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Our Mission

The Department of Economic Development strives to create opportunities that improve the environment for business development thus creating jobs, increasing the tax base, and improving the economic well-being and quality of life for the citizens of Bessemer City.

The Department of Economic Development Works for You

Over the years, Bessemer City continues to show promising growth! Our community is transforming into a more attractive, quaint environment for families to live and businesses to prosper. We are home to small business and multi-national firms ranging to just a couple of employees to hundreds. It is an exciting time for Bessemer City!  We invite you to explore the opportunities for your business in our community. 

What We Do

The Department of Economic Development works with commercial and industrial development projects. The department works closely with the Gaston County Economic Development Commission (EDC), Greater Gaston Development Cooperation (GGDC), and other regional organizations in order to promote, assist, and direct economic activity.

General Services
• Real Estate Information
• Available Property Information
• Incentive Consultation and Reviews
• Business Resources
• Business Networking
• Demographic Information
• Economic Statistic Data
• Business Development Data
• Consultation for New Business
• Business Creation, Retention, and Expansion

Since Bessemer City is a Main Street Community, recognized through the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Main Street Center, we work closely with this organization as well.  Bessemer City was designated in 2011 as a Small Town Main Street Community and in 2015 was moved into the Main Street Program in 2015.  Today, the Bessemer City Downtown Development Group works to revitalize downtown with the Main Street 4-Point Approach®:

1) Organization,
2) Promotions,
3) Design,
4) Economic Vitality

If you are interested in working with a Bessemer City Downtown Development Committee, please let us know!

The Bessemer City Area Chamber of Commerce, Gaston Regional Chamber, Gaston EDC, Greater Gaston Development Corporation, Charlotte Regional Partnership, and other organizations are groups the Department of Economic Development works with to improve the economics of Bessemer City and the region. 

Another helpful resource that aids in the economic prosperity of business in Bessemer City is Gaston College’s Small Business Center (SBC) which is one of 58 across the state of North Carolina. This state-funded organization is part of the Small Business Center Network of North Carolina (SBCN). It was initiated by the NC General Assembly to aid small businesses since they are the backbone of North Carolina’s economy. Click here for more information!

Recently Announced Projects and Success

  • New Industrial Project- Foundry Commercial
  • Osage Mill Historic Redevelopment by WinnCompanies
  • Amazon Fulfillment Center
  • Livent Expansion

Nathan Hester, MPA, CZO
Development Services Director

(704) 629-5542


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