Vol17 Iss1 2017

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31 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 1 RALEIGH Crabtree Valley Mall is a Raleigh shopping tradition. Opened in 1972, Crabtree has expanded to be one of the largest malls in the Southeast. The 1,326,000-square- foot mall offers more than 200 shops and dining establishments, and hosts various events geared toward visitors and the greater Raleigh community throughout the year. Hungry shoppers take a break at the Cheesecake Factory and other restaurants. The enjoyment of sports is a sport in and of itself. Collegiate sports during football and basketball season are a weekend event at neighboring UNC and Duke University. Best of all, locals like supporting the NCSU Wolf Pack team when they square off in Carter Finley for ACC football or in the winter at PNC Arena for ACC basketball. Sport nuts get a double dose during weeks when the city's NHL team, Carolina Hurricanes, get on the ice at the PNC Arena on the same week as NCSU basketball. The 'Canes' will keep fans busy in March when they play a record nine home games as they battle for a playoff position. The team made national news when their equipment manager, Jorge Alves, substituted for the goalie during last few seconds of the game in December. An exceptional lifestyle entices businesses to relocate to the 'knowledge' city. The city continually rates high for salary and job satisfaction. recognizes Raleigh as "Number 1 Best City for Jobs." More than 50 percent of Raleigh's population has a bachelor's degree or higher, double the national average. Global corporations—Red Hat, SAS, MetLife, and IBM, and others, along with smaller companies, make up a diverse workforce in industries including life sciences, technology, clean tech and advanced manufacturing. Portions of Research Triangle Park are in Wake County. The Raleigh-Durham International Airport had a record-breaking year in 2016. For the first time in its history it passed the 11 million mark for number of passengers. Departures are an average of 196 daily thanks to more than 5.5 million passengers — a 10.5 percent increase from 2016. Nonstop flights to Austin and Seattle have been added, along with additional flights to New Orleans and Paris. While you are waiting for your flight enjoy the airport restaurant touted by USA Today for its ambiance. The publication recognized the 42nd St. Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill on the list of "Among Best Airport Bar/Restaurant Atmosphere." []

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