2009 County Tier Designations
The N.C. Department of Commerce annually ranks the state's 100 counties based on economic well-being and assigns each a Tier designation. The most distressed counties are designated as Tier 1, the next as Tier 2 and the least distressed as Tier 3.
This Tier system is incorporated into various state programs, including the Article 3J Tax Credits, to encourage economic activity in the less prosperous areas of the state. Please see the 2009 article 3J Tiers Map for a detailed view of designations.
Note: Article 3J Tax Credits should not be confused with Article 3A William S. Lee (WSL) Tax Credits. Article 3J is not a revision of the Lee Act; it replaces it. In general, William S. Lee Credits are repealed for business activities that occur on or after January 1, 2007 and Article 3J Credits take effect for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2007.