Uncommon Opportunities amid Historic Commons
Anchored by one of North Carolina’s oldest towns, Edgecombe County is a fascinating mix of past and present. Visitors to the Town of Tarboro enjoy a unique view of the well-preserved remnants of the state’s agrarian wealth. The town’s founding dates to 1760, and its picturesque Commons is listed on the National Registry of Historic Place. Many Tarboro homes and churches are also recognized for their historic significance, and there is also fine dining at restaurants such as On The Square. The Tar River meanders around the town, forming a backdrop for fishing, boating and hiking.
Beyond Tarboro, Rocky Mount, Princeville and other towns, Edgecombe County’s 507 square miles are marked by fertile farmlands yielding reliable harvests of cotton, corn, tobacco, peanuts and soybeans. Among the county’s 300 farms also are livestock and poultry producers.
Modern industrial operations also flourish here, supported by ample lands, affordability and diligent workers. QVC Inc., a global leader in e-Commerce, operates a fulfillment center whose workforce swells to 1,100 at peak season.Superior Essex Energy manufactures power cables for commercial and industrial buyers from its facility here. Automotive component maker Keihin Carolina System Technology, a unit of Japan’s Keihin Group, maintains a growing production site.
Supporting the success of local companies and residents are Edgecombe County Public Schools and Edgecombe Community College (ECC). The two entities have partnered in the creation of an Early College High School that enables young learners to earn their high-school diploma plus an Associates degree in only five years. Martin Millennium Academy is a unique K-8 campus offering globally themed learning utilizing international exchange faculty. ECC is one of ten community colleges partnering with businesses in the North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, which equips displaced workers with credentials in demand across a variety of growing industries. Four-year campuses such as North Carolina Wesleyan College, North Carolina State University and East Carolina University are a short drive away.
U.S. Highway 64 bisects Edgecombe County for easy access to Rocky Mount, Raleigh and Raleigh-Durham International Airport to the west, or North Carolina’s fabled Outer Banks to the east. Just minutes from I-95, the county is within a day’s drive to New York City or Metro Orlando – putting businesses here on common ground with success.