Charlotte Regional Indicators Project Launched

Quality of Life Benchmarking Initiative a First for Region

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – April 2, 2007 – The first comprehensive initiative is underway to annually assess the 14-county region’s progress on a wide range of economic, social and environmental issues, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute announced Monday.

“The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute is uniquely qualified to conduct this important research and I’m confident it will have profound implications for the citizens of the entire region,” said UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois. “The results will help area leaders hone in on the most effective and efficient means to improve the overall quality of life in one of the most vibrant parts of the country.”

The initiative will engage the community at all levels in an active dialogue concerning the present and future quality of life for the region’s citizens. The goals and indicators will be organized around a set of 10 quality of life categories: Arts, Recreation and Cultural Life; Economy; Education; Environment; Government and Civic Engagement; Health; Housing; Public Safety; Social Well-Being; and Transportation.

“The indicators project will be grounded in objective, measurable indicators of success toward achieving long-term goals for the region,” said UNC Charlotte Urban Institute Director Jeff Michael. “Over time – and for the first time – the region’s leaders and citizens will be able to track where we are making progress and where extra effort may be needed.”

The research findings will be disseminated to the general public through forums, a website, printed reports and publications and an annual conference. The initial “State of the Region” report will be released in the fall in conjunction with the annual conference.

About UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
A non-partisan, applied research and consulting services outreach unit of UNC Charlotte, the Urban Institute provides services ranging from technical assistance and training, public opinion surveys and land-use and natural resources consulting to economic development research and community planning to meet the needs of the region and its citizens.

About UNC Charlotte
A public research university, UNC Charlotte celebrated its 60th anniversary in September 2006. It is the fourth largest campus among the 17 institutions that comprise the University of North Carolina system and the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region. The university offers 18 doctoral programs, 59 master’s degree programs and 85 programs leading to bachelor’s degrees. Current enrollment exceeds 21,500 students, including more than 4,400 graduate students.

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