Economic Development

Our team of economic development professionals are prepared to assist you throughout the site selection process. We want to help you find the perfect location for your business. All inquiries are kept confidential. Property search options can be used to identify potential buildings and/or sites for your business. Click here for specific property location and mapping functions.

If you don’t find the exact site requirements you’re looking for, please give us a call at 252.482.2007 so that we can provide additional assistance! The Edenton Chowan Partnership stands ready to assist you with support and information in making the right location decision.

The Partnership Brings New and Expanded Business to the County

The quality of life coupled with the business-friendly atmosphere of Chowan County and the Town of Edenton is enabling Regulator Marine, Inc. to plan an expansion of their facility in Edenton.

The Edenton Chowan Partnership also played a significant role in enabling Jimbo’s Jumbos, a nationally-known peanut processor, to expand their facility in Edenton. The efforts of then chairman Cy Rich and former Executive Director Frank Miglorie illustrated what can be accomplished through the Partnership and its community-wide team approach to growing and attracting employers in Chowan County.

Former Governor Pat McCrory (right) announced the expansion of Jimbo’s Jumbos, a member of the Hampton Farms family, and toured the plant with manage Hal Burns, seen here making a presentation to the Governor.

We can help if you are a business owner interested in relocating or if you have a business already here.

Although rare to find in the northeastern coastal region, Edenton at the heart of Chowan County is one of the most beautiful small towns in America according to Forbes Magazine.  As the colonial capital of North Carolina, it is rich in historical assets.  Area business leaders know that it is an ideal place to raise their families, develop their businesses, and be part of community that truly knows how to be a good neighbor.

An important part of the role of the Partnership is to build and maintain a strong economic base in our Town and County.  So, if you are a business owner, we are here to help you achieve your goal.  Whether you are looking in North Carolina for a place to do business that can increase your profitability or whether you are already here and need a new location in which to grow your business, the Partnership has resources that can help to meet your needs.  Since most opportunities for job development come from existing companies. The Partnership will be your advocate and a resource for local businesses wishing to expand.  The Partnership works closely with government, community organizations and local educators to create an atmosphere in which new and existing business and industry can prosper.

If you are looking for land ready to develop, the Partnership has recently opened phase II in its Airport Industrial Park. The park is adjacent to the regional airport and a short distance from the Sound and barge services. The Partnership not only owns land throughout the County that is ideal for industrial development; it also functions as a clearinghouse for industrial buildings and sites in the region that would be suitable for a variety of ventures. Look under the building & sites tab to explore some of the possibilities.   When you contact us, the Partnership can help you determine whether the assets available in Edenton and Chowan County will support your needs.

Compelling reasons to do business in Chowan County and North Carolina.

North Carolina consistently ranks as one of the top places in the nation to live and do business.  The state offers low business costs, supportive business environment, a large and productive labor force, and outstanding scenic and recreational attractions.  A wide range of resources exist to start, locate, or expand a business in the state.  It is important to remember that North Carolina’s corporate income tax rate is 3% reported by the Tax Foundation to be the lowest in the nation.  Electricity rates for industrial, commercial and residential are below the national average.  In addition, there are grants and low-interest loans available to business owners along with an extensive array of tax credit incentives to new and expanding industry. Portions of Chowan County are within the newly defined Opportunity Zones and thus qualify for additional tax advantages.

North Carolina lies within a 700-mile radius of 170 million U.S. and Canadian customers and, at least, 70% of the nation’s industrial base.  It is a “right-to-work” state with a unionization rate of 2.9%-the third lowest rate in the nation  and workers compensation and unemployment insurance rates are among the lowest in the nation.  Top this off with the fact that the community college system in NC offers free customized skills training to businesses and industry.

Strategically located between New York City and Miami

Resources That Support Business

The town and county have ample utility resources to support growing businesses.  The town provides electricity to both the town and county and also provides sewer service to those living in the town and in some areas of the county, including the Edenton Chowan Partnership’s Airport Industrial Park Phase II. The county provides water to all business and residences in the county. In addition, many of the resident of the county and town also have access to natural gas.  Utility rates run below the national average and reduce the cost of doing business in Chowan County. Special electricity rates are available for certain businesses that are high users and there are special considerations for those companies that provide backup electrical generation during high demand times.

“Edenton’s electric utility offers electricity at competitive rates and meets high standards of reliability.” ~ Manager, Edenton Electric Department

At the present time, there are also four Internet providers in the County: Century Link, Mediacom, Intelliport, and Net-Change.com.  All four provide high-speed access to support the needs of the business community.  Century Link and Mediacom also provide telephone service throughout the county and offer packages that are specifically designed to support business activities.  Mediacom, Dish, and Direct TV offer a variety of TV viewing packages.

Workforce Education

MISSION

The Edenton Chowan Partnership Education Committee acknowledges the fact that a high quality educational system, pre-kindergarten to post-secondary, is vital in building and sustaining a strong, local economy. In order to provide such a system, which meets the needs of every child, leaders at all levels of the education, nonprofit, community, civic, and philanthropic sectors must work together to tackle some of the most pressing challenges. As such, the Partnership’s Education Committee serves as a catalyst for working together, across sectors and along the educational continuum, to produce better educational results in Chowan County.

Read more about Workforce Education here.

Where Small is Beautiful

Imagine commuting to work without fighting bumper to bumper traffic.  Imagine as a newcomer walking down main street and being greeted by a smile and a cordial hello.  Imagine town and county officials who will work with you to obtain a permit or solve another challenge that might affect your business.  Imagine a place where people recognize the importance of business to the health and well being of the community. It is hard to believe that this kind of place still exists where you can do business, raise your family, and live among people who eagerly support your success.  Edenton and Chowan County represent the best of small town America where civility guides the way of life.

Offering workforce training on site

The Town and County also represent a place that provides an array of outstanding resources that will provide for the needs of your business and your employees.  The school system is one of the best in the Northeastern North Carolina.  The regional hospital is part of the Vidant system and delivers vital health care services that are unsurpassed in the region.  A branch of the College of the Albemarle is located in Edenton and not only serves the needs of traditional and adult learners but also delivers world class work force training to business in need.

Vidant Chowan Hospital

Imagine living in a waterfront community with outstanding scenic and recreational activities available at your finger tips.  You can kayak in Edenton Bay and enjoy the biodiversity along Pembroke Creek.  If you like fishing, you can enjoy some of the best sports fishing in the world whether in the County’s fresh water or in the coastal waters along the Outer Banks.  Biking, running and golf are also popular activities that folks enjoy year-round in our area.  Edenton’s downtown historic district boasts fine dining, coffee shops, and a variety of stores and boutiques for those who are looking for the “rare” find.  Life is good in this special region of North Carolina.

Relaxing on Edenton Bay

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