Chuck McShane

Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
Vice President of Research

Biography

Chuck McShane is vice president of research at the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance where he is responsible for strategic economic development, workforce and policy research and analysis. He is also a freelance writer whose work regularly appears in Charlotte Magazine and Our State. Chuck started his career as a staff reporter and copy editor at several newspapers including The Charlotte Observer and The Herald of Rock Hill, S.C.

Education

Chuck holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy, master's in public administration, as well as his master's and bachelor's in history, all from UNC Charlotte.

Expertise

Economic development, demographic change, micropolitan areas and small town dynamics, urban policy, urban history, Charlotte history.

Articles

  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 29, 2014
    In the 1980s and early 1990s, rapid growth around Lake Norman led to culture clashes between long-time residents and "those lake people." Land use and planning were at the heart of the conflict, writes Chuck McShane in this excerpt from his book, A History of Lake Norman: From Fish Camps to Ferarris.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Sep 22, 2014
    This installment of our series of planner interviews heads to Iredell County, where Matthew Todd describes efforts of industrial recruitment, rural farmland preservation and the challenges of planning in a diverse county that includes suburban Charlotte to the south and rural foothills to the north.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Sep 17, 2014
    By 2050, residents in the Charlotte region would prefer to see more rural areas preserved, less suburban development and more areas that blend housing, stores and offices.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 17, 2014
    By 2050, residents in the Charlotte region would prefer to see more rural areas preserved, less suburban development and more areas that blend housing, stores and offices.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Sep 10, 2014
    Several local governments in the N.C. Piedmont are considering moving offices out of downtown. Those plans worry downtown development officials and business owners, who fear downtown vitality will be lost.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 10, 2014
    Several local governments in the N.C. Piedmont are considering moving offices out of downtown. Those plans worry downtown development officials and business owners, who fear downtown vitality will be lost.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Aug 19, 2014
    This installment in our series of planner interviews heads to Rock Hill, where Bill Meyer describes how the city has encouraged a mixed-use development at the old Celanese plant site, revitalized downtown and is looking at its long-range planning. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Aug 19, 2014
    This installment in our series of planner interviews heads to Rock Hill, where Bill Meyer describes how the city has encouraged a mixed-use development at the old Celanese plant site, revitalized downtown and is looking at its long-range planning. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
  • plancharlotte.org
    Aug 13, 2014
    As the final leg of I-485 nears completion, residents near the Prosperity Church Road interchange are bracing for growth. A 1999 plan calls for an “urban village” there of compact streets and walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods. Will the growth really follow that plan? (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Aug 13, 2014
    As the final leg of I-485 nears completion, residents near the Prosperity Church Road interchange are bracing for growth. A 1999 plan calls for an “urban village” there of compact streets and walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods. Will the growth really follow that plan? (Photo: Nancy Pierce)