Why EC-PC?

Elizabeth City – Pasquotank County (EC-PC) is positioned just south of the Virginia border in Northeastern North Carolina. The Hampton Roads communities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach are all accessible by only a 30-50 minute drive along an already 4-laned future interstate highway. This proves very cost effective for companies looking to import and export goods out of the Port of Virginia, the largest deep-water port on the East Coast of the United States. As such, EC-PC is part of the Port of Virginia’s Foreign Trade Zone 20 (FTZ 20) which includes many cost-savings benefits and protections for operating your business within this area.

The cost-savings of locating your business in North Carolina vs. Virginia can be a game changer that includes savings on property taxes, corporate taxes, cost of living, land and buildings, and more robust incentives for locating and expanding your business.

In addition, you will have access to a workforce that is second-to-none, including a variety of skilled and non-skilled labor available within our easily-commutable laborshed. This area represents about a 50-minute drive in all directions, extending well into South Eastern Virginia and the surrounding North Carolina counties. Workers within this area occupy a variety of ship building and advanced manufacturing jobs within sectors such as aerospace, food and beverage manufacturing, warehouse and distribution, and other advanced industry sectors.

A Natural Talent Pipeline

The local US Navy and Coast Guard bases provide access to military personnel with quality skillsets that are separating from duty and migrating to civilian jobs. This natural talent pipeline has proven very successful for many companies seeking qualified workers. In addition, the areas educational institutions like the College of the Albemarle (COA), Elizabeth City State University (ECSU), Tidewater Community College (TCC), and Old Dominion University (ODU) are ready to assist with your customized training and professional development needs.

The future is bright.

Our community and region also provide many quality of life opportunities for your employees and their families. Elizabeth City is a historic city with a beautiful downtown and waterfront. New businesses in these areas have sprung up in recent years contributing to a major revitalization with new dining, entertainment, and recreational opportunities. In addition, the Outer Banks, Virginia Beach, historic Williamsburg, Edenton, Richmond, Washington DC, Raleigh-Durham, and other destinations are all within a short drive.

30 Minutes

From Virginia Beach


NC Corporate Tax Rate

25% Lower

Cost of Living

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