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  • 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
  • 8.6% unemployment rate
  • 34% of workforce has an associate's degree or higher
  • $2,568,592,000
    New Capital Investment*
  • 16,531
    New Jobs*
  • 170
    Company Locations*

* Denotes Totals Since 1996


  • November 24, 2021

    More than 400 manufacturing jobs headed for Kinston

    Kinston, NC

    Hundreds of manufacturing jobs paying an average minimum wage of some $45,000 are headed to Kinston. MasterBrand Cabinets is going to invest some $13.75 million to expand its current operations in the Lenoir County city. Some 464 jobs are planned.


  • November 17, 2021

    Manufacturer selects Wayne County for East Coast expansion

    Goldsboro, NC

    Hosokawa Custom Processing Services will create 16 new jobs in Wayne County, says Governor Roy Cooper. The contract chemical processor will invest $6.5 million to relocate a processing center to Goldsboro. A performance-based grant of $50,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help with Hosokawa’s location to North Carolina.


  • November 4, 2021

    Two major economic development projects select ILM Business Park; furthering economic investment and growth

    Wilmington, NC

    The Wilmington International Airport announced that two companies, CIL Capital, LLC and Edgewater Ventures, have each selected the ILM Business Park as the location of their strategic business investment and development. The ILM Business Park, which encompasses 140 acres on airport property, has foreign trade zone status, access to Customs, close proximity to major highways, rail, Port, and an airfield, and is minutes to downtown Wilmington. CIL Capital, LLC, has signed a long-term ground lease for development of a 500,000 square foot storage and distribution facility for the Life Sciences industry. Edgewater Ventures has signed a long-term ground lease of approximately 30 acres with plans to develop a three-building Class A speculative industrial development that will total over 540,000 square feet.

    The ILM Business Park, which encompasses 140 acres on airport property, has foreign trade zone status, access to Customs, close proximity to major highways, rail, Port, and an airfield, and is minutes to downtown Wilmington.

    “Each of these projects has involved months of hard work from all parties involved, including the Airport Authority and staff, New Hanover County, Wilmington Business Development and representatives from each company, and I want to express my sincere appreciation for the steadfast dedication and cooperation that was employed to bring these projects to fruition. We are so proud CIL Capital and Edgewater Ventures have chosen to invest in the ILM Business Park,” stated Donna Girardot, Chairman of the New Hanover County Airport Authority. “The Wilmington International Airport has a $2.2 Billion economic impact on our region, supports 16,385 jobs, and generates $85 million in tax revenue. Our ILM Business Park, and the addition of CIL Capital and Edgewater Ventures, will bring significant investment, diverse and higher wage jobs, and further our airport as an economic engine in the region. We are committed to ongoing partnerships that support our community’s growth and prosperity, now and in the future,” Girardot shared.

    “These two projects will bring a total of $120 million in investments to our county and will grow our tax base, increase jobs, and enhance economic development opportunities for our region,” said Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman. “CIL Capital and Edgewater Ventures chose New Hanover County and our ILM Business Park because of the possibilities it provides. Access to the airport, proximity to the Port of Wilmington, strong and expanding infrastructure, supportive partnerships, and a community committed to smart growth all make this a prime location. This is an exciting day, and I look forward to the progress these projects will bring.”

  • October 21, 2021

    Market research firm bringing 40 jobs to Wilmington

    Wilmington, NC

    New York-headquartered Suzy, a market research firm with a focus on technology, announced it is bringing dozens of jobs with an average annual salary of $120,000 to its new tech hub in downtown Wilmington. The tech hub is expected to open in November.

  • October 12, 2021

    FCEDC receives award for Economic Development Organization of the Year

    Fayetteville, NC

    Fayetteville/Cumberland County Economic Development won a Bronze Rank for Economic Development Organization (EDO) of the Year in IEDC’s 2021 Excellence in Economic Development Awards. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a global membership organization of more than 5,000 professionals working to enhance quality of life, job growth, and economic prosperity across their communities. Winners were announced at IEDC’s Annual Conference on Wednesday, October 6, in Nashville.

    FCEDC was recognized for its aggressive community promotion, leadership, and international development strategies. IEDC acknowledged FCEDC’s recent development wins totaling more than $253M in capital investment and 2,264 jobs; creation of the Global SOF Communities of Excellence alliance; and national public relations partnership that recently won the community more than $1.8M in ad equivalency. The team was specifically lauded for facilitating the creation and launch of the Can Do Carolina community-wide branding initiative.

    “Our team is honored to be recognized for the work we are doing and are grateful for the funding and support we receive from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, our Board of Directors, and partners. We are proud to see our community’s efforts acknowledged by the world’s premier economic and community development organization, IEDC,” said FCEDC President & CEO, Robert Van Geons, CEcD.

    Awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers from around the world, following a nomination process held earlier this year. IEDC received over 500 submissions from four countries.

    “The winners of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the best of economic development and exemplify the leadership that our profession strives for every day,” said 2021 IEDC Board Chair and Invest Buffalo Niagara, President and CEO, Tom Kucharski. “We’re honored to recognize the more than 100 communities whose marketing submissions, projects, and partnerships have improved regional quality of life.”

  • October 6, 2021

    Goldsboro filter plant adding hundreds of jobs

    Goldsboro, NC

    The Pamlico Air filtration manufacturing company plans to add about 250 jobs and invest an additional $6.6 million in Goldsboro because of strong demand for its products. CEO Harry Smith made the announcement at an event celebrating the company’s Wayne County plant. 

  • September 7, 2021

    Port of Wilmington Reports Growth, Eyes Expansion

    Wilmington, NC

    Despite the supply chain issues and other problems caused by the pandemic, the Port of Wilmington reported an increase in several key indicators. Container volume increased 2% compared with the previous year and the port set a record for total container volume handled in a single year. The ports of Wilmington and Morehead City handled 3.2 million tons of general cargo in the year ended June 30.

  • August 27, 2021

    Developer Plans Cold Storage Warehouse Space Near The Port Of Wilmington

    Wilmington, NC

    A developer is planning to add cold storage warehouse space on property near the Port of Wilmington. Cold Summit Development looks to bring nearly 460,000 square feet of cold storage space in two buildings to property owned by the port off Raleigh Street, officials with N.C. Ports announced this week.

  • August 26, 2021

    North Carolina's Southeast Achieves Record-Setting Results in 2020-21

    Elizabethtown, NC

    The pandemic may have disrupted much of the world’s economy, but North Carolina’s Southeast enjoyed its best year ever in terms of businesses bringing new investments in the region. Thirteen companies across diverse industry segments unveiled plans to invest a total of $153.6 million in the Southeast Region, creating 1,291 announced new jobs.

  • August 25, 2021

    European Manufacturer of Components for the Appliance Industry Selects Lenoir County for First North American Expansion

    Lenoir County, NC

    Global manufacturer of household appliance components, Grupporeco, will create 110 new jobs in Lenoir County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $28 million to build its first manufacturing facility for dishwasher components in North America.

  • August 19, 2021

    NC Southeast Communities Receive Infrastructure Grants

    Raleigh, NC


    The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved 21 grant requests to local governments totaling $5,916,198, including six grants to four NC Southeast communities, Governor Roy Cooper announced. The requests include commitments to create a total of 1,200 jobs statewide, 661 of which were previously announced. The public investment in these projects will attract more than $546 million in private investment. NC Southeast grant recipients include:

    • Columbus County - $90,000 to support reuse of a building, expected to create 11 jobs and a $285,740 business investment.
    • Craven County - $120,000 to support expansion of a building, expected to create 15 jobs and $1,454,634 in investment.
    • Robeson County - $340,000 to support reuse of two buildings, expected to create 44 jobs and $3,858,874 in investment, and $170,000 to support a building expansion expected to create 20 jobs and $4,088,000 in investment.
    • Sampson County - $250,000 to support reuse of a building, expected to create 160 jobs and $316,215 in investment.
  • August 2, 2021

    Region's Cold Storage Capacity to Get Major Boost With New Investment at Pender Commerce Park

    Wilmington, NC

    National Developer Investing Significantly in Port Regions August 2, 2021 (Wilmington, N.C.) – A commercial real estate developer plans to build a state-of-the-art cold storage facility at Pender Commerce Park. RealtyLink, a privately-held full-service real estate development company, will construct as much as 300,000-sq.-ft. of refrigerated warehouse space that will serve a third-party logistics tenant. Greater Wilmington is among five port regions where the Greenville, S.C.-based firm is building cold storage facilities. “We welcome this game-changing addition to ...

  • August 2, 2021

    North Carolina's Southeast Welcomes Alliance Consulting Engineers, Gulf & Ohio Railways as Investors

    Elizabethtown, NC

    Two more regional business entities are lending their technical, financial and leadership support to the mission of North Carolina’s Southeast. Alliance Consulting Engineers and Gulf & Ohio Railway recently joined the organization’s growing list of investors.

  • July 14, 2021

    Metal Fabricator Will Invest Nearly $3M in Duplin County

    Raleigh, NC

    Metal Specialist, a North Carolina-based fabricator of metal roofing products, will create 33 new jobs in Duplin County. The company will invest more than $2.9 million to build a new headquarters operations and manufacturing facility in the Southpark Industrial Park of the Town of Wallace. Average annual salary for these new positions is $40,213 creating a potential annual payroll impact of $1.3 million.

  • June 30, 2021

    Stainless Steel Sink Manufacturer Elkay to Expand Operations in Robeson County


    Elkay Manufacturing, a leading producer of sinks and water delivery products, will expand its operations in Robeson County, leading to the creation of 20 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced. The company will invest $5.5 million in a facility in Lumberton, becoming the first tenant in the Lumberton/Robeson County I-95/I-74 Industrial Park. The company’s new jobs will yield an average salary of $48,960, although actual wages will vary by position.

  • June 29, 2021

    Precision Manufacturer to Relocate Headquarters to Southeastern N.C.


    Precision Swiss Products, Inc. a manufacturer of high precision component parts, will create 125 new jobs in Brunswick County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest more than $9.3 million to locate its headquarters and manufacturing facility to the International Logistics Park shared by Brunswick and Columbus counties.

  • June 28, 2021

    Garland Factory Set to Reopen


    The former Brooks Brothers building in Garland, in Sampson County, has been acquired by Cayenne Acquisitions, which will lease it to the Garland Apparel Group. Garland Apparel plans to manufacture dress shirts, military clothing and PPE. Plans will be to hire more than 100 people. Brooks Brothers filed for bankruptcy and closed its plant in 2020, laying off 150 people. This is great news for this small community. Congrats to the Sampson County Economic Development Commission for its work on this project and during the entire process.

  • June 7, 2021

    Triple Impact Connections Announces New Location in Fayetteville


    Triple Impact Connections, a veteran-owned customer service center using Cloud-based technology to connect its client companies with their customers, announced a new facility in Fayetteville and has more than 70 immediate openings for remote work. With headquarters in Killeen, Texas, home to U.S. Army Base Fort Hood, the company focuses on hiring military spouses to support the Armed Forces community.

  • May 28, 2021

    Aerospace Company to Expand with $5 Million Investment in Craven County


    Aeronautical Systems Incorporated (ASI), a world class provider of engineering, manufacturing and MRO services for military platforms, will create 30 new jobs in Craven County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $5.6 million to expand its manufacturing footprint in New Bern.

  • May 20, 2021

    Major Boat Manufacturer White River Marine Group Acquires Legendary Hatteras Brand, Will Launch New Operations with a Target to Employ 500 Jobs in Craven County


    White River Marine Group, LLC, a leading manufacturer of recreational boats, will open a manufacturing facility in Craven County, with a target of 500 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will make a significant investment in New Bern, creating its first coastal manufacturing site and adding Hatteras to its portfolio of well-known brands.

  • May 19, 2021

    eGourmet Solutions Will Base East Coast Operations in Duplin County


    May 18, 2021 (Elizabethtown, N.C. and Kenansville, N.C). eGourmet Solutions, a national logistics company specializing in the fulfillment of temperature-sensitive products such as refrigerated and frozen foods, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, will invest more than $767,000 in expanding its existing Duplin County location into an East Coast operations hub. It will create 40 jobs in Wallace over the coming four years.

  • May 17, 2021

    Business North Carolina’s Power List 2021

    Business North Carolina

    North Carolina’s Southeast would like to congratulate the following board members and allies for being named to Business North Carolina’s Power List 2021 – NC’s Most Influential Leaders!
    Brenda Daniels (ElectriCities & NCSE board member)
    John Nelms (Duke Energy & NCSE board member)
    Robert Van Geons (Fayetteville-Cumberland County Economic Development Corp & Vice-Chair of NCSE Local Developers Advisory Group)
    Chris Chung (Economic Development Partnership of NC)
    Brian Clark (NC Ports)
    Ryan Nance (NC Electric Cooperatives)
    Bo Biggs (Chair, Golden Leaf Foundation)
    Scott Hamilton (President, Golden Leaf Foundation)
    Patrick Woodie (President, NC Rural Center)
    Steve Yost (President, NC’s Southeast)


  • May 6, 2021

    Amazon plans Fayetteville delivery station, hundreds of jobs


    E-commerce giant Amazon has announced plans to create “hundreds” of jobs by launching a new delivery station in Fayetteville. The facility will pay a starting wage of $15 per hour and will offer “a variety of benefits on the first day of employment,” according to Amazon, which added that there are currently eight Amazon delivery stations in North Carolina.

  • Apr 23, 2021

    Port of Wilmington sets record for containers in a single month


    In March, N.C. Ports reported a record in the number of containers going through Wilmington in a single month. The Port of Wilmington saw a total of 18,782 TEUs in March, a 10% jump from the previous record of 17,114 TEUs in March 2018. Recent figures indicate a boost in port activity in total container volume, intermodal rail volume, as well as loaded refrigerated container volume.

  • Apr 20, 2021

    Bladen County's Crafty Approach to Economic Development


    Economic growth in Charlotte and the Triangle, even in a pandemic, clicks along with a continuing string of expansions and relocations. Getting things moving in smaller, more remote counties is where the challenge really lies.

  • Apr 14, 2021

    Moore County economic development group appoints new leader


    Partners in Progress, the economic development organization of Moore County, recruited Natalie Dean Hawkins as executive director. Hawkins has served as the assistant village manager of Pinehurst since 2005 and resided in Moore County since 1995. She will succeed Pat Corso, who is stepping down in May

  • Apr 8, 2021

    Leading Pressure Pipe Company to Create 44 Jobs in Columbus County


    Pipeline Plastics Holdings, LLC, a leading manufacturer of high-performance industrial pipeline systems, will create 44 new jobs in Columbus County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $4.6 million in a new production facility in Fair Bluff.

  • Mar. 30, 2021

    Prominent Moore County business leader awarded state’s highest honor


    Pat Corso, a longtime leader in Moore County’s business community, was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, conferred by the Governor of North Carolina. The honor recognized his service and accomplishments in the state and the Sandhills for the last 35 years. He is credited with boosting Pinehurst Resort’s notoriety and its No. 2 course as one of the top-rated golf courses in North Carolina.

  • Mar. 30, 2021

    New Bern named one of “The South’s Best Small Towns 2021”


    New Bern, in Craven County, was recognized by Southern Living magazine as one of 11 small Southern towns to visit in 2021. “Situated where the Neuse and Trent Rivers converge, this waterfront getaway is best recognized for its two most legendary landmarks: Tryon Palace and gardens (North Carolina’s first permanent capitol) and Bradham’s Drug Store (the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola),” the magazine noted. The city was also praised for its resilience through Hurricanes Florence and Dorian.

  • Mar. 22, 2021

    Megan Sellers awarded Master Economic Development Practitioner certificate


    North Carolina’s Southeast recently announced that Marketing Project Manager Megan Sellers has been awarded a Master Economic Development Practitioner (MEDP) certificate from the Advanced Economic Development Leadership (AEDL) executive education program. “I am honored to have obtained this certification and thankful for North Carolina’s Southeast commitment to profession development. It was truly a valuable learning...

  • Mar. 22, 2021

    NC’s Southeast Joins Effort to Boost Online Learning ACCESS


    North Carolina's Southeast (NCSE) has forged a unique partnership with Truist Foundation and the Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation (ATMC) to provide students and others in rural Southeastern communities with ready access to Internet hot spots. The Southeastern Partnership II, NCSE’s tax-exempt sister organization, obtained a $25,000 award from the Truist Foundation to enable ATMC to install drive-up hot spots at public schools in Columbus Counties.

  • Mar. 5, 2021

    Cumberland offers incentives to retain Cargill, attract new firm


    Cumberland County commissioners approved economic-development incentives aimed at retaining a Cargill soybean processing plant that employs 70 and a potential new employer that may add 75 jobs. Agricultural giant Cargill may expand its Cumberland site and invest more than $25 million while retaining at least 70 jobs paying $70,000 or more per year. The county is offering a $595,000 grant. The second unnamed company is considering a new production plant with an incentive of as much as $60,000.

  • Mar. 5, 2021

    FCEDC congratulates Fayetteville Regional Airport on new Dallas-Fort Worth flight


    The new flight, which commenced this morning, connects Fayetteville travelers to 79 new destinations through Dallas-Fort Worth, the fourth largest metropolitan in the country.

  • Feb. 24, 2021

    State awards millions to communities for utility projects


    Governor Roy Cooper announced $282 million in loans and grants to help pay for 94 drinking water and wastewater projects statewide, including in counties in North Carolina’s Southeast region.

  • Feb. 22, 2021

    Dogwood State Bank raises $28M, expands reach into Fayetteville with ex-Wells Fargo team


    Dogwood State Bank, which operates in Raleigh, Charlotte, Wilmington, Greenville and Morehead City, raised $28 million with a plan to expand in Fayetteville. Dogwood is hiring a group of former Wells Fargo employees in Fayetteville, adding to its 110 current employees.

  • Feb. 18, 2021

    Kinston Forklift Manufacturer to Create 130 New Jobs


    More than 130 new jobs are coming to Kinston. The Crown Equipment Corporation, a global forklift manufacturer, is expanding its manufacturing operations in Lenoir County and investing up to $13 million in the expansion. The new positions will include assemblers, engineers, machine operators, and support staff.

  • Feb. 17, 2021

    Cardinal Foods LLC. in Burgaw to double workforce as part of $15.5M expansion


    Cardinal Foods LLC, an agribusiness company that provides farm-harvested products and services across the eastern United States, will create 48 new jobs as part of a $15.5 million expansion at its Pender County operations. The project will double the company’s current workforce.

  • Feb. 12, 2021

    Economic Development Organization Releases Strategic Plan


    North Carolina's Southeast, an 18-county regional economic development organization headquartered in Elizabethtown, has recently released its three-year strategic plan.

    The North Carolina’s Southeast Strategic Plan 2021-2024 serves as a roadmap for the organization's work over the next three years, including work in the Wilmington micro-region of New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick and Columbus counties.

    Within that plan are regional economic growth goals of helping generate 1,350 new jobs, $270 million in investment, and attract 18 companies to the 18-county region, according to the plan.


  • Feb. 9, 2021

    Post-pandemic Economy May Spark New Economic Opportunities In Southeastern North Carolina

    Elizabethtown, N.C

    Competitive Positioning Analysis Evaluates Trends that Inform the Region’s Three-Year Strategy
    Global economic and political trends could result in new jobs and investment for Southeastern North Carolina’s leading industries once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, a recent report by consultants at Economic Leadership LLC concludes. The report, North Carolina’s Southeast Competitive Positioning 2020, is a comprehensive analysis of the 18-county region’s economic landscape, workforce characteristics, industrial product, marketing strategies, and more.

  • Feb. 8, 2021

    Steven Roberts Original Desserts Expansion Announced


    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.

  • Feb. 7, 2021

    Wilmington Companies Are Finalists In Biotech Venture Competition


    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. 

  • Jan. 29, 2021

    New Building Planned for nCino’s HQ

    Wilmington, NC

    Plans submitted to the City of Wilmington show another building is planned for nCino’s new headquarters location in the city. The 90,000-square-foot building suggests the 700-employee financial-technology company plans to continue to grow, and quickly. The company is also building 640-space parking deck behind its property.

  • Jan. 21, 2021

    Cape Fear Valley Health Breaks Ground on $30 Million Medical Education Building

    Fayetteville, NC

    Cape Fear Valley Health broke ground last week on a $30 million medical education building that will tighten the Fayetteville hospital's ties with the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine. The five-story, 120,000-square-foot building will be home for the hospital's medical residency program, a partnership with Campbell that will help attract as many as 300 residents a year to a region that faces an increasing shortage of providers, officials say. It will also house a new Neuroscience Institute to study and treat related disorders and illnesses.

  • Jan. 13, 2021

    Scoular to develop transload facility at North Carolina port

    Wilmington, NC

    North Carolina Ports received approval on Jan. 12, 2021, from the North Carolina Council of State for a land lease to develop an agricultural transload facility on the Port of Wilmington. Council of State approved the long-term lease for Scoular to develop an at-port facility that will receive, store, and load agricultural products.

  • Jan. 12, 2021

    N.C. Ports Partners With Omaha Firm On Agricultural Transload Facility

    Wilmington, NC

    A new partnership will bring a development to the Port of Wilmington that will help support the state's agricultural business, the N.C. State Ports Authority announced Tuesday. The authority is expanding capabilities through a venture with Omaha, Nebraska-based Scoular, which will build an agricultural transload facility slated for completion this summer, officials said in a news release.

  • Jan. 12, 2021

    MetroNet and Fayetteville, N.C. Announce Partnership to Build 100% Fiber Optic Network

    Fayetteville, NC

    MetroNet and the City of Fayetteville will bring 100% fiber optic internet, television and phone services to businesses and residents in the Fayetteville region, marking MetroNet's first deployment in North Carolina. Indiana-based MetroNet will spend more than $70 million on the project, which will service Fayetteville, the towns of Hope Mills, Linden, Wade, Stedman, Godwin, Eastover, Falcon, Spring Lake, Vander and much of unincorporated Cumberland County, as well as portions of Hoke County, such as the communities of Raeford and Rockfish.

  • Jan. 7, 2021

    Alcami will invest $2 million in Wilmington site

    Wilmington, NC

    Alcami Corp., a pharmaceutical company, will invest $2 million in its Wilmington facility to expand its manufacturing capabilities. The work will expand the 140,000-square-foot campus. It is expected to be complete by the second half of this year. The company continues to grow and add jobs in the area. Alcami currently has 21 open positions in the Wilmington area, said marketing manager Michael Walsh.

  • Dec. 11, 2020

    Mask-maker Sanctuary Systems creating 118 jobs in Wayne County

    Fremont, NC

    Sanctuary Systems, a developer and marketer of fiber technology and nonwoven materials, will create 118 jobs at a new facility in the Town of Fremont, local officials said Thursday. The project brings Wayne County a capital investment of $4.9 million. Among Sanctuary’s products are high-quality face coverings and other personal protective equipment (PPE).

  • Dec. 9, 2020

    Huvepharma to invest $1.9 million and add 10 jobs in Maxton

    Maxton, NC

    Huvepharma, Inc., a global biomanufacturer, will expand its poultry vaccine plant in Scotland County, Governor Roy Cooper announced. The company will invest $1.9 million and add 10 new jobs as it expands its Maxton facility to include more manufacturing and warehouse space.

  • Dec. 9, 2020

    New shell building project approved for Craven Industrial Park

    New Bern, NC

    The expansion of Craven County Industrial Park took another step forward this week with the approval of the sale of property for the construction of a shell building similar to one developed and purchased last year.

  • Dec. 1, 2020

    'Can Do Carolina': Branding campaign showcases the best of Fayetteville, Cumberland County

    Fayetteville, NC

    The Fayetteville Cumberland Collaborative Branding Committee unveiled its new brand campaign, “Can Do Carolina.” Robert Van Geons, president and CEO of the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation, said the slogan promotes the area as an ideal place to live and work. The project also involves the city and county, arts council, chamber, convention & visitors bureau and the Cool Spring Downtown District.

  • Nov. 30, 2020

    Department of Commerce issues 2021 Economic Development Tier Rankings

    Raleigh, NC

    The North Carolina Department of Commerce released the county tier designations for 2021. Twenty-two counties will change tier designations for 2021. Onslow County in NC’s Southeast Region is moving to a less-distressed tier ranking. Counties moving to a more-distressed tier ranking include Brunswick and New Hanover.

  • Nov. 18, 2020

    Broadband Services Extended in the Havelock Industrial Park

    New Bern, NC

    The Craven 100 Alliance (C1A), in partnership with the Havelock Regional Development Corporation (HRDC), are pleased to announce the extension of broadband internet services in the Havelock Industrial Park, located on Outer Banks Drive, Havelock, North Carolina, off Hwy 101 near MCAS Cherry Point.

  • Nov. 9, 2020

    Wood Products Company Selects Scotland County for Production Facility

    Laurinberg, NC

    American Wood Fibers, Inc., a specialty forest products supplier, has selected Scotland County for a new manufacturing site and will create 51 jobs.  The company will invest $19.5 million to add new capabilities to a facility previous operated by Nature’s Earth Pellets in Laurinburg.

  • Nov, 2020

    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.

  • Nov 2, 2020

    Site Selection ranks North Carolina as top state business climate for 2020

    Raleigh, NC

    North Carolina ranks as the nation’s top state business climate in 2020 in a two-way tie with Georgia, according to Site Selection magazine. North Carolina held the No. 2 spot in the magazine’s annual business climates study for five straight years before rising to the top spot this year.

  • Oct 26, 2020

    Pender Commerce Partners to continue investment in Greater Wilmington

    Wilmington, NC

    Winston-Salem-based Pender Commerce Partners 1 LLC is now in the process of acquiring additional land at Pender Commerce Park in Wilmington to develop its second speculative industrial building there in two years.

  • Oct 22, 2020

    Sampson Community College rolls out “Viking Works” GEER funds

    Clinton, NC

    GEER scholarships, called Viking Works at Sampson Community College, are available to all Workforce Development and Continuing Education students who have been affected by COVID-19 in any way and are enrolled in a class or pathway that is at least 96 hours or more and leads to a credential in one of the following ten programs of study: Automotive, Aircraft Maintenance, Construction, Criminal Justice, EMS, Healthcare, Industrial/Manufacturing, Information Technology, Transportation, and Fire and Rescue Services. Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Amanda Bradshaw, says the Viking Works funds will be instrumental in allowing students the opportunity to pursue short-term workforce training without the worry of cost.

  • Oct 15, 2020

    Governor Cooper announces grants to rural communities

    Raleigh, NC

    The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved 16 grant requests to local governments totaling $4,511,075, Governor Roy Cooper announced. Three grant recipients are in North Carolina’s Southeast Region:

    • Robeson County: A $350,000 grant will support the reuse of a 63,000-square-foot building in Red Springs. Serioplast US LLC, a global manufacturer of plastic packaging for the consumer goods industry, plans to locate operations at the facility. The overall project is set to create 46 new jobs with an investment of $9.42 million, while 31 jobs and a $9,367,500 investment are tied to this grant.
    • Brunswick County: A $100,000 grant will support the development of a site in Navassa. Adding this infrastructure will facilitate a project in which the company plans to create 17 jobs and invest $150,000.
    • Lenoir County: A $500,000 grant will help the County provide industrial access at the NC Global TransPark.
  • Oct 7, 2020

    Apprenticeships yield 170% return on employers’ investment, survey finds

    Raleigh, NC

    The average registered apprenticeship program in North Carolina yields a 170% return on investment for the employer, according to a new survey. For every $1 invested in apprentices, employers receive an average of $1.70 in additional value, the survey conducted by the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor & Economic Analysis Division found.

  • Oct 1, 2020

    Cumberland County featured in Business North Carolina

    Cumberland County

    While Cumberland County is well known for its long-standing military history as home to the U.S. Army’s Special Forces Command and Fort Bragg installation, the region is well-positioned as a strong contender for business investment, talent attraction and job opportunities across a range of sectors.

  • Sep 24, 2020

    SCC Advanced Manufacturing Training Center celebrated as economic development tool

    Columbus EDC

    Southeastern Community College and community leaders cut the ribbon Wednesday on the long-awaited Advanced Manufacturing Training Center being touted as a tool to help attract and retain industrial employers to Columbus County.

  • Sep 8, 2020

    Construction expected this fall for first building in logistics park on Columbus-Brunswick line

    NR Columbus

    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.

  • Sep 4, 2020

    Site Consultants Rank NC a Top 5 State for Doing Business

    Raleigh, NC

    Leading site consultants once again rank North Carolina among the top five states in the nation for doing business, according to an Area Development magazine survey.

  • Aug 28, 2020

    New downtown Wilmington building to bring jobs, business

    Wilmington, NC

    Live Oak Bank announced Tuesday a building coming to downtown Wilmington that will house Live Oak officials as well as other businesses. Officials say the building, which could potentially evolve into a campus, would be an investment into the downtown area and could be used from job-training opportunities.

  • Aug 20, 2020

    Governor Cooper announces grants to rural communities to attract 294 new jobs and more than $103 million in private investment

    Raleigh, NC

    The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved 18 grant requests to local governments totaling $4,847,243, including for projects in Columbus, Lenoir, Onslow and Robeson counties.

  • Aug 19, 2020

    North Carolina Governor announces $12 million+ to expand Internet access

    Raleigh, NC

    People living and working in 11 rural counties will get expanded high-speed internet service thanks to more than $12 million in grants awarded by Governor Roy Cooper’s administration. Columbus, Duplin and Robeson counties are among the grant recipients.

  • Aug 12, 2020

    NC Community College System's BioNetwork wins innovation award for STEM program that serves middle school students

    Innovation of the Year Award

    The NC Community College System is the recipient of a 2019-20 Innovation of the Year Award for a program that promotes science careers by connecting middle school students to community colleges.

  • Aug 04, 2020

    Fayetteville’s Metropolitan Statistical Area Expands to Include Harnett County

    Fayetteville, NC

    The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently announced that the Fayetteville metropolitan statistical area (MSA) has been expanded to include Harnett County. Originally comprised of Cumberland and Hoke Counties, this change has increased the total Fayetteville MSA population to 526,719, up by nearly 30%. According to the U.S Census, Fayetteville is now ranked as the 108th largest MSA in the U.S.

  • Jul 31, 2020

    UNCP to confer a record 957 degrees

    Pembroke, NC

    The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will award a record 957 degrees to its largest graduating class in university history on Saturday, Aug. 8.

  • Jul 29, 2020

    North Carolina’s June county and area employment figures fall


    Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in June. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced decreases. Statewide, the rate was 7.9 percent.

  • Jul 28, 2020

    Onslow County brings Atlantic Seafood to Camp Davis Industrial Park

    Holly Ridge, NC

    Onslow County was in competition with other counties to bring Atlantic Seafood to Camp Davis and incentive packages approved by Onslow County and the town helped secure a $5.1 million investment in property taxes as well as 48 jobs with an average annual salary of $70,000. Sutherland said they are well-paying jobs at nearly double the county’s average salary of $29,000.

  • Jul 27, 2020

    Groundbreaking for Crete Solutions

    Holly Ridge, NC

    Onslow County Commissioners helped officials at concrete manufacturer Crete Solutions LLC break ground for the company’s new Holly Ridge plant on July 27. The new building will provide seven new jobs and will boost Onslow County’s tax revenues.

  • Jul 14, 2020

    Craven Community College launches Manufacturing Pathway program

    New Bern, NC

    Craven Community College (Craven CC) is now offering training at the Volt Center to help fill immediate job openings at BSH Home Appliances Corporation. Offered through a partnership with Craven CC, NCWorks and BSH, this free training opportunity began July 9-10.

  • Jul 09, 2020

    North Carolina’s Southeast Elevates Marketing with New Website

    Serioplast Will Invest $9.4 Million in a New Presence in the Town of Red Springs

    North Carolina’s Southeast (NCSE), an economic development public-private partnership that markets an 18-county region, has launched a new marketing website The comprehensive website will build on NCSE’s national and global marketing to encourage the creation of new jobs, capital investment and economic growth in the southeast region. The website was developed in collaboration with 365 Degree Total Marketing, a full-service marketing agency.

  • Jun 18, 2020

    Italian Maker of Plastic Packaging Will Bring 46 Jobs to Robeson County

    Serioplast Will Invest $9.4 Million in a New Presence in the Town of Red Springs

    Global packaging maker Serioplast US LLC will establish production operations in Red Springs in a project that will create 46 new jobs in Robeson County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company, which manufacturers rigid plastic packaging for a wide variety of consumer goods, plans to invest $9.42 million in its new North Carolina presence.

    “New jobs like these demonstrate that North Carolina has a strong workforce and is open for business,” Governor Cooper said. “This investment by Serioplast, shows that our state remains is a good fit for global companies.”

  • Jun 15, 2020

    Digital Advertising Company to Expand in Elizabethtown

    Anthem Displays to add 17 new jobs in Bladen County

    Anthem Displays LLC, a national manufacturer of digital billboards, will create 17 jobs in Bladen County, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The project will generate a $3.6 million investment in Elizabethtown.

    “North Carolina continues to attract new jobs in a wide range of industries,” said Governor Cooper. “Global companies like Anthem Displays see the potential of growing in southeastern North Carolina because of the strong workforce that is ready to get to work.”

    Anthem Displays is an industry leader in state-of-the-art digital outdoor advertising displays and solutions. In 2018, Prismaflex International, a worldwide operator of direct-out-of-home advertising, took a minority stake in Anthem Displays. Anthem Displays provides digital display technology for advertising companies, including Lamar Advertising, globally and in all 50 U.S. states. Its Boulder, Colorado location will consolidate and relocate electronics and firmware operations to Elizabethtown, where the company currently employs nine workers in the design and manufacture of display frames.

  • March 13, 2020

    Wilmington Companies Are Finalists In Biotech Venture Competition

    By: Johanna Cano, WilmingtonBiz

    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.

  • February 10, 2020

    Winston-Salem Property Developer Unveils Plans for $8 Million Spec Building at Pender Commerce Park

    Taylor Development Group Will Partner with Cape Fear Commercial in 126,360-sq.-ft. Industrial Space

    Pender Commerce Partners 1, LLC (Ramm Capital Partners, LLC and Taylor Development Group, LLC) will invest $8+ million in a 126,360-sq-ft. speculative building at the fast-growing Pender Commerce Park. The Winston-Salem-based developer closed on the 15-acre property today. The move comes around two months after Pender County joined officials from India's Polyhose in announcing plans for a 51-worker logistics and distribution operation at the park.

  • February 11, 2020

    Hemp Heyday: Wilmington Firm Expanding

    Cece Nunn, WilmingtonBiz

    A hemp products company headquartered in the Port City continues to expand, with research capabilities one of its latest additions.

    Green Compass Inc., based in Wilmington with production and fulfillment facilities in Columbus County, has rented lab space at UNCW's Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina (MARBIONC) center.

  • January 16, 2020

    Developers Plan Modern Industrial Building In Pender

    Christina Haley, WilmingtonBiz

    In Pender Commerce Park, developers are planning a building designed to be the first modern Class A industrial space for lease in the Wilmington region in over 10 years.

    Pender Commerce Park Partners 1 LLC, a new entity formed for the development, released plans this week for the construction. Closing on the property is slated for late January, said Chris Ramm, managing part...