Coastal Plain Region

The Coastal Economy is Emerging




Labor Force


of the Workforce Has an Associates Degree or Higher

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Coastal Plain

Why NC?

North Carolina’s Coastal Plain region has the infrastructure, talent pool, and quality of life that your company needs to help it rise to the top.
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52% More Concentrated Life Sciences Workforce than National Average

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Job Growth (2018-2023)
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Dynamic Industry Clusters

Our Coastal region offers companies an experienced talent pool and strong infrastructure for moving goods and services. Also, it’s home to five military bases, a biopharma manufacturing cluster, and miles of wind energy investment potential.

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Educated and Skilled Talent Pipeline

The Coastal region’s schools produce a labor force of technically skilled workers with more than 18,000 graduates annually. Its three public universities award nearly 9,000 students with degrees in business admin, biomedical sciences, and engineering.

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NC Ports and Connected Infrastructure

Our deep seaports offer the highest container truck gate and crane productivity on the East Coast, moving 4+ million tons of general cargo annually. Quick access to major highways and rail connectivity ensures your company can move its goods easily.

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Life’s Better by the Water

The region offers an ideal quality of life for those desiring a laid-back and affordable lifestyle. Residents enjoy miles and miles of beaches, several outdoor activities including fishing, boating, and golfing, and a diverse food and beverage scene.

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Companies in Eastern North Carolina

Prominent companies that have already planted roots in the coastal region include:
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ThermoFisher Scientific

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GE Aviation

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Live Oak Bank

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US Department of Defense

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Lena Hobbs-Brown

Lena Hobbs-Brown

Business Development Associate