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The Catawba County Economic Development Corporation Mission is to build a diversified economic base throughout Catawba County by recruiting new business and industry, by retaining existing business and industry and helping them grow, and by fostering the creation of jobs. In short, the Catawba EDC is a catalyst for industrial development in NC and Catawba County specifically.


The Catawba County EDC and this web site are your information resources one of the nationís Best MSA's for Lowest Business Costs*. Here business leaders will find the tools and information to help them to consider relocating their business to the Hickory Metro and Catawba County, North Carolina. The Catawba County EDC is also an invaluable resource for local business expansion and relocation; helping regional companies find the available business parks in NC they need to meet their expansion goals.


The Catawba EDC introduces outside businesses to our regionís high quality of life and thriving business environment. Catawba County offers quality sports & recreation, arts & culture, retail & restaurants, and housing & education. The Hickory Metroís labor force is more than 170,000 strong and consists of educated workers skilled in a variety of industries and trades.


Industrial development in NC is booming and now is a great time to relocate your business to Catawba County. Education, information, retail, transportation, warehousing, finance and insurance industries all experienced growth in Catawba County from 2002 to 2007. Retail sales alone in the county totaled nearly $5 billion in fiscal year 2005-2006.


Contact the Catawba County EDC to locate available business parks in NC, plan your businessí relocation or expansion, and discover the emerging economic environment that is the Hickory Metro and Catawba County, North Carolina.


*Forbes Magazine rankings



Select a link below to view a .pdf file from our library for more details.


     Mission & 2015 Plan of Work Summary (31 KB)

     EDC Staff and Board of Directors (32 KB)

     EDC Committee of 100 & Local Government Supporters (540 KB)



     "About the EDC" Section of the Fact Book (610 KB) (contains all information above)



     The Entire Catawba County Economic Development Fact Book (5.44 MB)




Catawba County EDC

PO Box 3388

Hickory, NC  28603

Phone:  828-267-1564

Fax:  828-267-1884


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