Economic Development

Business Summit - November 13, 2015 - 11:30 - 1:00 pm

Matthews is Growing - How Does this Affect Your Business?

Join us as we hear Tom Murray, CEO of Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, discuss current and future projects that could impact your business. We will also hear from Warren Cooksey, Director of Outreach and Community Affairs for NCDOT’s Division 10, as he provides an overview of local projects affecting our region. Finally, we will learn about the various private development projects in Matthews from Jay Camp, Senior Planner with the Town’s Planning and Development Department.

Speaker presentations:

Tom Murray, Charlotte Regional Visitors Association

Warren Cooksey, NC Department of Transportation     additional material

Jay Camp, Town of Matthews




Red Brick Partnership Unveiled

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. 
The Red Brick Partnership is the culmination of these efforts. 

The partnership is currently seeking individuals or downtown businesses interested in opportunities to volunteer and participate in upcoming events. To find out more, please email

First Thursday Pop-Up Market vendor application


The next meeting of the Economic Development Advisory Committee will take place on Thursday, January 21, 2016 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 Hazen Blodgett, Town Manager at 704-708-1230 or email. He will be glad to assist you in achieving your business goals. 

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 Town Manager Hazen Blodgett at 704-708-1230 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