Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/ Sandhills NC

VOL8 ISS2 2018

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VOLUME 10—ISSUE 1 43 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUME 8 — ISSUE 2 BY LAUREL HYATT location, history, raven rock HARNETT COUNTY HARNETT COUNTY Located within an hour of Raleigh (North Carolina's capital), Fort Bragg (one of the world's largest military complexes), and the Research Triangle Park (a global R&D giant), Harnett County comfortably combines rural beauty with urban areas to provide an optimal setting for both families and business. North Carolina's beautiful Atlantic Coast beaches and Outer Banks are just two hours away and the Blue Ridge mountains and scenic Blue Ridge Parkway are located only four hours to the west. Its county seat is Lillington and its largest city is Dunn. Regional and even national markets are easily accessible from and through Harnett County via Interstates 95 & 40 as well as U.S. 421 and U.S. 401. Raleigh-Durham International Airport is less than forty- five minutes away, and Fayetteville Regional Airport is less than 30 minutes away. In the center of the county is the 6,000 ft. runway of Harnett Regional Jetport. The county is also served by two rail providers, Norfolk Southern Railroad and CSX Transportation. In the private sector a booming manufacturing economy is fueled by giants such as a Boon Edam, Edwards Brothers Malloy, a Food Lion distribution center, Godwin Manufacturing, Grayflex, a Rooms To Go distribution center, and SAAB Barracuda. Affordable real estate is still in reach within the county served by an excellent infrastructure, moderate tax rates, and a low unemployment rate. New and well- established subdivisions, gated golf course communities, horse farms and over-55 living offer inviting opportunities for all families and lifestyles. With a cost of living below the U.S average and its central location, it is easy to understand why Harnett County is among the fastest growing counties in North Carolina. Higher education opportunities are available in and near Harnett County. Home to Campbell University, which offers degrees in law, engineering, pharmacology, osteopathic medicine, physician's assistant and nursing, as well as a variety of undergraduate degrees, the county also hosts Central Carolina Community College providing outstanding workforce training for industrial and medical fields, and continuing-education opportunities. Less than an hour away seven additional universities including Duke, North Carolina State and UNC-Chapel Hill make students' prospects even brighter. Harnett County features theater, musical performances, art and cultural events. The Harnett Regional Theater, the Stewart Theater and the Heart of Harnett Playhouse are known for their excellent stage productions. Proud of their regional heritage, each year towns and communities also gather together to celebrate the area's history and legacy at festivals and gatherings. Harnett County was formed in 1855 and named for American Revolutionary war soldier Cornelius Harnett who was also a delegate to the Continental Congress. The first settlers came to the region in the mid-1720s followed by Highland Scots immigrants. British immigrants had settled primarily along the banks of the Cape Fear River in the coastal area, generally from Erwin to Wilmington. The county's rich history is preserved in a number of historical sites and scenic trails. If hiking is your forte, look to sites like Raven Rock State Park for the answer. The 4,667-acre park features trails that lead to the Raven Rock formation located along Cape Fear River. Another area park popular with kayakers and canoeists is Erwin River Park. The Government Complex Park, a proposed Harnett County park to be built within the limits of the Town of Lillington off of McKinney Parkway, is expected to break ground later this year. The site is adjacent to the Cape Fear River and is located in the Cape Fear River Basin. The master plan of the finalized park project includes an amphitheater, fairgrounds building, and a farmer's market. With parks like these, six golf courses, numerous lakes, and the Cape Fear River, it's no wonder that outdoor enthusiasts think Harnett County is a great place to live, work and play. Take it from the Harnett County Chamber, "Welcome home to Harnett County! We invite you to experience peaceful living with a small town flavor, the history and heritage that make us proud to be here, the convenience of big-city amenities without all the traffic and stress, and the great quality of life including everything from education to recreation and so much more!" []

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