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Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
We work together, creating connections to promote and advance the Charlotte Region’s vibrant, innovative and healthy economy.
6 days ago
CLT Alliance Talks: Mayor Vi Lyles discusses racial equity in Charlotte and corporate community
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and CLT Alliance President and CEO Janet LaBar host a discussion on racial equity and the importance of advancing Black and brown leaders. Hear from Mayor Lyles about how businesses can improve diversity in the workplace and how young professionals of color can advance their careers. This podcast was created from content during the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Leadership Retreat on Oct. 7, 2021.
Oct 13, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: N.C. Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson provides insight on OSHA vaccine mandate
As leaders across the Charlotte Region continue to seek guidance around the potential impacts of a federal vaccine requirement for businesses, the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance® provided deeper understanding for the business community through a conversation with the North Carolina Department of Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson. Hear his ideological and logistical thoughts on the mandate. Plus, Commissioner Dobson explains what makes N.C. unique when it comes to implementing the mandate and the options the N.C. Department of Labor will have in the near future. Read more about the discussion with Commissioner Dobson here.
Oct 7, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Future of Work, Part 2
As the impacts of Covid-19 evolve, we are gaining insight into how businesses are managing back-to-work strategies. In this podcast, hear from Amazon, Ally Financial, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting and Premier, Inc. about changes being made in various industries to promote mental and physical health. Plus, our panelists describe their strategies to adjust policies for pandemic-related mandates. This is part two of our Combined Talent and Research Collaborative Meeting on Sept. 22. This podcast includes: * Tara Beck, Senior Staffing Manager, Amazon * Kathie Patterson, Chief Human Resources Officer, Ally Financial * Lindsay Powers, Senior Vice President of People, Premier, Inc. * Phil Kuttner, Chief Executive Officer, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting * Moderator: Laura Stanley, Associate Professor of Management, Belk College of Business, UNC Charlotte
Sep 30, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Future of Work, Part 1
As we navigate the impacts of Covid-19, we continue to gain insight into how organizations plan to manage back-to-work strategies. In this podcast, hear from Amazon, Ally Financial, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, and Premier, Inc. about retaining employees during "the great resignation" as well as collaboration and onboarding in a hybrid business environment. Plus, our panelists describe the generational differences across industries as employees return to the office. This is part one of our Combined Talent and Research Collaborative Meeting on Sept. 22. Stay tuned for part two next week. This podcast includes: * Tara Beck, Senior Staffing Manager, Amazon * Kathie Patterson, Chief Human Resources Officer, Ally Financial * Lindsay Powers, Senior Vice President of People, Premier, Inc. * Phil Kuttner, Chief Executive Officer, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting * Moderator: Laura Stanley, Associate Professor of Management, Belk College of Business, UNC Charlotte
Sep 23, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Covid-19 and the Future of Hospitality
The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance talks with Mohammad Jenatian from the Greater Charlotte Hospitality Alliance and Heath Dillard from the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority about the current trends and potential future of the hospitality industry. These experts discuss hiring shortages, successful industry leaders, and vaccine and mask mandates.
Sep 16, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: YP Spotlight Courageous Conversations
The 2020 social injustices heightened the need to create safe spaces for workplace conversations, designed to provide a non-judgemental mindset towards growth. As part of the CLT Alliance’s Young Professionals Spotlight series, CLT Alliance Young Professional board chair Michaelina Antahades and vice chair Kristerpher Smith share an authentic dialogue about how courageous conversations can help us grow, personally and professionally.
Sep 9, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: David Head as CLT Alliance Foundation Chair
In this episode, CLT Alliance Chief Advocacy and Strategy Officer Kelly O’Brien sits down with David Head, Chair of the CLT Alliance Foundation, to discuss its signature programs: Young Professionals, Emerging Business Leaders, Power of Women, and ScaleUp CLT. Tune in as David shares insight about these important programs, his passion for serving the community, and more.
Sep 1, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Getting to Know Microban International
Founded in 1984, Microban International is a global leader in antimicrobial, odor-control, and continuously active surface disinfection and sanitization technologies. Tune in as Michael Ruby, Vice President of Global Built-In Business at Microban, discusses the company’s history in the Charlotte Region, how their important products work, and how companies can partner with this highly relevant company with global headquarters in Huntersville.
Aug 26, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Historic Progress on Hate Crimes Legislation in S.C.
In this episode of the podcast, CLT Alliance Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Joe Bost hosts a panel including Katie Titus with the S.C. Chamber, Tiger Wells with Duke Energy, and Jeff Wafford at UPS, as they discuss how the business community can help drive racial equity.
Aug 12, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Senators Britt and Mohammed on Bipartisan Cooperation in the NC Legislature
On this episode, the CLT Alliance spoke with Senators Mujtaba Mohammed and Danny Britt about ways to drive racial equity in the business community and bipartisan solutions to some of the challenges on criminal justice reform.
Aug 11, 2021
Eugene Woods: Healthcare and Life Sciences as a regional catalyst
Aug 5, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks:Fred Whitfield, Tom Glick, and Adam Sperling Discuss the Impact of Sports in the Charlotte Region
Recorded live at the CLT Alliance Investor Quarterly meeting, Erik Spanberg, of the Charlotte Business Journal, moderates the panel, as Fred, Tom, and Adam share perspective and valuable facts about how sports drives our regional economy.
Jul 29, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Federal Infrastructure State of Play
The CLT Alliance is one of over 200 chambers in a coalition intended to emphasize the importance of infrastructure. On this episode of the podcast, Ed Mortimer, vice president of Transportation and Infrastructure at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce joins us to discuss the state of the Charlotte Region’s comprehensive infrastructure investments, identifies the related key leaders the CLT Alliance should engage, and explains the timeline for getting things done in Washington.
Jul 22, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: SC Legislative Report with House Majority Leader Gary Simrill
In the latest podcast episode, South Carolina House Majority Leader Gary Simrill discusses the 2021 Legislative Session and points out some key victories of the business community. Tune in as he sheds light on what’s to come for the South Carolina General Assembly.
Jul 15, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: EBL Where Are They Now
As we begin enrollment for our 10th class, join these Emerging Business Leaders program alumni as they share stories from their own professional journeys. Guests include: Michaelina Antahades, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority Brad Brogdon, Gensler Monifa Drayton, Atrium Health/Lead 2.0 Chris Moxley, 704 Shop What’s in it for you? In this powerful episode, four talented leaders share how the CLT Alliance Emerging Business Leaders program helped propel their professional journeys. Here, they’ll share what they learned and offer suggestions for the future, as we continue to focus on cultivating social capital; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and leadership development.
Jul 8, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Truist Financial CEO Kelly King discusses the company’s purpose and how Charlotte Region helps them achieve it
On today's episode of CLT Alliance Talks, we speak with Kelly King, CEO at Truist Financial. Here, King shares how Truist works to build better lives and community in Charlotte, and why the company chose this region for its headquarters.
Jul 1, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Exploring the Power Behind Lithium, EVs, Battery Storage & Sustainable Energy with Piedmont Lithium’s David Klanecky
As the world moves toward a low-Carbon future, there is a growing range of technology and equipment facilitating the transition to more sustainable energy sources. In the transportation and energy production sectors, electric vehicle (EV) developments have expanded demand and interest in sustainable battery storage. When looking for sustainable solutions, many see the City of Charlotte and the 15-county region as a growing hub for the Lithium and EV market. Last month, the CLT Alliance partnered with SelectUSA and the U.S. Embassy Japan to showcase our region as a leader in this emerging market. You can listen to that presentation here. Today, we followed up with local lithium supplier Piedmont Lithium and spoke with their Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, David Klanecky for a deeper dive into the world of Lithium, EVs, and battery storage to find out why the Charlotte Region is making such a major impact on this industry worldwide
Jun 24, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: How Innovation Has Helped Position Charlotte and the Region for Growth in a Recovering Economy
The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance recently joined Capital Analytics for the release of their latest business intelligence report Invest: Charlotte 2021. The guide offers 160+ pages of information and data tailored to the local, national, and international investor that highlights Charlotte as the place to do business. CLT Alliance President and CEO Janet LaBar was invited to moderate the innovation panel. On this panel, you can expect to hear insights from: * *Tom Murray,* CEO with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority * *Tracy Dodson*, Assistant City Manager & Economic Development Director with the City of Charlotte * *Malcomb Coley*, Central Region EY Private Leader & Charlotte Managing Partner with EY * *Geoff Gray*, Executive Vice President, with Signature Consultants Tune in to hear how innovation has helped position our city and region for growth in a recovering economy. To download the Invest: Charlotte 2021 report and other Capital Analytics resources, cl…
Jun 16, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: SELECT USA De-Brief
Sven Gerzer, Eileen Cai and Greg Sizemore recap an exciting week of activity at the Select USA Summit. Over 3,400 participants from around the world in a virtual summit focused on economic development in the United States.
Jun 9, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Exploring the Emerging Market of Lithium Battery Manufacturing in the Charlotte Region
In partnership with SelectUSA and the U.S. Embassy Japan, the CLT Alliance hosted a panel discussion on lithium batteries and this emerging market’s growing demand in the City of Charlotte and the 15-county region. Featuring discussions from Charlotte Regional Business Alliance President and CEO Janet LaBar, Albemarle Corporation’s Chief Commercial Officer Tina Craft, and Piedmont Lithium’s Chief Operating Officer David Klenecky, listen in to hear how the Charlotte Region is taking a leading role in the U.S. battery industry. This panel was originally presented in both Japanese and English. To watch the fully translated presentation, click here.
May 27, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: 704 Shop's Chris Moxley Shares his Secret Sauce for Success as an Entrepreneur in the Charlotte Region
On this episode of CLT Alliance Talks, we met with Charlotte entrepreneur Chris Moxley, Co-Owner of 704 Shop. As a Charlotte native, Chris shares his story of success on how three former UNC Charlotte college roommates turned their passion for their hometown into one of the Charlotte Region's most iconic apparel brands. With a mission to bring people together to be part of a broader conversation supporting positive change and culture in Charlotte, Chris shares "the secret sauce" behind 704 Shop and how the power of relationships, regional collaboration, and Charlotte's culture of uplifting small businesses has helped their business grow and thrive here. This recording is part of an ongoing series of one-on-one discussions that were conducted in-studio with C-Suite executives throughout our region.
May 20, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: What Women Need - A special "Power of Women" panel on how the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated gender gaps in the workforce
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted women in the workforce. According to the 2020 Women in the Workplace study, 1 in 4 women are reported to be considering downshifting their careers or exiting the workforce due to the pandemic. Today, nearly 3 million women and mothers have already left the US workforce due to lack of access to childcare, difficulties balancing the demands of work-life-home-school needs, industry furloughs, and disproportionate economic circumstances and opportunities. In this special Power of Women episode of CLT Alliance Talks, Cherise Walker, VP of Talent and Inclusion at the CLT Alliance, has a powerful conversation with four female leaders who are making an impact in the Charlotte Region through their commitment to uplift women in the workforce. We welcome: * Johnelle Causwell, Citizen Diplomacy Director – International House * Kellie Lofton, President-elect – The Junior League of Charlotte * Anna London, Chief Operatin…
May 12, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Economists’ Roundup with Dr. Laura Ullrich and Dr. John Connaughton on Current State and Future Trends in Q1-2021
Earlier this month, the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance released its first quarterly Growth Report of 2021. Reflecting on the fourth quarter of recovery from the pandemic, the CLT Alliance's Vice President of Economic Research, Antony Burton, spoke with two leading economists on the state of the regional economy. From exploring the reasons behind a slow growth rate to explaining impacts on employment levels, this esteemed panel gives context to the trends and data around recovery from COVID-19. Joining the conversation is *Dr. John Connaughton,* Professor of Financial Economics and Director of the UNC Charlotte Economic Forecast, Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte, and *Dr. Laura Ullrich*, Regional Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Charlotte Branch. *ICYMI*: Download a copy of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Q1 2021 - Growth Report here. *Upcoming events:* UNC Charlotte Economic Forecast, May 26, 2021, beginning at noon. This virtual event is free and…
May 6, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: ScaleUp CLT Success Stories from the EO Accelerator
Scale Up CLT is an initiative of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Foundation that accelerates the growth of minority-owned businesses, in partnership with EO Charlotte and the City of Charlotte. Jerrianne Jackson, Senior Economic Development Specialist at the City of Charlotte, sits down with EO Accelerator participants to talk about the success they've found in the entrepreneurial and small business community through this program. On this episode, we hear from: * Jeni Bukolt, Founder, Haven Creative * Kevin Monaghan, Founder, Intuitive Compensation Group * Vanessa V. Mathews, Founder, Asfalis Advisors The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 14,000+ influential business owners with 198 chapters in 61 countries. The EO Charlotte Accelerator program supports the achievements of those early-stage entrepreneurs driven to seek out the resources necessary to grow your business to more than US$1 million in sales and provide you wi…
Apr 29, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: How the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program is Preparing Charlotte's Youth to Join the Talent Pipeline
Fondly called "MYEP," the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program works to provide all Charlotte youth with equitable career development opportunities to explore the world of work, build social capital, and enhance economic mobility. On this episode of CLT Alliance Talks, Cherise Walker, VP of Talent & Inclusion, speaks with the City of Charlotte’s MYEP Manager, Dawn Hill, about how this program is connecting our business community with our city’s youth to create pathways to attainable career goals. This year marks the 35th season of MYEP, and leaders are poised to offer hundreds of work-based learning opportunities. To participate as a Host Business, or learn the ways your business can support the talent of tomorrow, visit the MYEP website at charlottenc.gov/youth or contact the MYEP team at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 704-336-5577.
Apr 22, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: A ‘Power of Women’ Panel for Professional Women of Color – How Are We Doing?
The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance’s Power of Women (POW) is a program series and network platform designed for women business professionals to engage, inform and inspire, as well as connect professionally to women's groups and organizations throughout the Charlotte Region. On this episode of CLT Alliance Talks, we host a Power of Women panel to look at the impact the year’s double pandemic of racial injustice and COVID-19 has had on professional women of color. *Cherise Walker, Vice President of Talent & Inclusion at the CLT Alliance* hosts a candid conversation on how the events of last year have particularly impacted professional women of color in our community. From discussing coping strategies to sharing the important role of allyship in the business community, we are joined by: * Carrie Cook, Founder & Executive Director, GreenLight Charlotte * Keisha Rivers, President and Chief Outcome Facilitator of The KARS Group, LTD. * Monifa Drayton, Executive Coach and…
Apr 15, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Lowe's Chief Information Officer, Seemantini Godbole Talks Tech in the Charlotte Region
On today’s episode of CLT Alliance Talks, we met with *Seemantini Godbole**, Chief Information Officer at Lowe’s*. From looking at the new Lowe’s Tech Hub coming to South End in Charlotte to exploring the future of tech with Lowe’s Innovation Labs and talent in the region, tune in for an inside look why one of the world’s largest home improvement centers is proud to call the Charlotte Region home. This recording is part of an ongoing series of one-on-one discussions that were conducted in-studio with C-Suite executives throughout our region.
Apr 8, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: YP Board Member Ben Lassiter Shares How the CLT Alliance Young Professionals Are Helping To Create An Impact on Our Community
The Charlotte Alliance Young Professionals (CAYP) network is a group of future change-makers and budding business minds. In this week’s podcast, 2021 YP Board Chair Michaelina Antahades with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, speaks with YP veteran Ben Lassiter, Director of Business Development & Operations, Carolina Legal Staffing LLC, on how the YP Network has helped him better connect with his hometown of Charlotte. Interested in learning more about the CAYPs? Join our next Virtual YP Luncheon on Wednesday, April 28 at 11:30 am as CLT Alliance leaders discuss how Diversity Drives Success. Learn more here.
Apr 1, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Taking A Deep Dive into FDI with Paul Brogan of ROI Research On Investment, Chris Knight of Wavteq, and the CLT Alliance International Business Recruitment Team
What do bread makers and PlayStations have to do with FDI? The CLT Alliance’s Akofa Dossou, Director, Economic Research, hosts a dynamic panel to take a look at the latest trends in Foreign Direct Investments in the US and the Charlotte Region. Guests include, * Paul Brogan, VP of Client Services at ROI Research On Investment * Chris Knight, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer at Wavteq * Eileen Cai, VP of Business Recruitment - Asian Sector at the CLT Alliance * Sven Gerzer, VP of Business recruitment - Europe, India & North American Sectors at the CLT Alliance. From the impact of international travel to exploring emerging markets and up-and-coming industries for FDI, listen in to this expert panel on what’s happening in the global market.
Mar 25, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: CLT Alliance Talks: Meet Kari Hackett, the Charlotte Alliance's new Chief Development & Investor Relations Officer
After spending nearly two decades as a leader in the Atlanta Metro market, Kari Hackett joined the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance as our new Chief Development & Investor Relations Officer. From creating meaningful opportunities for investor engagement to opening new opportunities to make an impact on our community, Kari sits down with Kaitlin Rogers, Director of Communications, to talk about her vision and experience, and some of the exciting opportunities Investors can look forward to with the CLT Alliance. For more information about Investor opportunities with the CLT Alliance, click here.
Mar 18, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Celebrating International Women's Month with the Junior League of Charlotte's Kellie Lofton
The CLT Alliance's Power of Women network is designed to engage, inform and inspire, as well as connect professional women to resourceful women’s groups and organizations in Charlotte and our region. In honor of International Women's Month, we connected with the Junior League of Charlotte to talk about how Junior League is developing the potential of women and improving the Charlotte community through the effective action and leadership. *Cherise Walker, Vice President of Talent Insights & Partnerships,* speaks with *Kellie Lofton, President-Elect of the Junior League of Charlotte* about how this organization has created leadership development and community impact opportunities for women throughout our communities. To learn more about the Junior League of Charlotte, visit jlcharlotte.org.
Mar 11, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Exploring Economies 2021 Preview with Laura Ullrich of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance has conducted over 65 inter-city visits over the years, which was transformed into our annual Exploring Economies signature event in 2019. For the first time in the event's history, we have the unique opportunity to virtually explore multiple metros and bring national, state, and local leaders together to discuss how they are approaching economic revitalization, supporting policies to advance racial equity, and planning for more inclusive spaces. Today, Dr. Chuck McShane, Senior Vice President of Economic Research, speaks with Laura Ullrich, regional economist at the Charlotte branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, on some of the topics and main discussion points we'll be covering during the Exploring Economies 2021 event. From the strengths of the Charlotte Region to important lessons in transportation infrastructure, listen in for a sneak peek at some of the major topics we'll be discussing at this year's signature event. *Exploring…
Mar 4, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Meet Kelly O'Brien, the Charlotte Alliance's new Chief Advocacy & Strategy Officer
This week, Kelly O'Brien joined the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance as our new Chief Advocacy and Strategy Officer. Kelly joins the team by way of the Chicagoland Tri-State “mega-region,” where she led two sister organizations dedicated to strengthening the economic competitiveness of the Chicagoland Tri-State area. Kaitlin Rogers, the CLT Alliance's Director of Communications, met with Kelly during her first week in Charlotte to share more about her background and hear what's she's looking forward to the most about joining the Charlotte Region. To learn more about Kelly and the CLT Alliance's Advocacy and Public Affairs efforts, visit CharlotteRegion.com.
Feb 18, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Subscription Services to Product Packing, Big Sky Fulfillment Unpacks Charlotte's Warehousing and 3PL Industry
In a pandemic world where social distancing practices have helped eCommerce to soar, subscription box services have become all the rage. From viral beauty product subscription boxes like Ipsy to monthly pet supply boxes like Bark Box, customers all over the US find joy in unboxing monthly subscription kits. Today, we’re talking with Big Sky Fulfillment CEO, Patrick Claytor, about their recent East Coast expansion to Charlotte to provide their clients with the growing demand for Warehousing and Third Party Logistics (3PL) solutions. From offering warehouse space, subscription box and kitting services, and pick-pack-ship processes, Steven Pearce, SVP of Business Recruitment, unpacks this booming industry and shares how the Charlotte Region is helping brands get their products closer to their East Coast customers. For more information on Big Sky Fulfillment, visit bigskyfulfillment.com.
Feb 11, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Economists’ Roundup – Current State and Future Trends in the Region, State, and Nation
The Charlotte Region’s economy entered its third quarter of recovery early in 2021. But how does it compare to the rest of the Carolinas, the Southeast, and the US as a whole? CLT Alliance SVP of Economic Research, Dr. Chuck McShane, spoke with three leading economists on the context behind the economic numbers and their outlook for 2021: Dr. John Connaughton, Professor of Financial Economics and Director of the UNC Charlotte Economic Forecast, Belk College of Business, UNC Charlotte Jeff Korzenik, Chief Investment Strategist, Fifth Third Bank Dr. Laura Ullrich, Regional Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Charlotte Branch *ICYMI:* Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Q4 2020 Growth Report *Upcoming events:* UNC Charlotte Economic Forecast, March 5, 2021, Noon-1:30 Federal Reserve District Dialogues, beginning Feb. 18
Feb 4, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Supply Chains & Manufacturing with Christopher Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and Jonathan Eaton, Principal, National Supply Chain Practice Leader at Grant Thornton
The CLT Alliance's Laura Foor invites *Christopher Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC)*, and *Jonathan Eaton, Principal, National Supply Chain Practice Leader at Grant Thornton*, to take a deep dive into the Charlotte Region's supply chains and manufacturing. From discussing supply chain risk and resiliency to exploring how our local economic development groups are helping our region’s manufacturers find local solutions to strengthen supply chains, you won’t want to miss this insightful information. For more information on STREAM 2021, visit https://stream2021virtual.pathable.co/.
Jan 28, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Behind The Scenes of the Virtual European Roadshow
With international travel bans and many safety protocols in place this year, the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance’s international recruitment team has found creative ways to connect with companies interested in the US market. After first introducing you to the Better. Stronger. Smarter. , a virtual European Road Show held at the end of 2020, Sven Gerzer, Vice President, Business Recruitment at the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, speaks with Doug Mitchell with USI Insurance as they discuss how they organized the recent virtual roadshow, and why German, Austrian and Swiss companies are so attractive to the Charlotte Region.
Jan 21, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Advancing the Region with Arrival
In December 2020, British-based global electric vehicle innovator Arrival announced they are joining the Charlotte Region by establishing its North American headquarters in the South End of Charlotte as well as its first U.S. Microfactory in Fort Mill, SC in York County. On this episode of CLT Alliance Talks, Eileen Cai, Vice President Business Recruitment for Asia & North America, speaks with *Michael Abelson, CEO of Arrival,* *Richard Colley with Arrival’s Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs*, and the *CLT Alliance’s Dr. Chuck McShane, Senior Vice President, Economic Research* on the impact of these announcements on our region, and what’s on the horizon for this innovative organization in our community.
Jan 14, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Success Stories: Small Business Marketing Program - Part 2
As part of the CLT Business United initiative, the CLT Alliance launch a Small Business Marketing Program. This program helped connect our region’s Small Businesses to Marketing and Creative Services with little to no cost, to help support their needs. In Part 2 of this series, today we are speaking with Marcie Kelso of Kelso Communications and Doug Bacon of Throwing Words. They join us to talk about their collaboration on creating a Creative Brief to support Throwing Words' growth marketing efforts, and the importance of identifying and leveraging your differentiator as a business. For more information on the CLT Business United visit charlotteregion.com.
Jan 7, 2021
CLT Alliance Talks: Success Stories - Small Business Marketing Program, Part 1
As part of the CLT Business United initiative, the CLT Alliance launch a Small Business Marketing Program. This program helped connect our region’s Small Businesses to Marketing and Creative Services with little to no cost, to help support their needs. One of the collaborations from this initiative was between Loyd Visuals and F&D | Integra Design. In Part 1 of this series, we'll speak with Khaleel Loyd with Loyd Visuals and Richard Cuebas with F&D Integra Design. They join us to share the success of this project and talk about their new partnership. *As noted in the episode, a link to the video launch will be posted here after the public launch.
Dec 17, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Manufacturing in the Region
More than 155,000 people in the Charlotte Region work in the Manufacturing industry -- nearly double the employment in the financial sector. Over the past five years, the Charlotte region’s manufacturing industry has grown at twice the national average, and now contributes to nearly $26 Billion to our local economy. Join Antony Burton and Dr. Chuck McShane of CLT Alliance's Economic Research Team to dive into our region's manufacturing sectors as they discuss the findings in the new "Manufacturing In the Charlotte Region" report. To download a full copy of the report, visit charlotteregion.com
Dec 10, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Resilience - How We Bounce Back
The 2020 pandemic has been challenging on many fronts. CLT Alliance's VP of Talent Insights and Partnerships, Cherise Walker, speaks with Amy Wartham, Director of Corporate & Custom Training and Continuing Education at UNC Charlotte, to discuss why resilience is important and what you can do to protect your mental well being and manage your productivity. For resources mentioned in this podcast, visit charlotteregion.com
Dec 2, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Reshoring During COVID-19
CLT Alliance’s Akofa Dossou and Eileen Cai discuss reshoring to the Charlotte Region. From supply chain management to future trends of international business recruitment, this week’s podcast looks at some of the short and long term impacts COVID-19 has had on bringing international business back to our shores and into the Charlotte Region.
Nov 19, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: How Sports Have Adapted During the Pandemic
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit our region’s sports industry, our region’s sports teams made a new game plan. Our SVP of Government Affairs, Joe Bost talks with Tom Glick, President of Tepper Sports & Entertainment and Greg Walter, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway on how their industries overcame the statewide shutdown earlier this year. We’ll discuss some of strategies around adapting to phased reopenings and what plans they have to pivot for the future.
Nov 10, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: 2020 General Election Recap with Dr. Eric Heberlig
2020 has been a year for the record books, and on top of everything we just had the 2020 General Election. Our SVP of Government Affairs, Joe Bost talks with Dr. Eric Heberlig, professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He is co-author of Congressional Parties, Institutional Ambition, and the Financing of Majority Control—winner of the 2014 D.B. Hardeman Prize for the best book on the U.S. Congress; American Cities and the Politics of Party Conventions; How Government Got in Your Backyard; American Labor Unions in the Electoral Arena; Classics in Congressional Politics; and numerous articles on the politics of Congress, interest groups, elections, and campaign finance. In our conversation, we’ll talk with Eric about the 2020 elections from a national, state, and regional perspectives.
Nov 4, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Charlotte Regional Coworking Coalition
*Coworking Spaces Formally Announce Coalition and Partnership with Charlotte Regional Business Alliance* Several coworking spaces across Charlotte and surrounding areas – from Fort Mill to Concord – have announced a formal partnership referred to as the Charlotte Regional Coworking Coalition (CRCC) dedicated to “keeping work local.” Our CMO, Rob Horton spoke with Dan Roselli, Founder, Packard Place; Kevin Giriunas, Founder, Advent Coworking; and Jennifer Belk Owner and Programming Coordinator, LOOM Coworking, Gallery and Events Space about what we can expect from the coalition. We are pleased to partner with the CRCC and build business community awareness for this independent co-working collaboration. We are fortunate to live in a region that has achieved great things when our business community works together. CRCC’s mission is to “keep work local.” The partnership between spaces is meant to foster local economic and social growth by keeping remote workers and small b…
Oct 29, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Social Networks and Economic Mobility in Charlotte
Improving economic mobility in Charlotte has been top of mind for business and civic leaders lately. A 2014 Harvard study called attention to the region’s low ranking in respect to helping low-income kids move up the income ladder. New research from the Brookings Institution dives deeper into how social networks in Charlotte affect access to economic opportunity. Camille Busette, Brookings Senior Fellow, Director of the Race, Prosperity and Inclusion Initiative, and author of the report “How We Rise: How Social Networks in Charlotte Impact Economic Mobility,” discussed the report and its implications with Alliance SVP of Economic Research Chuck McShane.
Oct 21, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: The Future of Tourism in the Charlotte Region Post-Pandemic
The Charlotte Region isn’t known for tourism. Still, visitors spent $7.8 billion in the region during 2019. That’s more than any region in the Carolinas, including tourism magnets like Myrtle Beach and Charleston. The leisure and hospitality industry has also been one of the hardest hit industries during the COVID-19 pandemic as travel declined. On this week’s CLT Alliance Talks, SVP of Economic Research Chuck McShane talks with Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) Director of Insights Heath Dillard about the state of the leisure and hospitality industry, where the Charlotte Region’s visitors come from, and the future of the tourism economy post-pandemic.
Oct 15, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Vote Yes For Bonds
Joe Bost, SVP of Government Affairs with the CLT Alliance talks with Mayor Pro Tem Julie Eiselt and Brian Francis of Francis Consulting. In their conversation they discuss the three bond questions that will appear on the ballot this fall. They share with us the potential impact these bonds will have on our community and what we need to know in advance of voting in the 2020 election.
Oct 1, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: How the CLT Alliance Attracts New Jobs and Investment During the Pandemic
CLT Alliance business recruitment team members Steven Pearce and Kati Hynes discuss the role site selection consultants play in the economic development process and how the pandemic has impacted outreach to this important audience. Stay tuned to the end for a couple funny stories!
Sep 22, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Infrastructure in the Charlotte Region with HNTB
Joe Bost, SVP Government Affairs speaks with Greg Boulanger, the Charlotte Practice Leader and Group Director for HNTB’s Charlotte office whose primary focus is on serving the transportation needs of the region. They discuss Greg's role within the organization, the Alliance’s infrastructure series and the future of our region.
Sep 17, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: International Business and Foreign Direct Investment in the Charlotte Region
The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance just released their white paper on "International Business and Foreign Direct Investment in the Charlotte Region." Our Director of Economic Research, Akofa Dossou spoke with Sven Gerzer, VP of European Sector and Eileen Cai, VP of Asian Sector from our Business Recruitment team. They discussed the more than 1,000 international businesses in the Charlotte Region and what makes the Region a great place for international companies to do business.
Sep 8, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Renewing “The Dream” Through Educational Equity, Inclusive Entrepreneurship and Economic Access
The United States recently celebrated the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. In the midst of a resurgent call for racial equity and justice it’s time to renew our understanding of – and commitment to – “The Dream” through Educational Equity, Inclusive Entrepreneurship and Economic Access. In this week’s CLT Alliance Talks podcast Rod Garvin SVP of Talent Insights for the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Speaks with Dr. Shante’ Williams, Founder and CEO, Black Pearl Global Investments; Henry Rock, Executive Director, City Startup Labs and Don Thomas, Jr., Executive Director, My Brother’s Keeper Charlotte Mecklenburg.
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Aug 31, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: The Next Normal- Reopening Safely in a Post-COVID-19 World
Jon Eldridge, Americas COO & Operational Excellence Lead with ISS Facility Services, talks about the challenges facing businesses both short-term and long-term, how to effectively meet those challenges and creating a safer workplace for the future. https://insights.issworld.com/hubfs/ISS-NextNormal.pdf
Aug 24, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Clear for Takeoff with American Airlines
Listen as we get to know Ralph Lopez, learn more about Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and American Airlines’ commitment to the Charlotte Region, its customers, and regional employees.
Aug 17, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Real Estate in the Charlotte Region
Since 2010, nearly 400,000 people have moved to the Charlotte Region, and they all need some place to sleep. Housing sales in the Charlotte Region were up more than 11% in July 2020. Housing supply has struggled to keep up with fast-growing demand, leading to lower inventory and rising prices. John Kindbom, President of Canopy Realtor Association and Dr. Yongqiang Chu of the Childress Klein Center for Real Estate at UNC Charlotte joined SVP of Economic Research to discuss the state of the housing market and the future of housing affordability in the region.
Aug 12, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Upskilling Talent During COVID-19 Through Global and Local Partnerships with Grow with Google’s Christian Michael and Coursera’s Sam Combs
The CLT Alliance Foundation is partnering with Grow with Google (an initiative to create economic opportunities for all) and Coursera, (a leading online learning platform for higher education) to help scale the upskilling of workers in the Charlotte Region who have lost their jobs due to the economic impact of COVID-19. Both organizations are committed to supporting regional talent ecosystems, so that individuals can access the education and training they need for new skills – and careers – through the alignment of global and local resources. In this week’s CLT Alliance Talks Rod Garvin, SVP of Talent Insights for the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, speaks with Christian Michael, Program Manager at Grow with Google and Sam Combs, Senior Manager of Government Partnerships at Coursera.
Jul 29, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: The History of the Mecklenburg Investment Company and the Future of the Brooklyn Collective
If you’ve lived in Charlotte for long, you might have heard the story of the Brooklyn neighborhood. Covering most of what is today known as Second Ward, Brooklyn served as the heart of African American life, culture, and business from the early 1900s up until around the 1960s. Federal policies on urban renewal during the 1960s and 70s, led to the bulldozing of the neighborhood, replaced mostly with government buildings. About 1,000 families were displaced. On Third and Brevard streets, however, a handful of buildings survived, including the Grace AME Zion Church and the Mecklenburg Investment Company. Now., those buildings have been revived as the Brooklyn Collective, including a small business incubator and cultural center. To understand the history of these buildings, and the future of the collective, we talked with Dr. Willie Griffin, historian from the Levine Museum of the New South, Jason Wolf. And three business owners within the Brooklyn Collective, Monique Stubbs Hall of St…
Jul 27, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Interview with Symmetrix Composites Tooling
Symmetrix Composites Tooling headquartered in Rhode Island expanded into Statesville last year. Steven Pearce, SVP of Business Recruitment spoke with Symmetrix Composites Tooling Vice President, Scott Vogel about the company's expansion journey and what made the Charlotte Region the best fit for them.
Jul 22, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: How the Pandemic is Changing Economic Development
CLT Alliance SVP of Business Recruitment, Steven Pearce sits down with Conway VP of Global Innovation, Guillermo Mazier to talk about national trends emerging as a result of the global pandemic. Additionally, Pearce and Mazier discuss local and regional solutions that economic development organizations, the public sector, and private sector can embrace to position the Charlotte region for a post-pandemic economy.
Jul 14, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Why Talent and Opportunity is Driving Economic Development with EY’s Amy Holloway
When it comes to economic development, business recruitment and expansion typically come to mind, but the availability of talent has become a key factor in whether companies choose to relocate or grow within a given market. Additionally, upward mobility and opportunity for all are key determinants of a healthy economy. In this week’s CLT Alliance Talks Rod Garvin, SVP of Talent Insights for the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, speaks with Amy Holloway, Partner/Principal and National Director, Economic Development Advisory Services at EY.
Jul 7, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Atom Power and Energy Entrepreneurship in Charlotte
Back in 2003, Ryan Kennedy was in an engineering class at UNC Charlotte when he thought of the idea for a digitized circuit breaker. Seventeen years later, he is CEO of Atom Power, an expanding company that produces those solid state circuit breakers and the software that runs them for construction companies and industrial manufacturers looking to improve worksite safety. This month, Atom Power received nearly $18 million in Series B funding from Rockwell Automation and ABB Technology Ventures to expand their technology into the electric vehicle charging space. Kennedy talked with Chuck McShane, Alliance SVP of Economic Research, about how software is changing electrical distribution, why Charlotte beats the Bay Area for energy entrepreneurship and engineering, and how electric vehicles could reshape our region and world.
Jul 1, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Sports, Business and Philanthropy with Joey Logano and team
CLT Alliance SVP of Government Affairs Joe Bost talks with Warren Vigus about his partnership with Joey Logano to create Clutch Studios and Clutch Management, plus the great work being done by Joey Logano Racing and the Joey Logano Foundation.
Jun 23, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Going Deeper on the Paycheck Protection Program
CLT Alliance SVP of Government Affairs Joe Bost talks with Jon Ferry of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP about the Paycheck Protection Program - some of the strings that may be attached to the funds, how enforcement could work, and the new rules just rolled out by the SBA.
Jun 15, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Managing Global Talent During COVID-19 with Sealed Air’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Susan Edwards
Global pandemic. It still seems surreal to say those two words and yet, the reality of the worldwide COVID-19 crisis is a constant part of our lives. For global businesses, such as Sealed Air with its headquarters in Charlotte, adapting to the “new normal” requires a strategic response created to manage talent across countries while also planning for future workforce needs. In this week’s CLT Alliance Talks, Rod Garvin, SVP of Talent Insights, speaks with Susan Edwards, Global VP and Chief Human Resources Officer at Sealed Air.
Jun 10, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: COVID-19’s Effects on Oral Care Now and in the Future
Chances are you are past due for your bi-annual dentist visit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Joe Bost discusses COVID-19’s effects on the delivery of oral care services with Curt Ladig, Delta Dental of North Carolina, and Dr. Richard Dest with Senior Dental Care. Hear how dentists pivoted in their care delivery during the stay-at-home order and what could be lessons learned for the future.
Jun 2, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Focus on Transportation & Infrastructure with Assistant City Manager, Taiwo Jaiyeoba
Transportation infrastructure is a critical component to any community’s growth and economic success. Without proper planning and access to a variety of transportation modes, we as individuals – in fact, our region - are limited by what can be achieved. To address these critical needs now – and plan for the future - Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles called for the creation of a mobility task force led by former Mayor Harvey Gantt and comprised of 25 members from across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area who represent business, government, transportation and planning, education, nonprofits and more. In this week’s CLT Alliance Talks, Joe Bost, senior vice president of government affairs, discusses the challenges ahead for the task force with Assistant City Manager, Taiwo Jaiyeoba.
May 27, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Charlotte’s Meteoric Population Growth
The Charlotte Region has added nearly 400,000 people since 2010. Nearly 150,000 of those in the Charlotte city limits elevating the city to 15th largest in the U.S., passing San Francisco, according to Census Bureau data released last week. To find out what that really means Alliance SVP of Economic Research Chuck McShane talked with Brian Landes, JLL’s Carolinas Director of Research, and Ely Portillo, Assistant Director at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. The conversation covered why cities like Charlotte are resilient through crises, why suburbs and small towns in the region continue to grow, and why millennial marketing isn’t just about breweries anymore.
May 19, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: What's in Store for Charlotte Real Estate with Pat Riley, President and CEO, Allen Tate Companies
The Charlotte Region has been one of the hottest real estate markets in the country for the last several years. With highly competitive prices and a steady flow of people moving to Charlotte daily, inventory has been tight. Then came the second week of March and everything changed across the Carolinas. Within just a few weeks, the business as we had known it took a back shelf. Buyers and sellers, as well as realtors, did not want to risk exposure to coronavirus and local departments of health ordered them to shelter at home. Now, seven weeks later, things are beginning to return to the new normal. Business is slowly returning safely. In this week's episode of CLT Alliance Talks, we hear from Pat Riley, CEO and president of Allen Tate Companies, about the challenges facing the real estate industry, what's in store for the future, and if things will ever be the same.
May 12, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: “4C” Leader and Myers & Chapman CEO, Marcus Rabun
At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, construction was deemed an essential business by the county and state so general contractors needed to find a way to keep crews working and safe. Marcus Rabun, CEO of Myers & Chapman Construction and an Ally level member of The Alliance, knew collaboration with other general contractors was going to be the key to success so he quickly organized a virtual group called 4C: The Charlotte Commercial Construction Coalition. We talked with Marcus about what 4C has accomplished over the past eight weeks and what’s next?
May 5, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: CEO Chat with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
From the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, hotels and restaurants were among the hardest hit. With people across the country instructed not to travel and stay-at-home orders issued, the tourism, convention and hospitality sector has been virtually shutting down. Here in Mecklenburg County, the largest hotel chains report a 90 percent drop in business. Across the Charlotte Region, one out of every nine jobs is in the hospitality sector. With the future uncertain, many wonder when will convention traffic resume, and how will we make up all of the lost revenue? Joining us to discuss those questions and much more is Tom Murray, CEO Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. The CRVA manages the Charlotte Convention Center, Spectrum Center, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte Regional Film Commission and Visit Charlotte.
Apr 28, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: The Journey to Northeastern University's First Remote Campus in Charlotte with Dr. Cheryl Richards, CEO & Founding Regional Dean of Northeastern University–Charlotte
Northeastern University made groundbreaking news eight years ago when it was announced that Charlotte would be the site of the school’s first remote campus. Situated in the heart of the city’s business district, Northeastern University- Charlotte has grown to offer more than 40 masters and doctoral degrees, accelerated bachelors, graduate-level certificates, and non-credit programs. The campus serves students across the Southeast U.S. and now offers corporate talent solutions programming that provides customized solutions for employee learning and professional development helping to close talent gaps for employers.
Apr 20, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Improving Community Health with Care Ring's Executive Director Donald Jonas
In this unprecedented time of stay-at-home orders and social distancing, we are all working toward one common goal – to stay healthy. We are encouraged to have our groceries delivered, order take out when possible to help support local restaurants, and contact our health care providers for digital appointments. But, what if you didn’t have the ability to do any of those things? Perhaps you recently lost your job or have struggled to find steady employment. Fortunately, Care Ring, can – and is – helping thousands locally. The organization annually serves more than 7,000 people in Mecklenburg County and is a leader in collaborative efforts to improve community health. Joining us today to talk more about those efforts is Care Ring’s Executive Director Donald Jonas.
Apr 16, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: Behind the Scenes of an HQ Win
Cabarrus Economic Development’s Robby Carney and CLT Alliance Economic Development Recruiters Eileen Cai and Marvin Price discuss what it takes to attract an international company like GoldenHome to open its North American headquarters to the Charlotte Region.
Mar 30, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: CEO Chat with Bank of America
*Charles Bowman*, Charlotte Market President at Bank of America, discusses how the global bank is staying connected with its 150,000 employees working remotely; and relying on crisis preparedness training and past experiences to weather the pandemic. That and more in this week’s edition of CLT Alliance Talks.
Mar 23, 2020
CLT Alliance Talks: CEO Chat with Janet LaBar
Our CEO speaks on the impact of business in the Charlotte Region.