Cognizant adding 300 jobs at UCity office

Cognizant adding 300 jobs at UCity office

IT company Cognizant Technology Solutions will add 300 jobs to its University City location at The Grove office park, the company announced recently. “We’re pleased to again expand in North Carolina and in Charlotte, home to many of our large clients, and a region with a strong talent base,” said Francisco D’Souza, Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Cognizant. The state’s Economic Investment Committee approved a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) of up to $2 million to support the company’s expansion in North Carolina.   About Cognizant Cognizant is one of the world’s leading professional services companies. Cognizant is ranked 195 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. The company currently employs more than 2,700 people in North Carolina. Cognizant currently employs more than 960 people in Mecklenburg County and said it will invest $5 million here over the next five years. Cognizant’s Charlotte operation is located in The Grove V office building at the corner of West W.T. Harris Boulevard and Mallard Creek Road. The company plans to continue growing at that location, a company spokeswoman said.   A history of supporting workforce learning Through the work of the Cognizant U.S. Foundation, established in 2018 with an initial grant of $100 million from Cognizant, the company also promotes education and workforce initiatives to develop science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills in America’s current and future workforce. The Foundation made its inaugural grant, in the amount of $1.5 million, to Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont in Charlotte in May, with funds directed toward increasing digital...
Connect with Culture at Camino Center and beyond

Connect with Culture at Camino Center and beyond

Explore arts, science and history experiences at 19 locations across Mecklenburg County on Jan. 25-26, including the Camino Community Center in University City on Jan. 26. Organized by the Arts and Science Council, Connect with Culture Days feature scores of activities by dozens of arts, science and history groups. At the Camino Center, sample Afro-Brazilian dance, make friendship blankets, hear a Mariachi band and more.   Connect with Culture Days at Camino Community Center From 10 am to 4:30 pm Jan. 26, the Camino Community Center will host art, music, dance and literacy programs. The center is at 201 Stetson Drive, a short walk from the University City Blvd LYNX Station on North Tryon Street. Directions University City Partners is presenting the programs offered on Jan. 26 at the Camino Community Center. All programs are free. Here are details:   Read With Love (en Español & in English) Presented by: Arts and Science Council Ages: Pre-K Time:  (en Español) 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | (in English) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Participate in a literacy workshop, developed by ASC, that teaches adult caregivers how to be more effective when reading with children. Registration is required. Click Here to Register for 10 a.m. Click Here to Register for 11:30 a.m.   Afro-Brazilian Dance Class Presented by: UNC Charlotte Ages: All ages Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Students of the UNC Charlotte Department of Dance will lead a community dance class, introducing basic Afro-Brazilian dance movement. This fun, energetic class is open to non-dancers and dancers alike.   Friendship Blankets Presented by: Atrium Health Ages: All ages Time: 11:30...
Mallard Creek makes ‘hottest affordable’ neighborhoods list

Mallard Creek makes ‘hottest affordable’ neighborhoods list

University City’s Mallard Creek area just made a national list of “Hottest Affordable Neighborhoods.” While every city has in-demand areas with high prices to match, says national real-estate brokerage Redfin, Mallard Creek and other neighborhoods on this list offer that rare mix of attractive homes costing less than $294,000. How Redfin compiled this report The report includes the top 10 hottest affordable neighborhoods in cities served by Redfin nationwide, plus the top three neighborhoods in each of those markets. This report tracks year-over-year growth in listing views and favorites and incorporates Redfin agent insights to see which neighborhoods are growing in popularity, but with a price cap of $294,000, the median home price across all markets Redfin serves.  The median home price in the Charlotte market is $240,000, Redfin says. Charlotte’s top 3 hot affordable neighborhoods The Mallard Creek area, as defined by Redfin, is located north and east of University Research Park. Data for the area include: Median sales price: $255,000 Average sale-to-list ratio: 99.1% Percentage of homes that sold above list price: 24.1% Median days on the market: 45 Other Charlotte neighborhoods making the list for Charlotte’s top three hottest affordable neighborhoods are Sunset Road (off of Beatties Ford Road in northwest Charlotte) and Madison Park (between South Boulevard and Park Road in south Charlotte). See the full Redfin...
Help beautify University City – Adopt a City Street!

Help beautify University City – Adopt a City Street!

Looking for a way to clean up Charlotte, build bonds with neighbors or co-workers, and make a difference? Consider having your group, neighborhood or business join the Adopt-a-City Street program, says Keep Charlotte Beautiful. More than 150 volunteer groups maintain over 260 miles of streets. Their efforts help save taxpayer dollars (it costs 10 times more for the city to pick up litter than to pick up your trash!). The benefits don’t stop there. Studies show that picking up neighborhood litter can, over time, reduce vandalism, actually reduce further littering, and help both residents and visitors feel safer. With more than 3,000 miles of city streets still needing adoption, you will have plenty of choices for your group to adopt. To become an official Adopt-a-City-Street participant, your group or business must agree to complete three or more cleanups each year for at least two years. The city hopes that you will also consider marking storm drains and reporting graffiti. In return, your business or group will receive free promotion via the KBC website and social media, plus invitations to members-only events.   Ready to adopt? To learn more, visit charlottenc.gov/kcb, call 704-353-1235 or email...
Charlotte Kids Fest was the Best!

Charlotte Kids Fest was the Best!

Great weather, wonderful volunteers, generous sponsors, inspired activities, perfect location and 6,500 guests – many of them under age 10 – made for a super Second Annual Charlotte Kids Fest in University City on Sept. 22. UNC Charlotte, University City Partners, TIAA and numerous other businesses and groups teamed up to present this vast learning event designed especially for children 10 and under. Kids Fest took place in the heart of the university’s Charlotte Research Institute campus, just a short walk from the LYNX light-rail station at JW Clay Boulevard. For people arriving by car, Parks Chevrolet sponsored free parking in the CRI parking deck. Dozens of activities ranging from dance to chemistry experiments challenged the bodies and minds of the young visitors. One of our food vendors, City Barbecue, used the day to raise $1,000 for Operation North State, providing aide to Hurricane Florence victims.   49ers gave 100% Darlene Heater, executive director of University City Partners, said that Kids Fest was conceived in part as a way to introduce potential UNC Charlotte 49ers and their parents to the many opportunities available at the rapidly growing urban research university right in their own backyards. The university certainly rolled out the welcome mat, providing both the venue and numerous activities staged by 17 departments. More than 100 UNC Charlotte students volunteered for the event, as well. Visit charlottekidsfest.org to learn more about the event.   Thanks to the great Kids Fest sponsors and friends An event this big also takes strong corporate and non-profit support. We are fortunate to be so blessed. Title Sponsor: TIAA Presenting sponsors: University City Partners...
Wanted: Artists to help capture CLT history

Wanted: Artists to help capture CLT history

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department is planning to build a new police station on North Tryon Street for our University City Division – and the Charlotte Arts and Science Council is seeking artists to help bring the station to life. Specifically, it is seeking artists to create pieces that celebrate the history of Charlotte. Interested? Deadline is Sept. 28 to apply. Here are the details. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department – University City Division Deadline: September 28, 2018 Project Background The City of Charlotte and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department are building a new station for University City Division officers, to be located at 8446 North Tryon Street. The two-story facility will sit on a 1.82-acre site at the corner of North Tryon Street and Ken Hoffman Drive, adjacent to the existing Charlotte Mecklenburg Fire Station #27. Although independent of each other, the two facilities will share access to parking areas and some other features of the site. CMPD University Division serves a diverse population of approximately 150,000 residents in addition, to those who commute to the area daily, and the travelers who use the North Tryon corridor as a route to popular destinations in North and East Mecklenburg County. With the aid of University City Partners (a not-for-profit planning organization), a holistic approach to design has been employed for the site, streetscape improvements coupled with landscape design, and exterior material choices is intended to create a unified block that is responsive to the surrounding infrastructure and future plans for the locale. The selected artist will work with the ASC, staff from the City of Charlotte’s Engineering and Property Management...