Joint Media Statement from Kendall Alley, Charlotte Chamber Board Chair, and Howard Bissell III, Charlotte Regional Partnership Board Chair
Published Friday, September 14, 2018

Joint Media Statement from Kendall Alley, Charlotte Chamber Board Chair, and Howard Bissell III, Charlotte Regional Partnership Board Chair


Earlier this week, the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Regional Partnership and the Executive Committee of the Charlotte Chamber voted unanimously to authorize their CEOs and staff to engage in the steps necessary to formally combine the organizations. The Boards of both organizations are expected later this year to act on a formal recommendation from their respective Executive Committees to finalize the combination. It is anticipated that should the Boards vote to ratify the recommendation, the new enterprise will begin operations on January 1, 2019. We are reasonably confident our boards will endorse the final actions necessary for a combination of the two organizations.

The intent of the combined enterprise will be to build on the experience and passion of both organizations to galvanize the 16-county Charlotte region through a shared vision and coordinated efforts. The business leaders in our community are committed to building the best enterprise in the country in order to drive long-term growth and a vibrant economy. We believe a unified enterprise provides a clear path and single development team for site selectors and business leaders and owners who are considering a corporate re-location or business expansion.

We are confident a new combined organization is the right strategic decision for our region’s future. Success will hinge on maintaining the consistent support of our investors through 2020 to ensure a smooth transition and to bolster our ability to achieve our goals through one unified organization. As a new organization, there will need to be an emphasis on expanding our base of support to ensure the Charlotte region can be competitive amongst her peers.

An ad hoc committee was formed to explore alternatives and will oversee the integration, including identifying a new name for the combined enterprise and to facilitate the search for a CEO. We anticipate the CEO search process being completed in early 2019. The 10-member ad hoc committee is comprised of past, current and future leaders of both the Charlotte Chamber and Charlotte Regional Partnership: Kendall Alley, Wes Beckner, Howard Bissell III, Malcomb Coley, Jesse Cureton, Ned Curran, Chris Kouri, Carol Lovin, Andrea Smith, and Judy Wishnek.

Both the Charlotte Chamber and the Charlotte Regional Partnership have strong and talented teams, and the Executive Committees and leadership teams of both organizations are confident that great work will continue by both organizations during this transition. Bob Morgan and Ronnie Bryant will continue to run their organizations through the transition.

We will share more information in the weeks and months ahead.


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