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The North Carolina economic development directory below (scroll down) links to the websites and contacts for many economic development organizations in North Carolina and related content such as Area Profiles and Area Surveys as executive summaries about business locations. Contact us for project assistance, or to update our directory listing for an area.  We provide personal introductory referrals to our contacts and other assistance according to the investment project interests of the corporate executives and business advisors we serve.
Please contact us if you may be interested in expanding your business into North Carolina.  We are independent advisors - not a government agency or investment promotion agency. The "Seek Advice" section outlines topics which may be helpful as background to support your project plans.  Refer also to the Professional Services Directory for North Carolina

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Invest North Carolina - North Carolina Department of Commerce - and North Carolina Site Search - NC "certified sites" program State 27699

North Carolina's Electric Membership Corp, co-ops, Touchstone Energy utility 27306
Duke Power utility 27420
Progress Energy utility 27601 service area map Regional reps


ElectriCities of North Carolina regional utility 27626
NCCBI - North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry - and directory of NC Chambers of Commerce Chamber 27603

list of NC Chamber links

North Carolina Economic Developers Association - NCEDA Association
Winston-Salem Business Metro 27101
Randolph County EDC county 27204
High Point Economic Development Commission City 27261    
Orange County Economic Development Commission - Hillsborough County 27278

Dianne Reid

Davidson County Economic Development Commission - Lexington county 27293    
Lee County EDC County 27330
Rockingham County Partnership for Economic Development and Tourism - Wentworth County 27375    
Caswell County - Yanceyville County 27379    
Greensboro Economic Development Partnership - city and Guilford County Metro 27409

Dan Lynch

North Carolina's Piedmont Triad Partnership Region 27409
FTZ #230 Piedmont Triad Partnership - Guilford, Forsyth, Davidson and Surry counties FTZ 27409
Town of Chapel Hill - and Chapel Hill Downtown Economic Development Corporation Town 27514

Elizabeth H. Parham

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Chamber 27515
Cary Chamber of Commerce Chamber 27519    
Wayne County Economic Development Commission - Goldsboro NC County 27533    
Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments - for Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren counties of North Carolina Regional planning 27536
Kerr-Tar Hub - new regional technology park development initiative site development    Report
Vance County Economic Development Commission, Henderson NC County 27536
Harnett County Economic Development Commission - Lillington NC County 27546
Granville County Economic Development Commission County 27565

Leon Turner

Person County Economic Development, Roxboro County 27573
Town of Selma NC Town 27576    
Warren County Economic Development Commission - Warrenton NC county 27589
Franklin County Economic Development Commission - Youngsville NC County 27596 919-554-1863
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School University 27599

Center for Competitive Economies

Raleigh Economic Development Corp. City 27602    
FTZ #93 Raleigh-Durham NC - Triangle J Council of Governments, World Trade Center North Carolina FTZ 27601 919-743-0177  
Research Triangle Regional Partnership region 27623

Debbie Lilly

Raleigh-Durham (RDU) International Airport airport 27623
Research Triangle Park - Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina Development 27709

Rick Weddle

North Carolina Biotechnology Center - Research Triangle Park Cluster development 27709

Dr. Leslie Alexandre

Golden Leaf Foundation, Rocky Mount 27804
Carolinas Gateway Partnership Region 27804    
Pitt County Development Commission - Greenville NC County 27835    
Northampton County Economic Development Commision - Jackson NC County 27845    
Martin County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) County 27892 252-792-2044
Wilson Economic Development Council County 27893 

Wilson Industrial Center Industrial property 27864

Judy Southard


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Albemarle Economic Development Commission - Elizabeth City 27907    
North Carolina's Northeast Partnership Inc. - Edenton Region 27932
Hertford County Economic Development Commission - Winton County 27986    
Stanly County Economic Development Commission - Albemarle County 28001    
Cabarrus Economic Development - Concord 28025    
Rutherford County Economic Development Commission - Forrest City County 28043    
Gaston County Economic Development Commission - Gastonia County 28053
City of Kannapolis City 28082    
Lincoln Economic Development Association - Lincolnton 28093    
Union County EDC County 28111
Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce Chamber 28115    
Salisbury-Rowan Economic Development Commission 28144    
Cleveland County Chamber County 28151
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Metro 28202

Fayetteville - Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce - formerly known as Fayetteville Area Economic Development Corp. - Cumberland County Business Council, Fayetteville North Carolina


Metro 28302

Phyllis Owens

(910)484-4242 ext.246


and formerly :

North Carolina's Southeast Region 28337
Duplin County Economic Development Commission County 28349
Laurinburg - Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber 28353    
Robeson County Economic Development Commission - Lumberton County 28385    
FTZ #66 Wilmington - NC State Ports Authority FTZ 28402    
Columbus County Economic Development Commission County 28472
North Carolina's Eastern Region Region 28504
FTZ # 214 Lenoir County - North Carolina Global TransPark Authority FTZ 28504
Jacksonville NC - Onslow County Office of Economic Development County 28540 910-347-3141
FTZ #67 Morehead City FTZ    
Carteret County Economic Development Council - Morehead City County 28557    
Catawba County Chamber of Commerce - Hickory Chamber 28603    
Catawba County EDC - Hickory County 28603    
Caldwell County Economic Development Commission, Lenoir NC County 28645 828-728-0768
AdvantageWest North Carolina - Fletcher Region 28732

MEDA - McDowell Economic Development Association - Marion 28752    
Mitchell County Economic Development Commission - Spruce Pine County 28777    
Haywood County Economic Development Commission County 28786    
Greater Hendersonville Chamber Committee of 100 - Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development Metro chamber 28792

Asheville Area Chamber Metro 28802
Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though the state directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : relationship leader at GDI Solutions for maintaining information about contacts in this area.  If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we also list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.
The directory above is a "long list" extension of our contacts directory for the larger US Mid-Atlantic region, following the same structure as our global contact directories These area representatives would typically include
  •  a state department of commerce or industry or a provincial government office
  •  greater metro city or county area chamber of commerce
  •  county economic development agency
  •  industrial development corporation or council - IDC
  •  alliance for business development, community development
  •  investment promotion agency - IPA
  •  industry cluster development initiatives, business incubators, technology parks
  •  regional or global professional B2B networking organizations, business partnering, joint venture development, or strategic business alliance services
  •  trade and investment promotion offices
Despite the wide variety of names for such economic development organizations, and variances in the scope of their services, the ones we list are generally actively involved in efforts to attract, expand, and retain business investment projects in their areas (offices, factories, etc.), including the attraction of foreign direct investment projects (FDI).  This typically includes support services, financial incentives, and information for corporate site selection decisions as well as local business retention and expansion services. 

The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.


Contact information for relationship leaders at GDI Solutions :

We develop and maintain working relationships among participating area representatives - economic development organizations - and professional service providers as well as senior corporate executives who are responsible for the planning of major projects such as new, relocated, expanded or consolidated offices, factories, distribution centers or other operations.

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