Public Conversations

Charlotte: On the way to becoming...? You tell
1:00 pm
Fri August 28, 2009

Charlotte: On the way to becoming...? Lake Norman

What is Charlotte on the way to becoming? We figure it's a good time to ask that question since things have slowed down a bit after several years of explosive growth. WFAE is hosting a town hall forum on Charlotte's future next week at Spirit Square. We also sent our reporters to different communities to get a better sense of what people think of the Charlotte area today, and where it's going. Here's what some folks in the Lake Norman area had to say. Tell us what you think Charlotte is becoming in the comments below.

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Charlotte: On the way to becoming...? You tell us
1:00 pm
Thu August 27, 2009

Charlotte: On the way to becoming...? Concord

This week, we've been hearing residents of different communities say what they think of Charlotte today, and where it's going. We're bringing you these comments in advance of a forum WFAE is sponsoring called "Charlotte: On the Way to Becoming...?" Today, we hear from people in the Concord area, beginning with a future resident of the city. Share your thoughts on Charlotte's future in the comments below.

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Charlotte: On the way to becoming...? You tell us
1:00 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

Charlotte: On the way to becoming...? East Charlotte

Our reporters have been hitting the streets to learn what some of you think of Charlotte today, and where it's going. We've been airing some of these comments this week on Morning Edition in advance of a forum WFAE is sponsoring called "Charlotte: On the way to becoming...?" Today, we hear from residents in the east Charlotte area.

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Charlotte: On the way to becoming...? You tell us
1:00 pm
Tue August 25, 2009

Charlotte: On the way to becoming...? West Charlotte and Gastonia

All this week on Morning Edition, we're hearing about the future of Charlotte. We sent our reporters to different communities in the area: Rich, poor, middle class; urban and suburban. We bring you these comments in advance of a Public Conversation WFAE will host next Tuesday, September 1, called "Charlotte: On the way to becoming...?" Today, we hear from residents of west Charlotte and Gastonia. Tell us what your thoughts are on Charlotte's future in the comment section below.

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Charlotte: On the way to becoming...? You tell us
1:00 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Charlotte: On the way to becoming...? You tell us

Next Tuesday, September 1, WFAE will host a Public Conversation on Charlotte's future. The event will also serve as a Charlotte Talks program. We're calling "Charlotte: On the way to becoming...?"

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What's Up with the Charlotte Economy?
1:00 pm
Fri July 31, 2009

What's Up with the Charlotte Economy?

This panel discussion addressed the state of the economy in the Charlotte region. We also explored current conditions and the future outlook for the Charlotte area's real estate market, and how the housing market interacts with the region's overall economy. Panelists also addressed what a "post-recession" economy in the region might look like.

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Gauging Charlotte's place in the economy
1:00 pm
Thu July 30, 2009

Gauging Charlotte's place in the economy

The economy has seen some encouraging signs lately. Home sales in the Charlotte region are starting to pick up and the DOW is now back over 9,000.

But some unsettling signs continue. Unemployment continues to rise. The Charlotte region is now at 12.4 percent unemployment.

WFAE's Public Conversation series addressed these issues last night at a forum that examined Charlotte's place in the economy and what a recovery might look like here.

WFAE's Lisa Miller has more:

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The Dad Factor
1:00 pm
Fri June 26, 2009

The Dad Factor

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WFAE's Public Conversations series hosted "The Dad Factor." It addressed the role of fathers in family and community life. And explored problems and challenges that can occur in homes and communities when dads are missing from the family structure. The Public Conversation also highlighted programs and services in the Charlotte area that are designed to strengthen the influence of fathers and provide mentoring for children whose fathers are absent from the home.

Building a Biotech Economy
1:00 pm
Fri May 8, 2009

Building a Biotech Economy

WFAE hosted a Public Conversation on Building a Biotech Economy. The panel discussion explored the economic aspects of the Charlotte region's emerging biotech sector including economic development strategies, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, and the role of biotech research. Listen to the discussion and join the continuing online conversation at The Watercooler.

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Hundreds seek advice on job-hunting
1:00 pm
Mon March 16, 2009

Hundreds seek advice on job-hunting

Several hundred people attended workshops today to learn how to distinguish themselves in a tight job market.

The event, called Resources for Changing Times, was held at Central Piedmont Community College's campus in West Charlotte.

Most of those who attended were recently laid-off professionals or people who expect to lose their job.

They networked, and asked a lot of questions of employers and human resources 0professionals. Paul Santos of CPCC had this advice:

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