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Charlotte Chamber of Commerce – What you should know

July 2nd, 2007

The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce is pretty amazing.  I attended their prospect meeting last week and about six members of the Charlotte Chamer of Commerce were present to encourage joining.

President Bob Morgan was the primary speaker and honestly, we did not have a lot of questions for him.  So he spent the time talking about the amazing city of Charlotte.  Here’s some statistics…

  • In 2007, the city of Charlotte itself has 664,342 people in it.
  • The city is ranked number 20 in population among US Cities. 
  • The metropolitan area has 1.6 million. 
  • The Chamber feels that the metropolitan area may grow to 4.2 million by 2027.
  • Charlotte is 286 square miles.
  • It is 62% white, 29% black, 9% other.
  • Charlotte has 8 Fortune 500 companies headquartered here including:  Bank of America (9), Lowe’s (45), and Wachovia Corporation (46).
  • Only five other cities have more Fortune 500 companies headquartered in them.
  • Only three other cities (population 400K to 1,000K) have a cost of living lower than Charlotte (Fort Worth, Nashville, Oklahoma City).  There are 22 other cities that have a higher cost of living.

The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce itself is quite impressive.

  • There are 3,800 members.
  • They hold over 300 events per year.
  • There are seven area chapters that divide the Chamber into regions.
  • Each area chapter holds regular events for speaking and networking.
  • There is an Entrepreneurs Forum that meets regularly.

The people at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce that I have met and worked with are very friendly and helpful.  We are looking forward to being an active member.

We officially joined the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce on June 26, 2007.