Honeywell Pushes Campaign Past Major Milestone

Investment in Data Visualization Lab represents commitment to STEM education and community

In business, they say relationships are key to success. Honeywell’s first gift to the CommonSpark campaign marks the beginning of a relationship that’s already making an impact.

Visualizing the Future
When Honeywell relocated its global headquarters to Charlotte in 2019, the technology and manufacturing company brought a commitment to invest locally in initiatives that align with their philanthropic priorities – which include STEM education and diversity and inclusion. They were drawn to both the technology-forward new Main Library and the Library system’s accessibility to all. Honeywell’s investment of $1 million in the CommonSpark campaign is a demonstration of confidence in Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and commitment to the company’s new hometown.

“The Honeywell Data Visualization Lab will feature tech-enabled amenities that will help Charlotte Mecklenburg’s incredible new Main Library become a public commons that is second to none in terms of strengthening connections, enabling continuous learning and creating economic opportunity for all,” said Honeywell Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Darius Adamczyk. “We are pleased to support the CommonSpark campaign that is driving the creation of this signature Charlotte community resource.”

The gift will fund the Honeywell Data Visualization Lab, on the Main Library’s Innovation and Opportunity level. The tech-forward space will feature 270˚ screens that can be used for education, gaming, simulation exercises and much more.

“We’re very excited about the opportunities the Data Visualization Lab will make possible by providing access to this Library resource for the general public. Honeywell’s experience and participation will be invaluable as we plan and program this space,” says Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s CEO and Chief Librarian Marcellus “MT” Turner. “An investment in the Library is an investment in a strong community, and we couldn’t be more grateful to Honeywell and our community.”

Anne Madden

A Continuing Relationship
“The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library continues to evolve with the times and technology, but its mission remains the same: to improve lives and build a stronger community,” said Honeywell Senior Vice President and General Counsel Anne Madden. “The Honeywell Data Visualization Lab will contribute to this mission by expanding access to cutting-edge technology and promoting learning, dialogue, and innovation.” 

Madden will join the Library Foundation board this summer, deepening the Library’s relationship with Honeywell as a corporate partner.

Campaign Milestone
Honeywell’s generosity marks a major milestone in the comprehensive $135 million CommonSpark campaign to ignite change within the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system.

This investment propels the campaign past the $100 million mark. “We’re thrilled that Honeywell’s philanthropic leadership has brought us to this point, and very excited and honored to add a Honeywell representative to our board,” says Library Foundation Executive Director Jenni Gaisbauer. “Investment and engagement from the corporate community reaffirm our belief that a strong Library system helps make this community an attractive place to do business.”

To learn more and help ignite The CommonSpark, contact us at or 704-416-0803.

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