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InterCity Leadership Visit

Our community is stronger when we learn from one another and our peers across the country. Join the Minneapolis Regional and Saint Paul Area Chambers of Commerce for the 19th InterCity Leadership Visit in October 2020.

This fall we’re planning to visit Charlotte. Our trip will be conducted in accordance with guidelines from the CDC and in consultation with our partners at Delta Airlines. Health and security come first.

Our MSP region has learned many things throughout the 18 years of annual study visit to another community to look at their best practices around civic issues.  There are several successful initiatives here in MSP that were created from our trips.  The Itasca Project, MN Compass, Greater MSP are just a few that resulted from the cross-sector collaborative discussions that took place on InterCity Leadership Visits.

Why Charlotte?

The Queen City lives up to its tagline, “Charlotte’s Got a Lot,” thanks in part to its mix of urban amenities outdoor connections. The latest addition to GreaterMSP’s Peer Cities, Charlotte is especially interesting in terms of its growth in both business and new residents, and fights above its weight in its development of new industries. Charlotte is the second largest banking capital in the U.S., second only to New York City. Today, the region also is one of the fastest growing energy hubs in the country. Six Fortune 500 companies are headquartered there. Other companies like Wells Fargo, Family Dollar, Lowes, and Bank of America have significant presence there as well.

The population of Charlotte metropolitan area is 2.5million; Mecklenburg County is now the 40th largest county in the nation, and most populous county in the state. It has experienced 16.6% population growth since 2010.  Almost 11,000 new immigrants moved to the county in 2017 alone, 2/3 of them to Charlotte.

Some recently earned national recognition:
#1 - Best State for Business - Forbes Magazine (2020)
#1 - Best State to Start a Business - (2017)
#1 - Cheapest City to Base Your Tech Startup - Bloomberg Technology
#1 - Top Tech Momentum Market - CBRE Group
#1 - State with Fastest Growing Large Economy - Bureau of Economic Analysis
#1 - Millennial Moving Destination City - Smart Asset

Areas of particular interest, in which Charlotte is a leader: banking and energy sectors, new establishments/job growth, employment and poverty gap white-of color, cost of living, ; venture capital investments; and population growth – particularly the net immigration of Millennials.

We will be studying these issues and more in October.  Join us!

Register Today at

The ICLV trip generally sells out by April. Don’t delay – you don’t want to end up on the waiting list!


$3000 per person including air, ground transportation, hotel and meals, includes everything except incidentals at hotel and any food/beverage not on the agenda.

Dates and Details:

Join us for our 19th trip, October 4-6! Register Here.

Air Itinerary:

  • Sunday, October 4th:  Delta #677, departs MSP 8:55 a.m. arrives CLT 12:33 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 6th:  Delta #861 departs CLT 5:00 p.m. arrives MSP 6:53 p.m.

Please contact us with any questions:

Wendy Helgeson | 612-501-0377 |