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Old 11-13-2009, 05:02 AM
 
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What programs does Charlotte have in place to draw business to its' city?
How many dollars are available in these programs and how are these programs marketed to business? Who gets the money? Is it enough?

Does Charlotte stand out in any way in aggressively persuing all opportunities that present themselves?

Jobs are going to come from new businesses and perhaps this is the time to put some big dollars behind this effort.

Your thoughts?
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Old 06-10-2010, 02:17 PM
 
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i have lived near charlotte for about two years now. now the local economy seems to be picking up again and lots of people are moving here.
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:09 AM
 
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Our guys are actually doing a good job with this. The Charlotte Chamber along with other groups have been working very hard and have some recent big wins. They do have some local and county money to give companies and the state usually comes in with the really big $$$$. There is usually a new story on this every week in the business journal. The latest is about the company Citco coming to Charlotte because of the efforts of our Chamber and state incentive funds:

Citco Fund Services to add 258 Charlotte jobs - Charlotte Business Journal
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:34 AM
 
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Our guys are actually doing a good job with this. The Charlotte Chamber along with other groups have been working very hard and have some recent big wins. They do have some local and county money to give companies and the state usually comes in with the really big $$$$. There is usually a new story on this every week in the business journal. The latest is about the company Citco coming to Charlotte because of the efforts of our Chamber and state incentive funds:

Citco Fund Services to add 258 Charlotte jobs - Charlotte Business Journal
There are a number of state sources of funding. City of Kings Mountain has been tapping into a variety of them, quite successfully. This, of course, helps Charlotte, because when people out here get a local job, it keeps them out of the jobs in Charlotte.

The weekly Kings Mountain Herald has been documenting the local stuff here, but they are not online, so I could post information from the Gaston Gazzette or Shelby Star, but they don't have the details on funding sources (Some of which are not available to Charlotte)
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Old 06-11-2010, 01:08 PM
 
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So if the new economic model is to tax the few workers that are left to bring jobs to the area, then.....
  • If they spend X tax dollars to get Y jobs then.... Why not spend 100X to get 100Y? How about 1000 or a million and so forth? If Y is good then a billion times Y is better, right?

Oh well. I don't expect any real answers to that. Lets look at the results of all that spending so far. This is from the BLS for Mecklenburg county.

April 09 - 45,774 Unemployed
April 10 - 46,601 Unemployed

April 09 - 408,228 Employed
April 10 - 414,804 Employed <-includes census workers
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Old 06-11-2010, 01:30 PM
 
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A) A lot of the new jobs haven't started yet
B) What would the numbers be without the program?
C) It's a small number of jobs vs the total employment pool
D) This is the new reality. Not having this sort of incentive program puts us at a disadvantage vs other cities and regions - like it or not.
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Old 06-11-2010, 01:49 PM
 
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A) A lot of the new jobs haven't started yet
B) What would the numbers be without the program?
C) It's a small number of jobs vs the total employment pool
D) This is the new reality. Not having this sort of incentive program puts us at a disadvantage vs other cities and regions - like it or not.
True, many jobs have not started.

To get the real numbers, you'd have to look at all of the towns in the whole metro.

Everytime that a job is created where I am, it's one less person looking in Charlotte, or Gastonia, etc. It's the old Domino theory, revisited. Right now, where I am, the most visible sign of the incentive money is that construction people ar getting back to work, or will be soon. Between the power plant, the paper plant, & several other projects that I know of, it has to come to close to 1000 construction jobs, give or take a few. That doesn't fix the mess, but it's a start.
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