North Carolina is home to one of the largest and most diverse biotechnology clusters in the United States. From research-driven start-ups to global giants, more than 600 biotech companies call the Tar Heel State home. These firms, which collectively employ 70,000 people, have found North Carolina to be an excellent location for all facets of the industry, from discovery to manufacturing.
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Every public power community in NC shares a formula for business success: a track record of reliable energy and the flexibility to adapt to changing community and local business needs. Looking for second opinions on why an NC public power community is a great place to do business? Did you know:
N.C.'s Industrial Electric Rate is 10% BELOW the national average
North Carolina has the lowest corporate income tax in the United States
Colleges and universities in N.C. are graduating more than 22,500 STEM degree students annually
North Carolina has the third largest pharmaceutical manufacturing employment in the US
Our Keys to Success in the Biotech Industry
North Carolina has a long and successful track record of supporting the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors. From workforce training to consulting services, powerful resources exist to support continued growth of this important industry. Examples include:
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center provides industry aid and advocacy through the support of biotechnology research, business, education and strategic policy.
The Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) operates training and cGMP pilot plant facilities at N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus. BTEC provides hands-on learning using the latest biomanufacturing technologies.
BioNetwork, a program of the North Carolina Community College System, offers life science industry training at virtually all levels. Coursework can be delivered virtually anywhere in the state, including at a corporate facility.
The North Carolina Pharmaceutical Services Network provides a continuum of pharmaceutical education and training to new and existing companies in North Carolina.
Smart Sites® and Shell Buildings
Critical production demands can’t always wait on a lengthy construction project. We created the Smart Sites® program to offer more shovel-ready property for economic development growth in our member communities. The valuable due diligence included in our program assists site selectors in making informed, intelligent choices. In short, the Smart Sites® program simplifies the process for consultants and companies and minimizes risk to them.
Looking for a move-in ready manufacturing space? Many of our member communities have shell industrial buildings that may suit your needs. Below are just a few of our many available Smart Sites® and Shell Buildings.
Additional Key Industries within Public Power Communities
The plastics and composites industry remains one of the strongest components of North Carolina’s diverse manufacturing sector.
Food processing in North Carolina is strong and growing, thanks to a ready workforce and a healthy business development landscape.