Charlotte fails to deliver for Amazon as Southeast competitors make HQ2 cut

Charlotte fails to deliver for Amazon as Southeast competitors make HQ2 cut

For the last few months, cities across the country have been clamoring for Amazon’s attention and a chance at the $5 billion in investment and 50,000 jobs the company has promised.

Amazon finally released a list of its 20 finalists, and they’re a who’s who of up-and-coming cities — including most fast-growing Southern ones. Atlanta and Raleigh both made the list. Peers like Indianapolis, Nashville and Denver, too. No Charlotte.

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Interview with Thom Ruhe, President and CEO of NC IDEA

During his seven-year tenure at the Kauffman Foundation, Thom directed the Foundation’s programs addressing entrepreneurial education, mentoring, access to capital and fostering entrepreneurial ecosystems. Thom also led Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation, a school dedicated to advancing community deployed experiential-based entrepreneurial education.

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