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
In addition, a survey was created to gather feedback from citizens about how to make Downtown Matthews even better and weigh in on the idea of forming a downtown organization. This survey is open until January 1, 2014 and can be found here: downtown survey
The steering group and EDAC plan to make a recommendation regarding the formation of a downtown organization to the Town Board in January/February 2014.
On October 18th the Town hosted a Business Summit to discuss the state of transportation in North Carolina. NC Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata discussed transportation needs in NC and Division 10 Engineer Louis Mitchell gave an update on regional road projects.
You may access Secretary Tata's slideshow presentation here: Accelerating Infrastructure Investments for Economic Growth
You may access Mr. Mitchell's slideshow presentation here: Local Project Update
Managing Cities in a Time of Change: the Economics of Urbanism
On June 18 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
The next meeting of the Economic Development Advisory Committee will take place on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7:00 am.
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 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
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 educational institutions in its midst that offer advanced degrees, undergraduate degrees and workforce training - Wingate University - Matthews and 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.
Facade Grant program
The Town has grant funds available for businesses in the downtown area for Facade Improvements. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity.
Facade Grant Information and Application
Click here to view the property eligibility map
If you are interested in expanding your business, participating in an incubator 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.