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North Carolina's ports are expanding to meet growing volume demands. According to the Ports Authority records, total tonnage at the state's two ports has increased by 53.1 percent since 2003. The state is investing over $265 million in a five-year plan to expand and upgrade the port facilities at Morehead City and Wilmington. In 2006, the state spent another $30 million to purchase land in Brunswick County for a third port--the North Carolina International Port. Harris discusses the renovations at the two existing ports and plans for the new international port which will take ten to twelve years to complete.
The future of air cargo in North Carolina is promising. It is the fastest-growing segment of the United States freight industry, growing at an annual rate of around 8 percent internationally and 6 percent nationally since 1980. Since air cargo begins and ends with the trucking industry, an increase in air means an increase on the ground. The industry has been increasing at the state's three major airports--Charlotte Douglas, Piedmont Triad in Greensboro, and Raleigh-Durham. Harris discusses the growth of this industry in North Carolina.
The rail and trucking industries are projected to grow significantly over the next decade in North Carolina. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation indicate that in 1998 trucks in the state hauled over 426 million tons of goods. By 2010, tonnage is projected to grow to 641 million tons, and by 2020, to over 800 million tons. Similar gains are projected for the railroad cargo industry. Harris discusses what this will mean for the state's infrastructure.
North Carolina has a region that can fit whatever need relocating businesses or people need, whether it is a strong education system, mild climate, central location, or a technological center. Harris discusses what each of the following state regions has to offer: Advantage West, Charlotte, Piedmont Triad, Research Triangle, Northeast, Southeast, and Eastern.
With Forbes magazine designating North Carolina as the best state for business and Site Selection magazine rating the state's business climate No. 1 for five of the last six years, North Carolina is a leader in growing established business and attracting new ones. Low tax rates, business incentives, and workforce training are important factors in selling North Carolina. Harris examines economic development in several of the state's regions.
North Carolina has more than 1,500 Christmas tree growers, most in 12 mountain counties. And the state ranks number 1 in dollar value per tree, and this year a North Carolina grower will again provide the White House Christmas tree.