Growing Workforce

Fuquay-Varina is currently home to more than 20 manufacturers and industries. The community’s access to markets and proximity to the Research Triangle Park has allowed business to prosper. A well-educated workforce is available, totaling over 100,000 persons in a 10-mile commuting radius.

The local economy — once dependent on farming and tourism (based around the town’s mineral springs) — has been balanced by high-tech industries and innovative businesses. Employment numbers are expected to reach 17,500 by 2025.

Fuquay-Varina’s largest employers include John Deere’s Turf Care Division, Bob Barker Company (the nation’s largest supplier of institutional products) and Tyco. The Fuquay-Varina Area Chamber of Commerce works in partnership with the Town of Fuquay-Varina to assist in existing business expansions and to attract business that contributes to the economic and social balance of the community.

The Chamber’s Economic Development Committee serves as both a resource and an advocate for local business with retention or expansion needs, and coordinates the expansion process with local, county and state organizations.

The committee also develops and strengthens relationships with the Town of Fuquay-Varina, Wake County Economic Development, the Research Triangle Regional Partnership and the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

Non-Residential Space Employment
(in square feet) Estimated Total for Fuquay-Varina
Commercial/Retail 187,698 1995 5,719
Office 44,830 2005 7,679
Institutional 68,239 2010 9,639
Industrial 1,345,800 2015 11,599
Total 1,646,567 2020 15,519
    2025 17,479
    Source: Campo Demographics Forecasts

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