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Businesses across a variety of industries have found what they’re looking for in Kinston and Lenoir County, NC. The area’s diverse, well educated residents provide a deep pool of talent that helps companies grow. Community and business leaders here understand the complexities of relocation and offer options that help keep costs down and allow companies to thrive. A transportation network that includes interstates, railways, air routes and deep water ports lets companies send and receive products and materials across the globe. But the most attractive aspect of doing business in Kinston and Lenoir County is the area’s high quality of life, which includes excellent natural attractions, great entertainment and good educational options. Companies like Electrolux, MasterBrand Cabinets, Sanderson Farms and Spirit Areosystems have all put down roots here. Centrally located in eastern North Carolina, approximately 75 miles east of Raleigh and 75 miles west of Morehead City, Lenoir County provides a strategic advantage in terms of location.Â If your company centers around transportation then our community is the perfect home for your business. Nearby Wilmington, NC, and Morehead City, NC, provide two deep water ports with intracoastal waterways and inlets. On land, railways run north, south, east, and west and one-day trucking services are available along the East coast. Two-day services are available to areas farther away, and major roadways such as US 70, I-95 and I-40 are less than an hour from the city. The Kinston Regional Jetport provides private and charter services, and only 90 minutes west is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.Â In addition to a large civilian labor force, there are also four military institutions in the region. In 2013, the top three largest industries in the county were Health Care and Social Assistance, Manufacturing, and Retail Trade. The total workforce employed 29,750 people in 21 categories with three companies employing more than 1,000 individuals a piece. To see the full list of industries and number in the workforce, visit the Lenoir County EDC website. Another great feature that sets Lenoir County apart from others when considering relocating or starting a business here is the Lenoir Committee of 100. This non-profit organization is designed to fund economic development projects in Lenoir County and bridge the gap between private business needs and public organizations’ abilities to meet those needs. A list of companies the Committee of 100 has helped bring to the area can be found here. As if all of the above isn’t enough, there are also incentives and assistance programs to entice you to bring your business here. The Lenoir County Economic Development Department evaluates local performance based incentives. State job and investment tax credits and training programs are also available through the state of North Carolina. For all of this information and more, visit the Lenoir County Economic Development Department‘s website.
The Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce is committed to creating and promoting a vibrant and strong economic climate for our business members and community. The Chamber works in partnership with the Lenoir County Economic Development Department to attract investment, increase the tax base and add more jobs. The Pride of Kinston is also a major part of Kinston’s economy working to revitalize downtown using the Main Street approach. The Lenoir County Manufacturer’s Association works to help those in their field grow and develop professionally within our community.
The Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce has been serving Kinston and Lenoir County since 1911. The Chamber acts as a voice and advocate for the community regarding economic, community and government issues and represents Kinston and Lenoir County as a great place to live, work and play.