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Charlotte Regional Business Alliance

Meet the research team

We track the economic and demographic trends that affect your business and the broader Charlotte region economy.

The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance’s research team produces publications and online dashboards on target industries, new and expanded businesses, and economic indicators. Custom research is also available, just ask a team member to learn more. Much of our research is available for purchase in the online store.

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Chuck McShaneChuck McShane, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Business Analytics and Data
704-378-1327
cmcshane@charlotteregion.com

Chuck McShane, Ph.D., leads the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance’s economic research division, which tracks and analyzes data on the Charlotte Region’s economic competitiveness. The team also consults with local and international executives, site selectors and elected officials on demographic and economic trends locally, regionally and nationally. Chuck’s research has been featured by the NPR, and in the Charlotte Business Journal and the Charlotte Observer among other media outlets. He is a regular contributor of articles on economics and history to Charlotte Magazine and is the author of one book – A History of Lake Norman: Fish Camps to Ferarris.


Antony BurtonAntony Burton
Vice President, Economic Research
704-378-1376
aburton@charlotteregion.com

Antony grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina where he developed a love for the Carolinas. Prior to joining the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance as the Director of Research, Antony worked as a Management Analyst in Orange County, North Carolina and in economic development for the City of Hyattsville, in Maryland.

Antony has a Bachelor of Arts in History and International Studies from North Carolina State University and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Antony enjoys spending time with his wife, running, and being outdoors.


Akofa Dossou, MPA
Director, Economic Research
704-378-1320
adossou@charlotteregion.com

Akofa is responsible for analyzing the Charlotte economy, designing chamber surveys, managing existing industry databases, and handling internal research and external requests. She collaborates to create interactive economic dashboards for members and the community. Contact Akofa for information on the Charlotte economy and the Alliance’s business analytics data.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Global Area & International Studies and Master of Public Administration, PhD in Public/ Economic Policy (2022), UNC Charlotte