What is WEDC?

It is the mission of the Wilson Economic Development Council to attract, retain and facilitate the expansion of high quality business and industry resulting in an increased tax base and new jobs for Wilson County. Furthermore, the Wilson Economic Development Council will continuously supply products that ensure Wilson is competitive in a global market and provide innovative and comprehensive services that specifically address our clients' needs.

What Differentiates Wilson? – – – Service.

  • Client services are individualized by their need.
  • Each follow-up is customized.
  • Wilson's size allows greater flexibility in meeting client needs. 
  • Time is of the essence; projects move faster in Wilson. 
  • Clients can request anything: from babysitting to buildings.
  • Community outreach for our clients. 
  • Locating a company is only the beginning, we believe in life-long partnerships.
  • If a client does not need help, we do not get in the way. 

The Wilson Economic Development Council began in the fall of 1957 as the Wilson Industrial Council. The board, then appointed solely by the Wilson County Board of Commissioners, was assigned the task of not only making Wilson more attractive to industrial prospects, but to also market Wilson to the industrial community. Wilco Industrial Park, one of the earliest industrialized areas in the county, was soon bustling with activity. The council identified other possible sites and in the 1970s, partnered with individuals and government leaders to develop Hackney Industrial Park in the eastern US 264 corridor. The council saw the need for a non-profit development group to support the development of such properties. They created a group known as Wilson County Properties, Inc.

Today the Wilson Economic Development Council is equally supported by the Wilson County Board of Commissioners and the Wilson City Council.  Each entity provides board appointments, funding and program support in a collaborative effort to make Wilson an attractive location for new and expanding industries.