Introducing Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County

Our Community — At A Glance

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The City of Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County are the largest City and populous County in Northeast North Carolina, consisting of 20,000 and 40,000 residents, respectively. Situated just 45 minutes south of the Tidewater area of Virginia, and 30 minutes from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, our location is ideal.

Elizabeth City serves as the commercial hub for the surrounding areas and was named one of Southern Living’s favorite affordable small towns. Despite its population of 20,000, Elizabeth City’s regional trading exceeds 100,000 population.

The largest employment base in Pasquotank County is made up of government-related jobs, as Elizabeth City is home to the United States Coast Guard Air Station (USCG), which provides more than 2,400 military and civilian positions. All USCG aviation assets are maintained and overhauled in Elizabeth City, and the Elizabeth City Aviation Research and Development Commerce Park has taken advantage of this symbiotic relationship, with further expansion anticipated in the near future.

Elizabeth City is also home to three educational institutes of higher learning: Elizabeth City State University (ECSU), College of the Albemarle (COA) and Mid-Atlantic Christian University (MACU). ECSU is a member of the 16 campuses of the greater University of North Carolina system, and offers both four-year and graduate degrees. COA boasts an array of technical and college-parallel courses, including a state-of-the-art technical center. MACU is a private, faith-based institution.

Agriculture has been the mainstay of the area’s economy, with a thriving agri-business development. Over the last five years, the area has shifted to becoming one of the leading renewable energy sources in the United States.

Our Economic Development Organization

The Elizabeth City / Pasquotank County Economic Development Commission (ECPCEDC) is funded by Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County. The Commission board consists of three representatives from the City and three from the County. In addition, three representatives from the private sector serve as voting members. The board also has a number of ex-officio members who represent the City, County, education institutions and the United States Coast Guard. Though large, this structure provides a great deal of expertise when recruiting new business. The existing budget for the ECPCEDC is over $200,000.

Our Climate

The region has four distinct, but relatively mild seasons. During the winter months, the high temperatures average in the mid 40°s with an average low around 30°F. Summer temperatures have average highs in the mid 80°s with average lows in the 60°s.

Learn more about the Economic Development Director job description.

Download the brochure for a list of our recent economic development successes and more.

Interested in serving as our Economic Development Director? Submit your cover letter and resume electronically to:

Elizabeth City Pasquotank County Economic Development Commission
Attn: Jeff Dixon, Chairman, Search Committee
In care of Kathy Harris:

Resumes must be received by June 1, 2018.

Questions? Call 252-338-0169