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Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
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4 days ago
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 Studio 229 on Brevard, Dr. Willie Keaton of Restorative Justice and Gwen Jackson, of community engagement group Urbane Environments.
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
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
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 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 with CRVA CEO Tom Murray
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
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 with Care Ring 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
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
CEO Chat: Bank of America’s Response to COVID-19
*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
CEO Chat: Regional Business Impact of COVID-19
Our CEO speaks on the impact of business in the Charlotte Region.