Wilson is fortunate to have the largest manufacturing base in Eastern North Carolina, with five major life-science manufacturing facilities and many other diversified industries. City leaders have always invested heavily in infrastructure to serve industry with world-class amenities. The City supplies electric, natural gas, water, sewer and broadband utilities. Wilson is an employment center for many surrounding counties, with a net in-migration workforce of approximately 3,500 daily.
$344 million investment | 16 new jobs Bridgestone Expansion
$150 million investment | 445 new jobs Fresenius Kabi to Expand Pharmaceutical Manufacturing in North Carolina
$6.8 million investment | 31 new jobs Wilson Benefits from Series of Economic Developments
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To learn more about this U.S. 301 initiative with videos, images and contact information you can follow this link to the TIGER Grant project page.
To learn more about this economic development initiative with videos, images and contact information you can follow this link to the InnovateNC project page
The park was conceived originally in the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, our community’s economic growth plan, which was created with the help of thousands of citizens from across Wilson and was adopted by City Council in 2010. During the early stages of the park project, Vollis Simpson’s Whirligig’s had the honor of being named the North Carolina State Folk Art.
The park project has spurred private development in Historic Downtown Wilson. Directly across from the park, both on South Street and on Goldsboro Street, there are private sector historic property redevelopment projects underway to complement the park. To date The City of Wilson has supported the project with in-kind professional services and staff time but no direct investment. In late January 2016, the City Council voted to ensure that the park will be completed.
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