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Mecklenburg County's business climate continues to expand. In addition to the cultural, recreational and housing/neighborhood criteria, the Charlotte - Mecklenburg area has also addressed issues of transportation, crime and public safety, the environment, and a setting that draws clean, desirable jobs to the area. Businesses have been attracted to Mecklenburg County because of the numerous Components of Success provided here. The city of Charlotte has more Headquartered Fortune 500 companies than all but five other U.S. cities - two of these eight companies have relocated to Charlotte in recent years. In the past 10 years alone 8,468 new firms have opened in Charlotte creating 77,190 new jobs and investing $9.6 billion in new facilities. Seventy-four firms employ 500 or more people within Mecklenburg County. Altogether there are 306 Fortune 500 companies represented in the Mecklenburg County area. The following are based in the city of Charlotte:

Bank of America
Wachovia Corporation
Duke Energy
Nucor Corporation
Sonic Automotive
Family Dollar
Goodrich Corporation

There are ten distinctive state incentives that a company could qualify for if considering relocation to the Mecklenburg County area:

Job Creation Tax Credit
Investment Tax Credit
Central Administrative Office Tax Credit
Worker Training Tax Credit
Research & Development Tax Credit
Business Property Tax Credit
Large Investment Projects
Insurance Companies
Air Courier Hubs
Recycling Facilities


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