Charlotte, N.C., is the 18th largest city in the United States and is the home of seven Fortune 500 companies. Charlotte is the world headquarters or the North American headquarters of a large number of multinational corporations. The Charlotte/Douglas International Airport has nonstop flights throughout the world; in 2007, it was the 16th busiest airport in the United States and the 30th busiest worldwide in passenger traffic. Charlotte is a highly cosmopolitan city having a diverse population of people and cultures from throughout the world. Known as the “International Gateway to the South,” Charlotte is an ideal environment for practitioners, scholars/educators and students who are interested in learning about global public relations.
North Carolina is a picturesque and economically important state in the southeastern region of the United States, whose eight million people represent an amazingly diverse population. North Carolina is known as the Tar Heel State because, during the Colonial period, pine tar was its main export. In recent years, North Carolina has been experiencing rapid urbanization in cities such as Charlotte and Raleigh, which also are the homes of world-renowned universities such as the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and North Carolina State University. North Carolina is proud to have introduced the first public university in the United States, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.