South Charlotte Partners Inc., an advocacy organization, was formed to act as a unified voice in response to issues impacting the area due to the continued strong growth and development.
We will advocate for matters that have an impact on the day to day activities of residents and businesses in South Charlotte.
Regular updates regarding South Charlotte Partners will be provided during Ballantyne Breakfast Club meetings and via email. Stay tuned!
South Charlotte Partners’ mission is to be unified voice for the interests of South Charlotte through advocacy, leadership, and collaboration.
The vision for South Charlotte Partners is to assist in promoting and maintaining the area’s quality of life as being a premier destination to live, work and play.
Victoria Nwasike, Chair
Ray Eschert, Vice Chair
South Charlotte Partners will focus on these priorities while advocating.
These are the key areas of interest that South Charlotte Partners will focus on while advocating for the area
The formation of South Charlotte Partners as an advocacy group for the area was highlighted in the Ballantyne Magazine's Spring 2018 Issue
Find more information about the magazine HERE
In the Sunday paper on June 10, 2018, the Charlotte Observer featured South Charlotte Partners, Inc. in an article highlighting the organization's effort to advocate for the interests of the area (roads, funding, etc.).
In the article, South Charlotte Partners board members and Ballantyne Breakfast Club leaders Ray Eschert, Victoria Nwasike and Tim Morgan explain why more support is the needed as the area continues to grow.
Find a link to the full article HERE:
On June 11, 2018, South Charlotte Partners board members (Ray Eschert, Victoria Nwasike, Tim Morgan, and Stephen Rosenburgh) and Dist. 7 Councilmember Ed Driggs met with Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones to discuss greater support for infrastructure and funding in South Charlotte.
During the meeting, Charlotte City Attorney Bob Hagemann also discussed requirements for forming a Municipal Service District with the group.
On June 11, 2018, South Charlotte Partners Chair Ray Eschert addressed Charlotte City Council and read a letter on behalf of the organization to show appreciation for the $25 million allocated to South Charlotte projects in the FY19 budget.
Ray also expressed the importance of future support and funding for the area as it continues to expand and contributes to the economic growth of Charlotte.
On June 20, 2018, South Charlotte Partners Chair Ray Eschert addressed board members for the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) and read two letters he drafted on behalf of SCP.
The first letter was sent to Gov. Cooper on May 20th regarding the status of the I-485 Project which will bring road improvements in the South Charlotte area at an estimated cost of $203 million dollars. The N.C. Turnpike Authority sent a response letter back to SCP.
The second letter was sent to CRTPO in support of the Lancaster Highway/Johnston Rd. widening project for the 2020-2029 Transportation Improvement Plan.
On June 20, 2018, South Charlotte Partners was featured in an Charlotte Business Journal article highlighting SCP's letter to Gov. Cooper regarding the I-485 project and a subsequent meeting with Beau Memory, Director of the North Carolina Turnpike Authority.
Check out the article HERE
Special Thanks to South Charlotte Weekly for highlighting the Ballantyne Breakfast Club and South Charlotte Partners in their June 29, 2018 Issue.
In the article, Ray Eschert, Victoria Nwasike and Tim Morgan detailed the organizations' efforts to engage with the community and advocate for the area.
Check out the article HERE:
On July 11, 2018, South Charlotte Partners board members traveled around South Charlotte/Ballantyne to view potential road & sidewalk projects to be considered for funding.
This followed a July 3rd meeting with Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones, Planning Director Taiwo Jaiyeoba, and CDOT Director Liz Babson to discuss possible funding for area improvements. Next steps include working with CDOT and others to help prioritize projects.
On Friday, August 3, 2018, Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones was invited to speak by South Charlotte Partners during Councilmember Ed Driggs' coffee meeting while he was away.
City Manager Marcus Jones acknowledged the efforts of South Charlotte Partners in highlighting the $25 million allocated to District 7 in the recent budget and encouraged more advocacy for the area.
In regards to the I-485 Express Lane Project, on August 8, 2018, South Charlotte Partners drafted a letter requesting that the North Carolina Turnpike Authority include improvements to the intersection of Tom Short Rd. and Ballantyne Commons Parkway in the proposed widening of the Ballantyne Commons Parkway Bridge that is part of the express lane project.
More information and a copy of the letter can be found HERE.
In the August 10, 2018 edition of the South Charlotte Weekly, there was an article on Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones' community meeting hosted by South Charlotte Partners.
The article highlights the area's expansive growth, the resources for South Charlotte allocated in Charlotte's FY19 budget, and Marcus Jones' collaborative approach to handling the growth.
View article HERE
On August, 24, 2018, South Charlotte Partners had a productive meeting with Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) Director Liz Babson.
We discussed data/maps showing the high level of congestion, the limited funding for South Charlotte road improvements, and the Bryant Farms Rd. extension.
We also provided a preliminary list of sidewalk and intersection improvements that would be beneficial to the area.
On September 7, 2018, the South Charlotte Weekly featured South Charlotte Partners on its front page highlighting our efforts in advocating for road improvements for the community.
Check out the article HERE:
South Charlotte Partners was featured in the Ballantyne Magazine's Fall 2018 Issue. The article highlighted efforts to advocate for increased funding for road and sidewalk projects in the area along with the widening of major thoroughfares.
Check out the article HERE:
On October 4, 2018, South Charlotte Partners Chair Ray Eschert sent a letter in support of 4 area road projects for CRTPO's public comment period for the 2020-2029 Transportation Improvement Plan. The area roads included Ardrey Kell Rd. (2 projects), Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, and Lancaster Hwy.
Find more info on our news page HERE.
On October 23, 2018, South Charlotte Partners arranged a meeting with area residents and representatives from the Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) regarding the Bryant Farms Rd. Extension.
This meeting allowed local residents directly affected by the road extension to learn more about the project and voice their concerns early on in the process.
On October 25, 2018, South Charlotte Partners met with CMPD Leaders, including Deputy Chief Voorhees, South Division Captain Wagner, and Lt. John Kitchens.
Topics of discussion included the possibility of increasing the police presence, ways to reduce crime in the area, and increasing community engagement.