Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/ Sandhills NC

VOL6 ISS1 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUmE 6 — ISSUE 1 48 lee COunty LEE COUNTY A centralized location in North Carolina has likewise greatly beneftted the growth of the Town of Sanford and Lee County. Overfow population and industrial explosion from the Raleigh-Durham area has spread quickly to nearby Lee County. The region is well centered for easy access to prime markets when business and industry comes looking. Leading frms such as Caterpillar, Coty, Moen, Pfzer, Tyson, and Wyeth provide a welcomed strong local base for jobs. This coupled with the recent announcement that Magneti Marelli Powertrain USA LLC plans to invest $12 million in the city of Sanford over the next couple of years makes the horizon look bright for industry. Lee County was formed at the turn of the century as farm communities shifted to an industrial base and prosperity came to the entire region. Cottage businesses like furniture making and food products created some of the frst major impact jobs, however brick manufacturing still remains a key industry today. A strong interstate road system enables the county's products to be easily moved to Washington, DC north; Atlanta to the southwest; and Florida to the south. Rail service also facilitates the county to reach markets inland. For markets across the ocean, the nearby ports in Morehead City, Wilmington and Norfolk move goods internationally. A centralized location is also an excellent selling point for families relocating to the area. Within a couple of hours the family can be digging in at the beach or camping in the mountains at one of the many NC State Parks. With the Raleigh-Durham International Airport less than an hour away, even international locales are easily accessible. Sanford, with nearly 30,000 residents, is Lee County's largest community. What's life like in this county seat? One would think residents would always be a on a trek to the beach or the mountains. While those destinations are defnitely inviting and pleasurable from time to time, most Sanford-Lee (as the area has become known) residents fnd what they're looking for right at home. A quality, balanced lifestyle is what Sanford does best. In fact, a quality lifestyle is central to every efort from business to industry to civic groups; everyone works toward the same end — creating a uniquely attractive and livable community. A NC Certifed Retirement Community, the city is a destination for those seeking an active arts community where the professional Temple Theatre, Carolina's Center for the Performing Arts, is one of the top city attractions. This restored 1920's vaudeville venue is a designated national landmark that draws more than 30,000 theatre by laurel hyatt goers annually with a star-studded schedule of musical and theatrical performances. It also serves as a training stage for young theatre artists: those who'll be bringing tomorrow's great performances. If theatre isn't your cup of tea there's always the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra. Few cities (of 30,000 or any size) could support a musical endeavor of this magnitude; however, somehow Sanford has nurtured the orchestra from its inception 25 years ago as a community jazz ensemble to the dynamic musical force it is today, delighting and enlightening thousands across the state. Music is far from the only brush with culture you'll have while visiting Sanford-Lee. The Annual Sanford Arts & Vine Festival is a spirited two-day celebration of art that showcases the work of North Carolina's leading potters and artisans, as well as the products of the state's premier vintners, brewers and vineyards. This is a 'can't miss' for connoisseurs and fun-lovers of all kinds and is always held on the frst weekend of May at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. If somehow we've still not found you're weak spot for relaxing, fear not. Outstanding outdoor recreation goes without saying in this part of the state. Play championship golf at 5 area golf courses plus a municipal course. Tobacco Road Golf Club was named the nation's 4th best public course by Golf Digest and the 50th best public course in the world by Golf Course Architecture. In and around town bicyclers and pedestrians roll and stroll the ever-expanding greenways. The 177-acre family-friendly San Lee Park the Bicycle Trail is also a regional favorite. >> festivals, theatre, and all that jazz

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