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LAKE NORMANECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Infrastructure


If getting to somewhere is important to your business, you won’t be disappointed. 53% of the US population lives within 12-hours trucking distance or a 2 hour flight of the Charlotte area. With access to three Interstates (I-77, I-40 & I-85), cities like New York, Orlando and Chicago are easily reached in a day. The area is also served by an extensive rail system. And it’s no wonder more than 1,000 international companies operate in the metro region — Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a major hub for domestic and international flights offering 730 daily depatures with non-stop flight to 166 destinations. Several deep-water seaports are nearby on the North Carolina coast, and the Charleston Port in SC is less than 3 hours away.

 


HIGHWAYS

Interstate 77 bisects Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson as it runs from Columbia, SC to Cleveland, Ohio. I-77 provides easy access to Uptown Charlotte and is the Lake Norman Region’s link to I-40, I-85 and I-485.

Interstate 85 runs just a few miles to the east of the Lake Norman region. The primary route between Charlotte and Atlanta, I-85 continues south to I-65 in Alabama. To the east, I-85 terminates in Virginia where it connects to I-95, the major north/south highway on the East Coast.

Interstate 40 is a major east/west route approximately 20-25 miles north of Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson. I-40 stretches 2,554 miles from Wilmington, NC to Barstow, California, passing through Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona along the way.

Interstate 485 is an outer beltway around Charlotte that connects Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson to other suburban communities, link I-77 and I-85, and provide additional access to Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the UNC Charlotte campus.

Both I-85 and I-40 connect to the Piedmont Triad region where a new FedEx air cargo regional hub operates at Piedmont Triad International Airport.

 

RAIL

The Lake Norman Region is served by Norfolk Southern Corporation and is part of the largest consolidated rail system in the U.S. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has its own Rail Division, which  focuses on rail-related issues within the state. NCDOT recognizes the importance of rail to prospective industries as evidenced by their rail industrial access program, which awards state funds to construct or refurbish tracks required by a new or expanded industry.

Charlotte and the Lake Norman Region are well served by passenger trains linking local travelers to 15 other North Carolina cities daily, as well as major markets in the New York – Miami corridor. Click here for more information about passenger rail service, including schedules and routes.

 

INTERMODAL FACILITY at Charlotte Douglas International Airport

The 200-acre intermodal facility at the airport opened in 2012. The Airport is strategically positioned for the intermodal facility, creating an intermodal hub linking air, rail and truck to east coast seaports. The facility, which is capable of 200,000 lifts annually, transfers containers between trucks and trains, and connects to the intermodal facilities at the Port of Charleston. The facility is managed by Norfolk Southern.

 

AIRPORTS

Charlotte Douglas International Airport serves the needs of commercial, cargo, corporate, private, military and trucking operations in the area, and is ranked among the nation's top airports for both passengers and cargo. Charlotte Douglas is a major U.S. hub and international gateway, with non-stop service to 166 cities including London, Frankfurt and Munich.

Rankings 2016:

Fifth busiest in North America by total aircraft movements
Sixth busiest in the world by total aircraft movements
Ninth busiest in North America by total passengers
27th busiest worldwide by total passengers
33rd busiest in North America by cargo
Major Airlines: 9

Interactive map with daily flights from Charlotte

 

Other airports serving the Lake Norman Region include:

Concord Regional Airport
Hickory Regional Airport
Lake Norman Airpark (Mooresville)
Wilgrove Air Park (Charlotte)
Piedmont Triad International Airport (Greensboro/Winston-Salem)


SEAPORTS
Major East coast ports are easily accessible from the Lake Norman Region. Shipments in and out of these ports are aided by the Charlotte Inland Terminal (CIT). There is also an inland terminal in Greensboro.

North Carolina:
Port of Wilmington (210 miles)
Port of Morehead City (306 miles)

South Carolina:
Charleston Harbor (221 miles)
Georgetown Harbor (278 miles)

Virginia:
Port of Richmond (280 miles)
Port of Hampton Roads (325 miles)


UTILITY SERVICES
The Lake Norman Region offers utility services at rates that are competitive with any region of the country. Services are provided by:

Water/SewerCharlotte Water
Natural GasPSNC and Piedmont Natural Gas
Electricity: ElectriCities, EnergyUnited, and Duke Power

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