courthouse-clocktowerHere in New Hanover County, the community, elected officials and county staff cooperate to balance a high quality of life with a progressive business and economic climate.

At less than 200 square miles, New Hanover County is the second smallest – geographically – of the 100 North Carolina counties; however, it is home to more than 227,000 people.

New Hanover County is not just a great place in which to live or visit. New Hanover County is also a great place to do business. Tourism, film production, the service and retail sectors are the engines that power our economy.

Our Mission: New Hanover County is committed to progressive public policy, superior service, courteous contact, judicious exercise of authority, and sound fiscal management to meet the needs and concerns of our citizens today and tomorrow.

The government of New Hanover County is committed to ensuring that you are safe, healthy and secure; that is our promise to you.

County ManagerNew Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet serves as Chief Administrator of county government and maintains responsibility for administering all departments under the general control of the five-member Board of Commissioners.

The county manager’s work includes the development of the county’s annual budget. The budget is the policy document, financial plan, and operations guide and communications device of county government. It reflects the county’s response to the needs of the community and residents’ requests for services. New Hanover County’s government operates on a $352.1 million budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2016 and ends June 30, 2017, serving more than 220,000 residents.

In addition, the manager and his executive leadership team are responsible for aligning the operations of the County to the adopted strategic plan and advancing the County’s mission and vision through five key focus areas: superior public health, safety and education, intelligent growth and economic development, productive strategic partnerships, strong financial performance, and effective county management.

Mr. Coudriet has served as the County Manager since July 2012. Prior to his appointment, he served as Assistant County Manager for New Hanover County for four years and as county manager in Franklin and Washington counties, N.C.

Coudriet has twenty years of public administration experience, with more than a decade as a county manager in North Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from East Carolina University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

He is a native of eastern North Carolina. Chris and along with his wife, Leigh, and two children Montgomery, and Silas, reside in Wilmington.

New Hanover County has received the final economic development target analysis report from Jay Garner titled Pathways to Prosperity: New Hanover County’s Plan for Jobs and Investment and it’s critical companion piece, the Competitive Realties Report.

Manager's Message

Choose Cape Fear: Our Region Is Open For Business

Posted April 26, 2017 at 9:00 am

The recently launched “Choose Cape Fear” marketing initiative highlights the Cape Fear region as one of the fastest growing in the southeastern United States, with more than 200,000 skilled workers and more than 30 percent of the workforce has earned a four-year degree or higher.

We have Fortune 500 companies and first-time entrepreneurs who have made our county home. Our diverse economy is growing and our infrastructure is expanding to accommodate and attract new business.

It’s a great outlook for New Hanover County, and now is a great time to market the Cape Fear Region as a successful place to do business. The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce has provided our region with that opportunity through the Choose Cape Fear marketing initiative. The multi-faceted campaign is designed to raise awareness of the region’s expansive business infrastructure and to attract and spur economic development, bringing high-quality jobs, for the future.

Along with New Hanover County, the City of Wilmington and other local partners are all coming together on this initiative. Collaboration is key to articulating the many assets throughout our region and generating long-term business interest, investment and economic impact in our area.

The work on spreading this message has already started and will be heightened during the Wells Fargo Championship Golf Tournament, held the first week of May. The aim is not to promote the tournament; instead, the tournament is being used as a catalyst to get in front of thousands of people and business owners. It’s an opportunity to share our region’s story – from our quality of life to our quality of workforce – and build interest for businesses to start or expand in our area.

The Garner Report directed the county to tell our regional economic development story more effectively and to a more targeted audience of potential companies and investors. The Choose Cape Fear marketing campaign will do just that. Using testimonials from those who have already chosen New Hanover County as their business location, these messages will resonate with their peers and attract other companies to our region.

The collaboration to market our region will continue well after the tournament. New Hanover County’s economic development partners, including Wilmington Business Development and Wilmington Downtown Inc., will be able to use the Choose Cape Fear collateral and messaging for future trade shows, site selection meetings, and economic development events. The use of this regional branding will attract new businesses and show what a great place this is to work, live, and do business.

It only takes one person to visit our region, hear the Choose Cape Fear message, and learn about the many resources for enterprising businesses to succeed. That one person can result in a new precision manufacturer, a start-up, or a tech company coming to our area in the future – bringing hundreds of high-quality jobs and value for our taxpayers.

That’s why a regional marketing approach like this is so important. Building those relationships and creating the awareness now can have a lasting impact on our communities. New Hanover County is committed to planning for the future and moving forward with key initiatives, like Choose Cape Fear, to create successful, sustainable economic opportunities for our area. New Hanover County and the Cape Fear region are open for business.

Here is a video produced by New Hanover County TV that also highlights the Choose Cape Fear initiative…


Redefining New Hanover County’s Impact on Health

Posted March 20, 2017 at 11:19 am

The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.” Health starts in our homes, neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. It is determined, in part, … Read More »


Redevelopment of County Property Has Economic Development Potential

Posted February 10, 2017 at 9:05 am

Imagine a city block in a growing and vibrant downtown that has the potential to be redeveloped into a more productive, useful space. That is the vision for the county-owned … Read More »


New Hanover County Enhances Service to Business Community

Posted January 6, 2017 at 10:00 am

New Hanover County is always looking for ways to improve the customer experience and increase citizen satisfaction. It is one of our strategic objectives for effective county management, and it … Read More »


What are YOUR priorities for New Hanover County? Your Voice Matters!

Posted November 30, 2016 at 4:54 pm

By now, I hope you have heard that New Hanover County is conducting its biennial citizen survey. It is online at www.SurveyNHC.com until December 12, and it was also mailed … Read More »


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