||Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
||550 Caldwell St., Suite 760
Charlotte, NC 28202
||A nonprofit, public/private economic development organization, the Charlotte Regional Partnership leverages regional resources to market the 16-county Charlotte area. The Partnership’s business development activities position Charlotte USA for sustained, long-term growth, job creation and investment opportunities.
Our mission is to develop our regional economy by marketing Charlotte USA globally. Through one-on-one visits and targeted e-campaigns, the Charlotte Regional Partnership pays particular attention to attracting international businesses that want to enter or expand in the U.S. market.
With 16 counties – Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties in North Carolina and Chester, Chesterfield, Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina, Charlotte USA has a wealth of assets for the Charlotte Regional Partnership to market. Our region is the case that proves the point that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Although each of the 16 counties has its own strength, each experiences greater economic success – and is more competitive – by working together than alone.
Throughout the year, our business development team hosts, visits and responds to site selection advisors and corporate decision makers throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. The Partnership also spreads the word by working with national and international reporters on stories that position the region as a premier business destination. Articles have appeared in publications as diverse as The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Deutschland Radio and Washington Post.
In addition to marketing to consultants and companies, Charlotte USA’s economic development strategy involves a little magic – the magic of movies.
The Charlotte Regional Film Commission, a division of the Partnership, recruits feature films, independent movies, documentaries, commercials, television series and still photography. Projects run the gamut from Ford Motor Company commercials and Showtime’s critically acclaimed TV series “Homeland,” to independent features, such as The Trial, and major motion pictures like Leatherheads with George Clooney and Renée Zellweger, and The Hunger Games.
A little more than half of the Charlotte Regional Partnership’s funding comes from private sources, businesses of all sizes, with the remainder coming from the state of North Carolina and the counties we represent, as well as three cities that have chosen to provide funding in a strong endorsement of regionalism.
The Partnership’s services include site location assistance and customized research for business prospects considering our region. We specifically target six industries – financial services, energy, health and life science, motorsports, aerospace and defense, and film. We believe that these six sectors are sustainable, growing industries in which Charlotte USA has a distinct, competitive advantage.
With the support of our public and private investors, the Charlotte Regional Partnership’s business development activities expand the tax base of state and local governments within the Charlotte region and create increased employment prospects throughout Charlotte USA.
Additional information is available at http://www.charlotteusa.com.
The organization brings together government and local businesses to market and promote Charlotte USA as a highly competitive, vibrant region with an increasingly attractive quality of life.
Embracing the core belief that there is strength in unity, the community and business leaders of Charlotte USA continue to work together to reinforce the powerful concept of “regionalism.” Without a doubt, regionalism is the most effective strategy for global “city-regions” like ours to grow and prosper in the 21st century world economy. As a result, it has become the driving force behind everything we do.