NCGrowth’s mission is to help businesses create good jobs and to help communities create sustainable and equitable opportunities for their people.
NCGrowth directly benefits communities in NC with the goal of completing about 30 projects a year in addition to creating and retaining over 100 jobs annually.
A new web tool tells the story of small towns that have successfully stimulated private investment and job creation. Check it out and see how it can help you leverage your town's unique assets for economic development.
April 8, 12:00 to 1:00 PM: Hosted by CREATE, the UNC Tax Center and the UNC Entrepreneurship Center - which federal aid programs are best for your business, including the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and others under the CARES Act. Speakers: Thomas Stith (NC SBA), Patrick Rodriguez (NC SBA), Martin Sullivan (Tax Analysts) Moderator: Carolyn Fryberger (CREATE). Please click the link to join the webinar.
We created a comprehensive list of COVID-19 resources for small businesses and economic developers. Check here for federal, state (NC and SC), local, and private resources.

Recent News & Media

Supply-Side Barriers to Employment: Survey Results

November 18, 2020

After reaching a peak unemployment rate of 17 percent following the Great Recession, Edgecombe County, North Carolina, still has a persistently high unemployment rate compared to the statewide figure. Its economy and workforce are lagging behind the state in other ways as well: Edgecombe County residents earn less, are more likely to be poor or […] More

Community Responses to the Economic Effects of COVID-19 and Lessons Learned

November 09, 2020

The economic impacts of COVID-19 are far-reaching and wide raging. Stay-at-home orders imposed by local and state governments in the Spring to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 led to unprecedented unemployment and the temporary closure of countless small businesses. Changes to business practices and consumer habits that economists predicted would take years, have happened overnight. […] More

A Stakeholder Analysis Framework for Measuring the Impacts of Swine Waste Management in North Carolina

September 13, 2020

Studies show that large-scale confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) swine farms impact water and air quality, leading to negative human health impacts. Prior research by NCGrowth indicates that these farms also have a negative impact on surrounding property values and economic development prospects. This report summarizes known impacts by stakeholder group in North Carolina resulting […] More