Chuck McShane


Chuck McShane is vice president of research at the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance where he is responsible for strategic economic development, workforce and policy research and analysis. He is also a freelance writer whose work regularly appears in Charlotte Magazine and Our State. Chuck started his career as a staff reporter and copy editor at several newspapers including The Charlotte Observer and The Herald of Rock Hill, S.C.


Chuck holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy, master's in public administration, as well as his master's and bachelor's in history, all from UNC Charlotte.


Economic development, demographic change, micropolitan areas and small town dynamics, urban policy, urban history, Charlotte history.


Stories by Chuck McShane

University, institute environmental initiative win $10,000 grant

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation has awarded the KEEPING WATCH initiative $10,000. The three-year environmental initiative is led by UNC Charlotte's College of Arts +...

A new skyline view

The newly opened Romare Bearden park has some of the best skyline views in Charlotte. The concrete parking deck at the corner of Church and Third streets can detract from those views. This week's...

Neighbors fear lax oversight imperils Dilworth historic district

Have recent construction projects in Dilworth violated the historic district guidelines? Some neighbors say yes, and the city's historic district administrator agrees. (Photo: Chuck McShane)

Wilmore wins grant to build 'edible walkway'

Wilmore resident Kris Steele knew his neighborhood was a food desert, an area with little access to fresh food. Now he's won a $2,500 Keep Charlotte Beautiful grant to create and "edible walkway,"...

Data Day 2014: Focus on housing

Does your business or nonprofit use housing data? Would you like to learn more about how to use local and national housing data more effectively?