Why Charlotte?

I'm often asked why I chose to live and grow in Charlotte, North Carolina. There are many reasons whyI chose to settle down in Charlotte. Here are a few.

I'm a Charlotteean

I was born in Pittsburgh, but raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. I moved here with my family when I was four and attended University Child Development Center, Mallard Creek Elementary, Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, and Zebulon B. Vance High School. I went to college at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and lived in Raleigh, North Carolina for a year before moving back to Charlotte. I grew up watching Hornets games at the old coliseum, going to the farmers market with my dad, spending afternoons at the Boardwalk and getting ice cream at Ninety’s, and going to Carowinds in the summer. I grew up playing at the YMCA and going to Carowinds. I remember a time when uptown was quiet on the weekends and there was no Concord Mills or Northlake – the options were South Park Mall and Eastland Mall. Charlotte is in my blood and that’s a major reason why I chose Charlotte.

The People

It can never be overstated – Charlotte is a big city with a small town feel. Everywhere you go, you’re likely to do one of two things: 1) run into a friend or 2) make a new friend. The people are very friendly and every corner of the city feels like home. Charlotte is also a very diverse city. There are many people of many races and ethnicities and organizations to help us connect with and share our cultures with others. There is a wide variety of festivals throughout the year in addition to mixers, meetups, and other events. There are so many people from different parts of the country and the world. As more and more people move to the city every day, the city evolves for the better as diversity is one of our greatest strengths.

The Growth

Charlotte is one of the fastest growing metro area in the United States Businesses are expanding in and relocating to the Charlotte area which creates job opportunities across sectors. There is a demand for the talent that is available in the area – especially tech professionals and marketers. As a product Strategist at Skookum and as a tech marketer, this is a great place to be and a great time to be here.

Charlotte is Prime

This video is a great overview of Charlotte. I worked with one of my MapAnything colleagues Cara Walters to produce this for the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance's grassroots business recruiting campaign.