Interstates and Highways
- East/west interstate I-40 (from Wilmington, NC to Barstow, CA) and interstate I-74 (from Wilmington, NC to Cincinnati, OH and west to Davenport, IA).
- North/south interstate I-95 (from Miami, FL to Portland, ME).
- 98 trucking companies located in the Region.
- The Port of Wilmington is 284 acres (approximately 115 hectares) and has facilities to serve containerized, bulk and break-bulk cargoes.
- Designated Foreign Trade Zone at the Port of Wilmington.
- The Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point, the largest ammunition port in the western hemisphere, and the Army's primary east coast deep-water port.
- The region is within 200 miles (approximately 322 Kilometers) to the ports of Morehead City, NC, Norfolk, VA and Charleston, SC.
- CSX Transportation is the primary railroad service provider in the region connecting the Region’s two metro areas – Wilmington and Fayetteville.
- CSX has a major rail yard in Hamlet and a TRANSFLO bulk transfer terminal in Wilmington. They have other operating facilities in Leland, Fayetteville and Clinton.
- Norfolk Southern also connects to CSX at Fayetteville.
- 3 shortlines – Carolina Southern, Aberdeen & Rockfish and Red Springs & Northern – also operate within the Region.
- Wilmington International Airport (ILM)
- Non-stop destinations to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia and Washington, DC and hundreds of other direct domestic and international flights with only one stop.
- Current providers are US Airways, Delta, American Airlines and Allegiant Air.
- ILM maintains a separate International Terminal for US Customs and Border Protection, providing a full service Federal Inspection Station (FIS) to clear international flights.
- Fayetteville International Airport (FAY)
- Cargo service is also available at the Laurinburg-Maxton (MEB) airport.
- General aviation airports are located in 10 of the Region’s 11 counties.
- 41 companies in the Region that provide support for the transportation and warehousing sector.
- NC has no tax on wholesale and retail inventories.
- Technology transfer opportunities from the Global Logistics Research Initiative at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business.
Workforce Development Programs
- N.C. Community College System - two-year global logistics curriculum and free customized training.
- East Carolina University and North Carolina State University - bachelor’s degree in global logistics.
- UNC Kenan-Flagler Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy – focuses on logistics innovations and new technologies.
- Workforce that is 10% more productive than the national average.
- The lowest unionization rates in the country (1.9%).
- Free customizable training programs through NC’s Community College system at any of our eight Community Colleges.
- 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.