Community Development

The City of Charlotte Community Development Department is here to assist residents, business owners, entrepreneurs and business prospects with matters related to development within the city. It is focused on both economic development and community development. Its overall mission is the community’s ongoing quality of life.

The department’s specific areas of responsibility include:

  • Commercial & Industrial Development
  • Development Incentives
  • Downtown Charlotte
  • Community & Neighborhood Housing Programs
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship Support
  • Community Marketing & Promotions
  • Fitch H. Beach Municipal Airport
  • Cable & Public Access Television
  • City Website
  • Summer Concerts on the Square & other special events

Acting as a clearinghouse of community information, demographics and networking opportunities, the Community Development Department can provide the necessary facts, figures and information needed to make an informed decision about locating a big or small business in Charlotte.

The city’s experienced staff can help you take advantage of important local development tools and incentives like PA 198 Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption certifications and Brownfield development options.

The city’s Community Development staff also works closely with representatives of the state and federal government as may be necessary to ensure that every available resource is brought to bear in support of your development project. Great location, modern incentives and a high quality of life help make Charlotte a competitive location from which to do business in the global marketplace.

Community residents may be able to enlist the help of the city’s Community Development resources through grant programs aimed at the rehabilitation of both houses and apartments. These programs make funding for home improvements directly available to landlords and homeowners.

The Community Development department also helps plan and fund local community marketing initiatives in partnership with organizations like Can Do! and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. These include television marketing campaigns that feature Charlotte, as well as afternoon and evening seminar series and presentations intended to provide local residents and business owners with special skills and information otherwise unavailable in Charlotte. These include topics of special interest to small business owners, job seekers, prospective entrepreneurs, and leadership development candidates.

This department is often involved with the planning and promotion of special community events and festivals, ranging from the annual Celebrate Charlotte Festival to the DDA Downtown Farmer’s Market. The Community Development staff is also working to develop and maintain the city’s Beach Airport as a modern airfield suitable for commercial and recreational flying. Featuring a 3,500-foot concrete runway, modern aviation infrastructure including AWOS and lighted airfield signage, more recent improvements include a remodeled terminal building, self-service aviation fuel via credit card payment, and experienced, highly qualified aircraft maintenance and flight instruction services.

Because a high quality of life is central to the development and livability of any city, Charlotte’s Community Development staff also works in support of a wide range of local projects and initiatives including parks & recreation development, community walkability, cable television/public access television and many general administration activities.

For more information, please contact Community Development Director Bryan Myrkle at (517) 543-8853.