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Wilmington Economic Profile

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New Hanover Health Network Wilmington Overview of Area
2131 S. 17th St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 343-7000

With more than 4700 employees in the region, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is a not-for-profit health care system serving southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina. A teaching hospital, regional referral center, and Level 2 Trauma Center, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is joined in the network by Cape Fear...more about New Hanover Health Network

Southport, NC 28461
(910) 457-2900

Duke Energy Progress owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides about 12,900 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.5 million customers in a 32,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina. Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in...more about Duke Energy Progress - Brunswick Plant

3901 Castle Hayne Rd
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 675-5000

Wilmington is fortunate to have a Fortune 500 company such as General Electric as one of its major employers. Housing components of both the nuclear energy business and aircraft engine business, the Castle Hayne facility employs more than 2000 people. In addition to providing stable, high-payng employment and benefits, the company...more about GE Wilmington

230 Government Center Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 798-7184

With more than 1300 employees, New Hanover County is one of the largest local employers. Five commissioners govern New Hanover County and appoint a county manager to serve as chief executive officer. The county serves its citizens through nearly 30 departments. In 2011, the US Census estimated the county's population at...more about New Hanover County Government

6410 Carolina Beach Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28412
(910) 763-5431

New Hanover County's public school system is one of the largest employers in the region. With 43 schools, the district employs approximately 3700 people in the areas of instruction, administration and support positions. Open positions can be viewed on the county's web site. NHC school employees are considered employees of the...more about New Hanover County School System

929 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 251 0081

PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development and lifecycle management services. Their clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations.

Founded in Wilmington, the company has offices in 46 countries with more than 12,000 professionals worldwide. Their international headquarters is in downtown Wilmington....more about PPD

5135 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmngton, NC
(910) 452-0944

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 9,700 retail units under 69 different banners in 28 countries. With fiscal year 2011 sales of $419 billion, Walmart employs more than two million associates worldwide....more about Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.


Tourism remains one of the most important industries in North Carolina, particularly in the southern coastal region. With an appealing variety of attractions — beaches and waterways, breathtaking gardens, a rich arts environment, well-established cultural events, beautiful historic homes and landmarks — and moderate year-round temperatures, this area is a highly desirable destination for visitors from all over the country. This translated into $854 million in state revenue in 2009, according to tourism statistics from the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Tourism is one of the state's largest industries; visitors to and within North Carolina spent a record $15.6 billion in 2009, an increase of 29 percent from 2001.

The economic impact is significant in terms of jobs and and payroll dollars in the three-county area. In 2009 (most recent figures available), travelers spent more than $390.38million (more than 5,200 jobs and $92.31 million payroll) in New Hanover County, more than $392.83 million in Brunswick County and $67.94 million in Pender County. The N.C. Department of Commerce's most recent report for New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties directly attributes a total of 11,080 jobs and more than $190 million in payroll as a result of tourism.

With more than 50 championship golf courses and a long mid-March through mid-November playing season, golf is another major draw to the region. Restaurants number in the hundreds and continue to proliferate at an astounding rate, with the best of them enjoying capacity dining on weekends. Special attractions and activities such as horse-and-carriage rides in the historic district, boat tours, sailing charters, a downtown Wilmington walking tour, the free trolley, Riverwalk and educational tours in the historic district continue to respond to high demand.

Summer is no longer the sole tourism season. Visitors Bureau officials recognize that Wilmington and the surrounding communities have moved from a three-month to a nearly year-round tourism season, with the majority of visitors arriving from March through November. With that in mind, the Wilmington/Cape Fear Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau has several visitor information center locations starting with the main office at 505 Nutt Street, Unit A, (910) 341-4030, and the River Booth, located along the Cape Fear riverfront near the corner of Water and Market streets.

Accommodations are plentiful in the Greater Wilmington area and coastal Brunswick County. Historic downtown Wilmington and picturesque Southport offer a bounty of charming bed and breakfast inns. With such an abundance of accommodations at their disposal, visitors are only limited in choice by their budget or their imagination. Still, it is often difficult to find lodgings on short notice during the summer, and advance reservations for these months are highly recommended, especially for weekends.

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