Research Facilities and Industry Support
- Horticultural Crops Research Stations (Castle Hayne and Clinton) – 66 acres and 349 acres respectively, the Castle Hayne research station is a world leader in blueberry breeding programs.
- NC Cooperative Extension – NC State University and NC A&T State University support agricultural extension services in every county of the Region. The agricultural specialists in these offices answer questions, assist with in-field research, and provide educational programs and research-based information to both the agricultural community and the general public.
- NC State University - has 19 different departments in its College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and other related areas that focus on various specialties within the agricultural fields.
- Employment and Training - All six of the 4-year universities in the Region include agricultural principles in their biology, chemistry and biotechnology courses. And eight of the Region’s community colleges offer programs that support the food processing sector:
- Mid-Atlantic location gives access to 200 Million US and Canadian residence in a one-day drive time.
- Workforce that is 10% more productive than the national average.
- The second lowest unionization rates in the country (4.1%).
- 2 deep water ports in NC and within 200 miles of the highest volume ports on the east coast (Norfolk, VA and Charleston, SC)
- Free customizable training programs through NC’s Community College system at any of our eight Community Colleges.
- Foreign Trade Zone 214 at the Port of Wilmington and Foreign Trade Zone 93 inland.
- Highly competitive incentives and financial assistance.
- Population growth at nearly twice the national average.
- Quality of life that attracts and retains talent with a cost of living that is lower than the national average.