Positive PR Begins To Roll In For Charlotte, DNC
Charlotte leaders hope the 2012 Democratic National Convention generates a lot of positive publicity for the city. Charlotte certainly got it in this CNN piece, Why the DNC is good for Charlotte. The story gives the strong impression that great things are already happening in Charlotte because of the convention. CNN's Tom Foreman reports: The city is touting improvements to transit, education, the business climate and quality of life, and it's already working. Some old stalled projects have started up again, and new ones are appearing. The energy giant Siemens, for example, is expanding its huge turbine plant here by a thousand jobs. For the record, the Siemens expansions were announced in May of 2009 and March of 2010, well before Charlotte was even a finalist to host the convention. The story makes no mention of CMS' $100 million budget shortfall and the hundreds of layoff notices that have gone out to teachers. You can watch the entire story here.