Carolina Core to Host First-Ever Real Estate Summit
The “Carolina Core,” for those unaware, is a regional effort to create a “brand” for a 120-mile stretch from central North Carolina along the United States. Highway 421 which runs from I-95 to I-77.
Carolina Core is the effort to jointly present to the world all the advantages that this “Core” has to offer in terms of available megasites, manpower, universities, worker training opportunities, airports and other transportation systems. The initiative, along with many real estate companies, will hold its first-ever real estate summit on Tuesday, September 13, from 1 to 4 p.m., Wicker Civic and Conference Center in Sanford.
One of the reasons for this real estate summit is to put everyone on the same page when it comes to attracting new business. North Carolina has been on fire in this regard for the past few years and these players want this trend to continue in this central part of the state in the future.
A dozen North Carolina real estate groups, Triad and Triangle will participate in the large meeting intended to advance the cause of economic development in this priority area that runs through the center of the state.
According to Zan Monroe, CEO of Longleaf Pine REALTORS, Inc., everyone is welcome.
“This meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Carolina Core,” Monroe said. “We invite commercial and residential real estate agents, business leaders, economic developers, government officials, builders, investors and the media to join us.”
The keynote speaker will be CEO of the North Carolina Economic Development Partnership, Christopher Chung, who works at the state level to help promote the success of economic development projects and initiatives throughout North Carolina. At the big meeting on September 13, Chung will speak on “The Importance of Regionalism, What It Takes to Make the Carolina Core (or Any Region) Work Well in Economic Development.”
Regionalism has been a buzzword for economic development over the past decade in the state. The Guilford County Economic Development Alliance (GCEDA), through which Guilford County, Greensboro and High Point work together – rather than disparately – to attract new businesses to the area and promote economic growth.
GCEDA worked with many others, for example, to advance the Greensboro-Randolph megasite, which will house a large Toyota battery factory.
In addition to Chung, other presenters at the Carolina Core event will also speak on the importance of regional approaches to economic development. Speakers include the Chairman of the Randolph County Board of Commissioners, former Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins, economic developers, representatives from the Piedmont Triad Partnership and the President of the North Carolina Association of REALTORS.