Charlotte Regional Collaborative for a Global Economy

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The Charlotte Regional Collaborative for a Global Economy is a consortium of the 16 community colleges serving the Greater Charlotte Region. Led by Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, the Collaborative was established in the spring of 2015 by the presidents of its member institutions.

Collaborative member colleges provide higher education, workforce development and vocational skills training in 31 counties in two states (18 in North Carolina, 13 in South Carolina), serving 4.5 million people in an integrated, interdependent, and globally-connected regional economy that is the economic heartbeat of the Carolinas.


Click on the map above for the Collaborative Interactive Map

The Collaborative serves the following counties: Alexander, Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Burke, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Polk, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Union and Wilkes in North Carolina; and Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Dillon, Greenville, Lancaster, Marlboro, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, Union and York in South Carolina.

The Collaborative works closely in support of the Greater Charlotte Region's Global Economic Vision and its Global Vision Leaders Group.

Collaborative members understand that, in the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century, higher education, workforce development, and vocational skills training are essential and indispensable elements of the economic development process.

Collaborative Members

Community College College President Designated Contact Person
Catawba Valley Community College
Dr. Garrett Hinshaw Crystal Glenn
Executive Director Business & Industry/Workforce Development Innovation Center
828.327.7000, ext. 4293
Central Piedmont Community College Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer Mary Vickers-Koch
Associate Vice President, Corporate & Economic Development and Dean, Harris Campus
Cleveland Community College Dr. Jason Hurst
Ken Mooney
Vice President of Continuing Education
Gaston College Dr. Patricia Skinner Dr. Dennis McElhoe
Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development
Greenville Technical College Dr. Keith Miller Rita Snyder
Executive Support for the President
Isothermal Community College Mr. Walter H. Dalton Walter H. Dalton
Mitchell Community College Dr. Tim Brewer Dr. Tim Brewer
Northeastern Technical College Dr. Kyle Wagner Heath Milligan
Vice President of Academic Affairs & Student Services
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Dr. Carol Spalding Craig Lamb
Vice President of Corporate & Continuing Education
South Piedmont Community College Dr. Maria A. Pharr Scott Rivers
Dean of Career Development and Continuing Education
Spartanburg Community College Mr. Henry C. Giles Jr. Betty Hall
Administrative Assistant
Stanly Community College Dr. John D. Enamait Dr. Heather Hill
Vice President of Academic Affairs & SACSCOC Liason
Tri-County Technical College Dr. Ronnie Booth Rebecca Eidson
Director of Public Relations and Communications
Western Piedmont Community College Dr. Michael S. Helmick Atticus Simpson
Vice President for External Affairs and Workforce Development
Wilkes Community College Dr. Jeff A. Cox Dr. Jeff A. Cox
York Technical College Dr. Greg Rutherford Melanie E. Jones
Vice President for College Advancement


To provide critical thinking and regional leadership to sustain, enhance, and promote the economic growth and global competitiveness of the Greater Charlotte Region. We are “community colleges providing leadership for global commerce.”


To bring together and leverage the assets and resources of the 16 member colleges to support the region as a new and emerging center of global commerce, including international trade, business and investment, entrepreneurship, education, workforce development and training, all in a global business context.


The Collaborative’s purpose is to prepare, educate, and train workers in the Greater Charlotte Region to be and remain competitive. In collaboration with regional industries and employers, our work will be jobs-driven and will be closely aligned with state, regional and local economic development efforts.  In summary, the Collaborative aims to position itself at the intersection of talent and economic development.


The mission, goal, and strategy are reflected in the scope of work and projects undertaken by the Collaborative, which include:

  • Development, execution, and administration of the John M. Belk Endowment Workforce Relevance Planning Grant benefiting 12 Collaborative member colleges (9 in NC, 3 in SC) to align education and training to the skills most needed in targeted regional industries, as identified by local employers and economic/workforce development agencies. Click here for project report summaries and further links to full project reports.
  • Securing funding and staff support to support Collaborative programs, projects, and initiatives through generous grants from JPMorgan Chase and the John M. Belk Endowment.
  • Completion of a workforce development study (2016) that surveyed in-demand jobs in the Greater Charlotte Region.
      • Completion of a regional training inventory (2015) that identified economic-development-related programs and initiatives by each Collaborative member.
        • Export training and assistance programs for local industries with global potential developed by several member colleges in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce Regional Export Assistance Center.
        • Completion of a regional economic development impact study, which measured the individual and collective impact of regional community colleges in developing, recruiting, closing and executing economic development projects in recent years.  Each Collaborative member college, using a standardized reporting template, was asked to identify, define, track, and evaluate its respective engagement in and contributions to economic development projects in its service area.



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                    The work of the Collaborative is made possible through generous gifts from JPMorgan Chase and the John M. Belk Endowment.