Business Development




COVID - 19 Business Update

The City's Office of Business Development Staff is committed to assisting our local businesses through the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce has compiled a number of resources available to assist local businesses:

Please contact Business Services Manager Dave Leonetti at (828) 261-2227 or with any questions about available resources. 

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Welcome to the City of Hickory's Economic Development web page. Hickory is the hub of a metropolitan area of 365,497 people, located on the shores of the Catawba River in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a three-time All America City. Hickory, and the metro area, has strong transportation, utility, higher education, cultural and workforce development networks that have produced a strong manufacturing base and extensive medical, retail, service and residential development.

Hickory ranked 1st in the nation for lowest business costs at 25% below the U.S. average (Forbes: Best Places for Business and Careers 2018 (10.24.2018))
Hickory ranked 4th best place to start a business in NC (NerdWallet: Best Places to Start a Business in North Carolina (5.11.2015))

The City's economic development goal is to foster economic growth, job creation and quality of life through attracting and retaining business and industry, providing resources to promote small business development, encouraging tourism and supporting community revitalization. The City and its departments focus on collaborating with existing and new businesses in the development process.  The City works with outside agencies like the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Western Piedmont Council of Governments, the City's business associations, the Hickory Metro Convention Center and Visitors Bureau, Duke Power and surrounding local governments to promote balanced growth and job creation.

Please don't hesitate to contact us to request a service, ask for a site visit to your business or ask questions.


Planning and Development




76 North Center Street
Hickory, NC 28601
Planning Dept. : (828) 323-7422
Office Fax: (828) 323-7550


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