Economy

An economically healthy metropolitan region needs a vibrant urban core as well as strong suburban and rural communities. The institute offers articles and research on a variety of economic topics.
 

Articles about economic topics

  • What's in a name? Defining ‘urban’ in the South

    All three of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute’s most recent directors came, not from large urban centers, but from small, rural communities. But what we may have lacked in urban sophistication we made up for in our conviction that great metro regions are a healthy mix of urban, suburban and rural communities. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
  • Mecklenburg attitudes reflect improving economy

    People in Mecklenburg County are feeling the effects of the economic recovery, according to results from the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute’s 2013 Annual Survey. Most people surveyed said their economic situation is getting better, more than at any time since 2010. (Photo: John Chesser)
  • Recession in Charlotte, Sun Belt: more people, more poverty

    Population growth in Charlotte has always come with plenty of costs, but rising incomes and prosperity were part of the expected returns. Yet during the recent economic downturn, as population growth continued, economic growth sputtered. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
  • For our future: Make Charlotte a welcoming city

    We are finally seeing the long-awaited economic recovery slowly build momentum in the Charlotte region. What can we do to better position our area for sustained economic growth and positive change? We must work to actively attract capital, entrepreneurs, and innovators from around the world. (Photo: Mary Newsom)