Mecklenburg County, NC – Centene Corporation held its East Coast Campus Dedication today. In July 2020, Centene announced it had selected Mecklenburg County as the future home of its new East Coast headquarters, creating more than 3,237 new jobs. Centene is investing more than $1 billion to develop a state-of-the-art corporate campus in the University City neighborhood. The campus will house 3,200 employees for the FORTUNE® 100 company and features an on-site daycare center and corporate "university" for professional development. The campus will include two office buildings, a data center, and the corporate university center.
The creation of the East Coast Campus brings roles in technology, operations, customer service, finance, human resources, medical management positions, and other corporate positions with an average annual salary of $100,089. More than 1,000 of the positions are operations roles with an average salary of $63,000. With Centene's commitment of 3,237 jobs and more than $1 billion in capital investment, the project is the largest in the history of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Business Investment Grant program by jobs and capital investment. At the time of announcement, it was the largest economic development project in North Carolina by job creation since the Job Development Investment Grant program began. "Mecklenburg County is excited to welcome Centene Corporation's East Coast Headquarters to Charlotte," said George Dunlap, Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners. "We are also equally excited to see how the addition of this Fortune 100 Company will positively impact the residents we serve as new job opportunities become available as a result of the County's investment."
Centene is a health care administration company that provides managed care solutions for 23 million people across the country and international markets. The company was founded in 1984 as a nonprofit Medicaid plan by a former hospital bookkeeper and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Centene is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Women represent 75 percent of the total workforce, with nearly 50 percent in supervisory positions, and more than 50 percent at the director level and above. Over 40 percent of Centene's leadership identifies as a person of color, along with 50 percent of their total workforce. Centene was also recently listed as one of the Best Places to Work by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation after earning a perfect score of 100 percent on their Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The project was a collaborative effort between Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina Community College System, Duke Energy, University City Partners and the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance.
Over the past three years Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte have collaborated on economic development projects including Lowe's, Microsoft, Stratifyd, LendingTree, AvidXchange, Better.com, Honeywell, Chime Solutions and others. Including Centene, the City and County have helped bring more than 9,000 jobs and $1.47 billion in capital investment to the community since fall 2018. The mission of the Mecklenburg County Office of Economic Development (OED) is to provide resources to the business communities with the purposes of attracting, retaining and expanding employment opportunities for County residents. We strive to stimulate the local economy and expand the local sales and property tax base, while maintaining a positive balance between growth, social equity, and the economy. Find out more about OED's programs and projects at oed.mecknc.gov.
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Media Contact: Tammy Thompson, Public Information Specialist, 705-577-2587, Tammy.Thompson@MeckNC.gov
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