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Please contact us if interested in Fayetteville North Carolina as a business location.  Refer to their new website at right for updated information about the Fayetteville NC Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce.   The information below is from 2004 - 2005, and the links have not been updated.

Website :  

formerly Fayetteville Area Economic Development Corp. and Cumberland County Business Council

GUIDE Area Profile : Fayetteville, North Carolina

Recent developments in the area include : (see more below)

As they transition from their old website to the new one, some of the old links may no longer work, and new versions of the content may not yet be available.

  •  DAK Americas will invest $2.28 million at existing facilities in Cedar Creek to construct an inter-modal facility and extend rail lines.  The facility will be available for use by other industries.
  •  South River Electric Membership Co-op is completing a new $3.2 million, 25,000 sq. ft. call center to open in spring 2005.
  •  Nitta Gelatin will invest $26 million in a new biotech operation
  •  Kelly Springfield, the county's largest employer, is investing $51.9 million in a new tire line and warehouse expansion
  • The state has funded a Military Business Center in Fayetteville to assist companies interested in gaining contracts for Department of Defense work.
Consultant Reports Available - Industry Project Feasibility Studies

Site Selection Consultant Reports

Four market studies were previously available to download on the old Fayetteville website, but are not published on the new website.  They may still be available for reference on request.

Reports prepared by Business Facility Planning Consultants LLC, Atlanta GA


Maps of the Fayetteville NC area

maps on the Cumberland County website


Google Local map and business search for the Fayetteville, NC 28302 area.  A GIS mapping application for Cumberland County is under development.

Ad Recall : Recent Fayetteville NC ads

Please let us know if you notice any updates which need to be made.

Executive Summary Contact information

The Cumberland County Business Council helps companies to establish and expand operations in the Cumberland County area of North Carolina.  This area includes the locations of Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base and communities around the city of Fayetteville such as Falcon, Godwin, Hope Mills, Linden, Spring Lake, Stedman and Wade.  Fayetteville is North Carolina's fourth largest metropolitan area, with a population of roughly 300,000.

Available reports by a site selection consultant (Business Facility Planning Consultants) highlight this area as a location for distribution projects or manufacturing and distribution operations in the automotive, plastics, and pharmaceutical industries.

Benefits of this area include

  •  Available labor pool of quality applicants
  •  Nearly 8,000 ex-military personnel seeking local employment opportunities to remain in the area as they leave the service, plus other family members
  •  Incentives for job creation and training
  •  Excellent educational institutions in the area for recruitment and training as well as collaborative research and development or other academic relationships.
  •  Central location with industrial infrastructure along the eastern seaboard
    • Convenient access to Interstate I-95 from the industrial and business parks
    • Only 20 minutes from Interstate I-40 for access to the Raleigh-Durham and Research Triangle area, Chapel Hill, and cities in central and western North Carolina (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, Charlotte) and beyond
  •  US and international air transportation and cargo connections

Fayetteville is roughly 80 miles inland from the North Carolina coast, and 40 miles north of South Carolina.  Several major east coast ports are not far away via uncongested routes.

  • Wilmington, NC 92 Miles
  • Charleston, SC - 190 Miles
  • Morehead City, NC - 144 Miles
  • Norfolk, VA -208 Miles


Phyllis M. Owens, CEcD

Executive Vice President

Cumberland County Business Council

Economic Development Division
P.O. Box 9

Fayetteville, NC 28302


Phone :  (910)484-4242 ext. 246

Fax :      (910)483-0263 


email     Phyllis Owens


Alternate contacts :

Cathy Johnson, Existing Industry Program Manager  (910)484-4242 ext. 247


Gary W. Cooper, President - (910)484-4242 Ext. 228


Note :  CEcD is the economic development professional certification of IEDC

List of available sites or facilities :

  •  Available sites and buildings in the Fayetteville area
    • 125,048 sq ft industrial / warehouse building in Cumberland Industrial Center
      • Print flyer : (Adobe .pdf) with property summary
      • Can expand to 375.000 sq ft - see site plan and map of the area
      • New shell, completed May 2002, served by three I-95 exits
      • Convenient location for eastern US distribution, logistics operations
      • 27' center, 24' eave heights = high eaves for equipment, storage
      • other greenfield sites from 6 to 168 acres available - $25,000 per acre
      • Prior site use - agricultural and woodlands - greenfield, not industrial
    • Cedar Creek Business Center
      • 5 to 33 acre greenfield sites near Interstate 95 (1.2 miles away)
      • A North Carolina "Certified Site" in a State Development Zone (SDC)
      • This offers additional state tax credits for job creation and training

Cumberland Industrial Center

new 125,048 sq ft shell



Cedar Creek Business Center

Site plan, aerial photos, and map showing the location are available with site specifications (download Adobe .pdf), including topography and soils chart

Service Provider Relationships


Business Facility Planning Consultants LLC, Atlanta GA

Familiar with direct investment considerations in this area from previous research sponsored by FAEDC.  No other service providers have been specified at this time who have strong knowledge of the Fayetteville area, such as through work on recent projects there.

Other Resources

North Carolina Department of Commerce


North Carolina's Southeast Region


Cumberland County Business Council


Additional links to related sites are available on their website

Investment Incentives Available in the Area

Contact directly for details.  For example, the Cedar Creek Business Center is a North Carolina "Certified Site" in a State Development Zone (SDZ), which offers larger state tax credits for job creation (from $1000 to $5000 per job) and employee training (from $500 to $1000 per employee).

Other incentives may be available, but these vary according to the expected economic impact of the project.

The City of Fayetteville provides some information about local incentives, including utility incentives

More information on North Carolina financial assistance for capital investment projects is available from

Directory of incentive consultants.  Many, but not all, will be familiar with this area.

Local contacts which may interest some potential investors:


Greater Fayetteville Futures Project - a private sector initiative launched at the end of 2000 in cooperation with The Kenan Center Office of Economic Development at the University of North Carolina to build local consensus about economic development plans for this area.


City of Fayetteville - local government website

Cumberland County - local government website


Fayetteville NC Chamber of Commerce

Fayetteville Downtown Development Corporation

Fayetteville's Downtown Alliance

Go Fayetteville - portal about the Fayetteville and Cumberland County area in general

Visit Fayetteville - Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau


North Carolina Biotechnology Center


 Companies in the Area
  •  A list of major local employers is available on their website.
  •  We have also listed a few examples of major companies in this region of North Carolina
  • Wal-Mart : 1.2 million sq. ft. distribution center, employs 1100

  • Mark IV Industries (Purolator) : state of the art 508,000 sq. ft. distribution center.

  • Maidenform, Coca-Cola and Belk and other companies

Past Projects

In addition to those highlighted above :

  •  Lear Siegler has leased the Vic West Building and will hire 75 mechanics
  •  Lear Siegler has leased the 60,000 sq. ft. Cutler Hammer Building, creating 300 jobs paying in excess of $45,000 per year
  •  Downtown Development - three major projects to add housing, retail space, parking and a new park


Infrastructure :


Railroads : CSX, Norfolk Southern, Aberdeen & Rockfish


None are published at this time.



Relationship Disclosure

Written by GDI Solutions on the basis of information provided by FAEDC, including their website, promotional materials and available consultant reports, as well as other sources.

FAEDC has been a client in 2005 for the publication of this Area Profile and the related Survey to share local market knowledge about the Fayetteville area since December 2004.  There is no larger working relationship for other services, such as to actively promote the area (SICR or custom marketing services).

FAEDC merged into the Cumberland County Business Council in 2005.

Relationship leader at GDI Solutions for potential investors :

  •  Bruce Donnelly

    Please advise regarding any necessary corrections to this Area Profile, or if we may be of assistance with your expansion interests in this area. 


    The relationship leader is responsible for maintaining sufficiently frequent contact and knowledge at GDI Solutions about the participating area.  The leader keeps published GUIDE Area Profiles timely and consistent, and serves as an initial point of contact for any investors who may choose not to contact the local area representatives yet about their interests, such as at a very exploratory or confidential stage of project planning or information gathering.

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