Leaders convene to discuss Charlotte’s bright but challenging future at Invest: Charlotte 2022 Launch Conference

Leaders convene to discuss Charlotte’s bright but challenging future at Invest: Charlotte 2022 Launch Conference

2022-07-21T14:04:32-04:00July 21st, 2022|Charlotte, Economy, Press Releases|

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Writer: Jerrica DuBois

2 min read July 2022Business and community leaders gathered today to reaffirm and strengthen their belief that Charlotte is, and will remain, one of the most resilient and innovative markets for the long-term future at the official, in-person launch conference for the third edition of Invest: Charlotte.

In her opening remarks at the event, Capital Analytics’ CEO Abby Melone provided an overview of Charlotte’s current economic climate. While the region is booming, it is not immune to national headwinds. 

“A balanced strategy and adaptability will also be necessary in the shorter term as we face numerous challenges emerging from the pandemic. Top of the list, no doubt is the rampant inflation that is very much in place across the country and reflected across all industries. Rising interest rates and whether the Federal Reserve can manufacture a soft landing for the economy are key factors for everyone,” said Melone. “Overall, however, when we look at the picture of the Charlotte region, what we see is a great deal of optimism.”

Healthcare and education, infrastructure, and planning and development were focal points of the event. The in-person leadership summit, held within Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts, was kicked off with an opening keynote address from City of Charlotte’s Assistant City Manager and Economic Development Director Tracy Dodson, who spoke to the importance of partnerships to maintain and build upon the growth of the city.  

“Many organizations compete fiercely in the boardroom, but come together to move our community forward,” said Dodson. She also discussed the Mayor’s Racial Equity Initiative, the economic slowdown, and pride in the community.

The first panel of the conference, “Ingenuity and Preparation: The key to staying ahead is anticipating change,” explored the relationship between Charlotte’s healthcare sector and local educational institutions, as well as the role they play in ingenuity and pushing the community forward. Moderated by Capital Analytics’ Regional Editor Max Crampton-Thomas, panelists included Bart Walker, co-chair of the Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry Team at McGuireWoods; Brannen Edge, president and CEO of Flagship Healthcare Properties; and Scott Bullard, president of Pfeiffer University 

The second panel, “Real Estate & Construction: How are infrastructure priorities aligned with development needs and what challenges lie ahead,” examined the infrastructure challenges currently facing the Queen City. Walter Fisher, Charlotte office managing partner at Troutman Pepper moderated the discussion, with panelists including Keith Poettker, chairman and CEO at Poettker Construction; Timothy O’Brien, studio manager at LaBella Architecture; and Brendan Pierce, president of commercial at Crescent Communities.

The final panel, “Best Laid Plans: Striking the balance between long-term strategies and adaptability” examined the future of Charlotte as it relates to planning and development. Judy Wishnek, vice president and Charlotte commercial market executive at Truliant Federal Credit Union moderated the discussion, with panelists Irene Vogelsong, associate principal and practice leader – North Carolina at Perkins&Will; and Cheryl Richards, CEO at Catapult Employers Association.

The closing address was provided by Invest: Charlotte Executive Director Chris Chapman, who thanked the business community for their support and Blumenthal Performing Arts for the stunning venue.

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About Capital Analytics & Invest: Charlotte 2022 

Capital Analytics is an independent and integrated media platform that produces in-depth business intelligence through its annual print and digital economic reviews, high-impact conferences and events and top-level interviews via its video platform, Invest:Insights.

Invest: Charlotte 2022 is an in-depth economic review of the key issues facing the Queen City’s economy, featuring the exclusive insights of prominent regional leaders. Invest: Charlotte 2022 is produced with two goals in mind: 1) to provide comprehensive investment knowledge on the Charlotte for local, national and international investors, and 2) to promote the Charlotte region as a place to invest and do business.

The report conducts a deep dive into the top economic sectors in the region, including real estate, construction, infrastructure, banking and finance, legal, healthcare, education and tourism. The publication is compiled from insights collected from more than 200 economic leaders, business executives, sector insiders, political leaders and heads of important institutions. It analyzes the leading challenges facing the market and uncovers emerging opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and innovators.

For more information, contact: 
Max Crampton-Thomas
Regional Editor
305-523-9708 Ext: 233