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Wake County Municipality Highlight - Holly Springs

Located in southwestern Wake County, Holly Springs has been transformed from a sleepy town of fewer than 1,000 residents in 1990 to a thriving community with a population exceeding 30,000 today.  Housing options are diverse and include two private golf course communities. Holly Springs High School has been recognized by the Washington Post (2012) and U.S. News & World Report (2014) as top performing schools. The largest employer, Novartis Vaccines, opened for business in November 2009 and now employs more than 550 full time associates and approximately 200 contract workers. The company has invested more than $1 billion in its state of the art manufacturing facility in Holly Springs. The company cites infrastructure to support the facility, access to an enormous and talented labor pool, and the quality of life in the community as driving factors in their decision to locate in Holly Springs.

 Additional community highlights are provided below:

  • Home Ownership: 88 percent –highest in Wake County (No. 2 is Apex at 75 percent)
  • 2013 Average Sales Price: $280,725 – No 3 in Wake County
  • Median Age: 34.3
  • Median Income: $89,187
  • Educational Attainment (bachelor’s degree or higher): 53.8%

 Town leaders continue to invest in Holly Springs and strategically position the assets of the community to attract more businesses and residents.

  • More than $100 million has been invested in public infrastructure and parks and recreation facilities since 2007.
  • A multi-loop underground fiber optic network has been installed to serve municipal and enterprise needs.
  • Rex Healthcare is planning to construct a 50 bed hospital in 2017
  • A $15 million athletic complex featuring a baseball stadium—hosting the new Coastal Plain League franchise, the Holly Springs Salamanders- will be open in time for the summer 2015 season.

 Growth and prosperity in Holly Springs has attracted the following national accolades:

  • #1 Place to Raise Kids in North Carolina (2013),
  • #22 Best Place to Live in America (2007), Money Magazine
  • #1 Best Place for Homeownership in North Carolina (2014), NerdWallet
  • #2 Best Place to Find Jobs in North Carolina (2013), NerdWallet


10 Things To See And Do in Holly Springs
(via The Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau)

-Quench your thirst at local breweries, including Carolina Brewing Company and the only female-owned brewery in Greater Raleigh, Bombshell Beer Company

-Make a point to hit 
Bass Lake Park & Retreat Center, which features a 100-acre lake stocked full of fish for any fishing enthusiast.

-Sitting in the heart of a thriving community, the Holly Springs Cultural Center offers local theater, events and arts to Creative Geniuses. 

-Enjoy the producers-only 
Holly Springs Farmers Market, offering up fresh-off-the-farm produce and products. Shop for local products straight from the source and take some home with you! 

-Be allured by the smells during the Chili Cook-off in Oct. and sample all of the award-winning recipes.

-Visit the Holly Springs Veterans Park, dedicated to the men and women who have served our country in the military. The park features a 4.3-acre pond, a half-mile trail around the pond and more.

-Join an annual community celebration during HollyFest the last Sat. in Oct. at the quaint Womble Park, with local arts and crafts, delicious food, a kids corner and more. Children will love this kid-friendly event!

-For delicious farm-to-table cuisine, dine at Little Hen Restaurant, a family-owned restaurant supporting local farms and offering the freshest seasonal foods available. It's "can't-miss" when you're visiting Holly Springs! 

-Eat a deep dish slice at Acme Pizza Co., a sandwich at D'Andreas' Deli, Grill & Bakery, Japanese at Kobe Hibachi & Sushi or a pint at Bass Lake Draft House.

-Adrenaline Junkies will love a walk or run on Holly Spring's greenway, which skirts a lake and is home to many spieces of native plants and animals. 

Town of Holly Springs Economic Development Contacts

Jenny Mizelle, CEcD
Economic Development Director
Economic Development Coordinator



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