Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

Janet LaBar
Charlotte Regional Business Alliance

The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance has named its first CEO.  Janet LaBar comes to Charlotte from Portland, Oregon, where she leads that area's regional business recruiting organization.  

Carolina Energy players and dance team members joined coach Ervin Bryson (right) at a press conference Thursday at the Charlotte Chamber.
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Charlotte now has another professional football team -  but it's unlike anything you'd see in the NFL.  The Carolina Energy will begin play next month indoors, in the newly formed American Arena League.

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One HB 2 related boycott has come to an end. The NCAA announced Tuesday North Carolina can again host championship events. However, the league wrote the decision was a "reluctant one."

College sports do bring big money to the state. But have nowhere near the economic impact of boycotts by business.

Charlotte Council Removes HB 2 From Agenda

May 23, 2016

The economic impact of HB 2 was put on tonight's city council agenda early this afternoon. The topic was taken off the agenda about four hours later. The city issued the following statement at about 4:40 p.m.

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Charlotte business leaders met in Ballantyne Friday to discuss transportation issues, including failing infrastructure and funding shortfalls. But the number one topic of conversation was a specific tax carve-out for American Airlines. 

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By a 6-5 vote, the Charlotte City Council rejected an expansion of Charlotte's non-discrimination ordinance. WFAE's Tom Bullock and Gwendolyn Glenn  covered Monday's meeting and protests. Both will have stories on Morning Edition.

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Leaders of some of the region’s largest companies have high hopes for the coming year. At the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook luncheon, CEOs of Bank of America and Duke Energy, among others, discussed the state of the economy, gas prices, health care, and regulation.


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A major off-shoring company is expanding in North Carolina and receiving state incentives to do so. Last month, the North Carolina Governor’s Office announced Cognizant Technology Solutions, a Fortune 500 company, would create 500 high-paying jobs in North Carolina, including opening a new office in Charlotte.

A November referendum to raise Mecklenburg County’s sales tax a quarter of a cent has yet to get support from a big booster:  the Charlotte Chamber.  The Chamber says it’s not against the purpose of the increase:  using the generated money to pay for raises for CMS employees and to help prop up the area’s struggling arts and science centers. Rather, it says more discussion is needed on finding specific funding options. So, the Chamber is staying out of the referendum debate. Mecklenburg County Commissioner Dumont Clarke, a referendum supporter, says a Chamber-funded campaign would have helped pass the sales tax hike, but he remains confident.


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 If driving down I-77 is part of your daily commute, you’ll probably agree a solution is needed for the growing congestion on the interstate. North Carolina’s Department of Transportation intends to add toll lanes to ease traffic and potentially provide the state with extra income. But as the plan enters its final stages, the state is experiencing some significant pushback.


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The company behind Bubble Wrap is popping in nearly 1,300 jobs in Charlotte. Sealed Air Corporation announced Wednesday it's moving its headquarters here from New Jersey. The Fortune 500 company could eventually get more than $41 million in state and local incentives.

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The economy in Charlotte and North Carolina as a whole next year will be like a NASCAR race under a caution flag – it’ll move forward, but not too fast. That was the message from executives at the Charlotte Chamber’s annual economic outlook conference Monday.


Charlotte Sees Boom In Chinese Businesses

May 9, 2013
Carolinas Chinese Chamber of Commerce

  Chinese business people from across the Carolinas will gather in Charlotte Saturday evening to celebrate the rapid growth of the Carolinas Chinese Chamber of Commerce and crown an inaugural set of award recipients. 


Chinese IT Firm Calls Charlotte Home, Adds 200 Jobs

Apr 23, 2013
Tasnim Shamma

 One of China's largest IT consulting firms, Pactera, announced Monday it's adding 200 jobs in Charlotte over the next few years and making the city its U.S. headquarters.


Duke CEO: Don't Fear The Fiscal Cliff

Dec 17, 2012
Julie Rose

The Charlotte business community gathered Monday for a diagnostic take on the U.S. economy from the city's top industries. Executives of Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Duke Energy, Nucor and Premier health care alliance offered a grim picture of slow growth and high unemployment. 

If the U.S. economy had a life coach, every pep-talk these days would be along the lines of "Look pal, you gotta 'Fake it 'til you make it.' Confidence breeds success.  All this worry is bringing you down."

Belk Boosting HQ Headcount 10%

Dec 7, 2012
Belk

Belk is boosting employment at its Charlotte headquarters by about 10 percent thanks to the popularity of online shopping. 

The 150 jobs Belk plans to add at its corporate headquarters are "management-level" and focused mainly on e-commerce, says spokeswoman Jessica Graham.

"Our online site, Belk.com has been growing tremendously - it's the fastest growing area of our business right now," says Graham.

McCrory Speaks To Charlotte Chamber Of Commerce

Nov 28, 2012
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North Carolina’s next governor, Pat McCrory, spoke Tuesday night at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting in Uptown. It was one of McCrory’s first public appearances since the election.

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Half the Charlotte City Council, the mayor and a couple of Mecklenburg County Commissioners are headed to New York City Monday for the Charlotte Chamber’s Inter City visit.

The Charlotte Chamber’s annual trip to another city is typically a rite of spring. But back in May, airplane problems made most participants miss their flight for a scheduled visit to London.

“New York was our second choice,” says Charlotte Chamber President Bob Morgan. So that’s where he’s headed Tuesday with about 100 local business leaders and public officials.