Hiking Trails

North Carolina in my head

By BFEditors
Excerpt from the July/August 2022 issue

EComprising just under 54,000 square miles, North Carolina has an economy that has seen a huge shift from its early years. By the end of the 19th century, North Carolina was pushing its way towards industrialization and factories were springing up everywhere. It was then that the state became the furniture capital of the world as well as a major producer of tobacco products and textiles.

Much has changed in the state since that time. Today, North Carolina’s economy is focused on a variety of industries, including banking, technology, pharmaceuticals, and auto parts. Over 42% of its population is college educated and the workforce is strong here.

Research Triangle Park, a 7,000-acre research park located in the Piedmont region of the state, is the largest research park in the United States, home to hundreds of companies, including many science, technology and governmental.

An aerial look at construction at North Hills, a thriving and innovative mixed-use development in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo: Travis Jack, FlyBoy Photo and Media)

Its thriving job market, healthy economy, lower cost of living, access to quality health care, and temperate climate have made North Carolina one of the top destinations for growing families, young professionals and retirees. Additionally, residents often brag about the state’s roads, ease of getting around, top universities, shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

North Carolina is about 500 miles east to west and about 180 miles north to south, creating subtropical and temperate climates. Its hundreds of miles of Atlantic coastline means it is often associated with world-class beaches such as those in the famous Outer Banks region. However, the state is topographically diverse, which means it is also home to a number of rivers, waterfalls, and lakes. as well as breathtaking mountain ranges like Blue Ridge and Great Smokies that offer plenty of hiking trails and some of the most scenic views on the east coast.

North Carolina has been described as a place where interesting things are always happening and where old meets new. Whether it’s a quaint little town or a big city like Charlotte, Greensboro or Raleigh, the state is well known for its sense of community and friendliness that has helped North Carolina develop its well-deserved reputation for making everyone who moves there feel like they belong.

Boom Supersonic lands at PTI in central North Carolina

Boom Supersonic chose to manufacture its revolutionary supersonic passenger aircraft, named Overture, at Piedmont Triad International Airport in central North Carolina.

Overture will be able to fly faster than the speed of sound and twice as fast as today’s subsonic jets. Passengers will be able to fly on Overture from New York to London, for example, in less than four hours.

“We are pleased to welcome Boom Supersonic to the Piedmont Triad International Airport family of companies,” said Kevin Baker, airport executive director. “When Boom needed a place to build their plane, our airport had a site ready.”