Local Partnerships

Concord Downtown Development Corporation

The Concord Downtown Development Corporation manages the downtown municipal service district to foster growth through promotion, design, business development and the organization of human resources. CDDC works in partnership with other cities in North Carolina as a member of the Main Street Program of the NC Department of Commerce.

Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation

The Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation is the lead economic development agency for Cabarrus County. As a collaboration of local government and local businesses, the Partnership commits its efforts to creating jobs and building tax base in Cabarrus County and its municipalities. Activities focus on recruitment of new industry, as well as retention and expansion of existing businesses.

Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce serves its members as an advocate, resource and catalyst for business success. Located just off I-85 at Exit 60, the Chamber is an important membership organization for businesses in Cabarrus County and its municipalities. The Chamber partners with its members to address local business needs and promote the community. It offers some excellent resources for both new and existing businesses.

Charlotte Regional Partnership

The Charlotte Regional Partnership is a nonprofit, public/private organization dedicated to economic growth and prosperity in Charlotte USA - a region of 2.2 million people in twelve counties in North Carolina and four counties in South Carolina.

Training, Education and Research

Rowan Cabarrus Community College (RCCC) offers a variety of occupational programs leading to an associate degree in Applied Science. RCCC offers training and assistance for businesses regardless of size. Specialized training programs can be tailored to the specific needs of a business.

Located four miles southwest of Concord, UNC Charlotte is the fourth largest of the 16 institutions within the University of North Carolina system. With enrollment over 27,000 students, including about 4,000 graduate students, UNC Charlotte is the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region. UNC Charlotte and the "University City" area are easily accessible from Concord via I-85, US 29 and NC 49.

Affiliated with the university is the Charlotte Research Institute. The CRI seeks to develop technology-based academic and business partnerships, ranging from consultation to onsite collaborative research. These efforts will attract expertise and resources to the region resulting in the creation of a top-tier interdisciplinary technology research community. Important products of this endeavor include regional cooperation, entrepreneurship, and economic development. The institute's support of education and research includes its three centers: eBusiness, Optoelectronics and Optical Communications, and Precision Metrology.