Charlotte in 2012 Announces Local Firms to Produce CarolinaFest 2012

Published: Aug. 9, 2012 at 7:40 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2012 at 7:40 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee announced Thursday the two companies that are producing CarolinaFest2012.

JHE Production Group and GO! Productions will partner together and work with Charlotte in 2012 to host the free, family-friendly Labor Day event that will kick off the 2012 Democratic National Convention. JHE Production Group is a Charlotte-based company and GO! Productions has had a Charlotte office for seven years.
CarolinaFest is a free family-friendly Labor Day Celebration that will occur in Uptown Charlotte and will feature interactive expositions, family oriented-activities, live music, speakers, and history in the making. The event will be held on Tryon Street in the heart of convention facilities. 
"These production companies have our full confidence to put on a great opening event for the convention. They know the lay of the land and have demonstrated their impressive ability to produce fantastic events in this city. We are proud to have them represent our local business community and are thrilled to be working with this team," said Dr. Dan Murrey, Charlotte in 2012 Executive Director. 
GO! Charlotte Operations Senior Leader Carrie McCament said, "We love Charlotte, have a strong foothold here, and are proud about the opportunities the DNC is going to bring to Charlotte and the Carolinas both for this event and in the future. As well, we are natural born storytellers –  and that's what events do – tell stories that inspire, make memories and leave a lasting legacy in the community and in the hearts and minds of its attendees – exactly what the CarolinaFest is designed to do."
Jay Howard, President of JHE Production Group said, "Our team is excited to be a part of one of the biggest events to ever come to our region.  We are honored that the DNC Host Committee has the confidence in us to help bring CarolinaFest to life."
About JHE Production Group
Founded in 1987, JHE Production Group Inc. (JHE) is an award-winning event experience company delivering innovative solutions for national live entertainment, creative services and experiential activation.

Since its origination 25 years ago, the Harrisburg, N.C.-based business has successfully produced events in 26 states and Canada, partnered with Fortune 500 companies as well as national multi-sports properties. JHE also has extensive knowledge and experience managing events in Charlotte such as the 18-year-old Food Lion Speed Street. For more information, visit
About Go! Productions:
A company with a 31-plus-year legacy, GO! Productions is a full-service experiential marketing and event production company with offices in Charlotte, New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Through print, digital and live settings, GO! conceives, designs and executes experiential communications solutions customized to the goals and objectives of their clients' target audiences, which include internal, B2B and consumer audiences. Some of Go!'s largest key clients are based in Charlotte – Bank of America and Lowe's Home Improvement.
JHE and Go! will partner with Charlotte in 2012 to create some of the following experiences at CarolinaFest 2012:
Stages: CarolinaFest 2012 will feature two stages. The Main Stage will be located at Trade and Tryon Street and will feature national talent and a speaking program. The Carolina Stage will be located on the Levine Avenue of the Arts and feature regional talent and a speaking program. Talent and speakers will be announced in the weeks ahead.
Youth Activities on the Green: CarolinaFest 2012 is a family-friendly event that will include a wide variety of activities geared to all ages of youth that include games, interactive exhibits, arts & crafts, fitness and healthy eating activities, and ways that youth can explore the Mayor's four convention legacy areas. We will also bring back some of our most popular activities, such as the successful "Kids Convention" that taught youth about the democratic process of a nominating convention and encouraged civic engagement.
Legacy Village: The Legacy Village will be located adjacent to the Harvey B. Gantt Center and will highlight community efforts to support Mayor Foxx's convention legacy programs. It will be home to exciting and engaging exhibits and provide festivalgoers with an opportunity to see firsthand the great work being done in support of the Mayor's legacies. It is our goal is for festivalgoers to be drawn in and entertained by these organizations, learn of their story while engaging in the interactive exhibits, be inspired to take steps to become involved in their communities, and carry these legacies forward. The four convention legacy programs are: Healthy Children, Healthy Families; Youth Employment and Civic Education; Building a Broader, More Inclusive Economy; and Energy, Technology, and Sustainability.
Food Vendors: A section of Tryon Street will be devoted to give festivalgoers an opportunity to sample a diverse selection of local food vendors.

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