Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 2 38 MOORESVILLE Mooresville motorsports, growth, and home to business With a population of nearly 38,000 people, Mooresville, North Carolina, has almost doubled in size since the year 2000 — making it the fastest-growing city in the state, and it's predicted to have twice as many residents as it does now in the next two decades. Located 25 miles north of Charlotte; Mooresville is the corporate headquarters of Lowe's Companies, Inc., one of the area's largest employers. But foremost, Mooresville (AKA Race City USA) is known for the more than 60 motorsports racing teams who call the city home. Mooresville is strategically located between tracks at Wilmington, Charlotte, and Darlington. Visitors can see their favorite race teams preparing for their next big event through specially designed viewing windows in a number of shops. Any visit to Mooresville would never be complete without a visit to the Memory Lane Museum Motorsports & Historical Automotive Museum. With over 150 exhibits including more than 40 cars on display, it is a place to learn about the history of the motorsports industry in the state. Make sure to stop by the Goodyear Mini-Theater to re-live racing's greatest moments. The museum also provides the complete automotive experience featuring an extensive collection of pedal cars, movie cars, vintage motorcycles, gas pumps, tractors, antique toys, and even bicycles. Admission is free. This southern town is also home to the Universal Technical Institute's NASCAR Technical Institute. The Institute is a 146,000-square-foot campus that hosts programs for people seeking careers in the automotive and CNC Machining industries. For those interested in becoming pit crew members, the Performance Instruction and Training Institute has trained more than 500 pit crew athletes. If Race City USA ignites your own 'need for speed,' GoPro Motorplex, an outdoor karting facility has an impressive rental kart fleet. They also host some of the largest professional touring karting series races in the country. You don't need experience to race the rentals, but you must be at least 16 years of age and hold a valid driver's license. The Mooresville GoPro Motorplex is an outdoor, 0.7-mile, 11-turn karting facility open to the public seven days a week, year-round. Team Penske's state-of-the-art-facility is also a 'must-see.' On its 105 acres, Penske houses NASCAR and IndyCar series cars. For a unique souvenir, visit the nearly 5,000-square-foot gift shop. But Mooresville is not 'all' about racing. Nearby Lake Norman, offers both recreation and highly desirable real estate. The lake park is excellent for boating, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, camping and features free interpretive programs and educational exhibits in the visitor center. At Lazy 5 Ranch, on Highway 150 East, you'll get a close-up, personal encounter with more than 750 exotic animals from six continents. Lazy 5 Ranch is a privately owned and operated safari-style facility that can be visited by car or horse-drawn wagon ride, but don't forget to bring cash (credit cards are not accepted). For the history buffs, the Historic Walking Tour is for you. You'll pass some remarkable architecture and historical landmarks. You can follow the map provided at the Mooresville Public Library, the Mooresville Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitor Center, or print a PDF online version and do the tour at your own pace. Mooresville indeed has something for everyone. The restaurant scene is diverse and trendy. Wine connoisseurs can follow nearby "wine trails" and spend a day exploring the region's vineyards and vintages. Main St. Antiques & Design Gallery is located in a building that's a beautifully restored antique itself, an old textile mill, and is home to hundreds of vendors presenting antiques, vintage goods, arts, clothes, jewelry, accessories, and custom upholstery. The Best Antique Mall in the South is also located on S. Main Street three blocks south of downtown Mooresville, inside the former Burlington Industries mill. For those thinking about relocating, both the city and county school systems have earned national recognition for technology programs and academic excellence. [] STUART JAMES MOORESVILLE STATS POPULATION 37,820 MEDIAN HOME VALUE $349,000 MEDIAN GROSS RENT $1,760 COST OF LIVING 115.6 / US 100

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