Business Accolades

  • North Carolina ranked 4th Best Business State 2012 by Forbes Magazine.
  • North Carolina ranked #1 in Site Selection’s Annual Business Climate rankings for 2012 and in fact has ranked #1 ten times in the past twelve years.
  • North Carolina ranked #2 in Best State for Business in 2010 according to Chief Executive Magazine’s annual survey for best and worst states. Three categories were considered: taxation and regulation, quality of workforce and living environment.
  • Fayetteville ranked as 3rd Best Job Market in the Nation by Manpower, Inc.
  • Fayetteville ranked as 18th Best Performing Large City in America and 3rd in NC in Miliken Institute’s Best Performing Cities 2010: Where America’s jobs are Created and Sustained. It ranked 3rd in the nation for 1 year job growth and 6th for 1 year wages and salary increases.
  • Lumberton was designated as the first NC Certified Retirement Community in 2010 and will serve as the pilot city for the program.
  • Wilmington, NC makes the Relocate America’s Top 100 Places to Live in 2010 which focused this year on communities poised for recovery and future growth.
  • Wilmington, NC makes Forbes magazine Best Places for Business and Careers, March 2009.
  • Wilmington ranks #14 in Fortune Small Business Magazine’s Best Places to Launch a Business.”
  • Coastal Living Magazine names Wilmington a “Coastal Dream Town
  • Due to Fayetteville’s embrace of nearby Fort Bragg, Time Magazine named it “America’s Most Pro-Military Town”
  • Bladen Community College, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Richmond Community College, Methodist University, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, University of NC Pembroke and University of NC Wilmington (7 of 33 in NC) selected as G.I. Jobs “2011 Military Friendly Schools”
  • The Daily Beast ranks Fayetteville NC #1 on the “25 Best Cities for College Grads” 5/31/2011
  • Fayetteville NC ranked 6th for Newgeography’s Best cities for job growth 2010
  • Fayetteville NC awarded the National Civic League’s 2011 All-America City Award
  • Wilmington NC ranked 7th most fun, affordable city in Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Wilmington NC ranked 6th in Outside Magazine's "Best Towns" list October 2011
  • North Carolina awarded the Silver Shovel award by ​Area Development Magazine ​2012
  • Fayetteville ranked 4th in the Top 20 South-Atlantic Cities by ​Area Development Magazine ​2012
  • North Carolina named "2012 State of the Year" by Southern Business and Development.
  • Fayetteville ranked 9th in Digital Communities' Digital Cities Survey 2013.