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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 1 14 THE TRIANGLE college degree. Thanks to these learning centers and RTP, the region conducts approximately $2 billion in research and development each year, supplying much of the area's jobs. Beyond education, reigning industries include technology, government and healthcare, with Blue Cross/Blue Shield NC, the Duke University Health System and UNC Health Care as major players. With a variety of jobs available from Raleigh to Chapel Hill, the need for a regional transit system became vital for the Triangle. Planning for such a project began in the early 1990s under the guidance of the Triangle Transit Authority, now known as GoTriangle. Today, commuters can travel to Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, Hillsborough, Knightdale, RDU International Airport, Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, Wake Forest, Wendell, and Zebulon using the regional bus and shuttle service. A 17.7-mile light rail line between UNC and East Durham has remained a topic of discussion among the transit authority for years. Currently, the project is expected to begin construction in 2020, with completion by 2028. If successful, by 2040, GoTriangle predicts its planned 18 stations will serve 23,020 daily riders. Almost as frequently seen as the GoTriangle Carolina blue busses on the road are traditional yellow school busses, accommodating the children who are part of the area's more than 2 million residents. The largest school system in the state — and 18th in the nation — Wake County Public Schools (WCPS) instructs nearly 140,000 students each year through topnotch educators. Another major system, Durham Public Schools serves some 34,000 students through a variety of traditional schools, magnet programs, year-round calendar schools, and specialty high schools. It's "farm to school" nutrition program is one of the best in the state. Even the Triangle's smallest public school systems are impressive. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, for instance, consistently ranks as one of the top districts in the entire state for test performance, graduation rates, and SAT/ACT scores. In addition to these excellent public education institutions, 175 private schools also provide an alternative learning setting for parents. The old adage that "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" couldn't be more true for this accomplished region. Triangle residents obviously work hard — but they like to play even harder. Some of the nation's best food and drink, concerts, artisans, and festivals are found here. In 2014, Southern Living recognized Durham as the "Tastiest Town in the South." One year later, GrubHub named Chapel Hill "Most Vegetarian City in the U.S." Shortly after, the Zagat Survey ranked Raleigh at number 19 among the "Hottest Food Cities of 2016." In just 10 years, the Triangle food scene has exploded — its reverberation aiding the creation of Triangle Restaurant Week, celebrating the culinary crème de la crème of the region each year. Established in 2008, Triangle Restaurant Week showcases the area's best restaurants through special deals for lunch and dinner. Foodies quickly fill the seats at local establishments, while chefs fill their plates with never- before-tested recipes. More than 100 restaurants participated in 2017. >> w w w . B l o c k R e a l t y . c o m w w w . B l o c k R e a l t y . c o m The Triangle Area's Largest Agency Specializing in Single Family Rental Homes and Townhomes Sharon L. Schovain Broker / Owner Direct 919-459-6319 WEBSITE UPDATED HOURLY 919-459-6300

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