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.
NCGrowth is seeking excellent, highly-motivated graduate students with a wide range of skills and professional experiences – business, law, public policy, environmental sciences, etc – to work on impactful economic development research projects in rural NC and North Charleston.  

Recent News & Media

What do Plants and Robots Have in Common?

January 13, 2020

Lots of amazing updates from SmartUp-Elizabeth City client, Wetland Plants! Last spring we introduced this native wetland plant nursery. Since the initial projects, a financial analysis and market research compilation, NCGrowth and Smartup built a robotic process prototype that can improve business productivity by about 20%. More

Case Study Updates Posted to Homegrown Tools

January 13, 2020

Ten case studies featured on the Homegrown Tools site have new updates posted. From these updates readers will learn how economic development strategies implemented ten years ago have played out, whether the town is still pursuing the original strategy or if they have shifted, or added to, their original approach. More

NCGrowth Fall Showcase: Going Wild in Asheboro

December 17, 2019

Twice each year, NCGrowth showcases its clients, recent projects and upcoming work in a unique place. On Dec. 13, the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro hosted the event. Attendees learned about Asheboro, Randolph County and the broader Triad economy, and recent NCGrowth projects – and got to visit with some of the zoo’s animal inhabitants. More