Charlotte Magazine publisher leaves for economic development job

Richard Thurmond, a longtime journalist and publisher of Charlotte Magazine, is joining Charlotte Center City Partners, the group said Friday.

Thurmond’s new job will be senior vice president of community and business development. Charlotte Center City Partners is an economic development group that promotes uptown, as well as parts of South End and west Charlotte near uptown. The group is funded primarily through a special property tax levy on owners in the areas it covers.

Thurmond has been at Charlotte Magazine for 21 years, the last four as publisher. He also covered growth and economic development in Charlotte.

“As Uptown and South End and West End grow upward and outward, I’m thrilled for the opportunity to help chart the course,” said Thurmond, in a statement. “And I’m honored to join the team at Charlotte Center City Partners. I was lucky enough to serve on the board of CCCP for six years recently, which afforded me a front-row seat to the work that the organization does making this city even greater.”

He’ll be in charge of the group’s community-building and economic development work, leading public advocacy, launching special projects and supporting business recruitment efforts. Thurmond’s new job starts Oct. 3.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rick to our team,” said Michael Smith, CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners. “He will bring incredibly valuable insights and executive leadership competencies to this team, helping set policy and strategic direction for the organization.”

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo