About University City Partners

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University City Partners (UCP) is a nonprofit organization that invests resources to shape public spaces and plans for a better-built environment that influences the way we live, work, play and learn in University City. University City Partners invites others to invest in the community by way of a headquarters, small to mid-size business, real estate, or home. Building University City is not only about developing the landscape. It is about building relationships and a stronger forward moving community.


We envision and implement strategies and actions to drive University City’s long-term economic vitality as a center for employment, living, education, commerce, and entertainment.

Our vision is for Charlotte’s University City to be a vibrant place that is urban in scale and design. It will be energized by transit and will be a popular and accessible destination offering diverse and unique choices for living, shopping, working, learning and leisure. It will become a premier employment center in the region with sophisticated infrastructure and attractive amenities.

Recruit, Retain, Grow

The organization concentrates resources in these four key areas: planning and development, economic development and marketing and communications. As a catalyst, facilitator and thought leader, University City Partners promotes public/private partnerships to create and sustain the economic vitality of University City.

Planning & Development

Marketing & Communications

Operations & Governance


University Research Park

Envisioned in the 1960s to lure technology and research centric businesses to Charlotte that would support the growth and development of UNC Charlotte, University Research Park Board of Directors were visionaries that built the reality we have today in the University Research Park (URP). URP is a thriving center of employment that has advanced the growth of UNC.

Charlotte as well as the development of University City. University Research Park, Inc. fully transitioned the management of URP to University City Partners in 2015. University City Partners is committed to timely and informative communication, financial transparency, responsible investment and exemplary service to URP. Property owners may make their annual assessment payments here.

Community Partners

Our partners are changemakers. They put their money where their mouths are, and they are not afraid of taking risks to create outsized impact. Partnerships can serve to strengthen, support, and even transform a community, resulting in improved program quality, more efficient use of resources, and better alignment of goals and curricula.

University City Partners values our partners as they help get the word out on events and they serve to strengthen, support, and even transform relationships with the community.

The Team

Tobe Holmes, Interim Executive Director

Janelle Goodrich, Project Manager

Todd ‘TJ’ Doane, Planning & Development Analyst


UNC Charlotte’s New Indigenous Peoples’ Memorial Unveiled 

UNC Charlotte Indigenous Peoples’ Memorial On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 11, UNC Charlotte held a ceremony to reveal their new memorial honoring the indigenous people and the history of the land the campus is on.  This comes a year after Charlotte formally...

Calling All Niners!

  Calling All Niners!   This year’s Niner Nation Week takes place from October 31 through November 7! It is a mixture of the traditional Homecoming and Family Weekend events, combined with new events to bring the Charlotte community together. Not only can...

Local Startup Incubator Receives Grant from Jordan Brand

  City Startup Labs The Charlotte accelerator and incubator for Black millennial founders, City Startup Labs (CSL), was one of 18 organizations in the US to receive $37K from Jordan Brand. Henry Rock, the founder of CSL has said the money will go towards their...

Charlotte Kids Fest Rescheduled

The Charlotte Kids Fest The annual festival enjoyed by those under the age of 10 on the campus of UNC Charlotte has rescheduled its in-person event to the Spring of 2022. Organizers look forward to delivering another dynamic in-person festival. Until then, check out...

The Red Carpet Dining Experience

Paparazzi CLT Charlotte native, Monetz Watson is opening an all-in-one dining, bar, and nightlife experience in the University City. Paparazzi CLT, located on Pinnacle Drive, will include selfie walls, photo booths, fire pits, 54” TVs showing games, and daiquiri...

Fall Weather, Local Produce, and Live Music!

The University City Farmers Market Whether you’re in the mood for a shot of espresso from The Drip Joint or pampering your K9 with treats from Kam’s Kitchen, the University City Farmers Market has you covered until the end of November. Be sure to stop by on Saturdays...

We’re Back…with a Vision!

University City Vision Plan – Connecting: People. Places. Nature. The growth and development being realized in University City is nothing short of transformational.  Major investments in transportation and mobility infrastructure, thousands of new rooftops, new...

Newsletter editor Rich Haag says thanks and bye

By Rich Haag. This newsletter marks my end of 13 years spent helping University City Partners share our community's good news and big dreams. Like many of you, I invested my own heart and treasure in University City. I leave this post feeling satisfied with my...

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve expansion touches 3 schools

Two public schools and the CPCC Cato Campus have gained important access to a great learning resource, thanks to Mecklenburg County’s recent purchase of 100 acres for the planned Reedy Creek Greenway. The new addition to Reedy Creek Nature Preserve adjoins Northeast...

Concerts, races, football and fans returning to University City’s big outdoor venues

Big crowds and fast cars and trucks all roared at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Memorial Day weekend, thanks to the statewide lifting of most COVID-19 restrictions on outdoor events. If public health stays good, expect many more big shows and crowds this year at...