It’s all about access and location.

Anchored by UNC Charlotte, this global community thrives as Charlotte’s second largest employment center. Superior road and transit infrastructure, ideal office locations, and direct access to UNC Charlotte’s talent pipeline and multidisciplinary research all contribute to University City’s vibrant, global economy.

“From the business perspective, it makes great sense to be here because of the location and access.”– Dr. Michael Dockery, Ortho Carolina

Doing Business in University City

University City has benefited from recent economic investment as businesses have expanded or located here and entrepreneurs and spin-offs have opened up shop. Fueled by innovation, this employment center has a daytime workforce of 75,000 in businesses that range from energy and finance to healthcare, technology, and back office. View listing of major employers located in University City.







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University City is growing! We have ongoing development projects and rezoning petitions in University City. The tool below shows our transportation infrastructure investments as well as private land developments recently completed, under construction, or in permitting and planning.

University City Economic Incentives

Economic incentives are offered by the state of North Carolina, Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The governments cooperate in rewarding companies that create jobs and spur investment in North Carolina communities. Learn more about incentives at Charlotte Economic Incentives and the Mecklenburg County Economic Development Office.

The time for parks is now!

A message from Darlene Heater: Our campaign for more parks now in University City and Charlotte moves forward. In the past two weeks we have: Addressed our Mecklenburg County Commissioners, who fund our parks, about the crisis of an exploding population and disappearing land for new parks. Helped launch, a website that explains why commissioners must take action now, as they shape the budget that begins July 1. Kept working with parks boosters countywide to light the fire under... read more

Why parks? Why now?

Darlene Heater, executive director of University City Partners, addressed the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners on April 15, 2019, about the urgent need for funding to buy park land. This is the text of that address. Dear County Commissions, County Manager and Parks Director, Thank you for allowing me time on the Monday evening public comments agenda to share the reasons that parks are important to building livable communities that attract and serve residents. I am sharing them in... read more