The largest public school system in the Carolinas, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) public school systems offer solid, broad programs that meet the needs of a wide range of students, from special needs to academically gifted, college prep to technical. North Carolina has traditionally encouraged consolidation of public systems so that many counties have a single school system. While many systems have consolidated, some remain fiercely independent, such as Mooresville Graded School District in southern Iredell County. York County in South Carolina also has four public school systems, each with its own distinct qualities.
When it comes to power in Charlotte, Duke Energy has you covered. The unquestioned leader in power, Duke Energy supplies electricity to over 7 million customers located across the Carolinas, Florida and the Midwest. With their headquarters located in Uptown Charlotte, Duke Energy not only powers Charlotte, they also call it home. For gas services, Piedmont Natural Gas is the trusted provider of natural gas for all of the Charlotte area. Piedmont Natural Gas is corporately located in Charlotte and serves over 1 million customers throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The words “Charlotte” and “Finance” go hand-in-hand. Five of the nation’s top 150 banks have operations in Charlotte, including Bank of America, the second-largest bank in the United States in terms of assets. The “Queen City” also proves to be king in the worlds of manufacturing and transportation. Charlotte is home to more than 2,000 manufacturers of textiles, electronics, printing, plastics, industrial machinery and other industries and serves as the center of the country’s largest consolidated rail system.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport enables travelers to reach over 140 cities throughout the world. Ten major airlines and a number of regional carriers serve this award-winning public facility. More than 600 airplanes use its runways each day. The terminal features a variety of restaurants, stores, parking garages and rental agencies.
Regardless of where you live in Charlotte, you’ll be able to find excellent health-care facilities nearby. As the city has grown, hospitals, physicians’ groups and other health-care providers have expanded beyond Uptown to also serve the suburbs.