Charlotte Mayor Clodfelter not worried about S.C. jobs

sharrison@charlotteobserver.comJune 17, 2014 

Daniel Clodfelter (right), takes the oath of office administer by Senator Fletcher Hartsell,Jr. (left).

BY ROBERT LAHSER — rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter said he’s not concerned about Monday’s announcement of thousands of jobs moving to South Carolina, including some that are relocating from Charlotte.

Health care consulting firm Lash Group and LPL Financial will move all or most of their operations to Fort Mill from Charlotte, and N.C. also tried to win the first North American tire factory for Singapore-based Giti Tire. The company said it’s opening the factory in Chester County.

“We will have to get used to the fact that companies will move within a region more and more,” Clodfelter said Tuesday during a lunch meeting of the city’s Rotary Club. “There will be some moves in the other direction as well.”

Clodfelter said that he isn’t certain the extent of the financial loss to the city, if there will be one. He said that many of the employees of the firms that are relocating will remain in Charlotte and shop at N.C. stores such as Carolina Place Mall.

Clodfelter, who was named mayor after Patrick Cannon’s arrest on federal corruption charges, said he though the fight over Charlotte Douglas Airport between the city and the General Assembly was “an aberration.” He said relations between Charlotte and Raleigh aren’t as bad as perceived.

Clodfelter also reiterated his earlier statements about possibly running for the mayor’s job in November 2015. Some council members who appointed him mayor said they believed Clodfelter wouldn’t seek the post during the next election.

“I’m enjoying it,” he said. “We’ll see how it goes. I want to stay focused right now.”

Clodfelter added that if council members felt like he was doing a good job, he might seek the mayor’s job in the election.

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