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Old 03-10-2015, 09:33 AM
Location: Ballston Lake, NY
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Hi, I'm Aaron; this is one of my first posts on this forum. I am a 21 year old African-American male (Just turned on February 12th) and I am planning to relocate from my hometown in Upstate NY during the Spring of 2016 (Essentially, in another year). The reason is, with my career plans and interests, there is not enough of a market to possibly further advance my career. At that point, I would be 22. I have my Associate's Degree in Business Administration & will have my Bachelor's Degree in Management & Economics in December 2015. My background is in Automotive; particularly: Sales, Sales Management, Marketing Management, Business Development, Internet Sales, Dealership Accounting (Books, Accounts Payable/Receivable, Billing, Payroll, etc...) and service writing/advising. I was blessed to land an internship when I was 17 with my local chamber of commerce who helped in getting me my first experience at a dealership and live the dream of working in Automotive I always had. I currently work as a Business Development Rep & Internet Sales Specialist for the largest GM (General Motors) dealership in the Northeast.

I gave a lot of background, I know. I thought it would be helpful for the question I have. I have been considering the Richmond, VA area as one of the major contenders in where I want to relocate. With that said, I was wondering about the area from its local citizens. How is the job market down there? How is the market for dealership jobs in the area? What is income and pay like in this area, do you think, compared to other areas? What is the cost of living like? I would be renting a place. What is rent prices like? I've seen that their could be possibly crime in some areas. Which ones should I stay out of? Also, I know it's not 1950s, but from friends who have recently lived down there, they say that a little prejudice in certain areas may exist against African-Americans? Is this true? If so, what areas do you think it's present? Also, do you think it's a good area from someone like me? (22, Essentially fresh out of college, working in automotive, etc...) Any information you have about the area will be extremely helpful for me in planning to relocate. Thank you!!!
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:48 AM
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I don't know much about the automotive industry, but there is no shortage of dealerships here. Carmax has its HQ here and that could be a great opportunity for the types of jobs you seem interested.

Rents vary widely throughout the area, but you should be able to get a decent 1br reasonably. When you do start looking at specific complexes, read reviews online so you don't get stuck with a bad property manager/landlord.

The area isn't as diverse as a major city, but seems to be pretty welcoming. Look at some of the other posts on the forum for more details.
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Old 03-11-2015, 01:17 PM
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A little confused man.. how many places do you plan on relocating to at one time?

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Old 03-21-2015, 06:04 PM
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Richmond has always been a job magnet. It has a healthy economy and I feel as an African American you will be fine.
Good Luck in your future. Norfolk VA Beach is also a good place, btw.
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