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Our Region.Your Future.



  • 36% more productive workforce than the U.S. average

    North Carolina’s Southeast is home to a vast workforce that’s skilled in a variety of high demand industries. The civilian workforce is among the highest-ranked in the nation across multiple target industries when it comes to productivity and qualifications. NCSE also has the 2nd lowest unionization rate in the U.S., an added benefit for businesses looking to grow their workforce.

    • 730,000+ labor force
    • 37.1 average age of workforce

Beyond the civilian workforce, NCSE has a military labor force of more than 83,000. These men and women in uniform at our 7 military installations receive highly specialized training during their years of service, which sets them up for success in the region once their commitment ends.

  • 18,000+ exiting military annually
  • 7.8% unemployment rate
  • 34% of workforce has an associate's degree or higher
  • $2,399,575,000
    New Capital Investment*
  • 15,047
    New Jobs*
  • 157
    Company Locations*

* Denotes Totals Since 1996



United States Golf Association Relocating Most Operations to Pinehurst, Moore County

NC’s Southeast was proud to play a strong collaborative role as a partner in the project. It was known as Project Woodpecker on our Active Projects Report. USGA will invest $36 million and hire more than 50 people. “Golf House Pinehurst," as USGA’s NC facility will be called, will consist of a Research & Testing Center, administrative operations, and a visitor center and museum. The Governor and the Legislature developed economic development incentive legislation for the project, which was approved late last week. Congratulations to Pat Corso and Moore County Partners in Progress in landing this project. READ MORE

  • Steven Roberts Original Desserts, located in Robeson County, recently announced an expansion of its food manufacturing facility in Pembroke. It plans to invest $4.5M and hire 100 new employees, which will add to the several hundred it already employs. Congratulations to Channing Jones and the Robeson County EDC on this company’s growth. The company makes desserts for various restaurant chains like Olive Garden and Starbucks. It was known as Project Fondant on our Active Projects Report. NC’s Southeast originally generated this company location through its marketing program in 2011. READ MORE

  • Four Wilmington companies are the finalists of the inaugural NC BIONEER Venture Challenge aimed at enhancing life sciences and biotechnology business ventures in the region, according to an announcement Thursday. Accugenomics, Electronic Lab Logs, IndiOmics and Isosceles Pharmaceuticals were selected to participate in a two-month process of “intense mentoring,” stated a news release. The competition, launched by N.C. Biotechnology Center Southeastern office and the University of North Carolina Wilmington Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is a biotech-focused entrepreneurial initiative for Southeastern North Carolina that launched earlier this year. READ MORE

  • Construction is expected to begin this fall on the first facility inside the International Logistics Park of North Carolina (ILP) on the Columbus-Brunswick county line. READ MORE