Triad Counties Recognized For Attracting Businesses

Lists. Whether it's for work, groceries, chores or something else, most of us have one.

Turn to newspapers, magazine or a website and there's a list for "best…" this, "worst…" that.

But the Greensboro-High Point metro area just got itself on a list leaders say is more than just another mention.

The metro area includes Guilford, Rockingham and Randolph counties and was just named the 4th best in the nation for attracting new industry.

"Our region was hit hard during the national recession. It's good that we're making positive steps forward and we're doing well versus communities our size in the nation," said Loren Hill, the president of the High Point Economic Development Corporation.

The national ranking by Site Selection Magazine doesn't come with money or a plaque but Hill says it means a lot to residents in all three counties included in the metro area.

"It gets people's attention. Certainly, as companies are considering coming here who aren't here now, they are looking for reasons to come to a location: is there job growth, are there employees there that could be a part of their workforce," Hill continued.

Leaders in the three counties say the successes are plenty.

High Point announced 15 projects over a million dollars last year according to the city's economic development corporation.

The top one was the $12.8 million Volvo project which is being built right now on Piedmont Parkway.

In Greensboro, Dan Lynch of the Economic Alliance says leaders revealed at least eight new projects over a million dollars.

One of them was the FFF enterprises project at Triad Business Park.

"[There were] several other Greensboro projects that we were not involved with were included on the State's master list but the State Department of Commerce is not ready to release that document at this time," Lynch wrote to News 2 in an email.

Randolph County had 16 expansion announcements in 2013. Ten of those projects were more than a million dollars.

Rockingham County had six projects over a million dollars. The largest was Ruger, a fire arms company that plans to spend $26 million and bring 473 jobs.

"People need jobs, and we need lots of jobs added to our region, and so that's an ever challenging effort on our part to keep trying to help companies grow, and bring new companies here," Hill said.

A key part in attracting these industries have been touting the areas assets. According to Hill, those include the area's network of highways and proximity to other big metro areas like Washington D.C.


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