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Neighboring counties forecast busy 2010
Projects, investment push growth beyond borders of Mecklenburg By Becky Bergman CHARLOTTE — Despite a housing fallout and a weak job market, local officials in Gaston, Cabarrus, Iredell and Union counties share a long-term vision for economic development in 2010: growth, expansion and prosperity as the need for warehouse, manufacturing, office, retail and distribution space flourishes. Businesses tied to racing, manufacturing, finance, energy and healthcare are fueling a demand for commercial space in the five counties surrounding the Charlotte metro region. While eight Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Charlotte, another 326 have offices in nearby counties, according to a quarterly report published by commercial real estate consultants NAI Global.