Cabarrus CVB: “Tourism Spending was up in 2012″

     Concord is located in the rapidly growing northeast quadrant of the Charlotte metropolitan area.  Characterized by rolling hills and forest, it is the second largest city of the region.  The added advantage of being positioned half-way between Charlotte and Salisbury gives it economic viability in all directions.

     Concord has a diverse economy that includes shipping, transportation, banking, manufacturing,  Motorsports, and various manufacturing service sectors.  Home to many small businesses, it is also comprised of several large employers such as Carolina Health Care Systems, Cabarrus County Schools, Shoe Show, Inc., Celgard LLC, Connextions, Roush Fenway Racing, Sysco Foods, S&D Coffee, and is home to the international headquarters for ACN Inc .  Many other large corporations have also announced immediate plans to relocate to or have large presence in the city including, Amazon and Fed-Ex.

    Concord boasts a comprehensive collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth century historic homes along the streets of Union St North, Union St South, and Edgewood Ave.  Within the North Union Historic District is Memorial Garden. Located on 3 acres (12,000 m2), the garden winds through the 200-year-old cemetery of The First Presbyterian Church.

     Concord's city council has implemented the "Partnerships for Stronger Neighborhoods" program. This program is designed to enhance the lives of residents in the neighborhoods in the city, increasing the quality of both life and events for those calling Concord home. As part of the program, some city staff members have volunteered to be appointed as liaisons to work directly with neighborhoods that participate in the program. Through this effort, strong communication is established between city government and its citizens. There are currently 45 neighborhoods participating in the program, which contributes to making Concord one of the most sought-after communities for homebuyers in the regional real estate market. Choices are diverse, offering modest homes to multi-million dollar estates.

      Transportation options are abundant.  Interstate 85 dissects the city while I-485 and I-77 are  only minutes away from many locations.  Local area public transit provided by Concord Kannapolis Area Transit with wider metropolitan transportation offered by Charlotte Area Transit System  provides fast, affordable, hassle free options to thousands of destinations.  The Concord Regional Airport is the third busiest in the state and is currently expanding passenger service to many locations. It is located within minutes of The Charlotte Motor Speedway,  numerous NASCAR teams and Concord Mills Mall, which is the number one tourist destination in the state.  Nationwide passenger rail service is available in the adjacent city of Kannapolis.

     The City of Concord provides its neighborhoods with three recreational centers, eight parks, four sport complexes and an aquatics center featuring open swimming and swim lessons.  All factors in helping earn the status as an  All-American City. 

    Beautiful Lake Fisher, consisiting of 3 miles of shoreline and capacity of 534 acres of water provides for a leisurely boating and fishing experience.  Green ways and bike paths are located throughout the area.  The 18-hole Rocky River Golf Club is loacted in the heart of the Concord mills Shopping district and is available year round.

     Private recreational opportunities are available, including the West Cabarrus YMCA, Cabarrus Country Club and The Sportscenter, a privately owned athletic and recreational facility.

     Shopping is ample in the charming downtown, with merchants offering antiques, fine collectibles, and arts and crafts. Concord is also home to the large retail venues of Carolina Mall and Concord Mills, just minutes away from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

     Educational opportunities include public and private schools in elementary, secondary, and higher education. Publicly, the area in Concord is served by the Cabarrus County Schools system.  There are 12 elementary schools in Concord, along with 4 middle schools, and 5 high schools. For higher education, residents may choose from Rowan–Cabarrus Community College, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, Barber-Scotia College, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte located a few miles southwest of Concord.

Private elementary & secondary schools include Cannon School, First Assembly Christian School of Concord, NC and Covenant Classical School.

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