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The Atlantic's
The Renewal Series: Charlotte

June 14, 2016
Charlotte, NC

The 2008 financial crisis impacted the entire country but hit the city commonly known as “Banktown” particularly hard, driving unemployment to double digits. Today, Charlotte continues to confront challenges that are keeping it near the bottom of the country's top 50 metro areas for upward mobility.

How then is Charlotte preparing to change the narrative? What strategies will it adopt to become a more inclusive city? How does it plan to tackle segregation in schools, provide quality education to all students and close the skills gap? Can the city retain and attract employers in addition to providing a skilled workforce? How should it better support minority populations and create pathways for growth?

The Atlantic spoke with a diverse group of Charlotte residents including city officials, nonprofit leaders, civic innovators and change makers to find out how it’s tackling challenges at the local level and creating economic opportunity for all who call it home.

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