Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS1 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 1 12 CHARLOTTE/MECKLENBURG Charlotte/Mecklenburg BY LYNNE BRANDON Charlotte, also known as the "Queen City," is feeling regal these days. North Carolina's crown jewel is the "Third Fastest Growing Big City in the U.S." The metropolitan city is also the state's largest city and the 17th largest city in the nation with nearly 860,000 (2017 U.S. Census figures). Only two other Top 25 cities – Seattle, Washington and Fort Worth, Texas surpassed Charlotte's growth. Charlotte's sprawl has extended to its suburb towns of Fort Mill, S.C. and the other regional towns of Davidson, Huntersville, Mooresville, and Lake Norman, producing high growth from the proximity to Charlotte. Housing, restaurants and business are booming in the region. A day spent in Charlotte reveals the myriad reasons for visiting and putting down Southern roots in the city that has everything – a robust economy, big-city downtown, exceptional housing, dynamic neighborhood communities and a lifestyle that appeals to all ages. Tourism is big business in the Queen City. Mecklenburg County leads the state in visitor spending by two and a half times the next highest county, Wake County. Visitors spent $5.2 billion in Mecklenburg County (2016 figures). Visitor spending funds the city's most defining and iconic assets – BB&T Ballpark, The Westin Charlotte, Charlotte Convention Center, Levine Center for the Arts, NASCAR Hall of Fame, renovations at Bank of America Stadium, and much more. Companies in Charlotte/Mecklenburg announced the addition of more than 3,200 jobs and more than $74 million in capital investments during the first quarter of 2018. The city and region are headquarters for major health care providers and industries. Charlotte is the third-largest banking center behind New York City and San Francisco, according to research by S&P Global Market Intelligence. And, more than 40,000 people in Charlotte are employed in banking. Banks are based in the Charlotte region with offices in surrounding towns including Lincolnton, Cornelius, York, Mooresville and others. KURZ, a worldwide leader in hot stamping and coating technology, will build its North American headquarters in Huntersville. Headquartered in Germany, KURZ will invest more than $18 million in the new facility. Ernst & Young LLP, one of the largest professional services organizations in the world, will expand in Mecklenburg County creating 375 jobs and investing $8.2 million in Charlotte over the next five years. Charlotte is made up of neighborhoods and communities that are mini-cities complete with beautiful parks and greenways, locally owned restaurants, cozy diners, world-class museums, lively breweries and shopping. Each contributes a colorful thread to the city's unique fabric. Explore the city's 10 neighborhood districts and surrounding towns for a fun afternoon or stay-cation close to home ( Check out NoDa, known as Charlotte's arts district, where musicians, chefs, mixologists and artists congregate. The revival of the former textile mill area and original blue-collar community started in the mid-1980s with an art gallery opening and others followed. Today NoDa (main street North Davidson) offers up plenty of breweries (try the dog friendly The Dog Bar) and more to see and do. The Uptown neighborhood is the heartbeat of the Queen City. Known as Charlotte's city center, Uptown is divided into four wards. Named for its geographic locale, the district's center is at the intersection of Trade and Tryon streets. Uptown (not to be confused with downtown) is where the professionals of the city come out to play in the evening in bars, restaurants, music venues and >> booming business, population, and amenities

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