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High Point – Central and well connected.

7/3/2011 10:27:03 AM

It’s pretty simple. Companies need to be able to reach customers with relative ease. In fact, the faster, the better. To achieve this, a strategic location with an excellent transportation infrastructure is vital. Enter the City of High Point. This community of 105,000 residents, located in the fast-growing Piedmont Triad Region, is arguably one of the most well-connected cities in
the nation.

While this sounds like an incredibly bold statement, it’s one that Loren Hill, President of the High Point Economic Development Corporation, can effectively argue. “No other community in North Carolina has four ‘two-digit’ interstates running through it,” says Hill. “In fact, we don’t know of another community in the U.S. that can boast that number.” For the record, interstates with two digits (I-85) are considered primary routes, while those with three digits (I-485) are spurs or loops off a primary interstate.

Hill points out that there’s much more to High Point’s transportation network than interstates. Area businesses also have access to both CSX and Norfolk Southern rail lines, an inland port terminal and a growing international airport with three runways and plenty of cargo capacity. Two massive FedEx hubs -- one for air cargo and one for ground freight (under construction) -- are enhancing an already star-studded distribution dream team. These nearby sorting and distribution centers enable companies to receive orders well into the evening and still ship products out to customers for next day delivery. In a world where procrastination is the norm and patience is increasingly hard to find, this is a very big deal.

Building on Success
Thanks to a rich history in manufacturing, companies in High Point and the surrounding region have been perfecting their logistics and distribution operations for decades. The result is a sophisticated industry cluster capable of moving all
kinds of products, from bulk materials to precious cargo, anywhere in the world with incredible efficiency.

Like a snowball rolling downhill, successful industry clusters gain speed and mass over time. The larger the cluster, the faster the growth is likely to occur. Thanks to their mid-Atlantic location, a sophisticated multi-modal transportation infrastructure and the support of local government, the High Point EDC, the Piedmont Triad Partnership and allies like ElectriCities, High Point’s future is incredibly bright.

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