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J-Rob last won the day on February 2 2019

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  1. We're all flawed, but I will throw Patagonia's owner out for consideration after he donated the entire company to fight climate change. Of course, to @tozmervo's point, I guess that means he is a former-billionaire? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/14/patagonias-billionaire-owner-gives-away-company-to-fight-climate-crisis-yvon-chouinard Regardless, back to the original point, I still am amused by the potential of Tepper/Jordan incubator in Charlotte, like the one the Packers created in Green Bay. Jordan is known to invest in early stage companies and even co-founded a tequila with other NBA owners. https://www.cnbc.com/2022/09/14/michael-jordan-tequila-brand-cincoro-new-350-dollar-blend.html
  2. I know that the ACC office is small, but it sure would be nice for them to have an on-site hotel given the amount of travel they will be doing to and from their corporate office. I wonder if they held conversations with LH to understand what they have in mind for the remaining parcels.
  3. I don't think they ever had an anchor tenant. I have no idea if they are still actively marketing the potential tower.
  4. I love the skyline views from Camp North End. They are unexpected the first time you visit.
  5. J-Rob

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    Once the Panthers move to new training facility, this location would be available for Charlotte FC. I don't know if it is big enough, but interesting observation.
  6. KJ - You are always very insightful. I didn't know that was a flood plain or that it is owned by the city of Concord.
  7. Personally, I wish they would locate a combined HQ near existing infrastructure where there is already some tourism draw (closer to Charlotte). For instance, if it was off an interstate near Carowinds, USWNC (or on airport land not far away), or even Charlotte Motor Speedway, it seems like that would make a lot of sense. Forgetting subsidies and tax breaks, I kind of like the idea of buying Rocky River Golf Club, and putting the HQ and training facilities there. The exit already has expanded infrastructure for speedway and Concord Mills, and there are multiple hotels within walking distance. Dreaming of how to spend other people's money is a fun pastime.
  8. It seems like most of the contractors will be paid, which is great. The article points out the elephant in the room that neither the Panthers nor Charlotte FC have announced plans for a HQ or training facility. Here is one thing that makes me feel a little bit better: Had Tepper not paid area contractors and companies, I don't know how he could have built any replacement in the Charlotte region. As @KJHburg alluded to, it seemed like a precursor to a move or something. Since this article indicates that the contractors, York County, and Rock Hill will all be paid in some capacity, it make me feel better that Tepper may be trying to clean things up so he can move on with the replacement plan. Hopefully, that is the case. So then the question is where - Pipe & Foundry? Kings Mountains Casino? https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2022/08/11/gt-real-estate-carolina-panthers-york-county.html
  9. I love the fact that they took their squirrel logo, and added a squirrel shaped float in the pool, lol.
  10. Don't forget Tepper said they are studying the feasibility of long-term remodeling effort for the current stadium. I still think it is possible that current stadium is upfitted. If Tepper still wants to purchase Pipe & Foundry and get an ROI (I am sure it will be expensive), then building both HQs, training facilities, and an adjacent entertainment district there makes a lot of sense. I mentioned this several pages ago, but this is my dream scenario. Significantly upfit BofA, purchase Pipe & Foundry, build HQs and training facilities there (plus hotels and some high-rise office), then build entertainment district connecting the facilities to BofA
  11. This is the exact tweet I had in mind, but several people have left since then (including Nick Kelly), which me makes question when "soon" might be. I assume Tepper is doing the deal making, but who is running things on a daily basis to keep things moving with Tom Glick, Nick Kelly, and Mark Hart gone? I am hopeful that the addition of Charlotte FC to his portfolio makes this less likely. Still, the constant firings/resignations are concerning.
  12. It is all very embarrassing. Regarding Rock Hill and Eastland, I am genuinely curious if Tepper has pinpointed somewhere else he wants to go, or if these were just separate failures and missteps. Part of me wonders if there is a hidden plan to locate everything near the Kings Mountain casinos, or something like that. At this point, it is hard to imagine how all the missteps can be resolved in a positive light.
  13. Fun fact: There is a section of Urban Planet dedicated to NYC -> https://www.urbanplanet.org/forums/forum/114-new-york-city/ It's not very active, but maybe if you post NYC content there you can get it going again.
  14. Note: Sorry - I see this was posted in economic expansion thread at the same time I was summarizing. --- This could go a few places, but I will leave it here. For the first time, North Carolina rose to the top of CNBC's list of America's Top States for Business. Interestingly, they cite the state legislature's ability to set partisanship aside as a driving factor. North Carolina finished #2 last year. VinFast and Apple were mentioned as expansion projects. The most interesting part to me? NC attracted $3.5 billion in venture capital investments last year, which is huge. That was 6th highest in country. Charlotte gets its due for having two Top-10 financial institutions. Hopefully keep both and add another (not WF - maybe as a result of another merger of smaller banks). North Carolina ranks No. 1 in America’s Top States for Business https://www.cnbc.com/2022/07/13/north-carolina-is-no-1-in-americas-top-states-for-business.html
  15. Agreed, my assumption on the Triangle tech billionaires is that they could push for Raleigh over Charlotte. I neglected to mention that point about Raleigh, but I agree with the sentiment. Tepper was not local, but the team was already here. I just wonder if the more advanced investor groups have the upper hand.
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