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.

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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.

North Carolina is home to several top ranking higher education institutions. Some of these institutions with advanced resources are less than an hour commute, with Campbell University located just 12 miles west of Benson.

Universities within 1 hour driving distance:


North Carolina State University

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

North Carolina Central University

Fayetteville State University


Duke University

Meredith College

Peace College

Shaw University

Campbell University

Saint Augustine's University

University of Mt. Olive

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State-Level Assistance for New Industries

Specific areas within Johnston County have applied for and been designated as State Development 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.

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Studies, Reports, and Future Projects

2010 US Census: Benson, NC - Demographic Profile

2014 American Community Survey: Benson, NC - Demographic and Housing Estimates

2015 Hotel Feasibility Study for Benson, NC

2015 Community and Housing Profile Reports for Benson, NC

Lee Street Complex Vision Plan- a collaboration between the Town of Benson and North Carolina State University's College of Design

Downtown Grants/Incentives

Town of Benson Development Incentive Toolbox

Incentive Program Map

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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

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