Garrett Nelson

Master's degree student
UNC Charlotte Urban Institute


Garrett Nelson was born and raised in Charlotte. He is a graduate student in the UNC Charlotte Department of Geography and Earth Sciences with a focus on economic geography, and is studying entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology. His thesis explores using projects as a geographic measure of entrepreneurial activity within the United States.


Nelson has a bachelor's degree from N.C. State University in political science, and expects to complete his master's degree in May 2015 in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences.

Collin Brown

K&L Gates

Collin Brown is a partner in the Charlotte office of K&L Gates, where he focuses his practice on land use and zoning, and land use and real estate litigation. Collin represents land owners and developers on a wide range of development projects, and is engaged in development projects from the rezoning stage through the issuance of building permits and enforcement issues that arise during the life of a development. Collin’s practice includes legislative, quasi-judicial and administrative approvals.

A native of Covington, GA, Collin graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s in arts and earned his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law. He also has a Master of Public Administration, with a concentration in planning and economic development, from Georgia State University.  Collin is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), a distinction he earned through the Green Building Certification Institute. As a LEED AP, he has a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles, as well as the LEED Rating System. Collin was the first North Carolina attorney to earn this credential.