Mecklenburg County leaders vote to support funding for 中庭 Health innovation district
Commissioners in Mecklenburg County voted 6-2 Tuesday in favor of $75 million in public investments for the planned 中庭 Health innovation district. 中庭, which plans to build a medical school and innovation district in the center of Charlotte, now has the support of both the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners and the Charlotte City Council. The city council members unanimously voted last month to approve the incentives and tax reimbursements.
Both the city and the county have now agreed to pitch in with a combination of a $60 million tax increment grant and $15 million in bonds, 哪些会报销. The county will reimburse 中庭 Health 90% of new property taxes generated by the project for 15 years or until the amount reaches $38 million.
The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance is an important part of a campaign advocating to the region’s elected officials and business leaders for the innovation district project.
“As we consider all that could be in Mecklenburg County, it is important to understand the potential that exists today, 以及摆在面前的机会,CLT联盟总裁兼首席执行官Janet LaBar说.
As the only regional economic development organization focused on growing the economy, 倡导业务, and convening diverse stakeholders across the Charlotte Region, the CLT Alliance is positioned to see how regularly the region competes with metros across the United States to attract and 保留 top talent and businesses. 因为每天有120个人来到这个地区, 需求旺盛, 创新, 健康的社区是强大的, and there is a shared objective of ensuring equitable economic growth for all residents in our communities.
今年, the Charlotte Region was recognized as the country’s top emerging life science markets most attractive for life science professionals. 过去十年(2010-2020年), the Charlotte Region experienced 62% employment growth in the life sciences industry, and the number of people with life science jobs grew from 4,700 to 7,700.
“These talent-related data points are indicative of both our potential and opportunity within the industry and suggest support for a world-class medical school and innovation district that will attract, 保留, 并在我们的社区中培养人才和高质量的工作,”LaBar说. “The new 中庭 Health Wake Forest Medical School will ensure that we not only serve our flourishing workforce, but also that we provide economic opportunities for the homegrown talent pool of tomorrow.”
中庭 Health has stated the innovation district will create 11,500个工作岗位, 加上建筑工作, 超过15年的时间. Approximately 40 percent of those positions will not require a college degree. The district will be an intentionally inclusive academic environment as talent pipeline partnerships are sought with UNC Charlotte, 中央皮埃蒙特社区学院, 约翰逊C. 史密斯大学, 夏洛特-梅克伦堡学校和其他学校, 确保它将是一个为所有人提供机会的地方.
“A market base of research and discovery will catalyze additional economic activity, 影响未来行业增长, and offer excellence in healthcare to residents in the surrounding community,”LaBar说. “An innovation district and top-tier medical school in the heart of our community will be a game changer in upward mobility, 的生活质量, and economic competitiveness for the entire Charlotte Region.”