Some Things You May Not Know About Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Next year at this time, the Charlotte region will be beamed around the world as it hosts the 2012 Democratic Convention.
What will the world see? To begin the introductions before 35,000 visitors arrive for the week of Sept. 3, 2012, the Charlotte Chamber, Charlotte Regional Partnership and Charlotte Center City Partners have assembled a few facts – a dozen things you may not know about North Carolina’s largest city and surrounding counties.
Fly (Almost) Anywhere – Our airport (CLT), the world’s fastest growing outside Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, is the seventh busiest nationwide with nonstop service to 138 destinations and 697 daily departures; we handle more passengers than LaGuardia or Reagan National and are one connection away from virtually anywhere in the world.
Can You Say Trillions? - We’re the nation’s second largest banking and financial center, behind only New York, with $2.3 trillion in assets; home to Bank of America headquarters and Wells Fargo East Coast headquarters, plus newcomers like Ally Financial and Capgemini.
We’re High Energy – The Charlotte region is an emerging national energy hub, home of Duke Energy, soon-to-be the nation’s largest electric utility company, plus Piedmont Natural Gas and major presences by ABB, Shaw, Siemens, Toshiba, Westinghouse, URS and more.
Getting Down To Business – Our region is headquarters to 10 Fortune 500 companies, including Lowe’s, Nucor, Family Dollar and more; we’ve been ranked as the nation’s second best city for entrepreneurs.
Location, Location, Location – We’re strategically located in the center of the East Coast, within a two-hour plane ride and one day’s drive to more than half of the nation’s population.
A Young Crowd – Our lively entertainment in the Center City, the NC Music Factory, NoDa and South End make us one of the nation’s top magnets for educated young people; we’re home to 41 colleges and universities.
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? – We’re a global community with 950 foreign-owned firms, including 195 from Germany.
Put Down Roots – A lifestyle balanced between work and play attracts and retains newcomers; we’re ranked as one of America’s most livable cities, with housing costs 80 percent of the national average and a four-season climate with an annual mean high temperature of 72 degrees.
All Sports, All The Time – Our fans have the NFL, NBA, NASCAR, AAA baseball, AHL hockey, MLL Lacrosse, the U.S. Whitewater Center, ACC Championship, Belk Bowl – and 36 golf courses, including Quail Hollow, home of the annual Wells Fargo Championship and the PGA Championship in 2017.
Food To Die For – We’re home to Johnson & Wales University and offer a diverse group of restaurants from our chicken (Bojangles started here or try Price’s Chicken Coop), BBQ (Mac’s Speed Shop: Beer, Bikes, BBQ) or fine dining in Ballantyne, the Center City or SouthPark – or just have a snack from Snyder’s-Lance (they’re based here, too).
Beyond the Stereotype - We’re a cultured bunch, frequenting the symphony, theater, opera, dance and art museums, including the newly opened four-venue Levine Center for the Arts.
Nothing Could Be Finer – We’re the gateway to the Carolinas, only two hours to the Blue Ridge Mountains and three hours to the best Atlantic Coast beaches.
For more information about the Charlotte region, visit charlottechamber.com, charlotteusa.com and charlottecentercity.org.
SOURCE Charlotte Region PR Campaign