September 2, 2015
With the opening of our new office in Charlotte, we thought we’d take a moment to introduce you to the city. The 16th largest city in the U.S. in total population, Charlotte is also among the fastest growing cities in the country, predicted to grow by 71 percent by 2030. Its transit system serves more than 25 million passengers per year, making it the largest transit system between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. It maintains 174 miles of bicycle lanes and is among the top 50 most walkable cities according to Walk Score (2011).
It is referred to as the Queen City in reference to Queen Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The city was founded in 1768, by a large group of people called “loyalists” – colonists who remained loyal to the British Crown. They had settled in this area since it was the intersection of two Native American trading paths and named the city after King George’s new wife in order to find favor with the Crown. Despite their early loyalty, some say that Mecklenberg County wrote its own intent for Independence from Britain called the Mecklenberg Declaration (or Mecklenberg Resolves) on May 20, 1775, a full year before the Colonies did. That date is a big deal in Charlotte and for a long time was a local holiday.
The city is the home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and a large proponent of racing for those interested in speed. Or you could try your own hand at driving a racecar. (Also check out our blog post on our own resident racer.) Speed Street is held every October downtown and “transforms the streets of Uptown Charlotte into one of the largest consumer events in the Southeast.”
Each September, Freedom Parks brings together more than 100,000 people for Festival in the Park, and arts and crafts and entertainment event. And the Carolina Renaissance Festival is one of the largest RenFest on the east coast.
Both Bank of America and Wells Fargo are headquartered here; Charlotte is the second largest banking center in the country behind Wilmington Delaware (which is served by our Newark office). The Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the University of North Carolina – Charlotte are all located here. Charlotte also boasts a brand new AAA baseball stadium downtown which is affiliated with the Chicago White Sox.
Ultimately, Charlotte and Mecklenburg County constitute a fast-growing area and one that AMT is excited to be a part of.