NC Department of Commerce / EDPNC

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The North Carolina Department of Commerce (DOC), based in Raleigh, is the State of North Carolina’s lead agency for economic, community and workforce development.  Its mission is to improve the economic well being and quality of life for all North Carolinians.

The Department’s strategic plan focuses on three goals to further this mission:

  1. Keeping North Carolina competitive for high-value, technologically competitive industries and companies by actively recruiting and encouraging the expansion in North Carolina of high-value, technologically competitive industries and companies.
  2. Increasing economic opportunities for North Carolina in a global economy by insuring that North Carolina is recognized throughout the world as a highly attractive location for growing businesses, for the high quality of its products, and for its appeal as a location for tourism, film and sports development.
  3. Improving economic opportunities for all North Carolinians through programs targeted to people and places not currently enjoying economic prosperity.


North Carolina’s Accolades
The Department of Commerce’s work to promote North Carolina as a desirable business location has contributed greatly to site consultants, economic development organizations, trade magazines, and businesses and industries continuing to rank North Carolina high among our global competitors.

         > To view a list of North Carolina’s recent accolades, click here.


DOC contracts with the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), a public-private nonprofit corporation, to oversee the state’s efforts in new business and job recruitment, existing industry retention and expansion, and international trade.


Division International Trade
Purpose New business &
industry recruitment; Existing industry
retention & expansion
International investment services & export assistance
Contact Person David Spratley, Vice President Rick Hill, Director
Phone  919-447-7736  919-447-7757



Industry Recruitment & Existing Industry Services
EDPNC offers Industry Recruitment and Existing Industry services to economic development organizations, site selection consultants and directly to businesses and industries.  Industry Recruitment provides valuable assistance in evaluating the factors crucial to making a location decision such as:  workforce, incentives, infrastructure and operating costs, among others.

                 > The contact for new industry recruitment is Melissa Smith, Economic Developer, at 336-214-7330 or email:

Existing Industry services are designed to support existing industry expansion and to encourage industries to stay in North Carolina.  The program assists businesses on an extensive spectrum of topics such as industrial trends, state and federal programs, local and global markets, regulatory issues, the environment, labor and technology.

               > The contact for existing industry services is Teddy Warner at 910-633-0685 or email:


Business Link North Carolina
Business Link North Carolina is an additional resource that offer “one-stop” guidance and solutions for doing business in North Carolina.

Business Link North Carolina (BLNC or “blink“) is a one-stop web portal to an extensive informational network of state resources for assisting North Carolina’s businesses and industries and is a collaborative effort between DOC and other state agencies.  BLNC has answers to questions about marketing, taxes, workforce development and financing and also provides links to informative sites that are industry-specific, such as manufacturing and technology.  BLNC can answer questions about starting a new business or growing an existing one.

> For more information about BLNC, go to

Moore County Partners in Progress

Partners in Progress works closely with the Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of NC to insure that our existing industries and potential new businesses are aware of the state’s resources and are positioned to take advantage of them.


Secretary John Skvarla
Phone:  919-733-4151

Mailing Address
4301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4301

Physical Address
301 N. Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-1058


Christopher Chung, CEO
15000 Weston Parkway
Cary, NC  27513-2118
Phone:  919-447-7777

Moore County Partners in Progress | PO Box 5885 | Pinehurst, NC 28374-5885 Toll Free: 800-461-3755 | Phone: 910-246-0311 | Fax: 910-246-0312 | Email: Research Triangle Partner | Website Services by ConnectNC