The Piedmont Crescent Partnership is an initiative of the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition. Its mission is to advance economic
competitiveness of the Piedmont Crescent through infrastructure planning and advocacy on a regional scale. Numerous studies and reports document the significant level of investment needed to repair and modernize our state’s transportation infrastructure. Nowhere is this issue of greater importance than in the Piedmont Crescent region which includes seven of the state’s eight largest cities and its three largest metropolitan areas—the Greater Charlotte Region, Triad, and Research Triangle.
The Piedmont Crescent is currently home to more than two-thirds (over 6M) of the state’s residents and is projected to see a 50% or greater population
increase over the next few decades. A concentration of major interstates forms the backbone of the Piedmont Crescent’s transportation network, along with three international airports, two inland port terminals, a network of freight and passenger rail connecting the three metro areas and a collection of elaborate regional transit systems. Strengthening and maintaining the region’s transportation network is critical in ensuring economic growth for the entire state.
With help from a significant investment from the Rockefeller Foundation and
Z. Smith Reynolds the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition launched the Piedmont Crescent Partnership in January 2012. The Partnership will engage a network of civic, business and elected leaders in the Piedmont Crescent to advocate for policies and strategies that promote a strong transportation infrastructure critical for the region’s future.
The Partnership is grounded in the belief that a healthy future for the
Piedmont Crescent will translate into a healthy future for North Carolina.
Strategically located within the Piedmont- Atlantic mega-region, a rapidly
growing urban corridor stretching from Raleigh to Birmingham, the Piedmont
Crescent is an important economic engine for the state. As the Southeastern US grows, leveraging the assets of the Piedmont Crescent to attract resources and living wage jobs and industries into North Carolina will become increasingly important to our state’s economic future. The Partnership will work to ensure that policies and processes at the state level appropriately account for the unique infrastructure needs of this region and its importance to the rest of the state.
Moving forward, the Piedmont Crescent Partnership will: