Economic Development

Downtown Initiative Underway: Drop-In Meeting Tuesday, September 16 from 4-7 pm at the Matthews Town Hall. 

Over the last year the Town of Matthews has worked with downtown residents, businesses, and non-profit organizations to discuss how Downtown can continue to be a vibrant creative economic center for businesses, tourists and residents.

The Town would like to invite you to offer input on the strategies that have been developed for the Downtown. The drop-in meeting will be from 4-7 p.m. on September 16, at Matthews Town Hall. You are welcome to drop by anytime between 4-7 p.m. to see the plan and offer your input with Town staff members.

The plan includes the potential organization of a formal organization to market and promote downtown, additional beautification efforts, new events, and more. Anyone interested in downtown Matthews is encouraged to attend and comment on the strategic plan.

Join Us for Breakfast with Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor

Where: Matthews Town Hall
When: September 19
Time: 7:30- 8:30 am

Business leaders in the Matthews' community are invited to breakfast with Mayor Jim Taylor for an informal discussion. Mayor Taylor wants to hear from you, our business leaders, about topics of interest to your business.

What is on your mind? What interests you about the future of Matthews? How can business & the Town work together in the best interests of the community? Are there are opportunities for the Town to aid your business?

A free breakfast will be served. Space is limited so call now and reserve your seat.

RSVP by calling 704-708-1222 or email

The next meeting of the Economic Development Advisory Committee will take place on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:00 am.

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. 

Downtown Organization

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: - 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

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


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