Johnston/So. Wake County

VOL15ISS1 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—JOHNSTON/SOUTHERN WAKE COUNTIES NC | VOLUmE 15—ISSUE 1 12 Johnston/ southern Wake residents to Garner after twenty years. With its convenient access to Raleigh and major universities within an hour's drive, Garner has been ranked by Forbes Magazine as a top American city for business and family life. Families are moving in record numbers to the growing community of Clayton. Businesses are taking note of the community, perfect for families and in close proximity to the Triangle region. Clayton also continues to solidify itself as a mini-biopharmaceutical headquarters with 10 percent of the state's entire industry. Grifols and Novo Nordisk both completed multi-million expansions in 2015. Johnston County (pop. 174,876) is a study in diversity. It is a county that takes life a little slower where neighbors talk over back fences, at the farmers' market, over barbecue or at baseball games. The agriculture rich county continues to be one of the top growth counties in the state and one of the top 100 growth counties in the nation. Residential growth is expanding along the Wake/Johnston border and near the town of Clayton, and townships of Cleveland, McGee's Crossroads, and Wilders. Major US Highways (I-95, I-40, and US 70) are bringing growth in commercial and industrial development. Chartered in 1889, Four Oaks developed like many other towns in the area – tied to the expansion of the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. For families searching for a small, close-knit community with great schools and active churches, Four Oaks makes for a great new "hometown". Little towns showcase history lessons, unique festivals and museums. And if you know where to look you can always fnd something to do in Clayton, Selma, Willow Spring, Wilson's Mills, Benson, Princeton, Kenly, Smithfeld (the county seat) and other towns. Rural landscapes are the perfect backdrop for auto racing. Near the town of Benson is Galot Motorsports Park, formally known as the Dunn-Benson Dragstrip. The facility featuring seating for 9,000 spectators is certifed as the fattest racing surface in the world. Tractor enthusiasts can experience the frst NTPA Grand National Tractor Pull in 2016. Wilson's Mills is a growing residential community with a population of about 2,300 neighbors. The Town of Wilson's Mills is working to promote commercial, industrial, and residential areas. Located in the east-central portion of Johnston County, nestled between the towns of Clayton and Selma, the town is bordered to the south and east by the Neuse River. Adjacent to the Wilson's Mills corporate limits is the Johnston County Airport. Wilson's Mills is a short commute to the Garner and RTP areas. To the east, nearby Johnston Community College ofers a wide variety of lectures, concerts and exhibits. Only seven miles from the town is Johnston

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