Doing Business

Take your business to the next level.

Charlotte’s epicenter for education, innovation and growth, University City is the place to grow your business. Not only is University City strategically located near I-77, I-85, and I-485, UNC Charlotte is located in the district. Talent pool, easy access to interstates and two airports make this an ideal location for your growing business.

Why University City?

University City is Charlotte’s second largest employment center. A community rich in green and beautiful office parks, the area has ideal work spaces, superior road and transit infrastructure, direct access to UNC Charlotte’s talent pipeline and multidisciplinary research that contribute to a vibrant, global economy.

Development Opportunities

One of the fastest growing parts of Charlotte, University City is undergoing a transformation to support its urban core and green beltway. There are opportunities for investment along the transit corridor and throughout the area. Explore Vision Plan to learn more about the area’s growth and existing opportunities.

Transportation & Mobility

Nearby air, light rail, major highways and boulevards, and greenways make University City an ideal location for business. The area holds one of the lowest commute and travel time averages in the region.

Business Opportunities

A vibrant area with everything needed to move forward. University City is a great place for businesses and startups. From a rural neighborhood on the edge of Charlotte to an innovative business center and diverse residential community, University City has emerged as Charlotte’s leading city within the city.


What Will Vanguard’s Move Mean for University City?

Addressing Truck Parking Challenges: University City Takes Action

By Keith Stanley Commercial trucking stands as the lifeblood of the U.S. economy, ensuring communities swiftly receive essential goods. From same-day deliveries to vital supplies like food and medicine, the trucking community is indispensable. Yet, amidst the demand...

Improving Walkability: Survey Results from Earth Day Festival 2024

University City Partners was excited to participate in UNC Charlotte’s Earth Day Festival 2024. Senior Development Manger Drew Gaertner and Intern Caleb Brewer spent several hours at the UCP booth answering questions about the organization, getting feedback from...

Armored Cow: Crafting Beer, Creating Community

Since National Beer Day is April 7, we decided to check in with Armored Cow Brewing Company's head brewer Andrew Kalinoski to ask him a few questions about what makes the brewery so special to the University City community.  What makes Armored Cow unique in the beer...

WCNC covers University City Partners’ Small Business Initiative

Locally owned businesses in University City get more resources Charlotte recently granted University City Partners more than $200,000. The nonprofit is pouring that money back into local entrepreneurs. MORE ABOUT OUR SMALL BUSINESS INITIATIVE Behind every small...

Vanguard announces move to University Research Park

Vanguard recently announced the consolidation of its Charlotte operations into an office complex in University Research Park. The Pennsylvania-based investment giant will move thousands of employees into the 700,000-square-foot space, which sits on 91 acres in...

SpringHill Suites Update 2024

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte University Research Park recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation. In partnership with West Elm, the property elevated the lobby, guest rooms, fitness center, and more. See photos of the updates below. For questions...

Healthy Choices in University City

From choosing healthy foods to taking time to enjoy nature and connect with community, here are a few ways to make healthy choices in University City. Choose healthy food. Learn more about University City's newest prepared health food store, Project LeanNation. Help a...

Spotlight On: Project LeanNation University City

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Ted Williams, along with Domonique Williams, who's originally from Columbus, Ohio, opened Project LeanNation University City in September 2023. Though the two share a last name, there's no relation. They met through a group of...

Cybersecurity Tips: How to Keep Your Network Secure

By Nate Delanoy, Sr. Director of Product Management, Segra In Charlotte, NC, 100 business owners participated in a recent Travelers Institute survey giving their perception of cyber threats. Over half (51%) of them view cyberattacks as inevitable, while just under a...