Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS1 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 1 34 MOORESVILLE Mooresville motorsports, growth, and home to business Richard Petty's first racecar. An entire museum dedicated to Dale Earnhardt. The nation's largest indoor kart track. The need for speed is real in Mooresville, North Carolina. Nicknamed "Race City USA," this nearly 38,000-person town has nearly doubled in size since 2000, when the population was just 20,000 people. And it's predicted to have twice as many residents as it does now in the next two decades. Located just 30 miles north of Charlotte — the fastest-growing city in the state — Mooresville draws the attention of new companies each year. Before it officially became part of the new definition for the Charlotte metropolitan area in 2013, Site Selection magazine awarded the city with its Micropolitan Award — given to small cities gaining the most jobs compared to others of its size — nine times. A big boost to the city came when the home improvement corporation Lowe's moved its corporate headquarters to Mooresville in 2008. It remains the largest local employer, with upwards of 3,000 employees, and is followed in size by industrial manufacturer Ingersall-Rand Company, Lake Norman Regional Medical, and NGK Ceramics. Mooresville's cruise to success comes, in part, from its close partnership with NASCAR. It is the site of the NASCAR Technical Institute, a 146,000-square-foot campus that hosts programs for people seeking careers in the automotive and CNC machining industries. For those interested in becoming pit crew members, the Performance Instruction and Training institute has trained more than 500 pit crew athletes from nearly every state and four countries. The drivers themselves once came to Mooresville for Dale Earnhardt Inc., a business begun by the North Carolina NASCAR champion to field new teams. Since, it has transformed into a philanthropic organization and showroom displaying Earnhardt's legacy. Mooresvillians' love for motorsports runs even deeper. The city also plays host to the Memory Lane Motorsports & Historical Automotive Museum (home of Richard Petty's first racecar), the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, the GoPro Motorplex, and PIT Indoor Kart track — the largest indoor kart track in the United States. Locals certainly know how to hit the brakes, too. Fishers, boaters, swimmers, hikers, bikers, and campers find respite at Lake Norman State Park, which boasts the largest manmade lake in the state and one of the most popular mountain biking networks in the region. Animal lovers get their furry fix at Lazy 5 Ranch, an exotic animal park packed with all sorts of critters like Vietnamese pot- bellied pigs, camels, giraffes, llamas, zebras, ostriches, and even a southern white rhinoceros. Artists grow their skills at Mooresville Arts' many classes, which cover a breadth of styles and mediums such as plein air painting, watercolor, mixed media, pastels, and calligraphy. For those who prefer to view art rather than create it, head over to the gallery, which showcases a variety of exhibits from photography to abstract art to ceramics and hosts the annual Artoberfest, a celebration of local artists, each October. Foodies feast upon Mooresville's diverse and vibrant restaurant scene. Like surf 'n turf? Head to Epic Chophouse for some deep-fried oysters with creamed spinach, bacon, and hollandaise, or try their Hawaiian- marinated ribeye. For a Mexican spin, check out Burrito Loco's Surf & Turf Burrito, packed with shrimp and steak, jack cheese, rice, Pico de Gallo, cotija cheese, and fresh tomatillo-jalapeno salsa. Or enjoy some of the slow- smoked barbecue that North Carolina is known for at Lancaster's BBQ, which goes so far as to top its French fries and nachos with the mouthwatering delicacy. Wine connoisseurs can hop on two nearby "wine trails" along either the I-77 or I-85 corridors and spend a day exploring the region's vineyards and vintages. Each spring and fall, the Uncorked and Artsy event brings the area's local wine and beer tastings to 14 local businesses downtown. Enjoy live music and peruse the creations of local artisans while sipping on your favorite beverage. Whether you prefer life in the fast lane or the slow nature of the South, find it in Mooresville. [] ALYSSA LAFARO

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