Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS2 2018

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LAKE NORMAN THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 2 62 CATAWBA COUNTY Hickory was also named an "All-American City" three times due to its ability to work on and solve local problems. Hickory's natural beauty and moderate climate are big draws, so much so that many of the buildings and some of the people themselves were features in the blockbuster movie "The Hunger Games." Newton, ideally located in the county's center, is the capital of Catawba County. Newton is home to around 13,000 residents. Major employers include Target Distribution Center, Flowers Baking Company, Lee Industries, General Dynamics, ZF Lemforder, Sarstedt, Technibilt, and Renwood Mills. Newton features friendly neighborhoods and a variety of businesses, shops, and restaurants. The Newton Parks and Recreation Department maintains five parks (including numerous ball fields, tennis courts, walking/ jogging trails, and picnic tables/shelters), a swimming pool, two recreation centers with gymnasiums, and a fitness center. In a testament to the commitment to public education, Newton's own Discover High School was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public high schools in the country. Newton's sister city, Conover, has a population of around 8,500 proud residents. Incorporated in 1877, Conover has long enjoyed its central location in Catawba County and along major transportation routes. In fact, Conover is one of the most easily accessible towns in the Charlotte Metro Region. Interstate 40 runs through Conover, as do U.S. Route 70, U.S. Route 321, and N.C. Highway 16. Conover is home to the famed Rock Barn Country Club and Spa. With two championship golf courses and first-class amenities, Rock Barn was until 2014 home to the Greater Hickory Classic, a PGA Champions Tour event. Located in the southern part of the county, Maiden is home to Apple's iCloud data center, which spans some 500,000 square feet. To meet the massive power needs, the facility is also home to the largest solar farm in the United States. Other towns in Catawba County include Catawba, Brookford, Claremont and Longview. They each contribute their own unique flair to the quality of life available across the county. Educational options and opportunities are solid in Catawba County for families and their kids. There are three public school systems — Catawba County Schools, Hickory Public Schools, and Newton-Conover Public Schools — along with quite a few private schools. For higher education, Lenoir-Rhyne University has been serving college students since 1891.

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