Charlotte is North Carolina’s largest city and the nation’s 17th largest city. The city is strategically located on the eastern seaboard — North Carolina’s mountains are a mere two-hour drive while the Atlantic coast beaches can be reached in less than four hours. Transportation and distribution are big business in the mega city. Air transportation is first class at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports and the second largest hub for American Airlines. CLT flies to more than 150 destinations including direct to Havana, Cuba.
The city’s high quality of life, reasonable cost of living, world-class arts, major league sports, and educational and advancement opportunities attract employers and a talented workforce from across the country and globally. A pro-business environment entices banking, energy and other industry giants that have located one or more facilities within the region. The Charlotte region is headquarters to many Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies including Bank of America, Duke Energy, grocers (Harris Teeter, Food Lion), Cheerwine and Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores, among others.