Long time no see, ol’ blog. According to the count I see on my LinkedIn page, it’s been a little longer than 160 days.
It’s been a busy time for me.
I’m still trying to make JDW: The Charlotte Agency work, and it has been full of its ups and downs. We’re working on a sports & entertainment spinoff from the marketing component, so more details on that as it develops. I got certified as a U.S. soccer referee, still doing multiple Charlotte YMCA activities, as well as Sportslink, and all in the meantime continually falling for my girlfriend and raising a puppy.
Also, just came back from seeing a good friend marry his sweetheart (congrats again Jeff!)*
I’m still trying to figure out this whole “adult” thing.
And then, the DNC comes to Charlotte.
Rumor has it that he will.
I’ve been in Charlotte since late 2008. In this period of time, I have seen Charlotte attempt to figure out this whole “international city” thing. It has been pretty fun to watch.
It’s brought multiple professional sports teams to the area. It’s bolstering up its downtown/uptown area. The startup community is ripe with young, energetic and bright entrepreneurs. Not to mention Charlotte is luring other FORTUNE 500 companies away from other cities (welcome again, Chiquita) And the city people do not want to be the next Atlanta- they want to be better than Atlanta.
I see you, Charlotte.
Then boom: Charlotte beats out Denver, Cleveland and some other city to win the DNC bid.
And rumors for a potential Olympics bid have already started to float around.
Charlotte is growing up and its maturity, so far, is looking good. The city is making the right decisions, attracting the right people, and desiring the right things.
But is it ready for the international spotlight already? Is it prepared to host the convention where the first (half) black american president announces his re-election? Can Charlotte aptly prepare America to move “Forward?”
Like in business, and in life, only time will tell.
*He gets the shoutout because he tells me he reads the blog. See what happens?