About Cary

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Economic Development

Cary is in the heart of the Triangle area which repeatedly ranks among the top places in the nation to begin or expand a business.

  • Awards/Accolades for Cary in 2015
    • #7 Small American Cities of the Future for Economic Potential, Financial Times
    • #1 City in North Carolina to Get a Job, Zippia
    • #2 Cities Creating the Most Technology Jobs, Forbes
    • #3 Best Metro Areas for STEM Professionals, WalletHub
    • #2 Best cities to Work for a Small Business, WalletHub

Cary is home to world-class businesses. Our largest employer is SAS Institute Inc., the largest privately-held software company in the world.  Top employers in Cary include:

  • MetLife
  • DB Global Technologies
  • HCL America
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Affiliated Computer Services
  • Kellogg’s Snacks
  • American Airlines Reservation Center
  • Siemens Medical Solutions
  • John Deere
  • Cotton Inc. 
  • Oxford University Press
  • ABB
  • Lord Corporation

The Town has a flexible economic development incentive policy which allows it to tailor benefits to the specific project and the public benefit it brings.  Depending on the type of project, amount of private investment, number of jobs or other public benefits, Cary has provided:

  • Grants
  • Traffic studies
  • Fee credits
  • Below market lease rates
  • Infrastructure reimbursements
  • HUD Section 108 loan
  • Expedited reviews

There are also special considerations in the Business Improvement District in downtown Cary as well as the façade improvement grant program.

For small businesses or businesses in the downtown area, Cary provides a development liaison service to assist customers in navigating the process.

The Town of Cary is open for business! Whether you’re a sole proprietor or a Fortune 500, we’ve got something for you. Cary’s Got it!