About the EDC

about the edcVision

Create Jobs, Investment and Opportunity for Carteret County


  • Attract new “compatible” business
  • Retain and expand our existing business
  • Encourage the formation of new business
  • Promote the growth of emerging business
  • Improve the overall business environment

Carteret County Economic Development Council, Inc. (EDC)

Since 1971, the Carteret County Economic Development Council, Inc. (EDC) has been promoting the economic vitality of Carteret County. This nonprofit membership-driven organization has worked to create jobs, opportunities and investment Carteret County.

The EDC works with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, North Carolina’s East Alliance, a wide range of other state, regional and local partners to improve the overall business climate and expand the tax base of Carteret County and its municipalities.

The EDC provides comprehensive information and assistance to retain and expand our existing business, encourage the formation of new business and promote the growth of emerging business in Carteret County. The EDC also provides “confidential” project information to attract new, compatible business investment to Carteret County.


The Carteret EDC website is designed to provide CEO’s, presidents, business owners, corporate real estate executives, facility planners and site selection consultants with comprehensive demographic and economic information about Carteret County.

Every effort has been made by the Carteret EDC staff to include the most accurate and up-to-date information available. Please report any errors, omissions or inaccuracies by calling 252-222-6121. We also welcome any suggestions or comments to improve this website and our services. Your cooperation and assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Location & Direction
Carteret Economic Development Council
Commerce Development Center
3615 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557


Carteret County Economic Development Council Board of Directors and Staff – 2017

Mark Mansfield,  President
RE/MAX Ocean Properties
3326 Bridges Street
Morehead City, NC 28557

Robin Comer, Vice President
White Oak RV Resort
400 Weatherington Landing Road
Stella, NC 28582

Ed Wheatly, Secretary/Treasurer
Carteret County Commissioner
P.O. Box 26
Smyrna, NC 28579


Board of Directors

Tommy Burns
Carteret County Manager
302 Courthouse Square
Beaufort, NC 28516

Jesse Vinson
163 Camp Moorehead Drive
Morehead City, NC 28557

John Hauser
Carteret Community College, President
3505 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557


Pat Joyce
Joyce and Associates
6994 US-70
Newport, NC 29570



Tom Kies, Ex-Officio
Carteret County Chamber of Commerce
801 Arendell Street, Suite 1
Morehead City, NC 28557


Carol Lohr, Ex-Officio
Tourism Development Authority
3409 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557

Lisa Rueh
Director for Downtown Morehead City Revitalization
1001 Arendell St
Morehead City, NC 28557




Don Kirkman, Director
Carteret County Economic Development
3615 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557
Office: 252-222-6121
Mobile: 252-241-8810


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