Lake Norman Region Workforce - A Recruiter’s Dream

“Bringing talent to the Lake Norman region is never difficult thanks to the abundant recreational opportunities, proximity to a major airport, cultural amenities and affordable living costs. If recruits have any doubts, they’re erased after taking the drive around our beautiful lakeside campus.”

Elizabeth Hindal, Vice President
Ingersoll Rand Company

Educated, Available Workers

The Lake Norman region towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville offer a skilled workforce available to meet the demands of white collar, services, and blue collar business roles. The region offers residents who are well-educated, with between 30-37 percent of residents in the three towns having a bachelor’s degree and between 11 and 20 percent of residents having a master’s degree or higher. Another 16 to 22 percent of residents attended college (no degree). Of the total Lake Norman region population, 74 to 76 percent of all residents are employed in white collar management, professional, sales, and administrative jobs. About 11 percent of residents are employed in services roles and another 12-14.7 percent are employed in blue collar roles, including construction, transportation, production and installation/maintenance/repair jobs. In 2007, the median household income among the three towns’ residents ranged from $84,957 to $90,260 with a median age range of 33 to 38 years of age.

Since Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville are so close to Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, the region’s center city, residents commute on average 28 to 34 minutes to work daily. The quality workforce, lakefront quality of life and access to high-quality ammenities make the area a recruiter’s dream. People love living and working in the Lake Norman region, so it’s easy to attract and keep outstanding employees.

History Blends Education with Strong Work Ethic, Southern Charm

The Lake Norman region encompasses the towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville. All three towns have a rich history and landscape that blend education and strong work ethic with southern charm. The Town of Cornelius, founded in 1893, originated as a cotton mill and farm community. The development of Lake Norman in 1963 quickly changed the landscape of Cornelius, creating a valuable natural resource and recreational opportunities in the region. Davidson, North Carolina was founded by Presbyterians in 1837 with the establishment of nationally recognized Davidson College. The college is a highly selective liberal arts college with students from almost every state in the nation and many foreign countries. The Town of Huntersville was incorporated in 1873 and named in honor of landowner and cotton farmer Robert Boston Hunter. A cotton mill and brickyard were two primary thriving Huntersville businesses at the time. Fertile land and a rail line still used today promoted quick growth in the area.

The region offers a strong base of skilled craftsmen who were drawn to work with the power company and other local manufacturers. Many of these craftsmen are descendants of farmers, railroad workers and other tradesmen who learned their skills from family members and friends. With the founding of Davidson College and later formation of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College, Kings College and other nearby secondary educational institutions, higher education became a driving force in the region.

Over the years, with Lake Norman as a major natural resource and amenity, local rail access, and an international airport next door in Charlotte, the Lake Norman region has attracted a diverse workforce to equip strong players from the education, energy, healthcare, racing, and manufacturer/distributor arenas.

Education - Energy - Healthcare - Racing - Manufacturers/Distributors

The following links provide information about area training programs:
State of North Carolina
Central Piedmont Community College

For more data from the state’s employment database, click on the following link:
North Carolina Workforce Data

Employment
Employment Security Commission (ESC) of NC

Union Activity
The Lake Norman region does not have any unionized plants and has experienced no union activity in recent years.

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