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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—TRIAD NC | VOLUME 14—ISSUE 1 12 Good things come in threes. Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point are a three-cities-in- one-destination located in the center of the state. This easy access is a selling point for those who choose the region for its lifestyle and business climate. Industries are attracted to the skilled workforce, more than 20 higher educational institutions and the four major interstate highways that make the Triad a major transportation hub. A strong education system prepares the Triad workforce. The Triad has six colleges and universities, public and private: Guilford College is known for its strong academic program and exceptional speaker program, Bryan Series that brings in world leaders. The school's president, Jane Fernandes, is the frst deaf woman to lead an American college or university. The region has several historical black colleges and universities (HBCU). North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A & T) leads the nation among engineering and agriculture degree-granting institutions for African-Americans. It is also rated the top HBCU school in North Carolina according to U.S. News & World Report. Winston-Salem State University graduates the third-largest population of nurses in North Carolina and is home to Diggs Gallery, one of the nation's best collections of contemporary African-American art. WSSU ranks the highest in UNC college system for job placement for graduates. Bennett College is a historically black all-female school, one of only a few in the nation. Known as Bennett Belles, students graduate to be contributing women of achievement in all walks of life. The research institution known as UNC-Greensboro (originally Women's College) welcomed its frst African-American chancellor, Dr. Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. in 2015. Employers are lining up for the talent produced by Triad educational partners. Major businesses in the region include: Laboratory Corp of America (one of the world's largest medical testing facilities), Honda Aircraft Company, Reynolds American Inc., Volvo Group, VF Corporation, Thomas Built Buses Inc., Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. Lincoln Financial Group, Klaussner Furniture Industries Inc., Ralph Lauren and others. Greensboro is gaining a reputation as a leading city in aviation services in the Southeast due to its growing cluster of employers in jet aircraft manufacturing, aviation maintenance to overnight air delivery. Honda Aircraft Company established its world headquarters in Greensboro in 2007. FlightSafety international Inc., the world's leading aviation training company and HAECO, the largest independent third-party MRO provider in the U.S. are also located in Greensboro. The furniture industry remains relevant in North Carolina. High Point and Hickory are hubs for retailers, designers, and showrooms. The High Point Home Furnishing Market brings in more than $1billion annually to North Carolina's economy. Designers Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke have put down roots in High Point after leaving New York. Their Madcap Cottage Design Laboratory in downtown High Point is named by House Beautiful as one of 'America's Top Design Shops.' "Designers, makers and restaurants are coming to downtown High Point - it is the new Detroit," said Nixon. The wine business is a booming industry in the state and region. North Carolina ranks as a top-fve destination for wine travelers and enthusiasts. More than 40 wineries and vineyards call the Triad home and more than 100 are across the state. Shelton Vineyards in Surry County is the largest winery in the state. Green spaces and gardens invite all ages to get outdoors for sports, recreation and leisurely days. Neighborhood parks are gathering places where kids play and folks catch up with neighbors. For a bike ride or leisurely walk, the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park has more than 220 acres of walking trails and historic monuments. >> TRIAD LIVING Triad Living BY LYNNE BRANDON green space, growing commerce, academics

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