Economic Development

(919) 554-1863
112D Wheaton Drive
Youngsville, NC 27596

Economic Development

Three interstates and other major highways connect Franklin County with major East Coast markets and the largest manufacturing corridor in the United States. 

Nearby Raleigh-Durham International Airport, as well as three major ports located less than two hours away, connect Franklin County companies, people and goods to the world.

Highways

  • I-540 from US 1 to I-40
  • I-85 and I-95 highways north to south
  • I-40 highway to western markets & NC Ports

Major highways including:

  • US 1
  • US 64
  • US 401
  • NC 39
  • NC 56
  • NC 96
  • NC 98
  • NC 561
  • NC 581

Motor Freight

  • Sixty-six freight carriers provide Franklin County business overnight service to cities within a 400-mile radius.
  • Direct nationwide service can usually be provided within an average of four days, and the Eastern Seaboard is served within one day.

Air

  • 25 miles from Raleigh-Durham International Airport with over 400 arrivals/departure daily
  • 5,500 ft Triangle North Executive Airport designated by FAA as a reliever for RDU with ILS (Instrument Landing System), AWOS-3 (Automated Weather Observation System) & GCO (Ground Communications Outlet)
    • General aviation facility
    • Complete with fueling & maintenance service
  • Flight school for fixed-wing aircraft
  • Helicopter flight school

North Carolina Ports

  • 137 miles from Wilmington port with 50 bulk freight handlers/shippers & 10 container freight handlers/shippers
  • 145 miles from Morehead City port with 50 bulk freight handlers/shippers
  • 125 miles from Norfolk, Virginia port with 70 bulk freight handlers/shippers & 70 container freight handlers/shippers

Rail

  • A CSX north-south line transverses western Franklin County, parallel to U.S. 1 in the county's predominately industrial zoned area.