Lenoir County

Situated between the state capital and the coast, Lenoir County lies at the heart of North Carolina’s inner coastal plain. While Lenoir County is home to hundreds of farms, recent investments in projects like the Global TransPark are working to attract opportunities in other industries. Kinston’s local food and craft beverage scene, devoted arts community, and the Down East Wood Ducks baseball team, Lenoir County is a growing destination for arts and entertainment.

In June 2018, the Hometown Strong Action Team joined Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susi Hamilton, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Secretary Larry Hall, Office of State Budget Management Director Charlie Perusse and Office of State Human Resources Director Barbara Gibson to tour Kinston, La Grange and Pink Hill in Lenoir County.

Between ongoing economic development initiatives and continued investment in the arts, Lenoir County is a growing hub for both manufacturing and arts and culture. In 2017, Governor Cooper announced that Spirit AeroSystems would expand its operations in Lenoir County, bringing an additional $55.7 million in investment to the area over five years. Spirit AeroSystems is among several growing firms located at Global TransPark, a multifaceted industrial park and airport that supports aviation, emergency response, aerospace, defense and advanced materials industries. With thriving restaurants and breweries, the return of a minor-league baseball team, an engaged Arts Council and a compelling story chronicled in the award-winning PBS series A Chef’s Life, Kinston is a growing destination for tourism.

Communities in Lenoir County were hit hard by Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. Recovery efforts remain ongoing, and the Cooper Administration is focused on helping communities in hard-hit areas rebuild smarter and stronger to become more resilient against future storms.

Hometown Strong Action Team members and local leaders have identified downtown revitalization, workforce development and arts education as priorities and possible points of state and local collaboration.