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About Charlotte
North Carolina


Welcome to Charlotte!

Charlotte is one of the United States’ fastest growing cities and is now the second largest banking center in America. Charlotte is ranked 9th nationally in the number of Fortune 500 companies headquartered there, and has an impressive 273 of the Fortune 500 with offices in the city. Because of its growing metropolis and impressive array of culture and cuisine, Charlotte is the proud host of the 2012 Democratic National Committee meeting scheduled for September.

With more than a mile’s worth of cultural facilities all within Center City, it’s clear that Charlotte has a strong commitment to the arts. Breathtaking ballets by NC Dance Theatre, awesome operas by Carolina Opera, and a wide variety of scintillating stage shows at Belk Theatre and Ovens Auditorium are just a sampling of city happenings thanks to the Arts & Science Council. Surprisingly, Charlotte is second only to New York City in terms of revenue dollars generated by the arts.


 Charlotte: Destination 2012 TMA

Here's just a few more reasons why Charlotte, North Carolina is this year's go-to location for the TMA Conference!

Charlotte is strategically located in the U.S. and is only a two-hour plane ride from 60 percent of the U.S. population.

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport provides superior air service with nonstop daily service to 170 different cities, including international service to Dublin, Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, London, Montreal, Toronto, Mexico City, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and 22 different Caribbean destinations.

Charlotte offers a highly developed and sophisticated international business environment. There are currently 948 foreign-owned companies in the metro area, including large number of international business and cultural organizations.
 Photo by Patrick Schneider Photography
 Courtesy of Visit  Charlotte

Charlotte’s thriving arts community enhances an already rich and stimulating quality of life. Symphony, dance, theater, opera, art museums and a wide range of other venues are supported by the Arts & Science Council, which conducts one of the highest per capita annual campaigns of its type in the country. A large number of arts venues are located downtown within walking distance of each other and Charlotte’s light rail line.

The Levine Center for the Arts is the heart of the Center City cultural corridor, encompassing the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Mint Museum Uptown, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and 1,150-seat Knight Theater. Beyond Center City, neighborhoods like NoDa and South End embrace the arts with off-the-beaten-path venues that tout musical genres ranging from jazz to alt-rock and gallery crawls that show off masterpieces by local artists.

Just one block away from the Westin Charlotte is the EpiCentre – an open air shopping and entertainment district that includes shopping, an array of restaurants offering international, gourmet cuisines, unique shopping, art and theater.


 Climate and Dress


Charlotte’s average high temperature in October is 73°F (23°C) and the average low temperature at night is 52°F (11°C).

The meeting encourages business casual attire. Meeting rooms are well air conditioned and the inside temperature might be slightly warmer or cooler than you find comfortable. Therefore, it is suggested that you dress in layers (light jackets and/or shawls are a good idea to have with you).


 Additional Resources about Charlotte

 Charlotte's got a lot!

 Why Charlotte?

 2011 and 2012 Charlotte Accolades

 10 fun things to do in Charlotte!

Visit for more information.

Photo by Patrick Schneider Photography Courtesy of Visit Charlotte

See you in Charlotte, North Carolina for the
2012 Trademark Administrators Conference!