Look Out Charlotte, NC University Area – You have a New Neighbor Moving In – Welcome Centene Corporation!

The Job Development Investment Grant program incentive to Centene Corporation of $389 million dollars is the largest JDIG award to date by the State of North Carolina! The Centralina EDD region continues to grow in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. SiteSelection.com’s Executive Vice President of Conway, Inc., Ron Starner, reports that in July Centene Corporation announced a $1 billion dollar investment to establish an eastern U.S. headquarters in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Initially, Centene will offer up to 3,237 jobs and long term with potential for up to 6,000 workers. The company was awarded $389 million dollars via the Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) over a period of 39 years and will grow the state’s economy by $29.5 billion. Additionally, it is important to note that this grant to Centene is based on the company paying, according to Starner, “. . . an average annual wage of $100,089 to 3,237 North Carolina workers . . .”.

In the 2017 The Prosperity for Greater Charlotte 2017 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), it comes as no surprise that the Centralina region is on track to meet two CEDS goals: 1.) Create and Maintain a Globally Competitive Region; and 2.) Develop, Retain and Attract Talent with Critical Demand Competencies and Education. To read more on the Centralina EDD strategies visit the 2017-2022 Prosperity for Greater Charlotte CEDS webpage.

Centene Corporation’s new presence in the Charlotte area demonstrates the strength of the Centralina EDD region and its ability to attract top-talent and employers. To read more, please visit Siteselection.com: North Carolina: How Charlotte Won Centene | Site Selection Magazine.

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