Regional Focus

Business North Carolina regularly partners with regional chambers of commerce, convention and visitor bureaus and other local economic development organizations to create regional profiles for counties across North Carolina. Content is provided by the organizations and edited and designed by Business North Carolina. The special advertising sections highlight the successes, challenges and factors affecting the different regional economies. Click on the region to view these articles.


Eastern North Carolina: Building a better East
Upcoming infrastructure projects will continue eastern North Carolina’s recent string of economic successes. (April 2016)

Catawba County: Assembling a future
Technology is maintaining Catawba County’s historic industries and booting up new ones. (February 2016)

Moore County: Moore opportunities
Fueled by an influx of soldiers at nearby Fort Bragg, Moore County is growing by adding services, recreation, businesses and population. (January 2016)



Research Triangle Park: Rising tide
A mixed-use development is helping Research Triangle Park adapt to the world its innovations have changed for nearly 60 years. (August 2015)

Coastal NC: Rising tide
Economic leaders in New Hanover and Pender counties expect more boats to be lifted by recent job and investment announcements. (June 2015)

Focus on the Triad: Ready to rev
The Piedmont Triad ranks among the nation's strongest magnets for corporate expansions, with hopes for a major auto plant looming. (April 2015)

Sandhills Spotlight: Focus on Moore and Cumberland counties
Moore and Cumberland counties face similar challenges: Both are working to reduce their dependence on one industry and expand their economies. (January 2015)


Wake County: A million reasons
Wake County, now home to more than 1 million residents, is a magnet for technology companies and musicians − and a growth engine for the state. (November 2014)

Lake Norman: Lake effect
A popular magnet for residential living for decades, Lake Norman is building a reputation as a site for corporate headquarters and advanced manufacturing. (October 2014)

Guilford County: The center of attention 
Companies can't help but notice the abundance of assets in Guilford County. Includes Greensboro and High Point. (August 2014)

Buncombe County: Soaring higher 
Buncombe County's skilled workforce and quality of life are attracting companies and residents. (July 2014)

Coastal Carolina: Sand dollars
Tourism is the biggest industry on the North Carolina coast, but efforts are underway to develop other ventures. (June 2014)

Forsyth County: A better blend
Forsyth County was built on tobacco manufacturing, but it's growing because of its educated workforce, quality of life and variety of businesses. (May 2014)

Pitt County: Pumping up its core
Technology and education are helping Pitt County's most important industries reach the next level. (March 2014)

Charlotte: Production's promise
Manufacturing strengthens the finance-focused region by diversifying its economy. (February 2014)


Catawba County: Lesson learned
A recently launched economic-development initiative uses the best from Catawba County's past to shape its future. (December 2013)

Gaston County: The right mix
Location, workforce development and quality of life form a solid foundation for Gaston County businesses now and in the future. (October 2013)

Moore County: New game in town
Businesses, schools and economic developers help Moore County grow beyond its reputation for golf and retirement living. (July 2013)

Cumberland County: Marching orders
Guided by its military connections, Cumberland County heads in new directions. (July 2013)



Watauga County: High and mighty

Piedmont Triad: The region looks beyond tobacco, textiles and furniture

Guilford County: A tale of two cities

Gaston County: Business ready

New Hanover County: Coastal hospitality

Catawba County: Spreading the word

Durham County: Bullish on Durham