Kannapolis, part of the dynamic Charlotte region, is one of the top growth areas in the country. Diverse and vibrant, North Carolina is consistently ranked highly for its business climate by Site Selection Magazine and other publications, and the City’s competitive tax structure, location and pro-business attitude make Kannapolis attractive for relocating or expanding businesses.
Kannapolis also values its small businesses and entrepreneurs, recognizing their contributions to the local economy.
Economic development is a top priority for City leaders. From measuring the impact of the ever-growing NC Research Campus and ensuring that the City is prepared for its arrival, to making investments in infrastructure and encouraging high-quality development, the City is constantly striving to foster positive and meaningful economic growth.
The City’s focus on economic development has led to huge returns. Major developments and initiatives are occurring throughout the City, including the $1.5 billion NC Research Campus and $1 billion in new investments along the emerging Kannapolis Parkway corridor.
Living in the Charlotte Region
Kannapolis is less than 20 minutes from Charlotte, the largest city in North Carolina, and one of the fastest growing cities in the nation.
Charlotte ranks sixth nationwide among cities with the most Fortune 500 company headquarters. The region’s major employers include Carolinas Healthcare System, Bank of America, Duke Energy, Harris Teeter, US Airways, Belk, Family Dollar Stores and Lance.
Charlotte is rich in cultural amenities, offering a plethora of opportunities to enjoy the performing and visual arts. The city’s thriving performing arts community includes the Charlotte Symphony, Charlotte Civic Orchestra, Charlotte Dance Theatre, Carolina Voices, Opera Carolina, Theatre Charlotte, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte and the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s Broadway Lights Series.
Patrons of the visual arts will enjoy The Mint Museum, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, The Harvey B. Gantt Center, the McColl Center for Visual Art and The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film.
Additionally, in Cabarrus County, the Cabarrus Arts Council programs and runs the Davis Theatre which hosts spectacular Broadway revues, riveting professional theater and award-winning musicians. The Council also curates the five Arts Council Galleries in the Historic Cabarrus Courthouse which display work by regional and national artists. Art Walks, movie nights and other special events are often held in The Galleries.
The Charlotte region is also a hub for professional sports, including the Carolina Panthers (NFL), Charlotte Hornets (NBA), Charlotte Checkers (AHL), Charlotte Knights (MiLB), and the Kannapolis Intimidators (MiLB).
The area hosts a number of major sporting events annually, including the PGA’s Wells Fargo Championship, the CIAA Tournament, and three major NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Additionally, the NASCAR Hall of Fame calls Charlotte home and the zMAX Dragway hosts major events throughout the year.
Kannapolis also offers a wealth of activities for the outdoor enthusiast within a short drive. Closer to home, Lake Norman, the state’s largest man-made lake, features 520 miles of shoreline within 20 minutes of Kannapolis perfect for sailing, wind surfing, power boating and fishing. Just 40 minutes from Kannapolis is the U.S. National Whitewater Center, a world-class outdoor adventure center that is both a public recreation facility and a training ground for Olympic athletes.