Working Together for Our Economic Future


The 2017-2022 Prosperity for Greater Charlotte Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) recognizes today’s reality that economic dependencies and competencies require cross sector and jurisdictional collaboration, acknowledging that the Greater Charlotte region is a complex system with various subsystems that comprise a globally competitive, vibrant and resilient bi-state region of communities.


Completed in September 2017, this Five-Year Update to the “2012 Prosperity for Greater Charlotte Centralina CEDS” represents a partnership between the Centralina Economic Development Commission and the Centralina Council of Governments, Charlotte Regional Partnership and nine Economic Development District regional counties. Our current strategic effort aims to assemble the next clear and refreshed vision for the future of the 9-county Centralina EDD region while recognizing the interconnected economics of the entire 16-county Charlotte USA region.


This 2017 CEDS Strategic Plan reflects a holistic, modern view of economic development. While global business recruitment is one part of the initiative going forward, there is a wider approach needed that includes business retention and expansion, entrepreneurship, talent and product development. With additional focus on quality of- life factors and economic equity and mobility, these components comprise an optimal community spectrum for future health and prosperity for the Greater Charlotte region. Job creation is now much more nuanced than in decades past, with talented workers first choosing where to live and companies following the talent. Achieving a thriving economy requires economic developers to have much greater collaboration with educators, nonprofits, government and the private sector.


Our 2017 CEDS is built on four priority goals that will be the foundation of this plan:

• Compete globally

• Develop, retain, and attract talented people

• Improve and modernize infrastructure

• Foster overall quality of life


This plan is meant to be a guide to the entire community, not just to leadership. Business executives, students, workers and elected leaders should all find value in the content and data of these reports. The Centralina Economic Development Commission invites participation in implementing this plan.


2017-2022 Prosperity for Greater Charlotte CEDS


Appendix I: Data Profile


Appendix II Part 1: SWOT, Analysis Results


Appendix II, Part 2: Southwest Prosperity Zone SWOT


Appendix III: CEDS Online Survey Results


Appendix IV: Charlotte Regional Target Clusters


Appendix V: Agriculture Economic Profiles         


The work that provided the basis for this publication was supported by funding under an award with the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA). The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Government.


Publications: 2012-2017 Prosperity for Greater Charlotte CEDS


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