North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2017

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City City Population Population 54 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 A R O U N D T H E S T A T E | T R A N S P O R T A T I O N 26 40 40 26 LENOIR ASHEVILLE MORGANTON SHELBY North Carolina's central location on the Eastern Seaboard and extensive transportation infrastructure provide advantages no other state can match. F A S T T R A C K More than 3,200 miles of railroad track traverse North Carolina, and more than 20 carriers off er service to 22 states in the eastern U.S. Jacksonville, Fla.-based CSX Corp. is building a $272 million intermodal rail terminal in Rocky Mount, about 60 miles east of Raleigh, the capital. The project is expected to open in 2020. The Queen City Express, announced last year, will provide intermodal rail service between Port of Wilmington and a CSX terminal in Charlotte. T H E R I G H T S I T E At least three industrial megasites suitable for large-scale manufacturing are in various stages of development. The largest is the Chatham-Siler Advanced Manufacturing Site, with more than 1,800 acres of available space and direct access to the Norfolk Southern Railway. Others are in Edgecombe and Randolph counties. GETTING AROUND S H I P S H A P E Two deep-water ports and inland terminals in Charlotte and Greensboro provide competitive access to global markets. The Port of Wilmington in 2016 completed an expansion of its turning basin to accommodate ships carrying up to 10,000 20-foot equivalent containers. Also at the Wilmington port, a new 101,000-square-foot cold-storage facility contains space for 10,500 pallets of product, such as poultry, pork, seafood, fruits and vegetables. N.C. STATE PORTS AUTHORITY/ PATRICK SCHNEIDER PHOTOGRAPHY

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