Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS1 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 1 46 UNION COUNTY Union County history, business growth, arts venues If you like like antiques and landmarks, fine shopping and vineyards, you can find these and much more in Union County. Here, where pastoral farms and equestrian life touch world-class manufacturing and aerospace companies, you will find a variety of businesses and recreational opportunities. Bordering South Carolina, this county has a population of over 215,000. The county seat, Monroe, was named for President James Monroe and another famous son is Andrew Jackson although there is a dispute with South Carolina about on which side of the state line he was born. The area is steeped in history. The Union County Courthouse originally built in 1886 is also home to The Union County Heritage Room which has books and files on local history and families, genealogical journals, newsletters and more for those who wish to dig into the county's past record of their own roots. Old City Hall is the oldest public building and was first constructed as the public jail for Monroe. To learn about earlier residents, make your way to the Museum of the Waxhaws. In addition to Monroe, other towns include family- friendly Indian Trail, Stallings ranked as the sixth healthiest housing market in the state, Wingate with its University and the affluent village of Marvin. Business has flourished recently transforming the area from a mostly rural economy. In the Monroe Corporate Center, world-class companies such as Greiner Bio-One, Scott Safety, Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated Co., American Wick Drain, UTC Aerospace Systems, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, O'Neil Digital Solutions and Record USA have staked out their spaces. The influx of high tech manufacturing and agricultural products have helped nurture this growth. Union County also fosters agri-business companies like Edwards Wood Products, Tyson Foods and Pilgrim's poultry and Great American Snacks which concentrates on prepared foods. The agricultural businesses also are involved in the green industry for landscapers, providing ornamentals, shade trees, flowers and more. South Piedmont Community College is partially responsible for the county's 118,000-person labor force. The curriculum is tailored to market demands: state- of-the-art metallurgical science technology, mechanical engineering technology, welding technology, electrical systems technology and a heavy concentration in health care. In another part of the county, Wingate University provides traditional undergraduate studies as well as doctorate programs in pharmacy, education, and physical therapy. The Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport connects to the rest of the state and nation. With flights not only to nearby Charlotte but also internationally you have connections to big cities and small towns across the globe. However, there is more than business to Union County. A thriving arts presence can be enjoyed throughout the towns and villages. The Union County Playmakers is a community-based theatre producing live entertainment and opportunities for local talent to participate on stage and off. Youth can join the Rainbow Theater which features theater, dance and music. Writers are encouraged by the Union County Writers Club of North Carolina which sponsors workshops, lectures, critiques and readings, which might be unexpected outside of a large city. Additionally, the Museum of the Alphabet in Waxhaw avails visitors of an opportunity to travel back in time to trace writing systems from the ancient world to now. If you are looking for music, the Union Symphony produces live concerts each season and community performances including classical, pops, opera and jazz. You might also partake of the Monroe City Ballet, a pre- professional company to help promising dancers to reach their potential by strengthening technique and enhancing stage presence. The George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center Wingate University presents guest lectures, art exhibits, theatrical performances and music concerts and recitals by students, faculty and visiting artists. [] BY DREW BECKER

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