Doing Business In Benson: It's All About Access

Located at the mid-point between Miami and Boston, where I-95 (the "Main Street" of the East Coast) intersects with I-40, Benson, North Carolina is a logistical dream location for business.

Access to domestic and international markets: Most East Coast destinations are within a day's trucking distance, and 70% of U.S. and Canadian markets can be reached overnight. Rail service is extensive, and two deep-water ports are less than 2 hours away.

Access to an exceptional labor environment: featuring an affordable, productive and well-trained work force, supported by world-class educational resources.

Access to a business-friendly climate: with the state capitol right next door, you're positioned to take full advantage of all that our right-to-work state has to offer, including generous tax credits and incentives.

Access to resources: Benson is just minutes away from the renowned Research Triangle Park and Raleigh-Durham International Airport, four major research universities, and the nation's largest military installation.

back to top

World Class Education And Training

North Carolina pioneered customized job training for new and expanding businesses. Today, this state-sponsored program is considered the best of its kind, and is administered through the state's Community College System. Johnston Community College in neighboring Smithfield offers associate degree programs and specialized training for industries. In most cases training is free to qualifying businesses. Nearby North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, Meredith College, Peace College, Shaw University, Campbell University, St. Augustines and NC Central University offer advanced resources.

back to top

State-Level Assistance for New Industries

Specific areas within Johnston County have applied for and been designated as State Develop-
ment Zones. These areas offer state tax abatements greater than what is currently offered under the Article 3J Tax Credits. Johnston County is currently listed as a Tier 3 category and is able to offer tax incentives for new and expanding businesses as outlined in that tax program. You can obtain a list of the County Development Zones through the Economic Development Office. See the Department of Commerce's Article 3J web page for more details.

back to top



Hotel Feasibility Study


Downtown Grants/Incentives

Incentive List
Incentive Program Map
Town of Benson Development Incentive Toolbox

back to top

Buildings and Sites

Click here to see a list of available properties in Benson. You may also search properties using the Johnston County GIS online application.

For More Information

Karissa Bergene, MPA, Economic Development Director • 919-894-3553

Braston Newton, Planning Director • 919-894-1606

Matthew Zapp, Town Manager • 919-894-3553

back to top