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Crystal Coast Economic Development

Locate Your Business

Frank Door WorkerBusiness owners from many states and countries have chosen to move or expand their businesses to North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. Carteret County is home to 11 incorporated municipalities and many rural townships. Each town and township has a unique personality, and you can choose which place is the best for you and your business.

Some business owners have taken advantage of the Port of Morehead City to import and export their products across the globe. Carteret County welcomes new businesses, and we are here to assist you with your relocation or expansion.

The Crystal Coast offers a unique combination of assets for businesses and their principals:

  • Consistently the lowest county property tax rate in North Carolina (currently $.31/$100 valuation)
  • An incredible coastal lifestyle attractive to business owners and their families
  • One of the top-ranked school systems in North Carolina (second highest SAT scores in the state in 2018)
  • Continuous pipeline of skilled labor with separating Marines from Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and their families
  • An outstanding bulk/breakbulk/specialty cargo Port of Morehead City
  • Four-lane U.S. 70 (future I-42) connecting Carteret County to I-95, I-40 and the Research Triangle Region
  • Excellent electric, gas and broadband utilities at reasonable rates
  • Customized workforce training through Carteret Community College

Veneer Tech workerLower Business Costs

One of the best parts of moving to the Crystal Cost is the cost savings you will enjoy. Crystal Coast companies benefit from a host of cost saving factors, including the lowest county property tax rate in North Carolina and low labor, real estate, transportation and living costs. North Carolina is right-to-work state with one of the lowest unionization rates in the U.S.

Local Incentives

Carteret County incentives are considered on a project-by-project basis and may be offered to support projects that create significant numbers of new, high-wage jobs, new investment and tax revenue. Local incentives, like state incentives, are performance-based. Please contact us at (252) 222-6121 or Don.Kirkman@carteretcountync.gov if you would like more information about local incentives.

Grants and Other Savings

The Carteret County Economic Development Department works with the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) to identify any incentives, grants or other savings for which you may be eligible if you are relocating or expanding your business in North Carolina.

Morehead Port

Photography by Dan Williams

Assistance with Relocating Your Business

For assistance regarding your business relocation or expansion to the Crystal Coast, please contact Carteret County Economic Development Director Don Kirkman or Administrative Officer Kristi Mroch or call us at (252) 222-6121.

Don Kirkman

“Our office assists with research and site and building identification for companies interested in locating in the Crystal Coast. We will also discuss incentive opportunities for new businesses and help coordinate applications for grants and other incentives. All contacts are confidential, so please call our office to discuss your project.”

Don Kirkman

Director, Carteret County Economic Development

Terry Frank

“In 1999 The Frank Door Company began a search for a larger manufacturing facility. Remaining in New York was not an option. The search guidelines were “somewhere midway on the East Coast and close to the ocean.” After some searching, we discovered that Carteret County fit these parameters. Carteret County offers excellent schools for the children and Carteret Community College is ready, willing and able to provide training for our employees. Local government is helpful and accessible. As a family and as a business we have never regretted the move to Eastern NC, specifically Carteret County.”

Terry Frank

Frank Door Company

Dave Eggleston

"Carteret County allows Marine Scientists to access some of the most diverse and productive coastal habitats in the world. There was a critical need for NC State University Faculty, Staff and Students to have access to coastal infrastructure for research, extension and education activities. Locating CMAST on the central NC coast facilitated our extension specialists in providing service to the entire NC coast. Moreover, our CMAST strategic plan emphasizes enhancing local and global engagement through focused, strategic partnerships. This goal is enhanced greatly by partnering with the marine science and education enterprise in Carteret County, including NOAA, NC DMF, Duke University, UNC-IMS and the NC Aquarium System.”

Dave Eggleston

Director, North Carolina State University Center for Marine Sciences and Technology