Economic development is booming across Guilford County, as projects in Greensboro and High Point are among the largest in the state. A recent Business North Carolina ranking named Guilford County home to the largest economic development project in the state during the last year, as well as the 8th and 14th. Alorica (1), HAECO (8) and Pratt Industries (14) received the honors based on projected job creation from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017.
Alorica came in at number one after announcing 1,400 new jobs would be added at its customer engagement service office in High Point. The largest provider of customer service solutions in the U.S. market, Alorica is headquartered in Irvine, California and has more than 100,000 employees worldwide. HAECO ranked eighth, with 500 jobs added at Piedmont Triad International Airport. The Hong Kong aerospace company will build a $60 million hangar for its aircraft maintenance and repair, while also manufacturing seats, galleys and lavatories in High Point. Pratt Industries, the fifth-largest producer of corrugated packaging in the U.S., tied at number 14. The company is opening a fulfillment center for its in-store display-products division, adding 300 jobs in Whitsett. As described by Brent Christensen, president of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, these rankings show the strength of the Greensboro-High Point area’s industries.
The three Guilford County projects in the Business North Carolina rankings showcase three of Greensboro-High Point’s targeted industry sectors—aerospace, distribution and logistics, and specialized business services. We are proud that Greensboro-High Point has North Carolina’s largest job-creation project due to Alorica’s impressive expansion,” said Christensen.
Other areas highlighted by the Business North Carolina rankings include Wake, Cabarrus, Catawba Forsyth, Rutherford, Buncombe, Mecklenburg, Durham, Alamance, Lee, Person and Edgecombe – showcasing the breadth of economic development across the state. North Carolina is growing and as these economic development projects take shape, we must continue improving our competitive business climate in order to attract further investment in every region in North Carolina. I look forward to sharing more examples of North Carolina’s economic development in the future.
How do you define a state of 20 million residents and 95 million annual visitors? In partnership with the Florida Chamber Foundation, Sachs Media Group polled 910 Americans and 538 Floridians in September 2015 to discover how people inside and outside the state view the Florida brand.
The good news is that most people know Florida from direct experience. The even better news is that the more people know Florida, the more they like it.
Seven in 10 Non-Floridians have visited or lived in Florida at some point in their lives. Among executives — business owners, executive-level officers, solo practitioners and entrepreneurs — Florida is even more familiar, with three-quarters having visited or lived in the state.
Florida is the first choice of a place to live. When asked to name the three states they would consider living in if they had to move, Florida (29%) was the top selection from among all states, followed next by Hawaii (23%), Colorado (22%), California (19%), Arizona (15%) and Texas (13%).
Non-Floridian executives were also most likely to select Florida (27%) with Colorado close behind at 25%.
Interestingly, the top reason people say they would want to live in Florida is also the top reason others give for why they would not want to live in this state. You guessed it: climate.
While climate was the top draw for 67% of respondents and 71% of executives, it accounted for a full 50% of the reasons that would keep others away.
Florida and non-Florida executives alike know about the substantial work that’s being done to connect our state Colleges and Universities with employers to meet our workforce needs. An increase awareness regarding Florida’s tremendous gains in student achievement, as well as innovations in school accountability and choices are evident.
On average, about 375,000 domestic visitors and 38,000 international visitors come to Florida each year for medical care. Indeed, Florida’s hospitals are among the highest ranking in the nation for patient safety.
New Yorkers are every age and every demographic. Some speak perfect English, and some speak six other languages. Some are native, some hail from across the globe, and some have lived in the city so long that they’ve forgotten where they came from.
New Yorkers are incredibly loyal to our town and defend its honor and integrity. They feel that they live in the center of the universe and it’s theirs because the city is just that.
New Yorkers are tough, yet compassionate. New Yorkers are fierce, they work hard and keep working until they reach their goals. They possess unstoppable energy, which is why the city is incredibly frenetic yet inspiring. New Yorkers are tolerant and accepting, yet guarded, until they know someone and earn their trust. New Yorkers have each other’s backs. They’re in this crazy life together. New Yorkers work in the arts, finance, and restaurants. Some are wealthy, and some make minimum wage. Some live in rent-stabilized apartments, and others in multi-million dollar penthouses.