Economic Development

Educational attainment affects Charlotte’s economic prosperity. Add one year of college to a region's workforce and GDP per capita jumps 17.4 percent.

We recognize that UNC Charlotte has a unique role to play in helping the Charlotte region to grow into a global powerhouse. The Charlotte Research Institute serves as the single point of contact between the university and the business community in fostering partnerships among faculty, companies and government to stimulate investment and create jobs. We also work with economic development allies at the local regional and state level to help win new economic development investment for the region.

Whether you work with an existing business in the Charlotte region, or a new company considering opening an office here, we can assist you with access to the university’s research expertise, student talent pool or an amazing array of specialized equipment that can better position your business to compete and win.