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5:15 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

CIAA Moves To Charlotte (and keeps tournament here)

CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter shot a few hoops with Mayor Patrick Cannon after the press conference. Carpenter announced the CIAA will hold tournaments in Charlotte for at least six more years and will relocate its headquarters to Charlotte in 2016.
Tasnim Shamma

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), an athletic conference of historically black colleges and universities, just wrapped up its ninth basketball tournament this weekend in Charlotte. There was some question whether it would have a tenth year in the city, but CIAA officials said Monday the tournament is staying put. 

The CIAA's contract expired with the city this year and CIAA officials were looking at other cities for a better deal. On Monday, CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter said Charlotte was able to offer one. 

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Local News
2:41 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Sea Life Aquarium Opens At Concord Mills

The Sea Life Charlotte-Concord aquarium had its grand opening on Thursday morning. Construction of the aquarium in the Concord Mills Mall began in the summer of 2013.
Tasnim Shamma

The Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium in the Concord Mills Mall is now open to the public. A couple hundred people gathered for the opening ceremonies on Thursday morning, including nine-year-old Aditi Sengupta. She's been to lots of larger aquariums – including the Georgia aquarium – but she's really excited about Sea Life.

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Local News
9:21 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Charlotte's A Taxing City For Tourists

Credit CRVA

State lawmakers have rebuffed Charlotte officials who hoped to double the local restaurant tax in order to renovate Bank of America Stadium.  Instead, the city will have to rearrange existing restaurant tax revenues to help the Panthers. Visitors to Charlotte may find that good news, since WFAE's Julie Rose reports the city already ranks among the most taxing for tourists.


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Local News
9:26 am
Tue January 29, 2013

DNC Meant $163M For Charlotte-Area Economy

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, Tourism Economics consultant Adam Sacks, CRVA CEO Tom Murray and Charlotte Chamber President Bob Morgan discuss the results of an economic impact study of the DNC in Charlotte.
Credit Julie Rose

An outside study released Monday says the Democratic National Convention pumped $163 million into the Charlotte-area economy – making it the largest tourism event the city's ever held. WFAE's Julie Rose has this analysis of the study.

$163 million is on the low end of the original estimate city officials gave for what the DNC might mean to the Charlotte economy. That's what stands about this economic impact study – typically they're criticized for being way too rosy.

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Local News
7:41 am
Mon January 28, 2013

DNC An Economic Boon Or Bust? Answer Comes Today

Local and DNCC officials at one of many press conferences during the planning stages of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Original estimates placed the economic impact of the DNC in Charlotte between $150 million and $200 million.  We'll know today if it came close. WFAE's Julie Rose reports:

Charlotte tourism officials have been known to over blow predictions of economic impact for various conventions, so they hired an outside firm to come up with a credible number for the DNC. 

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Local News
9:42 am
Tue January 8, 2013

NASCAR Hall of Fame Showing Signs Of Life

The NASCAR Hall of Fame opened to the public in May 2010. It is owned by the City of Charlotte and operated by the CRVA.
Credit ©Sean Busher and NASCAR Hall of Fame

Since the NASCAR Hall of Fame opened in 2010 it has fallen far short of attendance projections and had annual deficits of more than a million dollars. But now, for the first time, CRVA CEO Tom Murray says the Hall of Fame is ahead in something. 

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Charlotte Observer
2:41 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Prosecutors Appeal Dismissal Of Tim Newman's DWI Charge

Tim Newman

  Mecklenburg prosecutors are appealing a judge’s decision to throw out the drunken driving charge against Tim Newman, the former chief executive of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. In a notice of appeal, Assistant District Attorney Emily Kraper wrote that the judge’s decision was “contrary to the law.” “The state contends that there is enough evidence to overcome the motion to dismiss and thereafter prove reasonable suspicion, probable cause and a subsequent conviction of the defendant for the charge of driving while impaired,” the prosecutor wrote in the notice of appeal. Meckl

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Local News
9:40 am
Thu September 13, 2012

CRVA Looks To Outside Firm For 'Credibility' In DNC Study

Inside TWC Arena during the Democratic National Convention.

The City of Charlotte and several tax-payer funded agencies will pay an outside agency about $25,000 to estimate the DNC's boost to the local economy.


It's pretty standard for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority to do a "this is how our economy benefited" estimate after major conventions. It's highly unusual for the CRVA to hire an outside firm to do it.

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