Charlotte Center City Partners Names Senior Vice President of Community and Business Development

August 19, 2016 11:30 am

Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP) has named Richard Thurmond SVP of Community and Business Development. He will join the senior leadership team and manage the organization’s neighborhood, community development, business recruitment and retention teams.

Thurmond comes to CCCP from Charlotte Magazine where he has worked for twenty-one years, the last three as publisher, managing a successful team. As a journalist, he covered the growth and development of the city throughout his career. And as a stakeholder in the South End neighborhood, he has deep experience as a leader in the art of city-building.

“As Uptown and South End and West End grow upward and outward, I’m thrilled for the opportunity to help chart the course,” said Thurmond. “And I’m honored to join the team at Charlotte Center City Partners. I was lucky enough to serve on the board of CCCP for six years recently, which afforded me a front-row seat to the work that the organization does making this city even greater.”

Thurmond will lead the organization’s community and economic development work. He will be responsible for advocacy and leadership on behalf of Uptown, South End and West End residents and businesses and for special projects that make Center City Charlotte a more livable, memorable, viable and sustainable place. He will also provide executive support for CCCP’s efforts in business recruitment and retention.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rick to our team,” said Michael Smith, President and CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners. “He will bring incredibly valuable insights and executive leadership competencies to this team, helping set policy and strategic direction for the organization.”

Thurmond is originally from Tallahassee, Florida and graduated from Davidson College. He served on the Boards of Theatre Charlotte, Charlotte Center City Partners, Historic South End, CCCP Community Trust and the ASC Campaign Cabinet. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Ashley and daughter Molly. Thurmond joins CCCP on Monday, October 3, 2016.

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About Charlotte Center City Partners

Charlotte Center City Partners envisions and implements strategies and actions to drive the economic, social and cultural development of Charlotte’s Center City. The organization’s vision is to help create a viable, livable, memorable, and sustainable Center City with modern infrastructure, a tapestry of unique neighborhoods, and a diversity of thriving businesses. For complete information about Charlotte Center City Partners, visit

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