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Local News
9:35 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Bill Would Eliminate A Tool Neighbors Have To Fight Zoning Changes

Updated 7/26/13: The regulatory bill that lawmakers ended up passing, left out eliminating protest petitions. 

In North Carolina neighbors can oppose development projects that require rezonings by filing something called a protest petition.  That means the rezoning requires a three-fourths vote on the city council, not just a simple majority.  A bill that would eliminate those kinds of petitions has passed the state house. 


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Economic Update With John Connaughton

According to frequent guest, UNC Charlotte Economics Professor John Connaughton, the economy is on the upswing in almost every sector. Interest rates may be on the rise and the housing industry, at least in Charlotte, is really heating up. We'll look at all of those factors to see if this is a temporary jump or if the economy may be on the rise for the foreseeable future, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Charlotte Region/China Connection

  Last month, mayors from North Carolina and Alabama cities and towns visited China to learn about ways that their municipalities can do business with China. Mayor Jill Swain of Huntersville came home with new knowledge and optimism about a future tie with China and our region. Now officials from China are visiting the Charlotte region to learn more about opportunities here. But this isn't just an isolated potential relationship. Business with China is on the rise in North Carolina and throughout the South. We'll talk with Chinese and Charlotte area officials about why the south and our region are attractive to Chinese business people and what kinds of ties may be formed in the future, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
8:29 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Charlotte Sees Boom In Chinese Businesses

Members of the Carolinas Chinese Chamber of Commerce celebrate with local officials in 2012.
Credit Carolinas Chinese Chamber of Commerce

  Chinese business people from across the Carolinas will gather in Charlotte Saturday evening to celebrate the rapid growth of the Carolinas Chinese Chamber of Commerce and crown an inaugural set of award recipients. 


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Small Town Economic Development

Belmont, North Carolina

As Charlotte grows, so too do surrounding towns and cities. Small farming communities or sleepy textile mill towns have transformed into independent, vibrant towns with their own identities - how did they get there? Many people work in Charlotte but live all over the metro area. What makes those towns and cities home? How do they maintain their own identities and preserve their histories without being absorbed as another outlying suburb of Charlotte? We'll look at the unique challenges towns face, their relationship with the city of Charlotte and the state and find out how they distinguish themselves. How do small towns like Belmont, Matthews and Huntersville creatively stimulate economic growth? We'll find out from the people responsible for their growth and success in a wide-ranging conversation about smart growth, development, town identity and more, when Charlotte Talks.

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Business
11:27 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Chinese IT Firm Calls Charlotte Home, Adds 200 Jobs

Pactera, an IT consulting firm based in Beijing announced today that it will add 200 jobs and make Charlotte its U.S. headquarters. During the announcement at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, they presented a video in Mandarin with English subtitles.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

 One of China's largest IT consulting firms, Pactera, announced Monday it's adding 200 jobs in Charlotte over the next few years and making the city its U.S. headquarters.


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Business
5:21 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Foreign Investment Created 7,000 NC Jobs In 2011

North Carolina created more jobs in 2011 through out-of-state and international investment than any other place in the U.S., according to an annual report IBM produces for clients.


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Local News
2:16 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

City Selects Finalists To Revive Eastland Mall

Charlotte Development and Investment Manager Peter Zeiler (l) gives interested parties a tour of the vacant Eastland Mall in January.
Credit Julie Rose

The City of Charlotte has identified three finalists to breathe life into the now-vacant Eastland Mall and surrounding area.  

The Eastland Mall will not become a doll factory or a multi-generational healthy living community. Those are two of four proposals the city rejected in the first stage of selecting a suitor to remake the 80-acre site on Central Avenue in east Charlotte. But it's still not entirely clear what all three finalists to develop the property have in mind.

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Local News
9:18 am
Thu February 21, 2013

No Decision On City Manager As Council Stays Up Late Discussing Candidates

Ron Carlee

The Charlotte City Council stalled Wednesday night in the final stage of its search for a new city manager. 

The Council stayed in a closed session until past midnight, deliberating on which of three remaining candidates will take over what’s arguably the city’s most powerful job.

After four hours of debate, the council had no decision to report.

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