Reasons to Relocate

Relocating to Southeastern North Carolina? Here are the benefits.

Reasons to Relocate to Southeastern North Carolina

Four County EMC encompasses territory in five Southeastern North Carolina counties with premiere site and building opportunities for companies focused on success in the global marketplace.

Some of the assets that give our region a competitive edge include:

Affordable Real Estate

Your cost of doing business in a global economy is most important. Real estate costs are a part of doing business. Whether you want to lease or purchase a building for your next competitive location, we have available sites and buildings for your consideration. Let us assist you in your next location.

Free Workforce Training and Exceptional Educational Systems 

The renowned community college system of North Carolina provides free skills training tailored exclusively for new and expanding industries. Each of the five counties in our service area has community college facilities to serve your educational and workforce training needs.

Excellent Labor Environment

North Carolina, a right-to-work state, has one of the lowest unionization rates in the nation. North Carolina provides some of the highest benefits to employees while maintaining low workers’ compensation insurance rates.


State, Regional and local incentives may be available for your project. We will be happy to assist you in helping you determine your eligibility for incentives regarding your business start up, relocation or expansion.

Low Energy Costs and Reliability

Four County Electric provides competitive electric rates and reliable service. Continuity of electric service is essential for many processes of industries today and we have the technically advanced electric system and staffing to meet these requirements.

Unequaled Proximity to Major Markets

The Four County Electric service area is strategically located within 70 percent of the US industrial base and within 700 miles of more than 150 million US and Canadian consumers.

Extensive Transportation Network

Our service area offers a uniquely comprehensive highway system with easy access to two interstates with a planned third interstate, two regional airports, two nearby deep-water seaports with a planned third deep-water seaport, and a rail network.

Quality of Life

Livability in the Four County Electric service area is very desirable. The regional climate is mild and residents enjoy many types of outdoor recreation such as golfing, boating, camping, canoeing, sailing, swimming, fishing, tennis, hunting and water skiing. Nearby golf, beach and ski resorts as well as state and national parks offer additional recreational opportunities for your personal enjoyment.

Your Quality of Life

The Four County Electric service area spans across five counties in southeastern North Carolina and features a wonderful quality of life. The region offers many water-related recreational opportunities with close proximity to numerous fresh-water lakes, four rivers and nearby, pristine sandy beaches. North Carolina is host to a number of professional sports teams whereby citizens may go to enjoy their favorite games.

The region spotlights many seasonal festivals as well as art showcases including cultural events, fine art shows and music concerts for enjoyment. Our tranquil way of life, clean air environment, and excellent water quality are just a few of the many assets in our region that are enjoyed by our citizens as well as newcomers who have come here.

Health care is of the utmost importance for businesses who are looking to relocate. Our region has excellent public and private health care facilities for every family member. The area is home to five local hospitals with nearby regional medical centers in Fayetteville and Wilmington.

North Carolina, a pro-business environment, offers one of the most competitive tax packages for business in the southeastern United States. Also, property taxes in the area are among the lowest in the State of North Carolina.

Financial Advantages

There are many financial advantages in locating to Southeastern North Carolina. Four County’s economic development program can assist you in identifying:

  1. Demographics
  2. Socioeconomic Data
  3. County Incentive Programs for Bladen, Columbus, Duplin and Pender
  4. Federal Loan and Grant Programs
  5. North Carolina Financial Incentives
    • Loan and Grant Programs
    • NC Tax Credit Programs
  6. Regional Incentives through:
    • NC Souteast for Blade, Columbus, Pender and Sampson Counties
    • NC Eastern Region for Duplin County
For more information, please contact:

James (Jimmy) L.F. Smith

Director of Economic & Community Development
P.O. Box 667
Burgaw, NC 28425

Phone 910-259-1821
Fax 910-259-1860

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