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Major healthcare enterprise dedicates new east coast campus in Charlotte

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and Mecklenburg County Board of...
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners Chairman George Dunlap delivered remarks as Centene Corporation held its dedication ceremony in Charlotte Monday morning.(WBTV)
Published: Jun. 20, 2021 at 8:50 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 3:22 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A national healthcare giant is dedicating a new east coast campus in Charlotte.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners Chairman George Dunlap delivered remarks as Centene Corporation held its dedication ceremony in Charlotte Monday morning.

In July 2020, Centene announced it had selected Mecklenburg County as the future home of its new East Coast headquarters, creating more than 3,237 new jobs.

Centene is investing more than $1 billion to develop a state-of-the-art corporate campus in the University City neighborhood. The campus will house 3,200 employees for the FORTUNE® 100 company and features an on-site daycare center and corporate “university” for professional development. The campus will include two office buildings, a data center, and the corporate university center.

In 2020, Gov. Cooper said the company choosing Charlotte marks the largest job-creating opportunity in the state’s current incentives program, bringing at least 3,200 jobs to the University City area. The company hopes to eventually open up 6,000 jobs total.

Experts have said that over the next 39 years, the project will lift N.C.‘s overall economy by $29.5 billion, increase revenues to the state treasury, and have high-paying jobs - expecting to average about $100,000 a year.

The creation of the east coast campus brings roles in technology, operations, customer service, finance, human resources, medical management positions, and other corporate positions with an average annual salary of $100,089. More than 1,000 of the positions are operations roles with an average salary of $63,000.

With Centene’s commitment of 3,237 jobs and more than $1 billion in capital investment, the project is the largest in the history of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Business Investment Grant program by jobs and capital investment. At the time of announcement, it was the largest economic development project in North Carolina by job creation since the Job Development Investment Grant program began.

“Mecklenburg County is excited to welcome Centene Corporation’s East Coast Headquarters to Charlotte,” said George Dunlap, Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners. “We are also equally excited to see how the addition of this Fortune 100 Company will positively impact the residents we serve as new job opportunities become available as a result of the County’s investment.”

Centene was recently listed as one of the Best Places to Work by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation after earning a perfect score of 100 percent on their Corporate Equality Index (CEI).

For more information on Centene, and job opportunities, visit this website.

The project was a collaborative effort between Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina Community College System, Duke Energy, University City Partners and the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance.

Over the past three years Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte have collaborated on economic development projects including Lowe’s, Microsoft, Stratifyd, LendingTree, AvidXchange, Better.com, Honeywell, Chime Solutions and others.

Including Centene, the City and County have helped bring more than 9,000 jobs and $1.47 billion in capital investment to the community since fall 2018. The mission of the Mecklenburg County Office of Economic Development (OED) is to provide resources to the business communities with the purposes of attracting, retaining and expanding employment opportunities for County residents.

Find out more about OED’s programs and projects at oed.mecknc.gov.

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