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Bryant's Travels Concern Charlotte Regional Partnership Committee

Members of the Charlotte Regional Partnership don't have a problem with the concept of "regionalism" that CEO Ronnie Bryant often emphasizes. They just don't like the amount of time he spends discussing the topic outside the Charlotte region, according to this report in the Charlotte Business Journal (subscription needed to access entire story). The complaints come from the CRP's Economic Development Advisory Committee, which is comprised of representatives of the CRP's 16-member counties. The committee's chairman confirmed the complaints, but members would only speak at length on condition of anonymity. "If you run an organization, there shouldn't be enough room for that sort of thing," one member said to the Business Journal. The story by Ken Elkins reports that Bryant's schedule in recent months has included speaking engagements in Lincoln, Neb.; Biloxi, Miss.; and Johnson City, Tenn. His contract also allows him to teach 10 days a year at the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute, the CBJ report says. Bryant says his travels help Charlotte, according to the report. "It's a feather in Charlotte's cap. My national visibility has helped Charlotte. I'm synonymous with Charlotte," Bryant tells the CBJ. Bryant gets paid honoraria for his speeches, but wouldn't reveal the amounts. "It's not your business," he told the CBJ, noting that he gives speeches on personal time. Bryant makes $258,522 as CEO. http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/print-edition/2011/08/26/recruiters-want-stay-at-home.html