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  • 1. Prosperity for Greater Charlotte Project An Initiative to align the region’s economic, workforce, and education efforts to boost prosperity in the 21st Century 2013 NADO Annual Conference August 26, 2012
  • 2. Charlotte Region was #1 fastest growing of 42 Metros above One Million population in US in 2000-2010 decade. Projected to double in next 20-30 years.
  • 3. Regional Economic Development Strategy • The Prosperity for Greater Charlotte Project and HUD “CONNECT Our Future” Economic Development Group collaboratively partners the: – Centralina Council of Governments – Centralina Economic Development Commission, – Catawba Regional Council of Governments, and – Charlotte Regional Partnership “Charlotte USA” • The Prosperity for Greater Charlotte Project culminates in three strategic plans: – Centralina Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and integrally linked; – Greater Charlotte USA Jobs, Workforce & Education Alignment Strategy and, – Catawba Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (Four South Carolina Counties)
  • 4. 21st Century Greater Charlotte Global Region  Covers an area in 2 states & 17 counties  Includes 2 separate Councils of Governments and incorporates border counties of 3 more COGs  Represents 7 workforce development boards that comprise and existing alliance organization  Embraces over 58 local K-12 districts, community colleges, & higher education institutions.
  • 5. Asset Inventory, SWOT & Target Industries, & Competencies
  • 6. Review of the region’s 47 public and private institutions yielded a complete inventory of educational programs that serve the needs of the region’s target industries and competencies
  • 7. CONNECT Process Overview Prosperity for Greater Charlotte Prosperity for Greater Charlotte
  • 8. Why is this process so important? • Develop shared vision for the future with strong leaders and committed citizens • Build plans around enhancement of assets • Consider community character as well as ecology and economics • Two Regional Economic Development District’s CEDS plans updated and completed for the 2012-2017 period • Centralina CEDS incorporated in NC Tomorrow, a NC Department of Commerce - 16 NC COG planning of statewide economic strategy • Charlotte Regional Partnership Charlotte USA Strategic Marketing plan update in Q1 2013 utilized PGC research and findings and consultant team • Project integral to launch of two Charlotte Global Competitiveness Summits, August 2012 and February 2013, bringing 500+ business, education and community leaders together to engage on Greater Charlotte Region’s role in the global marketplace. Collaboration to optimize information, maximize efficiency and achieve competitive effectiveness!
  • 9. www.prosperityforgreatercharlotte.com www.connectourfuture.org Jim Prosser, CCOG Executive Director 704-348-2703 jprosser@centralina.org www.centralina.org Sushil Nepal, CONNECT Project Manager 704-348-2703 snepal@centralina.org Michael Manis, CEcD CCOG Director of Community and Economic Development 704-348-2720 mmanis@centralina.org