North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2017

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9 N O R T H C A R O L I N A E C O N O M I C D E V E L O P M E N T G U I D E orth Carolina attracts companies because of its strong workforce, top-notch educational resources and business-friendly regulatory policies. Those businesses choose to stay and, in many cases, expand because of the outstanding quality of life, mild weather with four distinct seasons and unparalleled recreational opportunities. This year's North Carolina Economic Development Guide® spotlights industries, companies and people who have caught the Tar Heel spirit. They include Cornel Broenner, who has lived in several states since emigrating from Germany in 1999 but decided to settle in Henderson County, where he is general manager of a new Demmel AG auto-parts manufacturing plant ("Full speed ahead," page 28). Many other companies are choosing North Carolina, including large expansions by Novo Nordisk, the world's largest insulin-maker, and HAECO Americas, which repairs and refurbishes airplanes at PTI International Airport in Greensboro. A workforce skilled in information technology, fi nancial services and other sectors is helping make Charlotte and Raleigh two of the fastest-growing large metro areas in the U.S. At the same time, North Carolina is dotted with thriving smaller cities that off er a slower pace and close-knit community. For urbanites, surburbanites or rural dwellers, it's a great state to raise a family. Couple those advantages with outstanding attractions such as beaches and mountains and it is clear: There's no better place to work and play than North Carolina. We hope this guide provides a closer look at the state's many attributes. — Cathy Martin, project editor ONE SIZE FITS ALL N C E D G | W E L C O M E N

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