Meet our UNC Charlotte interns

Meet our UNC Charlotte interns

One benefit of having UNC Charlotte nearby is the amazing wealth of student interns. We landed three of the best this semester: Meredith Avant (Communications with PR concentration), Miguel Avila (Economics with innovation focus), and Charles Trowell (Architecture with Urban Studies minor). They’re free agents come May, so check them out and set up interviews soon! Meredith Avant mavant1@uncc.edu My name is Meredith Avant. I am a senior at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, majoring in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. My career goals are to work in entertainment media and PR upon graduation in May. I am very interested in social media, as I see where it can take us in the future as a new outlet for information and networking. I recently returned from a semester abroad at the American University of Rome, where I gained a passion for traveling and studying popular media. My experience abroad was one I will cherish and value. I will take what I learned in Europe and at my home school here in Charlotte and use that to propel me into a career I am excited to take on. I was born and raised in Charlotte, specifically the University area. I moved to south Charlotte during middle and high school, but when I returned to the University area my freshman year I was amazed at how much it had changed in the six years I was gone. I heard about this internship opportunity from a friend at school and when I realized University City Partners had a role in the improvements in this area I knew it...
UCP Annual Report: Mobilizing the New Urban Center

UCP Annual Report: Mobilizing the New Urban Center

2015 has been exceptional for University City and University City Partners, as our fresh-off-the-digital presses “2015 Annual Report” makes clear with exclamation marks! The report chronicles the opening of I-485, rapid progress on the LYNX light-rail line, strong employment growth and much more – and the critical role UCP has played to speed the transformation of Charlotte’s No. 2 employment center into the region’s New Urban Center. University City highlights for 2014-15 include: I-485 – We celebrated the long-awaited I-485 Outer Belt opening through University City, a top priority for UCP Boards since our inception. Light rail – Construction progressed rapidly on our $1.1 billion light-rail line to Center City, on schedule to open in 2017. UCP worked with North Tryon Street businesses dealing with construction concerns and shared frequent construction updates with the public. Business growth – Numerous University Research Park businesses announced major expansions and new hires. Our staff worked closely with businesses and brokers seeking information on possible locations and services, affirming University City as a preferred market for business and new development. Live-work areas – One of the region’s premier developers completed the first phase of Crescent Alexander Village, a mixed-use community within University Research Park. The project’s location was proposed in the URP Area Plan that UCP funded and Charlotte adopted in 2010. Walkable urban center – A vital update to the University City Area Plan won Charlotte City Council approval this spring. UCP funded and promoted the original 2017 area plan, which provides a blueprint for creating a walkable urban community along the North Tryon Street light-rail corridor. The update revises the original...
UCP welcomes four new board members

UCP welcomes four new board members

University City Partners welcomes four new members to our Board of Directors: Shannon Dixon of Casto, Leslie Johnson of Mecklenburg County, Bobby Shields of Shielb PLLC, and Ryan Wetherington of Allen Tate. Each new member brings unique skills that will advance the University City Partners plan of work. We also offer a hearty thanks for the many contributions of our retiring board members, Nancy Reitz and Bill Scurry. More about our new board members Here are additional details about our new board members and their assignments. CLICK to learn about our full leadership team and Board of Directors Shannon Dixon – Shannon is vice president Casto, a national real estate services company based in Columbus, Ohio, that develops and manages commercial, industrial and residential real estate, including parts of University Place. Leslie Johnson – Ex officio – Leslie is assistant county manager for Sustainable Communities. Among her duties are providing executive oversight of Park and Recreation, Economic Development Services, and County strategic planning and evaluation initiatives. She holds a doctorate in philosophy with a concentration on housing policy and research, plus a master’s degree in urban and regional planning and a bachelor’s degree in architecture. Bobbie Shields – Planning & Development Committee – Bobbie Shields is the owner and manager of SHIELB PLLC, a planning, engineering and management consulting firm. He previously served as interim County Manager for Mecklenburg County. A resident of the Newell community, Bobbie graduated UNC Charlotte and from the UNC–Chapel Hill Institute of Government’s County Administration Program and the Executive Leadership Program. He previously served as an Advisory Board member of the Charlotte Chamber of...
Say hi to our new UNC Charlotte interns

Say hi to our new UNC Charlotte interns

University City Partners welcomes two very needed extra sets of hands – interns Abby Armstrong and Luis Martinez from UNC Charlotte. Abby, a senior marketing major, will help us share the news about UCP. Luis, a sophomore, hopes to gain insights into planning and development as a career choice while working with us this fall. Meet Abby Armstrong “I was born and raised in Greensboro, NC. I started out my college career at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and transferred to UNC Charlotte my second semester of college. I love the Charlotte area and both of my parents are UNC Charlotte alumni, so it was in my blood to be a 49er. “I am a senior marketing major graduating in December. My ultimate career goal would be to become a marketing director for a company. I met Darlene, found out all that she did for the University area, and decided that University City Partners would be the perfect place to intern. “I think UCP does amazing things for the University area and not enough people know about it, so I wanted to the opportunity to help market and spread the word so that more people are aware of what goes on behind the scenes around University City.” Meet Luis Martinez “My name is Luis Martinez, and I am currently a sophomore at UNC Charlotte. I am also currently serving as the Planning and Development intern for University City Partners. “I was born in Paterson, New Jersey, but moved to Charlotte, North Carolina when I was 2 years old and grew up in the University City area. I...

UCP’s 2014 Annual Report captures our breakout year

What an amazing year! With light rail under construction, University City’s stretch of I-485 set to open next spring, dramatic jobs growth and resurgence in our neighborhoods, University City is being transformed. Our new 2014 Annual Report (CLICK to view or download) details this breakout year and University City Partners’ pivotal role in shaping it. Recent media headlines offer a glimpse of the significant events and announcements throughout the year: “Red Ventures Expansion is Latest URP Good News” “Electrolux to Add 810 jobs, Doubling its Charlotte Presence” “PORTAL Building Shines in Mobile-Money Hackathon” “Crescent Alexander Village Reflects New Vision for University Research Park” “Carolinas HealthCare opens $9.75M Radiation-Therapy Center at University City hospital” From vision to dramatic growth Our University City Development Report (CLICK to view or download) details a staggering $2.4 billion in public and private investment pouring into our central business district including UNC Charlotte. Completion of I-485 through University City and construction of a light rail line to Center City – both vigorously advocated for and promoted by University City Partners – account for $1.5 billion of that investment. But public investment in infrastructure is not limited to these two transformational projects. The City of Charlotte and State of NC are further investing in University City with several significant road, highway, bridge and greenway projects that will position University City as the most accessible marketplace. And, as development follows infrastructure investments, University City is poised to realize billions of dollars of private investment over the next decade. Major headquarters announcements University City continues to benefit from a recovering economy as well as strategic investment and positioning...

Leaders in retail, real estate and development join University City Partners Board of Advisors

University City Partners welcomes its new board members: Tim Britt, Wells Fargo; John “Johno” Harris III, Lincoln Harris; Kati Hynes, Charlotte Chamber; Stuart Parks, The Arden Group; and Lat Purser Jr., Lat Purser and Associates. “This community is fortunate to have business leaders with incredible industry expertise willing to invest their time and resources into shaping the growth and development of University City,” said UCP Executive Director Darlene Heater. “Their decision to serve on our board is confirmation of the opportunities ahead for our community.” The UCP board’s priorities for the coming year include maximizing the development potential resulting from the LYNX light-rail line and I-485, as well as fulfilling the UCP-sponsored master plan for University Research Park. Britt, Harris, Hynes and Purser will serve on the Economic Development Committee. Parks, with more than a decade in urban and transit planning, will serve on Planning and Development. More about UCP’s new board members   Tim Britt is the lead relationship manager for the Corporate Properties Group at Wells Fargo. During his 20 years in corporate real estate, Britt has worked in strategic planning, property/portfolio management and project management both in the U.S. and abroad. An Army veteran, Britt served in Europe, Asia, Central America and the Middle East, where he was a member of the Multinational Force and Observers between Egypt and Israel. John “Johno” Harris III is executive vice president and chief operating officer at Lincoln Harris, where he has direct responsibility for the platforms of information technology, marketing and human resources. He also serves on the Charlotte Chamber Executive Board. Lincoln Harris manages over 17 million square feet...