As a component unit of Pitt County government, the Pitt County Development Commission recruits new industry and supports existing industry in Pitt County. Its mission is to promote job growth, diversify the County’s economy, and expand the local tax base. The Commission maintains a website which includes extensive information on doing business in Pitt County including a free listing of available industrial and major office buildings and sites. To help fulfill its mission, the Commission works closely with many partners including the North Carolina Department of Commerce, local municipalities and Chambers of Commerce, East Carolina University, Pitt Community College, and Vidant Health. In addition to its core mission of recruitment and expansion of industry, the Development Commission also operates a technology incubator, the Technology Enterprise Center. The County purchased the former Prepshirt manufacturing facility in 1995 and has expended nearly $4 million to date for purchasing the building and for renovations including $1.14 million directly from the IDC Fund. The building currently has about 35,000 net leasable square feet, over 73% of which is leased to 10 tenants with approximately 70 employees.