Economic Development

(919) 554-1863
228 Park Ave
Youngsville, NC 27596

Economic Development


Please see the links below for guidance during this time.  Our offices are closed to the public, but we are available by phone and email.    

Business Relief Sources 

Golden Leaf Rapid Recovery Loan Program

Guidance and Resources for Small and Medium Manufacturers

Paycheck Protection Program application and supplemental information []

USDA Rural Communities Resource Guide

Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act

Golden Leaf Receives $125 Million in Funding to Support NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program

NC COVID-19 Response (information from across state government)

NC Department of Commerce COVID-19 Resources

Re-Opening Your Business - Six-Part Series of Online Seminars

NC Dept. of Revenue - How COVID-19 May Impact Your Tax Obligations

CDC - Guidelines for Re-Opening Amid COVID-19

Count On Me NC - COVID-19 Training


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From global innovators like Novozymes North America, to mom-and-pop restaurants and retailers, companies large and small find Franklin County an ideal location to locate, startup and grow.

The Franklin County Economic Development Commission works to connect innovative, growing companies with the people, resources, properties and support they need to grow and thrive in our community.

Innovation Economy

Franklin County businesses benefit from their location within the innovation-rich Research Triangle Region of North Carolina, home to The Research Triangle Park and three research universities that created it – Duke University, N.C. State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

The region attracts more than $2 billion in federal research grants that fuel discoveries, particularly in life sciences and technology. That translates into new products, services and processes that help our existing businesses innovate and compete and new companies form and grow.

Abundant Talent

Talent is drawn to this region because of our superior quality of life and vibrant economy.   It’s why we routinely rank as one of the best places to live, work and grow.  It's why our companies can hire the talent they need to be successful.

Companies and families find Franklin County’s relaxed, rural lifestyle and affordable, diverse housing mix an attractive alternative to city life, while still enjoying easy access to all the cultural and recreational opportunities our metropolitan areas provide.

Comprehensive Business Support

A wealth of business support services, including comprehensive workforce development, and a unique culture of collaboration among business, government and academia combine to create an environment where businesses grow and prosper.

Richie Duncan 

Andy Kuhn
Existing Industry Coordinator

Lori Duke
Administrative Support Specialist III