"The long-term impact of ALF is the bond between people with a common accomplishment that extends nationally when you meet ALF Senior Fellows from other parts of the country."

- Ken Lambla, Class V
Dean & Professor, College of Arts + Architecture, UNC-Charlotte


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ALF Charlotte Region

The Charlotte Region is home to over 2.5 million people living in fourteen countries in North and South Carolina. Of those 2.5 million people, 1 million live in the core urban county of Mecklenburg.  The highest growth counties are suburban ring counties.  The region is home to the world headquarters of eight Fortune 500 companies that represent varied industries including energy, retail, financial services and manufacturing.

The challenge for the region lies in managing growth in a manner that not only maintains but improves the quality of life for all its residents.  The region must directly meet these challenges to provide adequate public services that meet the economic, social, and environmental requirements necessary for a healthy community.


Mecklenburg county is located in the south central portion of North Carolina, with its center at the intersection of interstates 77 and 85, then bordered on the west by the Catawba River and on the south by South Carolina.


Cleveland County is located in the rolling Piedmont of the southwestern portion of North Carolina.


Lincoln County is located just northwest of Charlotte on the shores of Lake Norman. Lincolnton, the county seat, is only 15 minutes from I-85 to the south; 15 minutes from I-40 to the north; and 35 minutes from I-77 to the east. The convenient location to three major interstates makes Lincoln county very accessible and attractive for business.


Gaston Country is strategically located just west of Charlotte in the southern Piedmont of North Carolina, approximately halfway between Atlanta and Washington, D.C., and New York and Miami.


Located in the western part of North Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Catawba county possesses a diverse economy with a strong manufacturing climate coupled with extensive retail and residential developments.


Iredell country stretches for nearly 50 Miles from Yadkin County in the north to Mecklenburg County in the south.


Rowan County to the northeast of Charlotte offers superior access to interstate highways, international and regional airports, as well as rail service.


Located just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, Cabarrus county has a diverse business community that is teeming with motorsports industry and is home to science at the NC Research Campus.


Stanly County is located 45 miles northeast of Charlotte in the Uwharrie Lakes Region of the state.


York County lies in the Heart of South Carolina’s Piedmont region, nestled between the Broad River and the Catawba River.


Chester County is strategically located in the center of three large commercial centers- Charlotte, NC; Columbia, SC; and the Greenville-Spartanburg Metropolitan area.


Lancaster County is located just south of Charlotte and within three miles of the prestigious Ballantyne corporate office, residential, and commercial-retail section of Charlotte.


Union County is located in the Southern Piedmont section of North Carolina, midway between the mountains and coast.


Anson County, once the largest county in North Carolina was carved from Bladen County in 1750. Centrally located in the Piedmont, Anson is approximately one hour from Charlotte, two-plus hours from Raleigh and two hours from Greensboro.