GREENVILLE, North Carolina — The new year is starting off strong for economic development in North Carolina as the state receives a prestigious award. Business Facilities, a leading source of intelligence for corporate site selection, expansion, relocation, and area economic development solutions, names North Carolina as its 2020 State of the Year.

“North Carolina has been a rising star on our radar for several years,” said Business Facilities editor-in-chief Jack Rogers. …


GREENVILLE, North Carolina — As many larger cities saw a reduction of residents this year, some smaller cities saw an increase in new residents. According to data compiled by moving app and software company Updater, Greenville, North Carolina experienced the most inbound growth year-round in 2020.

Relocations were felt nationwide over the past year as large cities saw an exodus and small cities, like Greenville, saw an influx. The city, with a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) of 180,000, ranks first in top 20 list provided by Updater.

“Many industries were negatively affected by the pandemic in 2020,” said Jenna Weinerman, vice president of marketing at Updater. …


GREENVILLE, North Carolina (December 9, 2020) — Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, is expanding its site in Greenville for sterile drug product development and commercial manufacturing of critical medicines, therapies, and vaccines. As part of the approximate $500 million investment in Greenville, about 500 new roles will be hired over next 12 to 24 months. These jobs will add to its existing workforce of more than 1,500 employees.

“We are excited by the news of Thermo Fisher’s investment in their Greenville facility which further strengthens Greenville and Pitt County’s legacy as a hub of pharmaceutical production,” said Steve Weathers, president and CEO of the Greenville — Eastern North Carolina (ENC) Alliance. …


GREENVILLE, North Carolina (December 8, 2020) — Grover Gaming, a software development and design company founded in Greenville, North Carolina, announces a local expansion that’s expected to bring 200 new jobs and $12.5 million in capital investment over the next five years to the Greenville and Pitt County region.

“Eastern North Carolina has always been our home, so we are excited to further invest and contribute to its future prosperity and development,” said Garrett Blackwelder, founder and CEO of Grover Gaming.

The company worked with several local partners on this project, including the Greenville — Eastern North Carolina (ENC) Alliance, City of Greenville, Greenville Utilities Commission, and Pitt County. …


GREENVILLE, North Carolina — An internationally circulated business publication covering corporate real estate and economic development has ranked North Carolina and Georgia as the states with the top business climates in the United States. Site Selection magazine ranked the two southeastern states as tied for first place.

“North Carolina is a consistently strong performer in this ranking and has demonstrated once again that it has the business-climate attributes it takes to reach first place,” said Site Selection Editor in Chief Mark Arend.

North Carolina spent six years in the top spot from 2005 through 2010, while Georgia has achieved first place for the eighth consecutive year. The business climates ranking is based in part on a survey of corporate real estate executives and in part on an index of criteria derived from data in the Conway Projects Database. …


GREENVILLE, North Carolina — A 19-acre master development project has been announced in the downtown Greenville area as a public-private partnership effort between East Carolina University and master developer Elliott Sidewalk Communities. Several other groups, including the Greenville — ENC Alliance, are involved in its long-term success.

“The more we can do to grow our research capabilities and development capabilities, the more jobs we’ll have here and the greater economic prosperity we’ll have here in Greenville and in Pitt County,” said Steve Weathers, President and CEO of the Greenville — ENC Alliance.

Intersect East, as it has been named, involves the Historic Warehouse District and includes three historic buildings on ECU’s campus. This project is part of the Innovation Campus, also known as the Millennial Campus, which includes the Warehouse District (22.3 acres), the Uptown area (19.04acres), the Health Science Campus (214.16 acres), and the Stratford Arms and Blount Fields (72.85 …


GREENVILLE, North Carolina — An eastern North Carolina native, restaurateur, yoga instructor, wife, and mother of two is committed to providing healthy, wholesome, and plant-based food options in Pitt County and surrounding areas.

“You have to be your own warrior in this world and fight for what you think is right,” said Jessica Albea, owner of FreshVibes and YogiVibes Yoga Studio. “I want to promote wellness and healthy living.”

FreshVibes is a dairy-free and plant-based restaurant with two locations in Greenville. The menu has everything from salads and smoothies to juices and parfaits. …


GREENVILLE, North Carolina — A Brazilian chemist and tobacco industry expert credits her international business success to the resources and talent available in Pitt County.

“Our anchor customers were in North Carolina. When we started IOTO USA, we looked at different cities, but Greenville was the best place for us because of the workforce and educational institutions,” said Bianca Iodice, owner of IOTO USA, LLC and IOTO International.

As one of very few women around the world to own a company in the tobacco industry, Iodice founded IOTO International in 1999 in Brazil. She then went on to establish IOTO USA, LLC which was founded in 2008 and headquartered in Greenville. …


GREENVILLE, North Carolina — A serious car accident five years ago changed the life of Greenville native Kellie Brown in more than one way.

“I never thought of myself as an entrepreneur or owning a business. Not once. But these therapies changed my life,” said Brown, co-owner of Advantage Therapy Solutions. The clinic specializes in light therapy services which offer non-invasive pain relief, rehabilitation, and overall wellness.

In 2015, the married mother of three was hit by a drunk driver. It left her with little range of motion in her neck, arthritis, and constant pain. …


FARMVILLE, North Carolina — As a woman in the construction industry, Susan Farrior is passionate about maintaining the standard of excellence that her grandfather and father started in 1962. The Farmville native and married mother of three is the President and Treasurer of Jack A. Farrior, Inc., where she is committed to quality and service.

“I’m third generation in the company and I just wanted to keep it going,” said Farrior.

Jack A. Farrior, Inc. is a steel works company that designs and fabricates for a variety of markets and serves communities around the nation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women make up just nine percent of America’s construction industry and even fewer serve in upper management or president roles. …

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