North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2016

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26 North Carolina Economic Development Guide Medline chose Lincoln County because of its centralized location, competitive state and county incentives and Charlotte USA's informative recruiting efforts. And with their $18 million technology distribution center, Medline supports Charlotte USA as much as we support them. See how this region can work for your company at CharlotteUSA.com. Medline boosted our economy's health. We mean business. Norfolk, Va.-based Norfolk Southern Corp. in Charlotte and Norwood. The park lacks natural-gas service, which most modern manufacturers choose for energy. But that's not a showstopper. "If they get a big enough project there, they will have the fi nancial leverage to get the natural-gas." The park's name refl ects its biggest selling point. It's convenient to North Carolina's fi ve largest metro areas: Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro and Raleigh. That makes Heart of North Carolina uniquely convenient as a backdrop for suppliers, distribution operations, research and development. As important, the park is minutes from sprawling industrial sites in Chatham and Randolph counties that have been shopped to automakers. If either 1,818-acre Chatham- Siler City Advanced Manufacturing Site or 1,400-acre Greensboro-Randolph Megasite near Liberty is selected, Heart of North Carolina MegaPark could see immediate interest from vehicle-component suppliers. "This is one of the best things we can be doing," says Bob Jordan, owner of We need more product development in the state — not just the big megaparks but smaller high-quality sites and buildings, too." — Ernie Pearson, president, North Carolina Economic Developers Association

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