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CATS hosting Blue Line Extension meeting for local businesses (access required)

The Charlotte Area Transit System on Sept. 10 is hosting a Business Opportunity and Outreach Symposium to give small, socially- or economically- challenged local business an opportunity to hear about publicly-funded contracts available by taking part in the Small Business Enterprise and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise programs.

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Lights! Camera! Eastland? City Council starts negotiations with movie studio developer (access required)

Lights! Camera! Eastland? City Council starts negotiations with movie studio developer <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

CHARLOTTE – The City Council voted unanimously Monday night to begin negotiations with a movie studio developer to redevelop Eastland Mall. Studio Charlotte Development, led by CEO Bert Hesse, has emerged as the city’s preliminary choice for the redevelopment, even if the choice was more by default.

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Deconstructing economic theory (access required)

Traditional economic theory says people follow jobs. In the Queen City over the last four to five years, however, jobs have either decreased or remained relatively stagnant while the city continues to attract migrants, said Bill Graves, assistant professor of economic geography at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Act II, Scene I: City expected to start negotiating with film studio over development at abandoned mall (access required)

Act II, Scene I: City expected to start negotiating with film studio over development at abandoned mall <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

The city’s Economic Development Committee last week made a decision that increased the likelihood of an ambitious $300 million film studio being built on the East Side. The committee, which includes Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon and City Council members Warren Cooksey, David Howard, LaWana Mayfield, and James Mitchell, will recommend on Aug. 26 that the full City Council vote to enter into a memorandum of understanding with Studio Charlotte Development, starting exclusive negotiations with the company.

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