Regional News

Stay up to date on the latest economic development and business news from around North Carolina’s Southeast region and beyond.

  • Jan. 12, 2020

    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, 2020

    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.”

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.