Tech firms are reshaping University City

Tech firms are reshaping University City

Charlotte has become a hot location for technology-based businesses, and many of these new, emerging or expanding companies are helping transform University City, as well. Check out these recent news stories: “Charlotte’s growing tech sector contributing to surge in office rental rates” The Charlotte Business Journal reports that rental rates are surging in Charlotte and nationwide, with growth in tech industries a major reason. CBRE, a national company that manages and leases commercial real estate, has designated Charlotte’s northeast submarket, which includes University City and University Research Park, as a prolific technology submarket here. Innovation Park, the former IBM manufacturing plant turned office park, is among several University City office buildings that have been sold, leased out, or announced for construction in the last few months.  MORE “Data analytics firm launched at UNC Charlotte (plans) to expand, add 200 jobs” UNC Charlotte reports that Stratifyd, a tech startup founded at UNC Charlotte, will expand its operations and add at least 200 jobs. The firm, launched in 2015 by former UNC Charlotte professor Derek Wang and two students, Li Yu and Thomas Kraft, grew out of research on the ways augmented intelligence could ingest, analyze and visualize structured and unstructured data. MORE “When the kitchen table just won’t do: 18 coworking spaces in the Charlotte area” CharlotteFive recently offered a look at this rapidly growing segment of the office market, where small businesses can find flexible space and, often, like-minded entrepreneurs. Making the list is Office Evolution Charlotte, located in the Two Resource Square building at University Research Park....
Hiring fair Sept. 24-25 for 100s of positions

Hiring fair Sept. 24-25 for 100s of positions

Chime Solutions, a rapidly expanding support center/call center company with offices in University City, will have a hiring fair Sept. 24-25. Chime is looking to hire 400 people for their first training cohort that will begin in early October. Over time, Chime plans on hiring 1,000 employees for its Charlotte operation.   About the hiring fair and positions available Charlotte’s Economic Development Department is working with Chime Solutions to find new employees. Chime Solutions says it seeks “energetic, customer care-focused individuals interested in joining our Business Process Outsourcing Teams. Customer service experience preferred.” Chime is looking to hire 400 people for their first training cohort that will begin in early October. Over time, they plan on hiring 1,000 employees. Chime is recruiting for the following positions: Operations Manager; Service Delivery Consultant; Service Delivery Manager; Real Time Analyst; Facilities Manager; Helpdesk Support. The base pay for these jobs is $14, and employees are hired for a 40-hour week. The company also offers benefits and is looking to integrate additional supportive services to their employees. Chime Solutions says it will hire candidates with previous offenses as long as they are not felonies, or crimes of integrity (theft, fraud, etc).   Hiring fair times and locations Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1-4 pm – NC Works Career Center, 5601 Executive Center Drive, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28212. Directions Wednesday, Sept. 25, 10 am-2 pm – Urban League of Central Carolinas, 740 W. Fifth St., Charlotte, NC 28202. Directions   The application process The hiring fair will entail a company overview, computer assessment, and individual interviews. Chime says it plans to offer conditional hiring pending a background and drug test.   Chime Solutions...
Driver-license office opens in Research Park

Driver-license office opens in Research Park

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles recently opened a driver-license office in University Research Park. DMV now has four offices in Charlotte and one in Huntersville. A part-time mobile unit visits Pineville each Wednesday. The new office is located in an office building at 9711 David Taylor Drive, near Senator Royall Place. “We are excited to open a fourth full-time driver-license office in Charlotte,” said DMV Commissioner Torre J. Jessup. “This new office will increase the capacity for service delivery in the growing Charlotte metro area.” The new North Charlotte office has 15 examiner work stations. Hours are 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday.Directions Customers may contact the DMV Call Center at 919-715-7000 to confirm appointments and operating hours. Get help online, too DMV offers several online services, including driver license and REAL ID renewals. Learn more at...
Great changes in the works for 2019

Great changes in the works for 2019

University City enters 2019 on the wings of perhaps our most transformative year in two decades. The Charlotte Observer and WSOC-TV recently reported that 2019 will bring even more advances. New housing, retail services, an entertainment district and a UNC Charlotte-focused hotel and conference center are all in the works, say the media outlets. Much of that growth will take place near the LYNX light-rail line between uptown and UNC Charlotte that began operation last spring. Among the projects likely to move forward this year, say The Observer and WSOC-TV reports: UNC Charlotte Conference Center – Work is expected to start soon on the $87 million project to build 226-room Marriott Hotel and conference center on North Tryon Street at the JW Clay Boulevard Station Entertainment District and Topgolf – Topgolf, a 14.2-acre golf-focused facility, is expected to anchor a large entertainment district near the University City Boulevard Transit Station. Live-Work-Play at University Place – The new owner of a key part of University Place has plans to transform aging shops and parking on the west side of the University Place lake into 300,000 square feet of new commercial space, 600 residential units and a public library Armored Cow Brewery – University City’s first brewery is under development along JW Clay Boulevard at University Place. New Barton Creek Greenway – Mecklenburg County has started work on Barton Creek Greenway. The short greenway will link University Place to the extensive Mallard Creek – Clark’s Creek – Toby Creek greenway network. Get the details Charlotte Observer report WSOC TV...
Classic Graphics marks 35 years with growth

Classic Graphics marks 35 years with growth

Classic Graphics is marking its 35th anniversary in enviable style – with the installation of new technology at its Innovation Park headquarters and the recent addition of new space nearby. The company will have its anniversary celebration and open house on April 20 at the company’s facility at 8335 IBM Drive.   A leader in visual communications Founded in 1983 by David Pitts and Bill Gardner, Classic Graphics has grown to be a nationally recognized, award-winning visual communications company, ranked in the top 1% of the industry. The company moved into its current facility at Innovation Park in 2011 after acquiring another longtime Charlotte graphics company, Belk Printing Technologies. Now a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Imagine! Print Solutions, Classic Graphics serves both national and international corporations.   Expansion announced in August 2017 Last August, Classic Graphics announced plans to expand press, finishing, and fulfillment capabilities at its University Research Park facility. The expansion includes press and finishing equipment additions, enhanced design services, and increased fulfillment capacity, offering a complete, in-market solution, production, and distribution footprint for the Southeast region. To make room for new equipment here, the company relocated its fulfillment department to a new facility in Concord.   More about Classic Graphics Classic Graphics provides an integration of technology, print and multiple distribution channels that enables a cohesive execution of marketing strategies. With ISO certifications in quality and security, Classic offers improved agility in the marketplace, increased productivity in the client environment and enhanced brand equity. Classic Graphics is a single-source solution for the nation’s top brands in delivering the right message to the right environment at precisely the...
National Jr. College Athletic Assn. opening office here

National Jr. College Athletic Assn. opening office here

When then-college student Cam Newton needed a fresh start, he turned to Blinn College, a junior college with an NJCAA football program. Now the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) is coming to University City, to open a national office to help other talented athletes. NJCAA CEO Dr. Christopher Parker made the announcement on Feb. 26 to the Charlotte Chamber’s Board of Directors meeting February 26. “This expansion will allow us to kick off our Future Leaders Internship Program as well as have an outward facing presence in a thriving community to welcome NJCAA members from all across the country,” said Parker. “With direct access to several major interstates and direct flights from nearly anywhere in the U.S., the NJCAA will open its doors to visitors from all across the country.”   NCJAA to open office near campus Strategically located across from UNC Charlotte, NJCAA’s Charlotte office promises to offer invaluable opportunities for the organization’s Future Leaders Internship program as well as exceptional students. Officials anticipate the ability to host 20-30 prominent interns per year to build the NJCAA brand in multiple facets while creating at least 15 full time staff positions. “This is such an exciting addition to our University City community,” said Darlene Heater, executive director of University City Partners, which facilitated the NJCAA’s search for a new office near campus. “We look forward to helping the NJCAA immerse in the Charlotte community and supporting the development of their athlete internship program.” “This is a tremendous opportunity for our city to establish new jobs, while concurrently creating a framework for young, talented leaders to advance in their...