University City Welcomes Centene Corporation

University City Welcomes Centene Corporation

University City Partners is excited to announce the addition of Centene Corporation to its market. Earlier today (July 1, 2020), Centene announced that it will establish an East Coast headquarters in University City, Charlotte, after completing a comprehensive evaluation process. The company will begin construction in August on its new campus along Governor Hunt Road in University Research Park and plans to create 6,000 new jobs and invest $1 billion in the Charlotte community over time. “Charlotte has great talent, excellent infrastructure and a real commitment to sustainable development,” said Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President and CEO of Centene. “We are pleased to expand our partnership with the city of Charlotte, the county of Mecklenburg, and the state of North Carolina. We look forward to many years of collective growth and innovation.” The company’s $1 billion investment will provide over 1 million square feet of office and meeting space, a corporate boardroom, a childcare and early education center, a variety of dining venues, auditorium, fitness center, and a stand-alone building housing a corporate learning and development center named Centene Tech University. The campus buildings will be designed to preserve and take advantage of the campus’ environment with an emphasis on providing open spaces, natural light, and embracing the site’s natural features. The second largest employment center in Charlotte, University City accommodates and attracts a variety of businesses including major financial, healthcare and insurance companies including Wells Fargo, TIAA, Allstate and now Centene Corporation. The edge city is anchored by UNC Charlotte with nearly 30,000 students, and a community hospital, Atrium Health University City, which is the highest ranked hospital...
Major employer leases half of office building near LYNX

Major employer leases half of office building near LYNX

One of University City’s first office buildings has officially been reborn with the announcement on Jan. 14 that Principal Financial Group will occupy more than half of Proximity Park, at 401 McCullough Drive. Built in 1973 and renovated over the past year by new owner Tempus Realty Partners, the three-story office building holds about 205,000 square feet of space. Principal Financial Group, a major investment management and insurance company, will occupy the full third floor and part of the second floor, the Charlotte Business Journal reports. The company plans to begin moving in next summer. Based on industry averages, the 106,000 square feet of office space leased by Principal could accommodate roughly 600 people. Principal acquired Wells Fargo’s Institutional retirement and trust business last summer, including an employment center in Charlotte, The Business Journal reports. Read the full article   About Proximity Park Proximity Park is situated on a 32-acre campus beside I-85. Allstate had its Charlotte offices there until relocating to Innovation Park, the former IBM facility that now houses several major Charlotte employers. Tempus Realty Partners bought the property in 2017 and has spent more than $8 million on renovations. Colliers International is handling leasing. A big selling point is the property’s easy access to Uptown Charlotte via both I-85 and the LYNX light-rail line. Marketing materials say that the McCullough Drive LYNX Station on North Tryon Street is just a 7-minute, half-mile walk away. The property also has abundant parking and room for a second building. Jamie Boast, Chris Schaaf and Olivia Matthews with JLL represented Principal in leasing Proximity Park, and Brad Grow, Chandler Knox...
Joint UNC Charlotte/UCP program explores the future of our workforce

Joint UNC Charlotte/UCP program explores the future of our workforce

What will our future workforce look like? And how can Charlotte prepare our workers for the skills they’ll need? To help provide answers, UNC Charlotte’s Research and Economic Development and University City Partners recently hosted a talk by Dr. Jennifer Gresham, founder of Work for Humanity, on “Rising Tides: Rethinking Education in an Age of Uncertainty.” In her keynote presentation on Dec. 5 at the university’s PORTAL Building, Gresham discussed future workforces as a combination of specialists and “agilists,” a term she uses to identify individuals who have a breadth of experience, enjoy complexity and prefer working across disciplines. She noted that in order to create more agilists, there must be a designed shift in educational programming and workforce preparedness. Additionally, Gresham believes that employers will need to rethink hiring practices and performance criteria for agilists. University City Partners co-presented Gresham’s talk in conjunction with the university’s Division of Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, Lee College of Engineering and the Graduate School. The talk was part of an annual celebration of UNC Charlotte’s Research and Community Partners. Hilton Charlotte University Place, Turner, Atrium Health, Foundation for the Carolinas, GOM, and the city of Charlotte co-sponsored the celebration. More about Dr. Jennifer Gresham Gresham is the founder of Work for Humanity, a nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals develop the self-confidence, independence and technical skill to teach themselves nearly anything and demonstrate their capacity for more valuable and meaningful work. A research scientist for the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Gresham previously served 16 years in the United States Air...
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...