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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75,000

23

11

8.9%

Employees

Fortune 500 Regional Offices

Million Sq Ft Office Space

Office Vacancy

11

3

150

4.8

International Companies

Headquarter Locations

Medical Offices & Services

Million LEED certified Sq Ft


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.

Black-owned businesses helping build University City’s future

Check out Black-owned restaurants, shops and services in University City Charlotte Five, an online publication of The Charlotte Observer, recently published a list of more than 100 Black-owned restaurants and other businesses across Charlotte. In honor of Black History Month, we have culled through the full list for those businesses located in University City. We hope you will find both lists helpful. As the Charlotte Five article notes, the pandemic has forced some businesses to close or change their... read more

Update on University City Regional Library’s future home

Darlene Heater, Executive Director, University City Partners. I am so proud of your advocacy and support for our library.  The people who will determine the future home of University City Regional Library have heard our community’s concerns. Leaders of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Mecklenburg County have communicated they are working through the process of choosing a new location for Mecklenburg County’s second busiest branch that is in the best interest of our community, and that your voices matter in... read more