Concord, North Carolina claims 54 squares miles of the Charlotte Metropolitan Area. Concord, a word that means ‘harmony’, holds a delicate balance of tourism with its business and residential sectors. This vibrant community earned the designation of All-America City in 2004 for its enviable quality of life.
Found along the heavily traveled Interstate 85 Corridor, Concord is easily accessible to the sixteen-county Charlotte Region and beyond. Concord serves as the commercial center and seat of Cabarrus County. Finance, manufacturing and tourism account for many of the jobs in the immediate area. Cabarrus County also has various incentives and resource packages available to new and expanding businesses. Concord’s pro-business atmosphere and strategic location are a winning combination. While many live and work in Concord, those who work outside of the city generally experience a 26-minute commute each day.
Concord boasts a charming downtown district surrounded by a scenic landscape of gently rolling hills. In addition to the many dining, shopping and entertainment venues, Concord’s beautiful downtown area features several structures from the early 1920’s. What was originally the First Baptist Church of Concord became the Old Courthouse Theater in 1986. The home of Charles A. Cannon, the developer of Cannon Mills, is another well-preserved stately structure in Concord.
Concord is home to the Concord Mills Mall, North Carolina’s most popular attraction. The Mall houses dozens of specialty stores, outlet shops, a movie theater and special events for all ages. Lowe’s Motor Speedway, formerly known as Charlotte Motor Speedway, is also in Concord. Lowe’s Motor Speedway hosts 3 major NASCAR races and nearly 400 additional exciting racing related events throughout the year. NASCAR also operates a Research and Development Office from Concord. With nearly 90% of all racing teams operating their headquarters within 50 miles of Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Concord serves as the heart of NASCAR racing. Concord area racing teams include Chip Ganassi Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Roush Racing. Each team has designated shops and areas open to the public.
Concord’s excellent primary and secondary public school facilities are part of the Cabarrus County School District. Several private schools also serve the area. Concord is home toBarber-Scotia College, Cabarrus College of Health Services and the South campus of theRowan-Cabarrus Community College. Concord residents also have access to the higher learning facilities in Charlotte, such as the local University of North Carolina campus.
Concord, North Carolina, population 55,997, maintains the unassuming presence of a small town, while catering to tourists and race fans from all over the world. Concord is a delightful community with a well-balanced environment that includes a wealth of options for business, education and tourism.