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.

Commercial Real Estate Roundup – April 2021

April 21, 2021 – University City CRE News Rezoning filed for next phase of University City Entertainment District • Cambridge Properties seeks to rezone 40 acres, Business Journal reports. • Petition calls for office building, hotel, apartments, commercial space and structured parking. • Topgolf facility opening date not announced yet; WoodSpring Suites opened earlier this year. • View University City Entertainment District plans. • MORE   Apartments on campus edge sell for $12.5 million • Mallard Creek Apartments has... read more

Beer garden, major industrial and hotel reuse among rezoning proposals

Proposals for a massive industrial development, sports-facility expansion and adaptive reuse of an existing hotel are among several rezoning proposals in University City being reviewed by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Department. Also being considered: Plans for several hundred multifamily housing units and an amendment to a 2019 rezoning change for more than 400 multifamily units near the University City Blvd. LYNX Station. Hearing dates have not been set for most of the requests. The Charlotte City Council will likely... read more