The following are original resources pertaining to the vision and scope of this global initiative for the Charlotte region. They are generally listed by author with date if given. To listen to a recent NPR radio interview with Tony Zeiss & Chase Saunders click here.

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CLTglobal Gallis Global Vision-Int Trade Hub 2014
CLTglobal Zeiss Saunders Create It Make It Move It 2011
CLTglobal Saunders Create Make Move Slides 2012
WNHP Global Hub for International Trade 03.26.2014
CLTglobal Charlotte Biz Global Hub Intl Trade 2014.03.18
CLTglobal Charlotte Biz Global Vision Overview 2014.02.27
CLTglobal Charlotte Biz Charlotte 2030-A Shared Vision 2013
CLTglobal Charlotte Chamber Access 2011


CLTglobal Saunders Water Runs Down Hill 2014
CLTglobal Saunders Business History Charlotte 4 Booms 2012

Global Competitiveness

CLTglobal McKinsey Next-shoring CEO Guide 2014
CLTglobal SSel-IBM Competitiveness Study 2013
CLTglobal Avalanche Global Competitiveness 2012
CLTglobal Kurtzman Second American Century 2014
CLTglobal America2050 Prospectus 2006

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

CLTglobal Charlotte Biz Charlotte Douglas Airport 2013
CLTglobal CDIA Standard Airport Presentation 2012
CLTglobal CDIA Fast Facts 2012
CLTglobal CDIA CharlotteUSA FTZ #57 2012
CLTglobal CDIA CharlotteUSA Destinations 2012

Norfolk Southern Intermodal Center

CLTglobal Charlotte Biz NS Intermodal Center 2014
CLTglobal Norfolk Southern NS Intermodal 2014
CLTglobal CDIA Intermodal Facility 2012
CLTglobal NS Views on Intermodal Expansion 2008

Southeast Ports

CLTglobal Charlotte Biz Southeast Ports 2014
CLTglobal Ellenberg SC Ports Authority 2014

CLTglobal GPA Port of Savannah SOP 2013
CLTglobal CDIA CharlotteUSA Ports 2012

Global Trade/Panama Canal/Exports

CLTglobal Charlotte Biz Global Trade Routes-Panama Canal 2012
CLTglobal US Export Assistance NC Export Info 2013

Advanced Manufacturing

CLTglobal CCOG Advanced Manufacturing Strategy 2014
CLTglobal UNCC Advanced Manufacturing Strategy 2013
CLTglobal IDA Adv Mfg Emerging Global Trends 2012
CLTglobal PCA Comp Adv in Adv Mfg 2012
CLTglobal PCA Amer Ldrshp in Adv Mfg 2011
CLTglobal Centralina EDC Advanced Mfg in Charlotte Region 2007

Entrepreneurial Opportunities & Innovation

CLTglobal Charlotte Chamber Entrepreneurial Platform 2012

Human Resources

Global Logistics

CLTglobal Charlotte Chamber Logistics 2013
CLTglobal NC Logistics Task Force 2012

Free Trade Agreements

GATT – General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs
General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
General Agreement on Trade in Services
Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights
Agreement on Government Procurement
Information Technology Agreement


Israel: Israel–United States Free Trade Agreement (incl. Palestinian Authority; 1985)
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) (incl. Canada and Mexico; 1994)
Jordan: Jordan–United States Free Trade Agreement (2001)
Australia: Australia–United States Free Trade Agreement (2004)
Chile: Chile–United States Free Trade Agreement (2004)
Singapore: Singapore–United States Free Trade Agreement (2004)
Bahrain: Bahrain–United States Free Trade Agreement (2006)
Morocco: Morocco-United States Free Trade Agreement (2006)
Oman: Oman–United States Free Trade Agreement (2006)
Peru: Peru–United States Trade Promotion Agreement (2007)
Dominican Republic–Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA; incl. Costa
Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic; 2005)
Panama: Panama–United States Trade Promotion Agreement (2011)
Colombia: United States–Colombia Free Trade Agreement (2011) 

South Korea: United States–Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement (2011)

Suggested Reading

– Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, John D. Kasarda (2012)
– Makers, The New Industrial Revolution, Chris Anderson (2012)
– The Coming Jobs War, Jim Clifton (2011)
– The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future, Martin Ford (2009)
– The Maker Movement Manifesto, Mark Hatch (2013)
– Who Owns the Future?, Jason Lanier (2014)
– You Are Not a Gadget, Jaron Lanier (2011)


– Rail yard at Charlotte Douglas to move 200,000 containers a year, Charlotte Observer, Jan. 9, 2014
What we can do for the next generation, The Washington Post, Feb. 7, 2014
Attracting jobs, industry to CLT is goal of intermodal facility, Charlotte Business Journal, Feb. 11, 2014
Greater Charlotte Region Partners Talk Strengths and Needs in Manufacturing with White House, Feb. 26, 2014
Can Charlotte become a global economic powerhouse?, Charlotte Observer, Feb. 28, 2014
CPCC launches Center for Global Workforce and Logistics Education, March 11, 2014

News coverage for 2014 Global Competitiveness Summit and Advanced Manufacturing Awards

o Education, work-force training key to ensure Charlotte region competes globally, Charlotte Business Journal, March 12, 2014
o Next step for U.S. manufacturing is ‘mass customization,’ Siemens exec says, Charlotte Business Journal, March 12, 2014
o Global Competitiveness Summit pushes manufacturing future, Time Warner Cable News, March 12, 2014
o Charlotte needs better-trained workers to compete globally, leaders say at summit, Charlotte Observer, March 12, 2014