Leaders in retail, real estate and development join University City Partners Board of Advisors

University City Partners welcomes its new board members: Tim Britt, Wells Fargo; John “Johno” Harris III, Lincoln Harris; Kati Hynes, Charlotte Chamber; Stuart Parks, The Arden Group; and Lat Purser Jr., Lat Purser and Associates. “This community is fortunate to have business leaders with incredible industry expertise willing to invest their time and resources into shaping the growth and development of University City,” said UCP Executive Director Darlene Heater. “Their decision to serve on our board is confirmation of the opportunities ahead for our community.” The UCP board’s priorities for the coming year include maximizing the development potential resulting from the LYNX light-rail line and I-485, as well as fulfilling the UCP-sponsored master plan for University Research Park. Britt, Harris, Hynes and Purser will serve on the Economic Development Committee. Parks, with more than a decade in urban and transit planning, will serve on Planning and Development. More about UCP’s new board members   Tim Britt is the lead relationship manager for the Corporate Properties Group at Wells Fargo. During his 20 years in corporate real estate, Britt has worked in strategic planning, property/portfolio management and project management both in the U.S. and abroad. An Army veteran, Britt served in Europe, Asia, Central America and the Middle East, where he was a member of the Multinational Force and Observers between Egypt and Israel. John “Johno” Harris III is executive vice president and chief operating officer at Lincoln Harris, where he has direct responsibility for the platforms of information technology, marketing and human resources. He also serves on the Charlotte Chamber Executive Board. Lincoln Harris manages over 17 million square feet...

New economic development report chronicles University City’s great year

University City Partners has released its first Economic Development Report, putting an exclamation mark on a year of positive announcements. The report details 61 public and private construction and renovation projects either under way or announced in the last 12 months within the University City’s Municipal Service District, plus 10 large property sales. Totaling $2.4 billion, the projects range from the transformative LYNX Blue Line Extension and I-485 completion to the headquarters expansions at Electrolux and Rack Room Shoes. “This compilation demonstrates the economic vitality of this marketplace,” said UCP Executive Director Darlene Heater. District 4 City Councilman Greg Phipps added, “This gives you the opportunity to see the interest in this corridor and the Municipal Service District. As the economy improves, it should portend even more development and activity up this way.” Report reflects strong year for University City The 2013-14 Economic Development Report provides a trailing 12-month view of public and private development projects within the 4,800-acre University City Partners district in northeast Charlotte, N.C. The district includes UNC Charlotte, a state university with nearly 27,000 students; the 2,200-acre University Research Park, with more than 30,000 employees at scores of businesses; and surrounding office and retail centers. The district is the economic center of Charlotte’s University City, home to more than 160,000 people. The last year has had plenty of good economic news for University City. Many of those announcements are reflected in this report, such as approval of a light-rail line from Center City to UNC Charlotte; Allstate’s decision to relocate 1,200 employees to Innovation Park; and Rack Room Shoes’ decision to relocate the headquarters of...

EPRI in University City wins the Jerry Award!

Congratulations to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for being one of two winners of the Charlotte Regional Partnership’s annual Jerry Awards for their contribution to the regional economy! From the Jerry awards: “The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) plays a strategic role in strengthening Charlotte USA as the New Energy Capital. The independent, nonprofit, research and development organization addresses challenges in electricity generation, delivery and end-use. Among other areas, EPRI focuses on the environment, reliability, efficiency, affordability, health and safety. Because it uses a collaborative model in conducting R&D, EPRI brings more than 2,000 industry leaders, scientists and engineers from around the world to its Charlotte campus each year. This makes these offices and laboratories a global center for innovation and problem-solving in the electricity sector. With its 2012 expansion, the Charlotte operation employs more than 200 people on its 45-acre campus in University Research Park. EPRI is a scientific and strategic asset for Charlotte USA’s burgeoning energy hub that our competitors can’t match.” We are so very happy you are in University City! Learn more about the Jerry Award, some of their history in University City, or watch a video about EPRI’s Charlotte Research Lab....

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions Brings More Jobs to University City!

We are thrilled to welcome Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions to University City!  Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions is a managed care organization (MCO) with a network of over 900 providers covering 1.4 million North Carolinians. The new 25,865-square-foot service center will be located at 10150 Mallard Creek Road, Suite 400, and will create approximately 80 new jobs in Charlotte over the next three to five years! To learn more, visit the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce press release or Cardinal Innovations Healthcare...