TRIANGLE NC

VOL16ISS2 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 16 — ISSUE 2 24 RALEIGH Raleigh BY LINDSEY GREY "Raleighites" are educated from around the world and at one of 10 colleges and universities that call the city home, among them nationally known North Carolina State University and Shaw University, the first black university in the South. Raleigh's eclectic something-for-everyone lifestyle showcases its open arms approach to entertainment and diversity with five entertainment/business districts: Capital, Glenwood South, Warehouse, Fayetteville Street (downtown) and Moore Square Art district. Each has a different personality and ambiance. Fayetteville Street is every city's Main Street on a grander scale. Diverse restaurants co-exist with restored historic buildings, entertainment and office buildings. It is the scene of The 'Works!' July 4th celebration and the Wide Open Bluegrass festival in September. USA Today named the Warehouse District a "Top 10 City Art District." Businesses like Videri Chocolate Factory, The Pit barbecue restaurant, The Curatory @ The Raleigh Denim Workshop, among others, are proof of the creative and artistic forces thriving in Raleigh. The Contemporary Art Museum is the anchor and visual focal point of the district. The space in a former produce warehouse exudes whimsy, fun and art at every turn. Industries want to be a part of the success in the district and in 2014 technology firm, Citrix, opened its campus, renovating the 186,000-square-foot warehouse into a modern workspace with offbeat features such as shipping container offices and plant walls. Raleigh is a metropolitan city, but there are plenty of ways to get outdoors. From parks with trails to team sports and events, recreation of all varieties is here for the taking. High school and collegiate football games take center stage in the fall. NCSU tailgating is a sport unto itself at Carter Finley stadium (seats approximately 58,000) when the Wolfpack take the field in September. In the winter, hockey fans cheer on the city's pro team, NHL Carolina Hurricanes. More than 170 miles of trails and 10,000 acres of parkland are used by locals and visitors to walk, jog, bike or hike around lakes, through state parks or to get on the water. Forests, reserves and botanical gardens show off wildlife and the region's landscape. Blue Jay Point Country Park on the shores of Falls Lake is a 236-acre park with a mission of environmental education and educational programming. The park also offers picnicking, hiking trails, play fields and a playground. Visitors can walk the well-maintained trails to enjoy bird-watching and wildlife at the Carl Alwin Schenck Memorial Forest, the land managed by NCSU as a >> The culturally minded city is more than North Carolina's capital. It is where ideas come to fruition and creative entrepreneurs come to roost. The city is fast becoming known as "the thought capital" for its progressive approach to business, education and lifestyle. Universities train a skilled workforce who work in high paying jobs throughout the city and at the famed Research Triangle Park. Businesses and industries continue to attract employees who relocate to Raleigh for its exceptional lifestyle. On most every list imaginable, Raleigh is touted nationally as a great place to work, live and play. Raleigh lifestyle is recognized as "America's Best City" by Businessweek.com, "Most Educated City in America" by Men's Health and "Healthiest City for Women" by Women's Health. GQ has named the city as one of "America's Coolest Towns" and Southern Living named it one of the "Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South." In ratings related to work, education and economy, Raleigh also ranks high. For 2016, the city of more than 440,000, is 15th in "100 Best Cities for Recent Grads" by NerdWallet; Number 3 in "America's 20 Best Cities For Young Professionals" by Forbes; and one of "7 hottest startup hubs outside of Silicon Valley," by Mattermark. Forbes also ranked Raleigh as number five in the nation (2016) on a list of "America's Next Boom Towns." The rankings are based on the percentage of children, the birth rate, net domestic migration, the percentage of the population aged 25-44 with a bachelor's degree, income growth, the unemployment rate and population growth. urban culture, festive spirited

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