CityScapes - Charlotte by ps94506


									                                  CityScapes – Charlotte
                                                                                                 Rev 8/10/2010

Metro Career Resources

The Charlotte metropolitan area (also Metrolina, Metro Charlotte, or Charlotte USA) is a metropolitan
area/region of North and South Carolina within and surrounding the city of Charlotte. Located in the
Piedmont of the Southeastern United States, the Charlotte metropolitan area is well-known for its auto
racing history (especially NASCAR) and is the United States' second largest banking and financial hub,
behind New York City. It is also the Carolinas' largest manufacturing region. The Charlotte-Gastonia-
Concord Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is defined as five counties in North Carolina and one county
in South Carolina.

Charlotte, the largest city in the state of North Carolina and the seat of Mecklenburg County, is the fastest
growing city on the East Coast. As the 19th-largest city in the United States, Charlotte is also the largest
city on the Eastern Seaboard between Philadelphia and Jacksonville. A resident of Charlotte is referred to
as a Charlottean.

Nicknamed the Queen City, Charlotte (as well as the county containing it) is named in honor of the
German Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg, who had become queen consort of British King George III
the year before the city's founding. A second nickname derives from later in the 18th century. During the
American Revolutionary War, British commander General Cornwallis occupied the city but was driven out
soon afterwards by hostile residents, prompting him to write that Charlotte was "a hornet's nest of
rebellion," leading to another city nickname: The Hornet's Nest. This is also the reason for the city's
former NBA team the Charlotte Hornets.

In 2008, Charlotte was chosen the "Best Place to Live in America" by in its annual
ranking, based on factors including employment opportunities, crime rates, and housing affordability. It
was also named #8 of the 100 "Best Places to Live and Launch" by - cities picked for
their vibrant lifestyles and opportunities for new businesses. Forbes Magazine ranked Charlotte No. 19
on its 2009 “Best Places for Businesses and Careers” list. Lifestyle was also noted when in 2007
Prevention Magazine rated the city the fourth best "Walking City" in the nation, and the best in North
Carolina, and Self Magazine named it one of "Five Cities with Big Outdoor Appeal."

Charlotte has become a major U.S. financial center, and, based on assets, the nation's largest financial
institution calls the city home (Bank of America). Thanks in large part to the expansion of the city's
banking industry, the Charlotte skyline has mushroomed in the past two decades and boasts the Bank of
America Corporate Center, the tallest skyscraper between Philadelphia and Atlanta. The 60-story
postmodern gothic tower, designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli, stands 871 feet tall and was
completed in 1992.

Charlotte is also a major center in the US motorsports industry, with NASCAR having multiple offices in
and around Charlotte. Approximately 75% of the NASCAR industry's employees and drivers are based
within two hours of downtown Charlotte. Charlotte is also the future home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame,
expected to be completed in 2009.

The center city/uptown area of Charlotte has seen remarkable growth over the last decade. Numerous
residential units continue to be built uptown, including over 20 skyscrapers either under construction,
recently completed, or in the planning stage. Many new restaurants, bars and clubs now operate in the
Uptown area. Several projects are transforming the Midtown Charlotte/Elizabeth area. Charlotte
experienced 1.5% growth in employment July-October 2009.
Basic Demographics   ,_NC-SC_MSA
      Statistical area                       Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord
      Largest cities                         Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-Rock Hill-Hickory-Salisbury
      Nickname                               Metrolina
      State                                  NC-SC
      2009 Population                        1,745,524
      2000 Population                        1,330,448
      Population Change                      +31.20%

Job Postings
      Bank of America
      Career Board
      Career One Stop
      Charlotte Backpage
      Charlotte Jobs
      Charlotte Observer Classifieds
      Craigslist
      Employment Guide,%20NC&radius=50&sort=date:D:S:d1&switchsit
      Employment Security Commission
      Job Hunt
      Job Link
      Job Source
      Jobs in Charlotte
      North Carolina Office of State Personnel
      Preferred Jobs
      Support Works
      Wachovia Corporation

Temp Agencies
      ACSYS
      Ettain Group
      Express Personnel Services
      Manpower
      Pionear
      Randstad Work Solutions
      RemX Financial Staffing
      Sherpa LLC
      Spherion Staffing Services
      Today’s Staffing
      Ultimate Staffing Services
      Venturi Staffing Partners

Job Fairs
      Central Piedmont Community College Job Fair
      Employment Security Commission
      Monster Job Fairs
      National Career Fairs

Business Clubs/Professional Organizations
      Alive After 5
      Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting
      Charlotte Business Guild (GLBT)
      Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
      Charlotte Jaycees
      Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals
      National Black MBA Association
      North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants
      North Carolina Chamber of Commerce
      Rotary Club of Charlotte
      Women in Technology International

Periodicals for Business and City-life Interest
      Charlotte Business Journal
      Charlotte Business Journal Book of Lists
      Charlotte Magazine
      Charlotte Observer (daily newspaper)
      Charlotte Post
      City Search
      City’s Best
      Creative Loafing
      Frommer’s Guide to Charlotte
      Mecklenburg Times
      Q-Notes
      Rhinoceros Times

Living Information
      America Housing
      Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
      Charlotte Douglas International Airport
      Cost of Living 
      Meetup
      Official city website
      Open Table Restaurant Reservations
      Zagat Ratings

Best Companies to Work For
Working Mother 2008 List
    Bank of America
    Wachovia

Largest Companies
      ADECCO 
      Advance Auto Parts 
      Allen Tate Co Inc 
      Allstate Insurance Company 
      ALLTEL Communications 
      American Red Cross 
      At&T North Carolina 
      BB&T 
      Bank of America  
      Belk  
      BellSouth  
      Bi‐Lo Food Stores 
   Bojangles 
   Carlisle Companies Inc 
   Carolina Beverage Corporation inc 
   Carolina Restaurant Group 
   Carolinas Healthcare System  
   Cato Corporation 
   Charlotte‐Mecklenburg Schools  
   Charlotte‐Pipe and Foundry Company 
   City of Charlotte  
   Clariant Corporation 
   Coca‐Cola Bottling Co Consolidated 
   Compass Group 
   Convergus Corp 
   CVS Pharmacies 
   Delhaize America Inc 
   Duke Energy  
   Eckerd/Rite Aid 
   EnPro Industries Inc 
   Family Dollar Stores 
   Food Lion  
   Goodrich Corporation 
   Harris Teeter 
   Hewitt Associates 
   Horizon Lines 
   IBM  
   Ingersoll‐Rand Co 
   Kelly Services 
   Lance Inc 
   Lending Tree 
   Lowe's  
   Maersk Inc 
   Meineke Car Care Centers 
   Microsoft Corp 
   Muzak 
   Nucor Corporation 
   Paramount’s Carowinds 
   Piedmont Natural Gas 
   Polymer Group 
   Presbyterian Healthcare  
   Royal & SunAlliance 
   Ruddick Corporation 
   Sonic Automotive Inc 
   Sprint/Nextel 
   SPX Corporation 
   Time Warner Cable 
   Transbotics 
   United Parcel Service 
   University of North Carolina at Charlotte  
   US Airways  
   Vanguard Group 
   Wachovia  
   Wal‐Mart Stores 
   Wells Fargo Home Mortgage 
   Weyerhaeuser 

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