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.

A fast ride for Giant University City bike shop

Shane Hockensmith sits at a table in front of his store on Memorial Day and points out the cars with bike racks slowly rolling past. “They’re checking to see if we’re open,” he says. Giant University City, our community’s only bike shop, is closed to customers this day, but inside, the store’s four employees are assembling recently sold new bikes and repairing others. In 22 years, the bike shop near UNC Charlotte has never been so busy. “The last... read more

Are we creating the University City you want? Tell us!

University City Partners was created to support the economic development and vitality of our community. As we move forward during and following the COVID-19-pandemic, we particularly need to know from you how we are doing, and what improvements you would like to see. Please help by completing our brief survey. The survey takes just a few minutes to complete; your answers will be anonymous. Click here to complete the survey. Thanks for helping build a better University City. We... read more