Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL1ISS1 2017

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 1 — ISSUE 1 10 CHARLOTTE LIVING Charlotte Living BY LYNNE BRANDON Charlotte is having a moment these days. The town built on trade (hence the name of the main artery in Uptown called Trade Street) continues to scale new heights on the ground and with mile-high big-city skyscrapers. The Queen City is riding high in every category these days, and industries and residents are clamoring for a piece of the Charlotte pie. Like many cities, Charlotte has a story behind its name. The city credits its name to Queen Charlotte, wife of England's King George III, and the county's name to her birthplace of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The upstart town quickly obtained city status with its first discovery of gold in America (1799). It was a baby step in establishing the city as a financial center. Charlotte quickly became the gold mining capital of the country and maintained its ranking until the California Gold Rush. By 1903, thanks to the cotton textile industry, the Charlotte area found its footing as a textile manufacturing leader. These early beginnings put Charlotte on the path to being a financial and manufacturing center. Today, Charlotte enjoys a vibrant economy that encompasses many industry sectors. Charlotte is North Carolina's largest city and the nation's 17th largest city. The city is strategically located on the eastern seaboard and is only a two-hour plane ride from 53 percent of the U.S. population. North Carolina's mountains are a mere two-hour drive while the Atlantic coast beaches can be reached in less than four hours. Transportation and distribution are big business in the mega city. Air transportation is first class at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, one of the world's busiest airports and the second largest hub for American Airlines. CLT flies to more than 150 destinations including direct to Havana, Cuba. Charlotte is a distribution center due to its central location on the east coast. Cities the size of Charlotte rely on public transportation. The Charlotte Transportation Center, located near the Spectrum Center in uptown serves as the main hub for all bus routes and the LYNX Blue Line light rail line, the region's first light rail service. Running every 10 minutes in peak periods, LYNX offers rides from the farthest station to the City Center. Later in the year an addition to the line will connect uptown and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. (The new line will reduce travel time from UNC Charlotte's main campus to Uptown Charlotte to 22 minutes.) More than 25,000 daily riders are expected on the LYNX Blue Line Extension light rail by 2035. Otherwise, residents rely on the exalted automobile, walking or cycling to work. Busy professionals and weekend warriors let Uber do the driving. It's no secret that companies like doing business in North Carolina and the state claimed the top spot in Site Selection magazine's listing of the most competitive states for economic development in 2015. The magazine also ranked North Carolina second on the list of best business climates in the North America. The city's high quality of life, reasonable cost of living, world-class arts, major league sports, and educational and advancement opportunities attract employers and a talented workforce from across the country and globally. A pro-business environment entices banking, energy and other industry giants that have located one or more facilities within the region. The Charlotte region is headquarters to many Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies including Bank of America, Duke Energy, grocers (Harris Teeter, Food Lion), Cheerwine and Lowe's Home Improvement Stores, among others. >> vibrant, bustling, entertaining

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