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University City Partners: Building a Community

We invest resources in shaping public spaces and planning for a better-built environment because we know that the University City landscape influences the way we live, work, play and learn.

We also put resources into inviting others to invest in this place, whether it’s a headquarters or home. But building University City hasn’t only been about new development, new businesses, and new road & transit infrastructure.

It’s about building relationships… and building a community.

About University City Partners:  Charlotte, NC

Mission and Vision

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 enjoying leisure time. It will become a premier employment center in the region with sophisticated infrastructure and attractive amenities.

The organization concentrates resources in these three 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 in University City

Planning &

UCP is dedicated to creating and sustaining places and spaces that build a stronger and more vibrant University City. Working in partnership with many others, we work to physically improve the built environment of our community and access to it.

Our work includes planning and implementation strategy for land use, green and open space, road, highway and rail infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and investment in the public realm.

Recruiting & Retaining Business in University City

Recruiting &
Retaining Business

UCP recruits and retains businesses to University City because to sustain and grow a vibrant and healthy community we need diverse and thriving businesses. Working with commercial real estate professionals and economic development partners, we market University City investment and business opportunities. We also serve and advocate for our businesses and their operating needs to support our business growth and continued success.

Our work includes gathering actionable research, data and market information to share and support sale and leasing efforts. We present information to local, regional and state partners and site selectors to continue to market the University City district and its opportunities.

Marketing & Communication in University City

Marketing &

UCP markets and brands University City through advertising, printed collateral, signage, social media to promote an accurate and clearly defined image of University City. We invite the broader community to explore and enjoy University City through events, activities, entertainment and cultural destinations.

UCP communicates to our many publics through email newsletters, presentations and meetings. We convene stakeholder groups to share information, identify partnerships that support our mission and strategic plan, and identify and address issues and opportunities.

Operations & Governance in University City

& Governance

UCP implements the best non-profit practices for governance and operations. We operate and govern with transparency and accountability by:

  • (1) maintaining a highly engaged board and committees and empowering them with information to make strategic decisions,

    (2) developing an annual budget to accomplish strategic goals, and

    (3) hiring and retaining talented staff.

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