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The mission of Jones County Economic Development is to create good paying jobs for our citizens, diversify our agricultural economy, develop an industrial manufacturing tax base and promote Heritage Tourism in the County.

The Jones County Economic Development Office is responsible for improving the economic conditions of the County by promoting the location of new business and industry in the County and helping existing business in every way possible.

Jones County is part of North Carolina’s Eastern Region and is strategically located within a very short distance of a number of larger counties and cities in the region. Two Interstate Highways, I-40 and I-95, are within an hour’s drive. US Highway 70, a four-lane highway, is a vital and major transportation link from Raleigh, the State Capital. The Morehead City State Port is 45 minutes from Jones County. The other state port at Wilmington is approximately 90 minutes away. Jones County is positioned midway between New York and Florida. This provides quick access to major markets.

12 Reasons to Relocate to Eastern North Carolina and Jones County

  1. Close proximity to a large regional population and labor market of approximately 700,000.
  2. A nationally acclaimed community college system that offers customized job skills training for new and expanding industrial employees at little or no cost.
  3. A right-to-work state with a unionization rate that is among the lowest in the nation.
  4. Low worker’s compensation rate, while providing some of the highest benefits.
  5. Low energy and construction costs.
  6. Location within a 700-mile radius of more than 150 million U.S. and Canadian customers.
  7. An extensive region and state highway system, two major airports in adjoining counties and a 3,600-mile rail network and two modern deep water ports.
  8. A mild Sunbelt climate allowing for year-round outdoor activity.
  9. Snow skiing in Western North Carolina Mountains during the winter months.
  10. Some of the lowest state and local taxes in the nation.
  11. A state government that enforces sound fiscal policy through a constitutionally mandated balanced budget.
  12. Jones County residents live within 45 minutes of the beautiful Crystal Coast and Atlantic Ocean and all of the excellent recreational and entertainment amenities.

Jones County
Economic Development

418 NC Hwy 58 N
Trenton, NC 28585

Phone: 252-448-1315
Cell: 252-617-6165

Economic Development & Planning Director: John Bender

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