Orange Tour In The Queen City

Tonight and tomorrow, Orange Tour is settling into “The Hornet’s Nest,” also known as Charlotte, North Carolina! Let’s get to know Charlotte a little bit better . . .

  • The Hornet’s Nest is one of two nicknames that Charlotte wears—“given” to the city during the Revolutionary War by British commander General Cornwallis. Cornwallis occupied the city but was driven out by hostile residents, prompting him to write that Charlotte was “a hornet’s nest of rebellion.”
  • The city was named in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who had become Great Britain’s Queen Consort the year before the city was founded. The second nickname, “The Queen City,” was born.
  • Over the last couple of decades, Charlotte has become a major U.S. financial and banking center, second only to New York in the U.S., and is known as a Gamma+ Global City—a city that links economic regions into the world economy. Charlotte is also home to eight Fortune 500 Companies, and the second largest Coca-Cola bottling plant.
  • Charlotte is the major center in the U.S. motorsports industry, housing multiple offices of NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord. Approximately 75 percent of the NASCAR industry’s race teams, employees and drivers are based nearby.
  • The Charlotte Region has a major base of energy-oriented organizations and has become known as “Charlotte USA – The New Energy Capital.” In the region there are more than 240 companies directly tied to the energy sector collectively employing more than 26,400. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte has a reputation in energy education and research, and its Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) trains energy engineers and conducts research.

We would love to see you for Orange Tour in Charlotte or any of the remaining tour stops in Austin, Dallas or Tampa: Lead Small training will take place the night before every Orange Tour stop. Anyone with a tour ticket can attend for free. Those without a tour ticket may attend for $19. For more information, please visit


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