"Center City Ambassadors" help visitors navigate the Queen City
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CHARLOTTE--There's a lot Uptown Charlotte has to offer, and center city residents serving as ambassadors for the DNC hope visitors to the Queen City take it all in.
"There are wonderful neighborhoods, there are wonderful places to visit, there are wonderful places to eat, and I just hope people take the time to really explore all of those options,” said Cameron Holtz, a Fourth Ward resident serving as an ambassador.
Wearing “Center City Ambassador” gear makes them easily identifiable.
"I think just to really be friendly and greet people and let them know what the south is all about,” said Tracey Wopperer, a Third Ward resident serving as an ambassador.
From questions about directions to restaurant and attraction recommendations, they're ready to answer them all.
"I think a lot of people will ask why is it uptown instead of downtown, and I'll explain because it's on a raised area, on a hill. I think a lot of people will want to know about the wards, and they may not understand they are political divisions that are remnant of the founding of the city,” said Holtz.
Charlotte Center City Partners organized the program, because they say an unfamiliar city can be tricky to navigate and explore.
"You see it all the time, you see people getting asked just walking by, and we thought it was good to have somebody actually marked that's the guy to talk to,” said Robert Krumbine, chief creative officer for Charlotte Center City Partners.
They say it's our time to shine.
"I think all eyes are going to be on Charlotte. It's a great city, city to live, do business in, so I think this is a great opportunity to showcase the city we live in,” said Wopperer.
So let's make a great impression that'll leave people wanting more.
"Let's face it. You have a good time in a city, you're going to come back because you love it so much," said Krumbine.
Center City Ambassadors will be out in Uptown Charlotte Tuesday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. until six p.m.