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

Mobile market plan meets zoning obstacle

A prize-winning idea for a mobile farmers market to take fresh produce to neighborhoods without grocery stores has hit a snag: the Charlotte zoning ordinance restrictions about food trucks. (Photo:...

Imagine Charlotte places, remade: Week 4 invites readers to nominate spots in the Charlotte region that need a design makeover. This week's suggestion: re-connect neighborhoods along Independence Boulevard. (Image:...

Imagining nearby places remade: Week 3

For PlanCharlotte's second anniversary, we're asking readers to nominate spots in the Charlotte region that need a design makeover. This week, we head north to Davidson. (Image:

High court rail-trails decision won't affect N.C.

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has trail advocates worried about the fate of the national rails-to-trails program, but the ruling is unlikely to affect North Carolina. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)

'Dirtways' speed up trail construction in Mecklenburg

Instead of waiting for paved greenways, Mecklenburg County is building some natural-surface "dirtways." The first, in the Steele Creek area, opened last month and cost about $5,000. (Photo: Steele...