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How confident are businesses about Charlotte? New confidence index to provide answer

BusinessFirst, the business-retention program of the city and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, is seeking businesses to participate in its first ever confidence index survey to measure the economic climate in the city and Mecklenburg County. The Urban Institute at ...

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Foreign firms fuel Charlotte’s economy (access required)

When Hochdorf, Germany-based Single Temperature Controls approached Michael Bloomhuff in 2008 with an offer to take over as national sales manager and open a U.S. subsidiary, he immediately chose Charlotte as his base of operations. Bloomhuff, who was living in ...

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Four industries seen as key to diversifying Charlotte’s economy (access required)

While the seeds were already planted, the recession and the tremors it sent through the financial sector helped pave the way for new industries in Charlotte. Although the city is still known as a banking capital, some expect those new ...

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James’ divisive comments raise worries about economic impact (access required)

Bill James could be bad for business in Mecklenburg County. At least that’s the concern of some in Charlotte. James, a Republican representing District 6, has been one of Mecklenburg County’s most polarizing and talked-about politicians, offending blacks, gays and ...

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Duke merger expected to power energy hub plans

Duke Energy’s planned merger with Raleigh-based Progress Energy will energize the Queen City’s plans to become an energy capital, Charlotte officials said. This morning, Charlotte-based Duke said it is merging with Progress, in a $26 billion deal that will create ...

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Foxx appointment riles committee members (access required)

It was Sept. 16, the night before his first Business Advisory Committee meeting as chairman, that Eric Dudley received a call from Kevin Monroe, assistant to Mayor Anthony Foxx, saying that there had been a mistake. “He said there had ...

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