Economic Development

Ward and Smith, P.A's Economic Development Practice Group focuses on the recruitment and retention of businesses in North Carolina.  Our commitment is to assist clients with bringing jobs and investments to our state.

Economic Development Related Practices

Members of our Economic Development Practice Group have assisted companies with significant real estate transactions, negotiation of sales contracts, utility company compliance, applications for economic incentives at the state and county levels, and North Carolina entity formations.  We work with local, regional, and state developers, including the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Governor's Office, to help clients locate or expand their operations in our state.  Ward and Smith is recognized as a premier law firm when it comes to assisting the military with its presence in North Carolina.

The members of our practice group have spent many years working with clients to expand and to locate new operations in North Carolina.  Our team includes one member who worked in the North Carolina Department of Commerce, helping companies with government and communications issues.  This team member also worked closely with companies on state and local incentive packages and with local communities as they worked with the companies and prepared for public announcements.  Other team members have spent years working with clients in every aspect of doing business in the state, including, without limitation, business litigation, banking, business and commercial law, developing and executing contracts, and dealing with environmental issues at the local, state, and federal levels.

Our team's experience includes the following:

In addition to government relationsreal estate, and environmental experience, our team consists of attorneys with experience in taxlabor and employmentfinancial transactions and regulationshealth careintellectual propertyinternationalzoning and land usetechnologyagribusiness, and alcoholic beverage control laws.  

We are your established legal network with offices in Asheville, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, and Wilmington, NC.

Economic Development Team