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Crystal Coast Economic Development

Why Relocate to the Crystal Coast?

While we believe the Crystal Coast is an awesome place to live and that you should move here, we thought it may be better for you to hear from people who moved here.

Kelly Pinckard

Kelly J. Pinkard
Owner, Estate Accounting Solutions

“My family and I moved to the Crystal Coast in 2008 when my husband received orders from the Marine Corps. When we moved here, I could easily keep my business going. My client base is 100% still in Virginia, and I work remotely out of my home office in Atlantic Beach. When my husband retired from the Marine Corps, we decided to stay. I love the natural beauty of this area. I think the small town feel allows my kids to feel like a part of a community. I love how the beaches are not crowded, and we really take advantage of the outdoor living here. My kids' school is great, and I am very grateful for the opportunity for them to attend such a great school.”

Dick Brvenik
CEO, Carteret Health Care

“My wife and I moved to Carteret County from New England when I joined Carteret Health Care's compassionate team as CEO in September of 2011, and we have enjoyed making Carteret County our home. The hospital has always benefited from great relationships with local partners, including Carteret County, Carteret Community College, and the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, among many others. The natural beauty of our coastal location has also allowed us to recruit expert, caring physicians and other professionals — who could live and work anywhere — to choose Carteret Health Care. The staff are exceptionally trained and competent as well as welcoming and caring and helped our hospital earn recognition in the top 5% of the nation for outstanding patient experience as well as the only NC hospital to be a top 100 rural and community hospital in the nation.”

Dick Brvenik
Terry Frank

Terry Frank
Frank Door Company

“In 1999, The Frank Door Company began a search for a larger manufacturing facility. Remaining in New York was not an option. The search guide lines 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.”

Randy Ramsey
Jarrett Bay Boatworks

“Growing up in Carteret County, with the many options to be on the water that are here, I had no question where I wanted to start my business. Jarrett Bay has perfectly situated our boat building business on the Intracoastal Waterway in Beaufort, with great access to some of the best fishing in the world. This has helped to grow our business into many areas including service and sales, along with our original focus, boat construction. You cannot speak of constructing boats in North Carolina without talking about the generations of boat builders that come from Carteret County. The rich tradition of building boats and working on the water runs deep and helps to create jobs in our county, supply product for the seafood industry, and create research opportunities for the many public and private research entities that are located here.”

Randy Ramsey
Keith Bryd

Keith Bryd
Co-Founder and Partner, Transportation Impact

“When I co-founded our company, Transportation Impact, over ten years ago there was no doubt for me that Carteret County was the right location to establish and grow our people- and service-centric business. Having lived here for 33 years, I knew it was the perfect place to find and attract talented employees who would be a great culture fit for Transportation Impact. Being headquartered in Emerald Isle allows everyone who is part of the TI team and our families to live in a beautiful location and a wonderful community. We have an ideal work-life balance that simply does not exist anywhere else. We are at over 80 employees and still growing fast, and when I look now at how being located in Carteret County has influenced the culture and growth of TI, I can say we made the right choice.”

Kyle Rusthoven
Radiation Oncologist, Carteret Health Care

“I'm a radiation oncologist. I moved to Eastern NC in 2010 and was a partner in a regional oncology practice. In 2015, I decided to start my own practice and relocated with my family to Morehead City. We chose Carteret County because we believed this community to be an ideal location to build a thriving radiation oncology practice. Carteret Health Care is uniquely committed to growing the oncology program in our community, both through investments in infrastructure and cutting-edge technology as well as through expansion of our healthcare provider team. Carteret Heath Care's relationship with UNC Lineberger Cancer Center, initiated in 2012, further underscores their commitment to excellence in cancer therapy.

The move to Morehead City turned out to be a great decision for our family. My practice, Eastern Radiation Oncology, has achieved remarkable growth over the past four years. We have introduced several new advanced radiation therapy service lines, so that patients no longer have to travel hours away to receive these specialized treatments. An increasing proportion of patients with cancer are now electing to stay close to their home in Carteret County to receive treatment. We are so thankful for the tremendous support we have received from this community, without which the unprecedented growth in our oncology program would not have been possible.

Our family has thoroughly enjoyed living in Carteret County. In addition to its vast natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities, we have also found this to be an ideal place to raise our family. The school system is excellent and there is a strong community identity. We have developed relationships with a wide array of business, professional and community leaders with great ideas and a commitment to continued economic development in the area. In my opinion, Carteret County truly is the perfect destination for a young professional or entrepreneur to build his or her career.”

Kyle Rusthoven
Andy Pigott

Andy Pigott
Owner, Marine Structures

“I've raised my children here, started a business here and trained for a triathlon here. Words can't describe the love we have for this dynamic area. From the outstanding schools to the great weather and conditions, the Crystal Coast is one of the best places to live on the east coast. I grew up at another popular beach community in Virginia and I love that there is no traffic here. I can achieve anything we need for our business and family life. I own a business that allows me to live anywhere as long as I have a great internet connection and I'm so happy I call Morehead City home.”

Sloan Freeman
CEO, Geodynamics

"When we hire new people at Geodynamics, we al ways spend some time showing them around Carteret County and describing the lifestyle — the easy access to boating, fishing, and beaches, the waterfront dining, good schools and small town vibe. We are lucky to combine this quality of life with a thriving community of marine scientists and a beautiful natural environment."

Sloan Freeman
Dr. John Hauser

Dr. John Hauser
Carteret Community College

"Robin and I moved to the Crystal Coast in 2016 when I was hired as President of Carteret Community College. We thoroughly enjoy our work life in Carteret County as well as our lives outside the office. The Crystal Coast truly offers the perfect work-life balance that we were seeking.”

Dave Eggleston
CMAST

"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
Joan Lamson

Joan Lamson
Retiree

“My husband and I fell in love with Carteret County as we drove through here on our way home from a vacation on the island of Ocracoke in 1982, and it wasn't long before I was writing down contact information for real estate. Within 30 days, we were back here and made an offer on a piece of property in Pine Knoll Shores. After a few years of vacationing here on the Crystal Coast, we also purchased a beach house in Emerald Isle. Upon my husband's retirement, he came here to "build our house." We moved here full-time in 1994. We found Carteret County to be a friendly, welcoming place. He became involved in town leadership and I, missing my ownership of my own little company, became involved in the community. I served on the board of the Carteret Arts Council and the Carteret Community College Foundation and later, the Carteret General Hospital and the Carteret Health Care Foundation. Somewhere along the way, I served 3 terms as Mayor of Pine Knoll Shores and still live in the home we built. Carteret County is a wonderfully gentle place to live. The "Kids," (3 biological, 3 step-, 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grands) love coming here and have established special reunion weeks, along with friends and other family members who are "smitten" with Carteret County. We call ourselves "Opals," Older People with Active Life Styles.”

Travis Burt
Co-Founder and Partner, Transportation Impact

“We are incredibly fortunate to be able to have started and grown our company in Emerald Isle. Being located in a beautiful vacation destination has allowed us to recruit employees from all over the country, and we have had remarkable success attracting college graduates who grew up around the Crystal Coast and wanted to return home. Our employees love living on the North Carolina coast, and I see their affection for the area, as well as for Transportation Impact, on their faces every day. The opportunity we provide for our employees to give back to the community through volunteering and through our corporate philanthropy has made us one of the best places to work in North Carolina.”

Travis Burt