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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—TRIAD NC | VOLUME 14—ISSUE 1 30 ALAMANCE COUNTY Alamance County College Observatory — which is operated jointly by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina A&T State University and Guilford College — this telescope collects 26,000 times as much light as the human eye. Alamance's third largest city, Mebane, features a tightknit business community full of antique shops, art galleries and specialty boutiques. The Mebane Business Association formed more than 25 years ago to bring a unifed voice to these local entrepreneurs and, today, sponsors events like the Clay Street After Work series and Mebane Dogwood Festival to advance their success. Many visitors travel to Mebane to not only peruse the unique wares of these brick- and-mortars but also mainstream apparel stores found at the ever-growing Tanger Outlets, located of of Interstate 40. Beyond Alamance County's cities are a series of small towns, most of which found success in their textile mills. This was the case for Saxaphaw, but, in 1994, a tornado destroyed its successful Dixie Yarns cotton mill — and it all but faded from local maps. Today, this nearly 1,700-person city couldn't be more alive. In 2008, two self-taught chefs took over a section of that old mill, and transformed it into the Saxaphaw General Store. Today, foodies fock to Saxaphaw for this "fve-star gas station's" seasonal, locally produced fare — and for the European-inspired pub food found at the Eddy Pub, located in the same former cotton mill building. These are just some of the wonderful towns and cities in Alamance County. One of the fastest growing areas in the state, this connective corridor continues to evolve as a hub for education (12 colleges reside in its surrounding metros), business — Sheetz and Cambro Manufacturing Company have added more than 350 jobs and a $60 million investment into the area in the last few years — and community. [] Some places will only ever be destinations. Alamance County provides a journey. Trains, planes and automobiles constantly connect nearly 160,000 people to two of North Carolina's largest regions — the Research Triangle (Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill) and the Piedmont Triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point). Daily passenger trains between Raleigh and Charlotte, two nearby airports, and Interstates 85 and 40 link Alamance's 10 cities and towns to the rest of the state, earning it the designation of "Carolina Corridor." The role of connector is a natural ft for Alamance County. The nearby Haw River drew the eyes of early explorers, who would go on to erect 14 water-powered cotton mills between 1834 and 1880, transforming the region into a textile industry magnate. Burgeoning businesses like Burlington Industries — which eventually became the largest textile company in the world —and Glen Raven, known today for its specialty engineered fabric called "Sunbrella," created a solid economic foundation for the county. Today, textiles continue to spur Alamance's economy, as do education, medical testing, the automotive industry, consumer goods and industrial components. Major employers include the Alamance- Burlington School System, Laboratory Corp of America, Alamance Regional Medical Center, Elon University and Alamance County Government, to name a few. About one-third (51,000) of the county's inhabitants reside in Burlington, an epicenter of constant activity with more than 25 special events each year. The Carousel Festival —Burlington's largest event — centers on the city's more than 100-year-old Dentzel Menagerie Carousel, featuring 46 colorful, hand-carved animals. This nearly 30-year-old celebration hosts artists, musicians, and food each fall. On Fridays from May through September, the city hosts a county wide concert series called Musical Chairs, which takes place at fve rotating locations throughout the summer. Whether Indie, R&B, bluegrass, jazz, rock or reggae is your sound, you'll fnd it here. Graham is the county seat and second largest city in Alamance with about 14,500 people — a number that fuctuates thanks to the more than 5,000 students enrolled at Alamance Community College. The school ofers traditional technical courses like biotechnology, culinary technology, and medical laboratory technology. It is also the ninth-largest job supplier in the county. A thousand more students come to Graham each year to visit one of the largest Cassegrain refecting telescopes in the southeastern United States. Housed at the Three BY ALYSSA LAFARO connecting cities, commerce, and communities

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