Economic Development

Economic Development Advisory Committee Vacancy

The Town of Matthews Economic Development Advisory Committee has an opening for a new member. The committee meets at 7 a.m., the third Thursdays of every other month, at Town Hall.

The role of the Economic Development Advisory Committee is to act in an advisory capacity to the Town’s Economic Development staff regarding the direction of the Economic Development Program. The committee may make recommendations to the Town Board regarding the Economic Development Program. The EDAC may, at the request of staff, participate in the recruitment and retention of companies or work with the development community to identify and formulate product (i.e. land, buildings) in Matthews.

If you would like to volunteer to serve please contact Lori Canapinno, Town Clerk, at 704-708-1222 or email

Committee Application

The deadline for applications is December 5.

For more information call Assistant Town Manager Jamie Justice at 704-708-1231.

Red Brick Partnership Unveiled

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. Through partnerships, advocacy, and revitalization activities, a downtown organization would stimulate economic development by strengthening downtown Matthews’ existing economic assets and encouraging new businesses and uses which would prompt our citizens, businesses and visitors to live, work, shop, play and invest in the downtown district.

On Thursday, November 13th the proposed Red Brick Partnership was unveiled at a public meeting. A copy of the presentation is available here: Red Brick Partnership.

The Red Brick Partnership is the culmination of more than eighteen months of work between town staff, stakeholders and great input from businesses and the public at our meetings. There have been many wonderful ideas and strategies discussed for how we can make our downtown continue to be an asset and thrive even more in the future. We have now reached the ​final phase of the exploration of this idea and it is time to make decisions. ​ ​We have discussed the creation of this downtown organization including how it ​might be paid for (memberships, municipal service district, sponsorships, etc.) and what activities it ​could undertake (marketing, events, beautification, wayfinding signage, etc.). ​A final recommendation would go to the Town Board for consideration of a downtown organization.

We welcome your feedback. Please review the presentation document and then give us your opinions via a short survey here: This survey will be active through November 18th. If you wish to provide input after that, please contact Assistant Town Manager Jamie Justice at or 704-708-1231.

The next meeting of the Economic Development Advisory Committee will take place on Thursday, November 20, 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