Economic Development

Community Overview

Move your business where the momentum is.

The City of Kannapolis is part of the dynamic Charlotte region, one of the top growth areas in the country. While North Carolina is consistently ranked highly for its business climate by Site Selection Magazine and other publications, Kannapolis has specifically been named as one of the Top 15 Cities in the U.S. for Corporate Headquarters and the Charlotte Metro Region has been ranked the 8th Fastest Growing Economy in the U.S. The area is also very attractive for businesses thanks to our competitive tax structure, ideal location, workforce availability and pro-business attitude.

Kannapolis has evolved from a textiles and manufacturing City to one built around the business of health and wellness. It started with the creation of the North Carolina Research Campus, home to eight university programs working on health sciences. Besides the amazing discoveries and quality jobs the campus brings, it has also created the momentum and business opportunities that come along with the investments made in the campus. More North Carolina Research Campus info can be found here.

Part of our citywide Discover a Healthy Life initiative is acknowledging the idea that our business climate couldn’t be healthier. Economic development is a top priority for City leaders, who are constantly striving to foster positive and meaningful economic growth—and that includes supporting the businesses that choose to start up or relocate here.

The City’s commitment is evident in our re-thinking and re-building of our entire downtown, which you can read more about here. This thoughtfully-designed downtown creates a vibrant and rewarding destination for the people who work and live here, and also provides many opportunities for businesses. Whether it’s business partnerships, promotions, offsite destinations, or just quaint spots to spend the lunch break, opportunities are abundant for Kannapolis-area employers.

Downtown Revitalization Block Map - May 2023

Industrial Park Projects - March 2024

NCRC Campus Report 2024

There are so many incredible things happening in the City of Kannapolis including the addition of four new industrial parks along the I-85 corridor in Kannapolis. I-85 Industrial Park Projects

It’s easy to see why businesses are finding success here and why our City is such an attractive destination for commerce and community alike. Check out some of the current projects happening here.

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Economic Development