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NC Meeting Looks At Charlotte’s Global Trade Role

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The deputy U.S. labor secretary and Germany’s ambassador to the U.S. are among the notables discussing how changing global trade routes will affect the Charlotte region.

The meeting on how the Charlotte region can position itself for changing global commerce is scheduled for Thursday at Central Piedmont Community College.

One of the big changes in trade comes next year, when the Panama Canal expands to accommodate super-sized cargo ships passing between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. That could have an impact on the Charlotte region, which boasts a major inter-modal freight facility at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport that could position the Queen City as a trade hub.

Germany’s ties to Charlotte come from the nearly five dozen German companies with headquarters there, and nearly 200 in the city that are German-owned.

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