Concord is one of the most respected and desirable business destinations in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord metropolitan statistical area. Located on I-85 northeast of Charlotte, this city of nearly 90,000 is home to two of the top ten tourist attractions in the state: Concord Mills Mall, which welcomes millions of visitors each year and Charlotte Motor Speedway, the largest sports facility in the southeast and one of the most famous stops on the NASCAR circuit.
Concord boasts the fourth busiest airport in North Carolina. The Concord Regional Airport has a contract FAA tower and a 7,400-feet runway with full instrument approach.
One of the premier industrial parks in the region is The International Business Park at Concord which has set a standard for excellence. Companies such as Pass & Seymour/LeGrand, Celgard, Sysco Foods, and PreGel America have chosen to locate here because of the high quality of sites and buildings, immediate access to I-85 and for being minutes from Charlotte.
Additionally, Concord's assets include the Embassy Suites Hotel Resort Spa and Conference Center and The Great Wolf Lodge and Resort both located along Bruton Smith Blvd. in the entertainment district.
Everything is within 30 minutes of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport via I-85. Any major amenity your business could need is in Concord.
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Kannapolis is a city in transition. With nearly 50,000 residents, it is moving away from its history of textile manufacturing to a future in life sciences and technology.
The North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) is re-making Kannapolis as a "new city for a new century." The $1.5 billion campus is the legacy of billionaire David H. Murdock, owner and CEO of Dole Foods. NCRC is focusing on human health, agriculture and nutrition research. Its mission is to collaborate with both public and private partnerships. NCRC will be the most advanced campus for biotechnology and nutrition research in the world. Currently home to nine universities and several private firms such as Monsanto, Dole Foods, and General Mills, the NCRC will continue to grow and evolve.
Other major industries in Kannapolis include racing-related businesses and warehouse/distribution. Stewart-Haas Racing has race shop located here and Stanley Tools, Shoe Show and Novant Health have major distribution centers in the community.
Kannapolis is an emerging business hub and the focus for science-related business in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord metropolitan area.
Located just minutes from Charlotte and a few miles away from two of North Carolina's top ten tourist attractions, Concord Mills Mall and Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Town of Harrisburg is a growing community of more than 15,000 people.
Harrisburg has a long-standing tradition of public-private cooperation. Town leaders work closely with the private sector when planning development and carrying out large projects. The town boasts convenient transportation with access to Interstates 85 and 485 along with NC Highway 49 running through the heart of town, as well as the most attractive rail access in our region.
Plenty of available land provides Harrisburg with alternatives for additional growth.
Located in the southernmost tip of Cabarrus County and just a few miles east of Charlotte in Mecklenburg County, Midland has a population of more than 3,500 people.
Midland is home to two major employers: Corning, Inc., which is the largest fiber optic facility in the world, and Intertape Polymer Group (IPG). Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway Company has a significant presence as the only railroad in the Charlotte region that connects CSX Transportation with the Norfolk & Southern railroad lines.
Midland is poised to become the next business "boomtown" in Cabarrus County because of its strong industrial-based economy. There is excellent infrastructure with easy access via US 24-27 to Interstate 485.
The Town of Mount Pleasant is located in the eastern part of Cabarrus County. The town has a scenic historic district with buildings dating to the mid-1800s. Like many other southern towns, textiles play prominently in the past of Mount Pleasant and there are several former mill buildings standing as a proud testament to that history. Mount Pleasant is also home to Southern Grace Distilleries -- America's first prison distillery.
A prospering farming area, the community is well connected via Highway 49 which runs along the northwestern edge of town as well as Highway 73. The area has large tracts of land and suitable utilities which could be just the space your company needs to grow, but still be within minutes of Charlotte.