Charlotte Is Growing, So How Do We Prepare For That Growth?

Charlotte Is Growing, So How Do We Prepare For That Growth?

The 2014 U.S. Census estimate showed 809,958 residents living within Charlotte’s city limits (1,012,539 in Mecklenburg County) making it the 17th most populous city in the United States.

Between 2004 and 2014, Charlotte was ranked as the country’s fastest-growing metro area with 888,000 new residents and No. 1 for most millennial growth, being considered as a millennial hub. Today, more than 42 people a day are moving to Charlotte, and it doesn’t show signs of slowing down.

With a median age of 35 years old and where 47% of the population is white, 31% black, 13% Hispanic and 6% Asian, the Queen City is also considered as a multicultural and young city.

Charlotte is growing, so how do we prepare for that growth?

Vi Lyles, City of Charlotte Mayor


The City of Charlotte Mayor, Vi Lyles, understands this important circumstance and has developed a strategy to focus on four areas: economic development, governmental leadership, new resources development and safety within the community.

Vi Lyles is the first African American female mayor in Charlotte and she believes her election will lead more children, black or white to think it’s possible to reach their goals.

During her presentation, she also talked about the importance to improve the public transportation, ensure affordable housing and the millennial impact in the city.

“The young Latin American business community and entrepreneurs are very important in Charlotte”, Lyles said when she was talking about how millennials impact on the way to do business, the new job environment and how they are helping to develop the commerce in the Queen City.

Nascar and Walmart with LACCC Board of Directors

During the event we had the opportunity to listen from NASCAR about their strategy to reach more bicultural, bilingual young Hispanic Consumers through more inclusive messages and increasing their content distribution on social media; but also invited the Latino Nascar Fans to learn more about the variety of job opportunities within the company.

To see their job offers click HERE!

Also, we had the opportunity to listen about Walmart’s 5th Annual Open Call Event, part of Walmart’s commitment to invest $250 billion, from 2013 to 2023, in U.S. manufactured products to support American jobs and be able to bring new local products to the shelves. Based on data from Boston Consulting Group, it’s estimated that 1 million new U.S. jobs will be created through this initiative.

To see photos of the event click HERE!

The Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte goal is to offer a sustainable bilingual platform of services to Latino entrepreneurs and professionals to empower them and engage them in the community.

To learn more about our events click HERE!




Author: Fernando Mayoral

Rocio Gonzalez, Executive Director at Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte