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.

Solectron redeveloper adds Mallard Creek Road property

Shorenstein Realty Services, which announced plans in October 2019 to redevelop a massive former IBM office-warehouse facility on Solectron Drive, recently bought land that could provide a major entrance on Mallard Creek Road. Shorenstein acquired the longtime Flextronics facility and 51 acres at 6800 Solectron Drive in October for $10.5 million. In November, Shorenstein paid $1.84 million for a total of 12.1 acres plus two homes and a garage along Mallard Creek Road and Penninger Road. With the additional... read more

Tru by Hilton coming to University City near IKEA

The Charlotte Observer reports that a Tru by Hilton hotel is planned for University Pointe Boulevard at I-85, based on permits filed recently with the city. The location is beside the Holiday Inn Express and Suites at 6020 University Pointe Blvd. Both properties are part of the Belgate Shopping Center. IKEA’s Charlotte store is located nearby.   About Tru by Hilton Tru by Hilton targets younger travelers with rooms under $100 per night plus amenities such as digital check-in;... read more