CHARLOTTE — Amazon nixed Charlotte’s $270 million economic incentives package, snubbing the Queen City in the process. But with the announcement of four major economic development initiatives in the past four weeks that are set to add as many as 2,715 good paying jobs to the economy, the Queen City intends to cultivate a strong workforce to attract and retain companies and skilled individuals.
Companies expand in locations where they can either find talent or attract talent to join the region, said Tracy Dodson, assistant city manager for the City of Charlotte.
“If you build a great city, and you build a great region, you attract the talent and you retain the talent,” said Dodson. “When there’s a city within a region where people want to live, companies can thrive, and their employees can thrive.”
And Charlotte appears to be attracting and retaining talent, with the region growing at nearly 14 percent since 2010, ranking among the top 35 fastest-growing cities by population in 2017 by the U.S. Census Bureau.
That’s more than 300,000 people that have relocated to Charlotte in seven years, and the Queen City nets roughly 60 new residents per day. And that’s good for Charlotte, said Dodson, and good for companies that are expanding or looking to relocate to the region.
“People want to be here,” said Dodson. “We’re trying to leverage that with companies.”
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Source: WRAL Tech Wire