Building and maintaining a vital workforce for global companies depends in part on a location’s ability to attract talent, and new figures released Wednesday (Dec. 21) confirm North Carolina’s appeal as a great place to live and work.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau as reported by WRAL, North Carolina added over 120,000 residents between April 2010 and July 2011. Only four other states had higher population growth rates. In addition, the top five states account for more than half of the growth in population nationally.
People and businesses alike are drawn to North Carolina’s assets, which include a moderate climate, low costs of living and doing business and an eclectic geography that includes the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi and the tallest brick lighthouse on the East Coast. Its central location on the Eastern Seaboard as well as global access via international airports and water ports create a convenient accessibility to and from North Carolina.
During a December 21 expansion announcement, UPM Raflatac human resources director, Phil Webb noted the company is excited about being able to continue to grow and create new jobs in Henderson County, North Carolina. Webb stated, “…the decision to grow here was an easy one.”
David Spratley, an economic development representative who worked to bring Chiquita’s headquarters to Charlotte, hails the state as, "…a wonderful product with any number of attractive attributes and competitive advantages."
Bill Payne, existing industry specialist, says, “Our area has a large workforce base with a strong work ethic. Companies expand due to the availability of a quality workforce and community and state support incentives."
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