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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—TRIAD NC | VOLUME 16—ISSUE 2 40 HIGH POINT In 2015, the High Point Chamber of Commerce merged with a private economic development group called High Point Partners to create Business High Point — an effort to transform the city into "the single-most livable, safe, and prosperous community in America." Since its founding, the group helped organize 1,200 local volunteers to clean up neighborhoods and streets, secured funding to create a high-quality public gathering space near the library, and encouraged the founding of new small businesses throughout the city. In just the last few years, the city has gained a new craft brewery (Brown Truck Brewery), an engineering design firm (eMuWave), a couple of kitschy eateries focused on comfort food (Marley's Kitchen and University Kitchen), an upscale furniture and accessories boutique (Persnickety), an express car wash business (The Car Wash Company), and a funeral home (Wright Cremation and Funeral Service), to name a few. Budding entrepreneurs have support from a variety of sources including the GTCC Small Business Center and SCORE: Service Core of Retired Executives — both of which offer free counseling services — as well as the High Point Economic Development Corporation, a public-private partnership that assists existing businesses with issues like expansion and retainment. Within 25 miles of downtown High Point, 15 colleges and universities provide a choice of higher education opportunities. Locally, High Point University enrolls nearly 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students focused on earning a liberal arts education. It offers 48 majors and 51 minors for undergraduates, and 13 graduate degree programs including doctoral programs in educational leadership, pharmacy and physical therapy. Recently, U.S. News and World Report ranked the private institution as number-one on its list of "Best Regional Colleges in the South" and Forbes placed it in the top 7 percent among "America's Best Colleges." High Point offers plenty of nontraditional learning experiences, too. Explore the lifecycle of the Monarch butterfly at the All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm, or delve into the city's history at the High Point Museum & Historical Park. Pan for gems at an historic gold mill called Castle McCulloch, or visit local landmarks like the statue of High Point native and legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. High Point recently earned the designation of certified retirement community due to its metropolitan amenities, central location, mild climate, affordable cost of living, and abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation– all together providing an enhanced quality of life for retirees. For personal enrichment and education residents take advantage of Guilford Technical Community College with continual learning classes and High Point University's cultural, educational and sporting events that are open to the public. []

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