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VOL16 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—TRIAD NC | VOLUME 16—ISSUE 2 12 History. Art. Larger-than-life furniture? There's no place quite like North Carolina's tri-cities: Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point. Home to 53 protected landmarks and 60 individually designated properties on the National Register of Historic Places, Greensboro focuses on historic preservation. Truth be told, it's a city for the history books, and is likely mentioned in almost every one across the nation because of the Greensboro Four — a group of black college students who, in 1960, sat down at an all-white lunch counter and refused to leave. It was the event heard 'round the nation, launching sit-in protests across the country and initiating the desegregation of several chain stores. Today, a restored version of that lunch counter remains a centerpiece of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, which is housed inside the former department store where the sit-in took place. Greensboro's history isn't just tied to the Civil Rights Movement, though — its threads weave much deeper than that. Founded in 1808, the now 290,000-person town was a textile manufacturing magnate in the late-19th century. After erecting the first cotton mill 1896, the Cone Mill Corporation grew to create 20 facilities throughout the south and, in the 1940s, became the largest denim producer in the world. Think Levi and Wrangler. Guess where their denim came from? Jeansboro. Clothing is still king in Greensboro. Ralph Lauren is the fourth-largest employer in Guildford County, and the VF Corporation, producers of Wrangler, has some of its central offices there. Even apparel for dogs and horses is produced here via Yellow Dog Design. Manufacturing, in general, remains an important source of the city's life blood. It's the site of multiple world headquarters including Honda Aircraft Company, Mack Truck, and Qorvo, a supplier of radio- frequency systems and solutions for advanced wireless devices, defense radar, and communications. While manufacturing companies still thrive in Greensboro, jobs in that industry have actually decreased by 23 percent between 2000 and 2015. But other sectors have picked up the slack. Education, health, and social services provide a lot of jobs, with Guildford County Schools, Cone Health, and the City of Greensboro leading the charge. What's more, five local colleges — the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro College, Bennett College, Guilford College, and North Carolina A&T University — provide thousands of jobs and draw more than 33,000 students to the area each year. Perhaps it's the old-fashioned charm preserved by Greensboro's historic neighborhoods that's drawn so many great minds to its borders over the years. In fact, the city actually encourages reuse and often sponsors and supports nominations of neighborhoods to the National Register of Historic Places. A 4 0-year study completed by a UNC- Greensboro professor shows a steady rise in property value within the city's three historic districts — College Hill, Fisher Park, and Aycock. All this and more makes Greensboro a great place for families — and Zumper, an online rental marketplace, agrees. In August 2018, they awarded Greensboro the number-18 spot on their list of the best U.S. cities for raising a family. What's more, its western neighbor, Winston-Salem, also placed rank at number 36. Also steeped in history, its roots tracing back to 1753 when a group of Moravians settled in the area, Winston- Salem is founder of the first-ever arts council in the United States. The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County began in 1949 with just a $7,200 donation from the local Junior League. Today, it continues its mission to create an environment in which the arts flourish. >> TRIAD LIVING Triad Living BY ALYSSA LAFARO business, collegiate, sports fans, barbeque

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