North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2017

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58 N O R T H C A R O L I N A E C O N O M I C D E V E L O P M E N T G U I D E he state's largest city has it all, from professional and minor-league sports to fi rst- class museums and centers for performing arts. An extension of the city's light- rail line, scheduled to open in late 2017, will connect the UNC Charlotte area in the northeast to downtown and South End, a hub for eclectic shops, restaurants and breweries. With the state's largest body of water, Lake Norman, to the north, Lake Wylie to the south and the Catawba River — a favorite for kayaking and paddleboarding — to the west, recreational opportunities abound. A R O U N D T H E S T A T E | R E G I O N S T A T T R A C T I O N S • U.S. National Whitewater Center, Charlotte • Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord • Carolina Panthers NFL team, Charlotte • NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte • Charlotte Hornets NBA team, Charlotte • Carowinds amusement park, Charlotte E V E N T S • Carolina Renaissance Festival, Huntersville, October-November • Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival, Charlotte, May • Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, May • Carolina BalloonFest, Statesville, October • Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Games, Huntersville, April • Christmas Town USA, McAdenville, December A T T R A C T I O N S U.S. National Whitewater Center, Charlotte Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord Carolina Panthers NFL team, Charlotte CHARLOTTE Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union • Business and fi nancial services • Corporate headquarters • Aerospace and defense • Textiles • Energy • Automotive manufacturing C O U N T I E S I N D U S T R I E S JUDY OWEN

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