Director of Retail
As Director of Retail, Christopher Hemans is responsible for collaborating with local and state partners to attract new retail to Uptown and South End. He brings over a decade of experience working in economic development, public policy, and community development. Hemans has extensive experience in working closely with public officials, private sector leaders, commercial real estate brokers and community stakeholders.
Most recently, Hemans led business recruitment efforts within the City of Charlotte’s business corridor geography. Before moving to Charlotte, Hemans was an Assistant Commissioner with the City of Chicago where he managed the Retail Chicago program. Additionally, Hemans represented the City’s financial incentive programs and offerings in many meetings with technology companies and industrial companies considering relocating to Chicago.
A native of Evanston, Illinois, Chris holds an M.S. degree from the Newhouse School of Broadcast Journalism at Syracuse University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Chris is a member of ULI, ICSC, IEDC and 100 Black Men of Charlotte and recently served on the board of the Stratford Richardson YMCA. When Chris isn’t busy with his three young children, he is an avid golfer and enjoys supporting local charities by running competitively. He finished his first half marathon in 2012.