Just within the last month half a dozen companies have announced plans to bring hundreds of new jobs to the area, but a Channel 9 investigation uncovered that not every company has always keep the promise to fill the positions.
Eyewitness News tracked the numbers and asked city leaders why they are not following up.
Linet makes hospital beds, and its North American headquarters is located in Charlotte. Two and a half years ago CEO Colin Bain took a chance and made a public announcement of 50 jobs in three years.
Eyewitness News asked Bain how often he thinks about that goal and he said he thinks about it all the time.
However, maybe he can breathe easy because Linet is on track to pull that off. Eyewitness News saw new hires training, but not every company has been living up to its promise.
Eyewitness News checked all 53 businesses in 2009 and 2010 that announced new jobs for Charlotte.
Those years were picked because in most cases those companies had long enough to make good on their promises.
Ones like Electrolux, which promised 738 jobs and Husqvarna which promised 160 seem to be exceeding their numbers according to the city, but roughly half of the ones checked came up short.
Todaytec and Bohle would not share their numbers and got off of the phone abruptly, and then there is Teknek, who instead of adding jobs left town and moved to Pennsylvania – so Charlotte lost jobs.
Peter Frank, Wingate economics professor, does not put much weight in announcements.
"You know a lot of these firms, they make these claims to sell themselves to the community and sell themselves to potential job seekers," he said.
He thinks that local dealers should track them more, and they do, but only when they promise a company incentives. No incentives, then no follow up.
And two years ago, state Sen. Bob Rucho agreed that was a problem.
"I find it interesting they are running to the podium to make the announcement and they are not following up," said Rucho in 2011.
He vowed to get the ball rolling to change that by sending the state commerce department a letter.
Eyewitness News checked back to see if he did and he said he quote, "Can't remember," and the commerce department could not find any record of such a letter, but Charlotte city leaders did respond.
Just like the state, they only track companies getting incentives.
Councilman Warren Cooksey said it would be interesting to follow up on every business even when tax dollars are not involved, but he feels the city has decent numbers on jobs and getting too precise would waste tax money.
"If we want to get into those tiny weeds about every specific business that, otherwise, has no connection with the city about their jobs, then we are going to be spending a lot of staff time and a lot of tax dollars tracking down things that we can't have any influence in," said Cooksey.
As for Linet, it is not getting any state or local money.
Officials may not know this company is making good on its promise so just like they would have no idea if it doesn't, but it is looking into opening a factory here so it does not have to keep importing beds from Europe.
If so, it plans to go after incentives, make a new job announcement and be held accountable.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx agrees with Cooksey.
When tax dollars aren't involved, he feels it is too expensive and time consuming for city staff to be tracking numbers that specifically.