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Economic Development

The Town of Louisburg is a charming community full of the character found in small town southern America. With ample public utility services and capacity, Louisburg can provide the prospective industrial customer with the complete package desired by management and needed for operations.

Located less than 40 miles from the renowned Research Triangle and the cities of Raleigh, Durham. and Chapel Hill, Louisburg provides a relaxed quality of living and unmatched character with access to all of the modern amenities of world class education, shopping, cultural resources, and entertainment. The North Carolina Museums of History, Natural Science, and Art combined with the performing art opportunities offered by the North Carolina Symphony and the numerous other performance venues provide for elegant evenings of music and theatre.

Centrally located on the eastern seaboard, access to both New York and New England as well as Miami and Key West is made easy for east coast travelers. Just 4 hours from our nation’s capitol, Washington, DC, the greatest museums and historical foundations of our country are easily accessed for both business and pleasure.

Located in the east central portion of North Carolina, Louisburg is 2.5 hours from the beautiful Crystal Coast beaches of NC and the 3.5 hours from the breathtaking vistas of the NC Mountains, including the famed “Appalachian Trail” Whether sunbathing, surfing, snow skiing down one of the many slopes available, or hiking the trails of “Grandfather Mountain”, it is all available via a short drive.

Located only 45 minutes away, Raleigh Durham International Airport provides the gateway to large commercial domestic and international carriers. Louisburg is also home to a number of small general and sport aviation strips. Only 10 minutes from Louisburg is the new Franklin County Regional Airport, a new 5,500 ft designated by FAA as a reliever for RDU with ILS (Instrument Landing System) and AWOS-3 (Automated Weather Observation System) & GCO (Ground Communications Outlet).

There are 37 colleges & educational institutions within a 2.5 hour drive from Louisburg. Many of the institutions are known for their world renowned research facilities and cutting edge technological developments on top of recognition as outstanding institutions of higher education. An ancillary benefit to a number of these campuses is the enjoyment of many of the most recognized and successful collegiate athletic programs in the country. Home to many National Championship basketball, lacrosse, track and field, and other athletic teams, these institutions provide a great entertainment resource as well.

From transportation infrastructure to superb and reliable utilities, Louisburg offers the perfect community to locate and grow both industries and families! Thank you for visiting our site and we look forward to serving you in the future.

If you require any additional information not provided within this site, please do not hesitate to contact the Town of Louisburg at (919) 496-4145.
Download the Louisburg Public Profile in PDF format here.
Louisburg Public Profile (PDF Format) Economic Development Strategic Plan

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Utilities & Infrastructure

The Town of Louisburg serves all properties within the corporate limits with a variety of utility services. The Louisburg Industrial Park is located adjacent to all utility services and there is ample capacity to serve even the highest need.

 

Water

The Louisburg Water Treatment plant provides potable water to all customers in Louisburg via the Tar River intake. The current plant has a capacity of 1,000,000 gallons per day with approximately 50% of this amount being consumed or allocated daily.

Wastewater

The Louisburg Water Reclamation Facility provides treatment to sanitary sewer discharges in Louisburg before returning the treated water to the Tar River for downstream consumption. The current capacity of the plant is 1,500,000 gallons per day with a current consumption and allocation of less than 50% daily. The Louisburg plant is a state of the art treatment plant and process which has received numerous awards and recognitions, including an EPA national award for operations. Please visit the wastewater utilities page to review more information regarding this facility.

Electricity

Louisburg is the provider of local electric utility service. The Louisburg electric department prides itself with the highest quality of service and response. Linemen are always on call and respond within minutes to any problems encountered by customers. This response does not diminish “after hours”. Louisburg can provide you with whatever electric need you may have as well as options to reduce costs such as co-generation and demand reduction.

Natural Gas

Natural gas services are provided in Louisburg by Public Service North Carolina and direct access is available at the Louisburg Industrial Park and many other industrial sites.

Telephone

Embarq provides telephone services to Louisburg.

Transportation

Major Highways

  • I-540 via US 401 and US 1
  • I-40 via US 401 and US 1 to the west and east (ports)
  • I-95 to the east and I-85 to the north and west

Other Highways

  • US 64
  • US 401
  • US 1
  • NC 56 east and west
  • NC 39 north and south
  • NC 561
  • NC 96
  • NC 98

Air

  • 35 miles from Raleigh Durham International Airport
  • Only 10 minutes from Louisburg is the new Franklin County Regional Airport a new 5,500 ft designated by FAA as a reliever for RDU with ILS (Instrument Landing System) and AWOS-3 (Automated Weather Observation System) & GCO (Ground Communications Outlet). Fixed wing and Helicopter flight schools a full service General Aviation facility including fueling, maintenance, and hanger services.

Motor Freight

  • Sixty-six freight carriers provide overnight services to Franklin County and Louisburg to cities within 400 miles.
  • Direct nationwide service usually provided in 3-4 days and east coast service usually within 1 day.

North Carolina Ports

  • 140 miles from NC State Port in Wilmington providing 50 bulk freight handlers/shippers, and 10 container handlers/shippers.
  • 150 miles from NC State Port in Morehead City providing 50 bulk freight handlers/shippers.
  • 130 miles from Norfolk, VA Port providing 70 bulk freight handlers/shippers and 70 container handlers/shippers.

Rail

  • A CSX north-south line traverses western Franklin County approximately 15 miles west of Louisburg and parallel to US 1.

Industrial Park

The Louisburg Industrial Park is a recently created hub for Industrial Development in Louisburg. There are currently 40 acres available for development with many design and subdivision options available to prospective developers.

 

The site is currently anchored by Advance Metal Processing, LLC, a state of the art metals reclamation facility. AMP reclaims metals through a proprietary, high heat process known as the RODECS system. This system removes all contaminants, paints, films, and other applications on metals to result in a pristine, high quality metal ready for return to the manufacturing sector. This entire process occurs without any of the normal impacts on the environment such as noise, discharge, and particulate discharge into the air. Louisburg is pleased to have AMP as the first customer in the Park and believes that support elements of the industry would be perfectly suitable for adjacent sites.

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The Louisburg Industrial Park is served by all public utilities offered by the Town, as well as, Natural Gas from PSNC. The Park is located less than .25 miles from both the Louisburg Bike Trail and Joyner Park and has direct access to US 401, NC 39, and NC 56.

Financial Incentives

There are a number of financial incentives which may be available to Industrial Developers in the form of grants, low interest loans, and other assistance. These incentives are made available from the State of North Carolina and Franklin County, NC.

 

  • Certified Development Corporation – A non-profit agency administers the Revolving Loan Fund program created from matching federal and state grants which funds 75 percent or $200,000 of project cost, whichever is less, for certain specified costs.
  • Dislocated Worker Program – Reimburses a percentage of retraining costs.
  • Industrial Revenue Bond Financing – Funds land and equipment purchase, as well as facility construction, maybe obtained through the Franklin County Industrial Facilities & Pollution Control Financing Authority.
  • One North Carolina Fund – The One North Carolina Fund may provide financial assistance to those businesses or industries deemed by the Governor to be vital to a healthy and growing State economy and are making significant efforts to expand in North Carolina. The fund is a competitive fund and the location or expansion must be in competition with another location outside of North Carolina. Criteria for the program are available through the NC Department of Commerce Finance Center.
  • Job Development Investment Grant – This discretionary incentive may provide sustained annual grants to new and expanding businesses measured against a percentage of withholding taxes paid by new employees. The program is competitive and the Economic Investment Committee, which oversees it can award up to 25 grants in a calendar year. Contact the NC Dept. of Commerce Finance for the detailed criteria.
  • Community Development Block Grants – These funds may be available to both Commercial and Industrial Developers and vary from utility expansion assistance to Building Reuse funds, all being based on a job creation and retention formula.
  • Industrial Training – NC’s industrial training services provides a production work force according to the specific skills required. Nearly 8,000 individuals have been trained for specific jobs in new & expanding industries & existing industries in the area Financed completely and solely by the state of North Carolina.
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