Business in Newton
Newton has transitioned from a furniture and textile manufacturing economy to a diversified manufacturing and service economy. Employment evolution in furniture and textiles has been met with aggressive recruiting efforts by elected officials, City staff and the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation. Business and industry leaders around the world choose Newton as their North American home base thanks to the resources provided by the City and stakeholders throughout the community, as well as Newton's strategic location in the Northwest Charlotte Corridor.
Newton is known for having a business-friendly local government, with City staff members dedicated to helping small, mid-sized and large businesses and industries thrive. The City has ample water and wastewater treatment capacity and owns and operates an electrical distribution system. Businesses and industries have found the cost of doing business here very attractive, as evidenced by the number of new industries and recent expansions.
Newton strives to increase and diversify its industrial base, as well as promote its downtown and other commercial areas. Community surveys and vision forums, along with the Downtown Newton Development Association, Newton Strategic Growth Plan, Newton Economic Development Strategic Plan and Newton Streetscape and North Newton Master Plan are helping to determine Newton’s future. The downtown is centered around a historic courthouse built in 1924, which houses the Catawba County Museum of History. A wide array of businesses thrive in the downtown area, and some historic downtown buildings are being renovated to include upper-floor residences, adding to pedestrian traffic and downtown vitality.
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