Charlotte Chamber tours New York City to look at ways for growth expansion
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NEW YORK — The three day, 58th annual Charlotte Chamber inter-city visit continued Tuesday in New York City.
The delegation of more than 100 people toured the city, including a panel in Brooklyn. The Big Apple borough has transformed itself in recent years. More than $3 billion have been invested in Brooklyn, helping spearhead more than 1,000 new residential units.
Charlotte leaders believe the Queen City can mimic Brooklyn's growth; especially with how it utilizes its cultural facilities.
"The learning that you have here in Brooklyn, about how to do arts, that instead of doing art as a standalone, figure out who to do all aspects of it, together with academia and entrepreneurial, and I'll call it traditional business," said Charlotte Chamber member Frank Emory.
Brooklyn's revitalization was the focus for Tuesday's visit.
"The collaboration of public private development partnership has been central, to I think, the success of downtown Brooklyn," said Brooklyn developer Mary Anne Gilmartin.
The trips give insight for what can be mimicked and expanded upon in Charlotte, especially Uptown.
"[It is] kind of confirmation that we got some things right, that we're working on, the public private partnership is clearly the way to go," said Emory.
Brooklyn developers said Charlotte should be proud of its Levine Arts campus, but can also take it to the next level by incorporating more training and educational opportunities.
The Charlotte Chamber intercity trip continues through Thursday. Wednesday, the group will tour the new football stadium for the New York Giants and Jets and hear from Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson. An intercity trip to London was canceled earlier this summer. The trip costs about $3,000 a person, some pay out of their own pocket.