Opportunity is here. You can be, too.

 

The Cape Fear Region brings together everything even the most enterprising businesses need to succeed.

Across our four counties — one of the fastest-growing regions in the southeastern US — you’ll find a strong and expanding infrastructure. An eager, diverse workforce. Excellent education and training. Top-notch healthcare. A commitment to community service and smart, sustained growth. All backed by access to capital and resources that can turn promising opportunities for expansion or relocation into profitable reality.

It’s also a really nice place to visit — and an even better place to live.

Come see just how far you can go. When you choose Cape Fear.

Workforce

North Carolina was named #1 for Workforce Development by Site Selection magazine. There are more than 200,000 skilled workers in the Cape Fear Region, and an upwards of 30% with a 4-year degree.

Infrastructure

The Cape Fear Region is easily accessible from just about anywhere, giving your operations and your people an easy way to connect to the transportation grid efficiently and affordably.

Access

The Cape Fear Region offers access to the capital and resources you need to get your startup off the ground, or take your enterprise to the next level.

Education

In the Cape Fear Region, we’re committed to practical, lifelong learning. We’re home to a major research university and three community colleges that train and educate 15,000+ students.

Quality of Life

A great place to put down roots, the Cape Fear Region has long been recognized for its mild and sunny climate, white-sand beaches, southern hospitality and easy access to world-renowned golf courses.

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Ready to take advantage of the Cape Fear Region? The choice is yours. See why we’ve be chosen by Fortune 500 companies, first-time-entrepreneurs, advanced manufactures, and high-tech enterprises.

Workforce

Smart. Skilled. Motivated.

We’re ready to get the job done — just about any job you have in mind. In fact, North Carolina was named #1 for Workforce Development by Site Selection magazine. There are more than 200,000 skilled workers in the Cape Fear Region, and upwards of 30% of the workforce has at least a four-year degree.

All of which means that you (like dozens of well-known regional, national and global companies before you) can count on a steady stream of well-educated, highly motivated employees — eager graduates, innovative entrepreneurs, experienced managers and respected industry leaders. And we offer a broad range of resources to help businesses like yours recruit and retain top-notch executives, scientists and other professionals.

Infrastructure

Built for Business.

Planes, trains and automobiles? Of course — and don’t forget about ships. The simple truth is, the Cape Fear Region is easily accessible from just about anywhere, giving your operations (and your people) an easy way to connect to the transportation grid efficiently and affordably.

The Port of Wilmington, for instance, is a deep-water seaport that’s within 700 miles of more than 70% of the U.S. industrial base. Wilmington International Airport (ILM) has direct flights to major east coast markets and connecting service to the world. The area is quickly accessible by interstate highways, and the robust North Carolina rail network includes 2 Class I Railroads and 3 Intermodal terminals.

In other words, when you start here you can really go places.

Access

Grow. Prosper. Connect.

The pieces for business success are in place; the only thing missing is you. For starters, the Cape Fear Region offers access to the capital and resources you need to get your startup off the ground, or take your enterprise to the next level.

Just as important, we connect you with things beyond business that make life better. World-class healthcare. Educational opportunities from K-12 to PhD. And a range of philanthropic organizations and events that give everyone a chance to get involved, put workplace values into action and come together to celebrate our collective achievements. In short, you can get what you need — and have ample opportunity to give back what you can.

Education

Higher-ed Prepared. Real-World Ready.

In the Cape Fear Region, we’re committed to practical, lifelong learning. On one hand, we’re home to a major research university that was chosen as the site for the new $250 million National Biopharmaceuticals Program, and was recently recognized by the Peace Corps as one of the nation’s top volunteer-producing universities.

And on the other hand, the area boasts three community colleges that train and educate 15,000+ additional students. And they feature programs that make sure engaged learners know everything they need for jobs with companies like yours.

Did we mention that a third of our workforce has a four-year degree – or higher? So if it’s an expert, qualified workforce you’re looking for, the Cape Fear Region passes that test with flying colors.

Quality of Life

Work Smarter. Live Better.

More than just a location to set up shop, this is a great place to put down roots. The Cape Fear Region has long been recognized for its mild and sunny climate, beautiful white-sand beaches, legendary southern hospitality and easy access to world-renowned golf courses.

Our four counties — Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender — encompass Wilmington’s historic downtown and burgeoning redevelopment. Urban centers and coastal locations. Rural pastures and welcoming beach towns. Progressive healthcare and plentiful outdoor pursuits. Plentiful arts and cultural opportunities. Seaside retreats and vibrant residential communities.

Together they offer a range of appealing, affordable options for living and playing. In a place where you, your business and your family can thrive.

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Find Your Opportunity.

Ready to take advantage of a singular opportunity? The choice is yours. The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and our economic development partners would be delighted to help. You can start by finding out more about an area that’s already been chosen by Fortune 500 companies, first-time entrepreneurs, advanced manufacturers and high-tech enterprises.

For more information and media inquiries, please email ChooseCapeFear@WilmingtonChamber.org.