Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/ Sandhills NC

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUME 8 — ISSUE 2 42 BY LYNNE BRANDON natural assets, business-friendly, a jetport LEE COUNTY LEE COUNTY Outdoor recreation and agri-tourism are making Lee County a destination for visitors who would rather spend time outside at a park, on the water or other nature-based activities. Parks like San-Lee challenge experienced bikers on trails with twists and turns. The Depot Park is a downtown urban park where locals gather for special events or to relax over a good book or with lunch. For a dose of history, visit the park's Railroad House Museum. For those who like adrenalin pumping sports, Devil's Ridge is where dirt bike enthusiasts head. The red clay-dirt mix track is ranked the "Best Track in the Carolina's" by Facebook fans. Deep River Sporting Clays is a favorite for sporting clay enthusiasts. Thirteen different shooting fields and Wobble Deck target practice are on the property. Each spring it is the site of the premiere sporting clay event in the country, the "Southern Side by Side." If getting on the water is more your style, take a lazy ride on Deep River with the Endor Paddle Company. Flat water and rushing rapids make an adventure for all levels. The Temple Theatre Company in Sanford produces seven Main Stage shows per season ranging from musicals to dramas, with each show running for three weeks. All the actors are paid professionals brought in from across the country. The Temple Theatre is also a Comedy Zone venue, and has hosted a number of high profile stand up comics in recent years. Special events at the Temple range from pop concerts to dance recitals. The Temple attracts patrons from the Research Triangle, the Piedmont Triad, and the Sandhills. The beverage landscape is expanding with craft beer sold at Local Joe's, Smoke & Barrel and Libations (beer and wine). Lee County's first microbrewery, Hugger Mugger Brewing is set to open in November. Crystal McIver loves showing off Sanford. "My mission is to get people to visit the growing area and fall in love with the town. She is quick to mention Lee County's nature-based assets along with retail therapy. "Come enjoy the atmosphere here while shopping in our beautiful revitalized downtown, and don't miss the Sanford Antique Mall," smiled McIver. Business is vibrant with nearly 75 manufacturers and other businesses. Large employers are Caterpillar and Coty Cosmetics (its largest facility in the world). Other significant manufacturers include: Pentair Pool, Moen, Tyson (products for Taco Bell), Frontier Spinning (second largest cotton yarn producer in the world), Red Wolf and others. Lidl supermarket opened one of only 24 U.S. stores in Sanford in June. "We have a lot of niche manufacturers that make Lee County a premiere manufacturing community in the southeast," said Bob Joyce, economic development director. "It is in our DNA since our days in the early 1900s when we manufactured horse buggies and furniture. In the 70s we became one of the first community colleges to train workers in tool and dye manufacturing at Central Carolina Community College. We are business friendly, with exceptional water resources, low cost of doing business and a high quality lifestyle." Female-owned or operated farms are following the national trend. Gross Farm in Sanford, known for its corn maze, showcases family farm life and an old fashioned entertainment. Tina Gross and husband, John, are among the recipients of the North Carolina Outstanding Conservation Farm Family award. Other female farmers making a difference in agribusiness are Mary Beth Jackson of White Hill Farm and Mandy Thomas Johnson of Gary Thomas Farms, among others. Business growth is enhanced by the Raleigh Executive Jetport. The airport serves corporate pilots in Sanford, as well as Triangle-area pilots wanting a less crowded alternative to RDU in Raleigh. REJ has the largest flying club in the Southeast with 400 members and 135 aircraft. Business and corporations aren't the only ones enjoying the ease of the airport. Trisha Yearwood used REJ when she was in the region for a book tour. []

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