consistently cited by executives of recently relocated firms
  • More than two dozen international business and cultural organizations representing Europe, Latin and South America, and Asia
  • 11 honorary consuls in Charlotte USA, representing  Austria, Canada, France, Germany,Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Moldova, Nicaragua and Switzerland
  • Strong collaboration between higher education and local industry
  • North Carolina and South Carolina workforce training programs consistently among nation's best
  • Competitive tax environment among southern U.S. states

Quality of Life

  • Numerous cultural organizations and events to connect international communities of similar interests
  • Mild four-season climate with average of 214 days of sunshine each year
  • Strong university, four-year college, and community and technical college network; 13 local high schools ranked among Newsweek's 'Top High Schools'
  • 5 language immersion programs operating in Charlotte USA
  • Cost of Living Index typically 94% of the U.S. average (100%)
  • Professional sporting events for football, basketball, hockey, baseball, stock car racing, drag racing, horse racing and golf
  • Top healthcare facilities, including Carolinas HealthCare System, the third largest public healthcare system in the U.S.
  • Beach and mountains within three-hour drive
  • Recreational amenities, including U.S. National White Water Center, Mint Museum of Art, Discovery Place, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Carowinds theme park, Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, National Wildlife Refuge and the Carolina Thread Trail
  • 25+ galleries and bi-monthly gallery crawls
  • Charlotte among top '20 Best Cities for Singles' by Oprah magazine