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A Global Hub: The Charlotte Region

Regional Overview

People keep coming to the Charlotte region. nearly 100 a day, in fact. Why do they come to the Charlotte Region?

Charlotte Regional Business Alliance

Charlotte Regional Business Alliance

A Global Hub

People move to the region for jobs in a healthy and growing economy with thriving health care, finance and professional services sectors, and ranked the No. 1 fastest-growing tech talent market two years running.

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A Global Hub: The Charlotte Region

Overview

People keep coming to the Charlotte Region. Nearly 100 people a day, in fact. Why do they come here? They come for jobs in a healthy and growing economy with thriving health care, finance and professional services sectors and a tech talent pool growing twice as fast as the national average. They come to start and grow businesses in a region with an educated, talented and innovative workforce, regularly ranked in the top three places to start a business. They come for lower cost of living and affordable real estate in neighborhoods fit for any lifestyle – from vibrant urban centers, to suburban cul-de-sac to quaint small towns and rural areas. And 226 days of sunshine a year doesn’t hurt either.

A Global Hub: The Charlotte Region

Quality of Life

ENTERTAINMENT & BREWERIES
Charlotteans love to socialize and celebrate; as a result, the community calendar is full of events. Community events range from holiday parades to huge outdoor street festivals and cultural celebrations. Visit charlottecultureguide.com to explore hundreds of local cultural events. Charlotte has emerged as a Top 10 “New Beer City,” according to Forbes magazine. More than 60 breweries and distilleries in the Charlotte area offer craft brews and liquors.

SPORTS & EVENTS
The Charlotte Region is home to NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, NFL’s Carolina Panthers, AAA baseball’s Charlotte Knights, and the home of NASCAR. The Charlotte Region also hosts several special sporting events such as the annual Wells Fargo PGA Tournament and hosted the 99th PGA Championship in 2017 and the NBA All-Star Game in 2019. International soccer teams A.C. Milan, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain, have played summer friendlies in Charlotte during the International Champions Cup.

ARTS & CULTURE
With several theater venues, art and history museums and more than 100 symphony performances annually, Charlotte’s cultural community is alive and thriving. Residents and visitors can discover Charlotte’s rich history and heritage by exploring museums, historic sites and cultural centers. Children have an array of cultural avenues in which to participate, including choir and theater as well as hands-on children’s museums. The Arts and Science Council supports the arts through grant making, youth cultural field trips and other programs. For more information, visit artsandscience.org.

OUTDOORS & ADVENTURE
With more than 210 parks, the Charlotte Region provides excellent access to tennis courts, swimming pools, golf courses, fitness trails, mountain biking, fishing and much more. The U.S. National Whitewater Center in Southwest Charlotte hosts Olympic hopefuls as they train for kayak and canoe slalom events. The Center also offers hiking and biking trails, ziplining, ropes courses and paddle boarding for visitors. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a botanical garden located on 380 acres (1.5 km) of rolling meadows, woodlands and lakefront property in Belmont, NC. Crowders Mountain offers challenging hikes, towering cliffs and 25-mile views of the surrounding piedmont. Lake Wylie is a reservoir, or man-made lake in the U.S. states of both South Carolina and North Carolina. The lake has a surface area of 13,400 acres (54 km) (21sq mi) and features 325 miles (523 km) of shore line.

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A Global Hub: The Charlotte Region

A Global Hub: The Charlotte Region

Chuck McShane, PhD

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Chuck McShane, PhD

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Economic Research
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