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Old 01-21-2015, 03:23 AM
 
Location: North Greensboro
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After being here for seven years, iv'e literally watched this city drastically change from stagnant and old money to a city striving to be a power house for economic growth and international relations, as the city right now sits a tick under a healthy 300.000 residents. While being the 3rd largest city in NC, it seems it's so overshadowed for having so much to offer, While it is growing rapidly with tons of new multimillion dollar developments; it still lags behind Raleigh and Charlotte. But i really think it's starting to play catch up with the two front runners.. After reading the New Article about Greensboro, And what the Head organizers of the US Figure skating championships had to say Concerning the Importance of Greensboro... I really think Greensboro has found it's stride.

Hill Carrow and Bob Dunlop, Head Organizer,Head Director of the US figure skating championships had this to say.

“Generally speaking, any time you host a national event, others watch. They pay attention to what it’s like,” said Kim Strable, president of the Greensboro Sports Commission. “... With Olympic sports in particular, Hill has made a lot of headway. He doesn’t bring events just to Greensboro. He’s a well-recognized professional in the industry. They realize if Hill is involved, it will be done really, really well.”
Carrow has marketed both figure skating championships as North Carolina events rather than Greensboro events, selling tickets statewide.

But the truth is, Greensboro is the only place the event works.

You couldn’t do this in Raleigh. You couldn’t do this in Charlotte,” Carrow said. “You’ve got to have the additional facilities of the Special Events Center to pull it off. Even a city like Boston — our candidate for the next Olympics — had to do this event at four different sites last year with long shuttle bus rides to get from place to place. People don’t realize the full capabilities of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. This is an event that shows it.”

So what’s next?

Dunlop, figure skating’s events director, said he can envision a “long-term relationship” with Greensboro. His group’s skaters and coaches like having their event under one roof. They’re impressed with coliseum renovations made over the past four years.

And Greensboro has Carrow.

“We’re essentially a traveling road show,” Dunlop said. “We need that strong local person who can dot the I’s and cross the T’s. Someone who can work behind the scenes and attract people and sponsors. Hill understands what it takes to put on an event. ... He’s kept Greensboro in the conversation, asking: ‘What else can we do?’ Will it be another championships? Will it be a Worlds? It’s a conversation that’s continued.”

Full article here, and a great read. Hill Carrow led the effort to bring figure skating to Greensboro - News-Record.com: Home

Greensboro...Is seriously on a roll these days. And it's finally getting the credit it deserves.

I love a good success story, GO NC!!!
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Old 01-21-2015, 04:27 AM
 
Location: The Emerald City
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Ssshhhhhhh!

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Old 01-21-2015, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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The truth is that it goes beyond just the success of the Greensboro Coliseum which is attracting national and international events. The city is a sleeping giant and while there is always constant recognition and debate between Charlotte and Raleigh, The city of Greensboro is really starting to take its place and is on the path of "arriving". All you have to do is look at the industry that is moving to the Gate City. Honda Aircraft Company opened its world headquarters and a jet factory at Piedmont Triad International Airport and the state is funding a large airport taxi bridge over a future segment of I-73 to open up hundreds of acres of land for even more companies. Gateway University Research Park is another great step forward for Greensboro. Greensboro is attracting upscale retail and restaurants such as Brooks Brothers, PF Changs, Ruth Chris and Wolfgang Puck. Finally the city's downtown is attracting a lot of major investment. Four hotels are proposed for downtown which includes a Hyatt Place, 12-story Wyndham luxury hotel, and a Hampton Inn Suites. A 3,000 seat Performing Arts Center will open downtown in 2017 along with an adjoining urban park with fountains and light sculptures. A major 300 unit luxury midrise apartment complex with a hotel that extends over a block is under development and Greensboro will become the first city in the country to have a greenway that loops around its downtown. The third House of Blues in the Carolinas opened in downtown Greensboro and its downtown nightlife on Elm St, rivals Charlotte's Tryon St. Then there is the Union Square project in downtown Greensboro. It will be a mixed-use university development which will have educational/research facilities that all of Greensboro's universities and colleges will share and will also include a hotel, retail and apartments. Construction on the first phase will begin in a few months.
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Old 01-21-2015, 06:24 AM
 
Location: North Greensboro
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Ssshhhhhhh!
yes yes, i know, but it was only a matter of time before the word got out about just how much Greensboro Actually has going for it.

The facts if you will. And what GSOboi mentioned does not even scratch the surface of developments going on here.
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:06 AM
 
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Don't forget Winston-Salem folks
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:34 AM
 
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Greensboro's exhibition/convention facilities (coliseum complex and Koury Convention Center) have resulted in Greensboro landing several events that normally go to larger cities. That is definitely its niche and one that it should build upon.
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Old 01-21-2015, 11:11 AM
 
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I like Greensboro a lot. Needs more shopping areas though, imo
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Old 01-21-2015, 11:12 AM
 
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Greensboro is bigger than Richmond, yet Richmond has 6 malls and 2 high end outdoor malls.
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Old 01-21-2015, 12:03 PM
 
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Greensboro is bigger than Richmond, yet Richmond has 6 malls and 2 high end outdoor malls.
You mean it has a greater city proper population due to NC relaxed annexation laws, Richmond is more urban (area) and a larger city.
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Old 01-21-2015, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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You mean it has a greater city proper population due to NC relaxed annexation laws, Richmond is more urban (area) and a larger city.
Geographically and population wise Greensboro is bigger than Richmond. In terms of urban area I guess it depends on whether or not you include High Point and Winston-Salem (CMSA). Richmond does look much bigger in its urban core and has a bigger skyline than Greensboro. But its also the state capital.


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Greensboro's exhibition/convention facilities (coliseum complex and Koury Convention Center) have resulted in Greensboro landing several events that normally go to larger cities. That is definitely its niche and one that it should build upon.
Indeed, Greensboro may not be large enough for a major league sports franchise but it can host major national sporting events due to the uniqueness of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. The Greensboro Coliseum Complex actually has one of the largest arenas (not counting dome stadiums) in the United States since most big cities are building new arenas around 18,000 seats. The Greensboro Coliseum has 23,500 seats.
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