City Manager hires local industry expert for expanded economic development role

Tracy Dodson will join Team Charlotte as assistant city manager for economic development
Jordan-Ashley Walker

​CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 10, 2018) – City Manager Marcus D. Jones announced today that Tracy Dodson will lead the city’s economic development efforts in a newly expanded role of assistant city manager.  

“Tracy is a well-known, strategic economic development leader in the Charlotte market,” Jones said.  “She has impressive business insights and a relentless drive for success, in addition to her established city-wide relationships with members of the city’s economic development community.”

Dodson, who has more than 20 years of economic development and real estate experience in Charlotte, will be responsible for: 

  • Advocating for innovation and strategic change, and promoting the development of a diverse and engaged workforce.
  • Working collaboratively with regional and state partners and organizations to attract, retain and develop businesses, drive investment, and grow the city and regional economy.
  • Applying an innovative, entrepreneurial lens to address challenges related to economic downturns, industry shifts and workforce changes.
  • Evaluating and understanding economic and policy trends related to the housing and rental market, workforce development, economic expansion and other critical matters. 

“Accepting this new role feels like a homecoming for me,” said Dodson, who previously worked at the City of Charlotte as the transit station area development coordinator. “I’m thrilled to return to city government and continue establishing Charlotte as a leader in creating economic opportunity and planned growth.”

Dodson is currently a senior vice president for brokerage and development at Lincoln-Harris. She previously served as the director of economic development for Charlotte Center City Partners from 2009-2013. 

Dodson’s new role as assistant city manager for economic development will allow her to leverage existing partnerships developed by more than 20 years of working in the Charlotte region. 

Dodson earned a bachelor's degree in architecture and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also holds a Master of Design Studies degree in Real Estate and Urban Development from Harvard University. 

Dodson’s first day in her new role is May 7.