Clay Andrews joined the Charlotte Research Institute as the Assistant Director for Corporate Partnerships in March of 2015. In that role he serves as the primary outreach person for CRI in engaging businesses in partnerships. He also serves as the primary economic development contact for the university in working with other state, regional and local economic development allies recruiting projects to the Charlotte region such as the Charlotte Regional Partnership, the Charlotte Chamber and the North Carolina Economic Development Partnership.
Mr. Andrews’ economic development career spans twenty-eight years at a variety of levels. His work has been instrumental in attracting hundreds of millions of dollars of new capital investment and more than 4,000 jobs for the communities where he has worked. He has also led the fund development functions for two of the largest regional economic development organizations in the Carolinas.
Mr. Andrews earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Business Administration from Winthrop University. He is also a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council.