Innovative leadership helped the Charlotte region grow into a prosperous banking center in the 1990s and early 2000s.

The region still has such original thinkers — one at Duke Energy and another at the N.C. Research Campus — but they don’t get the respect they deserve.

So say Neal Peirce and Curtis Johnson, co-authors of the 2008 Citistates Report, "Green, Great and Global," that focused on growth in the 14-county region around Charlotte — including Rowan and Cabarrus counties.

For details, see the report.