June 25, 2009 Recap
Edna Chirico, 2009 Chair, Charlotte Chamber University Chapter
Thursday June 25 was the first Charlotte Chamber University Chapter Commercial Broker Forum. The event was scheduled to provide brokers and investors an opportunity to see the diverse inventory of space available for sale and/or lease in the University Area.
Kicking off the program were two guest speakers. Rob Pressley, Coldwell Banker Commercial, gave an overview of the valuable services of the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors. The array of programs
CRCBR provides its 1100 brokers is extensive with the most well known being the Commercial Property Exchange, the most comprehensive collection of available listings available. Jeff Edge, Senior VP of Economic Development for the Charlotte Chamber, shared very positive progress being made on the corporate relocation front. Even with the current economic downturn, Charlotte is still a very attractive place for business.
The 60-plus audience was then put to the test. The University City Partners (a municipal service district charged with protecting economic vitality in University City) has retained two consulting groups. Clear Blue is tasked to develop an updated branding strategy for the greater University Area and LandDesign is to work toward a dynamic master plan/economic strategy for the University Research Park. Three representatives from Clear Blue were in attendance to provide an overview of the process underway to develop the branding strategy. For more information please go to www.universitycitypartners.org.
The main event of the broker forum was the opportunity for those in attendance to provide a brief overview of their available properties. So for the next hour, PowerPoint slides were shared with those in attendance. Developers and commercial brokers presented their properties ranging from class A office availabilities with great pricing due to our challenged economy to retail mixed use centers in the planning stages at future outer belt locations. The sharing of inventory was of benefit to all in attendance, awareness of the quality of the space available and awareness of the array of brokers currently working in the University Area due to its ever increasing attraction was apparent.
The University Area continues to grow and prosper. Recent counts put this area at over 150,000 residents and over 70,000 employees. It's a diverse and dynamic area to live, work and learn. I encourage you to become active in this area and to keep it on your radar screen for future Chamber programs, future business expansion and community involvement. Please go to www.charlottechamber.com/universitycithchapter and review our chapter website.
To review Edna's slide show in PDF format, click here.