Matthews seeks a collaborative relationship with businesses as they work to achieve success in the world's economy. Priorities include: regional innovation, private/public partnerships with developers to bring businesses and industries with job opportunities and competitive salaries; environmentally sustainable development and more. We work with existing businesses as well as businesses that may potentially locate in the Town.
The Town is fortunate to have an educational institution in its midst that offers degrees and workforce training Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). CPCC has an Institute for Entrepreneurship that provides both free and fee based courses that help you start, grow and manage businesses of every size.
If you are interested in expanding your business or locating your firm in Matthews contact Jamie Justice, Assistant Town Manager at 704-708-1231 or email. He will be glad to assist you in achieving your business goals.
The next meeting of the Economic Development Advisory Committee will take place on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 7:00 am.
Business Summit May 9th
A Town of Matthews Economic Development Summit
Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. * Program from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Friday, May 9, 2014
Town Hall, 232 Matthews Station Street
Join us as Secretary Decker talks about & answers your questions on the recent reorganization and funding of economic development in N.C. How will these changes benefit your business? Impact incentives? Grow N.C.'s business economy?
Tom Murray, Chief Executive Officer of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, will also share how your business can take advantage of amateur sports, tourism and hospitality visitors to our region.
This meeting is free and a boxed lunch will be served.
RSVP by May 5 - call 704-708-1222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Town Board approved the Downtown Master Plan in January 2013 and one of the recommendations is to "Establish an active Downtown Organization to oversee the continued enhancement of downtown Matthews". The purpose would be to create a volunteer group to focus on how to improve upon the successes already happening in downtown.
The Town's Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) was tasked with evaluating the feasibility of creating a downtown organization. EDAC created a steering group and for several months this group has researched the possibility. In December of 2013 a public meeting was advertised and held to gather input from downtown stakeholders. The presentation from this meeting can be found here: public presentation
The steering group and EDAC made a recommendation regarding the formation of a downtown organization to the Town Board in February 2014.
Managing Cities in a Time of Change: the Economics of Urbanism
On June 18, 2013 Joe Minicozzi of Urban3, LLC led a discussion regarding the true costs and benefits of development choices in the Town of Matthews. Mr, Minicozzi, an expert in land value economics, has performed an analysis of Matthews' development choices and shared how certain tools can help the Town of Matthews overcome misconceptions about efficient downtown development and make wise investments.
Click here to see materials used in the presentation: The Economics of Urbanism
Click here to watch a video of the presentation: YouTube.com - 1 hour 27 minutes
Click here to read the summary report of Mr. Minicozzi's analysis - September 23, 2013: Value in Commerce
Economic Development Incentive Grants
The Matthews Town Board has approved an Economic Development Incentive Grants Policy that will encourage businesses who are looking for a location to call Matthews home and for businesses already here to be able to stay and expand.
New and existing businesses will be able to apply for the grants. The businesses must commit to making a capital investment and employing a number of employees at or above the average Mecklenburg County wages and operate for more than one year before they will receive the grant. There are several categories of criteria involved.
The policy may be reviewed in its entirety here: Economic Development Incentive Grant Policy
If your business would like to learn more about Economic Development Incentive Grants, contact Assistant Town Manager Jamie Justice at 704-708-1231 or email
Facade Grant program
Assessment of the Plan Review Process
The Town of Matthews is committed to maintaining orderly and responsible growth by developing and enforcing ordinances, policies, and procedures relating to the use of land. To that end, a review of the development process was undertaken in 2012 to determine the strengths and opportunities of the existing process. That document can be accessed here: Plan Review Process Assessment