Fast growing Yodle comes to URP Cambridge Center

Online ad and marketing company targets small business If you haven’t heard the name Yodle until now, get used to it. One of the fastest growing advertising and marketing companies in the U.S. recently moved its 120-employee Charlotte operation into the Cambridge Corporate Center in University Research Park  and announced plans to quickly grow that number to 250. The NY-based company’s niche: local online marketing for the little guys. Founder Nathaniel Stevens launched Yodle just eight years ago while still in college and managing online marketing for his father’s car dealership in New England. His idea was to use emerging online tools to give small businesses a better way to connect with their potential customers. Today the company has more than 1,100 employees in six offices including New York City and Charlotte and a string of honors for its rapid rise. Among them, Inc. Magazine’s recent ranking of Yodle as the No. 1 job creator in New York State and top job creator nationwide for the advertising and marketing industry. Yodle’s Charlotte office opened in 2007. The company held a ribbon cutting of its new URP offices on Oct. 15. Most of the company’s current employees in Charlotte handle sales and client services, as will most of the new hires here. “Yodle is making this investment in Charlotte because of the availability of strong qualified talent and the friendly economic climate cultivated by the city,” CEO Court Cunningham said in a news release. “We are committed to capitalizing on a significant opportunity in the local online marketing space and our expansion in Charlotte will play a critical role in...

Run like Rudolph through the University Research Park

Fun 5K/10K on Saturday will benefit Brain Tumor Fund for the Carolinas You can win three ways at the inaugural Run Run Rudolph 5K/10K race this Saturday in University Research Park: Finish first in either race OR win the crowd’s loudest applause as “best seasonally dressed” male or female runner. Win or lose, you’ll help a great cause, the Brain Tumor Fund For the Carolinas. The event is the brainchild of Neal Boyd, who organizes many bike and running races around the Carolinas. “It’s just a fun way of keeping people active around the holidays and raising money for a good cause,” Neal says. The good cause – the Brain Tumor Fund for the Carolinas – is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of the impact of brain tumors and to providing support for the development of treatment strategies and cooperative biomedical research related to brain tumors in the Charlotte region. This weekend’s race fun includes the costume competition, with the winners receiving a $50 gift certificate from University City’s Run For Your Life store at the Arbors. Hang around after the race to enjoy hot chocolate with friends and family. There will also be vendors, festive music and the awards ceremony. Everyone who pre-registers will get a long-sleeve race T-shirt. Some shirts will also be available on a first-come first-served basis if you register on Saturday morning. Free candy canes to all finishers, too! Helping stage the event are Run For Your Life and presenting sponsor Peak 10, which is providing the event staging area at its facility at 10101 David Taylor Drive. Neal says the...

AREVA toasts its new North American HQ

Public officials and representatives of AREVA cut the ceremonial ribbon on Oct 3 at Innovation Park to mark the official opening of AREVA Inc.’s North American headquarters in Charlotte, N.C, unveiling a vibrant, new corporate headquarters and customer conference center. “Thanks to AREVA’s increasingly strong presence in North America, nuclear utilities can be confident they can meet the safety and operation challenges of a shifting energy market,” said Mike Rencheck, president and CEO of AREVA Inc. “Our new headquarters location better positions our company to serve our customers in the largest nuclear power market in the world.” “AREVA’s decision to relocate its North American headquarters to Charlotte sends a strong signal that our state is attracting leading global energy companies to our Carolinas energy hub,” said North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker. “AREVA has long played an important role in job creation in our state and the official opening of its North American headquarters in Charlotte, making it the largest engineering employer in the area, is evidence that North Carolina is business friendly and welcomes high-paying jobs and economic development.” The Charlotte Business Journal reported that Areva spent more than $3 million in upgrades in expanding its presence at the Innovation Campus to 200,000 square feet. The company’s new headquarters location is just one example of AREVA’s commitment to helping utilities lower operating costs and improve performance with cost-effective and innovative solutions. AREVA’s unique and world-class resources in North America include the AREVA Solutions Complex in Lynchburg, Va., the Advanced Fuel Fabrication Facility in Richland, Wash., and the material fabrication capabilities of Columbiana Hi Tech, LLC, which was...

Say hello to Shoppes at University Commons

The former WalMart store at University Place has a new owner and name. Tricor International Corp. of Florida, a major developer of residential and commercial properties, bought the building and 15.6-acres in August for $5.4 million, according to county tax records. SHOPPES AT UNIVERSITY COMMONS Tricor has renamed the building the Shoppes at University Commons and has begun marketing the existing 126,397-square-foot building for retail uses. The marketing materials say that the current building can be subdivided and also expanded by 26,583 square feet. “Additionally, +/- 15,000 SF of retail shop space is planned,” says the marketing brochure. Walmart opened here 19 years ago but moved in 2011 to a nearby site on North Tryon Street near IKEA. Few issues have prompted as much concern over the past several years about the vitality of University City’s retail market as the former WalMart building. Even though WalMart has rejected several offers on the building and site, some people have worried that the 2.5-year vacancy signaled a decline in University City’s retail. Unless Tricor plans massive changes, the site should require no rezoning for its new tenant. However, because the property is within University Place, the site is under review by the University Place Owners Association. The new owners have received those regulations. That review process generally does not begin until the new tenants are signed and upfit requirements are being addressed. ABOUT TRICOR Tricor International Corporation and companies affiliated with its principals have been developing residential and commercial properties for the past thirty years. A multi-faceted corporation with headquarters located in Florida, Tricor has owned and developed more than nine...

University City Partners Welcomes a New Executive Director

After working with us for ten years, our founding Executive Director, Mary Hopper, decided to leave University City Partners (UCP). In her time with us, Mary was completely devoted to supporting our focus on enhancing the economic vitality of University City. UCP has so much to thank Mary for over this decade of remarkable contributions.  Her enthusiasm for all things University City helped improve this wonderful district and is allowing us to move forward to an even brighter future. Who will take our vision forward? UCP is pleased to announce that Darlene Heater has been selected as our second Executive Director.  Darlene comes to UCP from Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP), where she has served since 2006 and is currently serving as Vice President for Neighborhood Development.    In this capacity Darlene has demonstrated leadership in areas that are crucial to UCP:  a vision for public transit and how transformative it will be with the proper focus and land use; a commitment to sustainability and green initiatives that are key to UCP’s future; and a passion for reaching out to constituents to develop consensus and, more importantly, to learn their vision for the type of community we all are committed to creating.  Having lived in the “suburbs” of University City for 16 years, Darlene has hands-on knowledge about our challenges, opportunities and strengths.  UCP is excited to engage a fresh perspective with Darlene’s vision and experience and we look forward to her transition prior to the end of the year. Top of the Agenda One of our first tasks will be to determine the path forward toward accomplishing UCP’s strategic...