Economic Development Reports

Find information to support your economic development project in the State of North Carolina with these reports and resources:

Area Demographic Profiles

Area Demographic Profiles

Area Demographic Profiles provide a glimpse into the business environment and quality of life across a variety of North Carolina geographies. Topics include demographics, education, housing, unemployment, and wages by industry.  These reports are also sometimes referred to as County Profiles.

Community Investment Report

Community Investment Report

The 2017 Community Investment Report (CIR) is a comprehensive collection of economic development announcements for capital investment, infrastructure development, and job creation in North Carolina. This information is collected by the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) and reported quarterly. CIR relies on partners across the state to report projects, and does not necessarily capture every announced job or dollar invested in North Carolina. EDPNC submits CIR data to third party entities that determine North Carolina’s rankings on nationally recognized lists such as Site Selection's Top State Business Climates.

For members of the economic development community, business owners, and news organizations, submit CIR information here.

For inquiries regarding this information, please call (919) 447-7773 or send an email to justin.mccoy@edpnc.com.

International Trade Report

International Trade Report

The 2017 North Carolina International Trade Report analyzes exports of goods (both manufactured and raw materials) from North Carolina, the state's support of those exports, and trends over time. In addition, the report includes North Carolina's top export markets and top export commodities.

For older versions of the International Trade Report, visit the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina's Publications page.

Tourism Data

Tourism Data

Research provides critical information that shapes the strategic direction of Visit North Carolina, the public-private organization that markets North Carolina as a visitor destination, under contract with the N.C. Department of Commerce.

The state’s communications, tourism advocacy and customer service efforts are based on ongoing analysis of research. The Visit North Carolina research team works closely with third-party research organizations and government agencies to monitor North Carolina domestic and international visitation.

Visitor data and other published research help local communities and tourism-industry partners plan, implement, and evaluate processes and programs. Calculating the economic impact of travel and tourism helps policy makers make strategic decisions about the long-term health of tourism, assess capital investment and gauge the amount of government support.

Economic Impact of the Military in NC

Economic Impact of the Military in NC

The Economic Impact of the Military on North Carolina (2015) analyzes the military's impact on our state in a broad sense. The first section of the report begins with an overview of the major military facilities in North Carolina, followed by a discussion of military contracting performed in the state, active military personnel levels, projected separations from the military, estimates of the veteran population, and pensions distributed within the state. The second section of the report details the methodology used to measure the economic impact of the U.S. military on North Carolina’s economy in 2015. The third section discusses the results from the economic impact model including sectors and industries supported by the military, as well as estimates for the military’s contribution to personal income and gross state product.

Food Manufacturing in NC

Food Manufacturing in NC

The North Carolina Food Manufacturing Task Force Final Report summarizes the work of the North Carolina Food Manufacturing Task Force, established April 2015 and charged with the implementation of four broad tasks:

  1. Develop a strategic business plan to leverage existing activities in food processing and manufacturing;
  2. Establish a statewide food processing and manufacturing organization, directory and database;
  3. Create a plan to develop a proactive industrial recruitment campaign for new business development;
  4. Plan to foster the growth of food manufacturing entrepreneurial endeavors, enhance development of innovative food products and processes, and provide sector-specific regulatory training and outreach.
EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program | N.C. Targeted Employment Areas (TEA)

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program | N.C. Targeted Employment Areas (TEA)

Investors interested in participating in the federal government's EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program will find North Carolina's Targeted Employment Areas (TEA) and other supporting documentation here:

The N.C. Department of Commerce and its Division of Employment Security (formerly the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina or ESC) have developed a statewide system for identifying TEA to meet the criteria of the EB-5 visa program.

Effective October 15, 2018, requests to certify TEAs consisting of multiple census tracts will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. They must be contiguous, include all tracts bordering the tract in which the project is located, and contain no more than ten census tracts. If a proposed TEA contains more than ten census tracts or does not include all bordering tracts, please provide supporting documentation that the proposed TEA reflects the geographic area in which the enterprise is principally doing business and an explanation of how the investment will benefit all the census tracts included.

Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for a list of current EB-5 (Immigrant Investor) Regional Centers.

Background information

Created by the U.S. Congress in 1990, the fifth employment-based visa (EB-5) is available to immigrants seeking to enter the United States in order to invest in a new commercial enterprise that will benefit the nation's economy and create at least 10 full-time jobs. There are two ways to invest within the EB-5 category, creating a new commercial enterprise or investing in a troubled business. To qualify, one must invest or be in the process of investing at least $1,000,000. If the investment is in a designated Targeted Employment Area (TEA), the minimum investment requirement is $500,000.