What Can Brunswick County Offer You?
A business environment like no place else. North Carolina’s South East region – Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties – provides the infrastructure and resources needed to start, expand or relocate a business. While it’s already home to large companies, first-time entrepreneurs, precision manufacturers and high-tech masterminds, it continues to invest in the success of businesses from a variety of industries.
Brunswick County and it’s surrounding regional partners offer businesses all the benefits of locating in North Carolina. The state was named No. 1 Lowest State and Local Business Tax Burden by Ernst & Young in 2016. And North Carolina was ranked Top Competitive State by Site Selection in 2017.
The region is well connected. Recently enlarged Port of Wilmington is strategically located in the East Coast. It’s within 700 miles of more than 70% of the country’s industrial base. Wilmington International Airport (ILM) offers nonstop flights via Fort Worth-based American Airlines Inc. and Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. to Charlotte, Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, and Washington D.C., where connecting flights take passengers around the globe.
Brunswick County’s labor pool includes more than 200,000 skilled workers, 30% of whom have at least a four-year college degree. And there are plenty more ready to jump in. In addition to the 14,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students at UNC Wilmington, more than 37,000 students are enrolled at the region’s three community colleges – Southeastern in Whiteville, Brunswick in Bolivia and Cape Fear in Wilmington – which also offer free customized training to businesses.
More people are choosing to live in Brunswick County, where they find a mix of quiet coastline and resource-rich cities and towns. They’re making it one of the fastest growing places on the east coast. The population of Leland located in Brunswick County, for example, was 17,956 in 2016, according to the Office of State Budget and Management. That’s almost 33% more than in 2010.
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