Greensboro, NC forms one corner of the Piedmont Triad, along with Winston-Salem and High Point. The Piedmont region is well know for the three major industries that have provides jobs for this part of North Carolina for decades: textiles (such as Hanes, based in Winston-Salem, and Burlington), tobacco (brands Like Newport, Kent and Winston originated here) and furniture (Thomasville and High Point are huge furniture producers). But as these older industries shrink the region looks ahead by building an environment that attracts and supports new companies and industries.
Aviation is the Future
Focusing specifically at Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) Greensburo aviation has become an important part of the fabric of life in the Triad’s rolling green mountains. PTIA had its humble beginnings as Lindley Field in a grass pasture eight miles outside of Greensboro, in 1927 the first passenger flew on a charter to New York City.
Now PTIA is the third busiest airport in North Carolina. Timco Aviation Services open their world headquarters here in 1990 and it became one of the leading suppliers of aviation repairs, overhaul and maintenance working for the world’s airlines and governments. FedEx built and operates a regional package sorting hub, one of only five in the country, that handles approximately 24,000 packages an hour. HondaJet searched for years for the right location that would combine a great quality of life with the trained and talented potential employee base that inhabits the region. Now Greensboro is the home of its world headquarters and the site of its expanding manufacturing facility.
Education is the Key
The Triad contains excellent educational opportunities that produce the kind of employees that technology oriented Greensboro aviation companies need. Over twenty institutions of higher learning are within the Triad, including Wake Forest University and University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro. UNC and North Carolina Agriculture & Technology State University have joined forces to create the Gateway University Research Park to be an incubator and home to environmental and biological research project. NCA&T with its Joint Center for Nanotechnology is a leader in the development in technology and material for drone development. Embry-Riddle University, America’s best known aeronautical university, operates a campus at Greensboro’s PTIA. Guilford Technical Community College operate its Aviation Center, with hanger space, shops and classrooms that train the majority of the technical staff in the region.
The Lure of Natural Beauty
Excellent education institution are not all the Triad provides to help Greensboro aviation industries recruit and retain talented staff in the area. The region is filled with the kind of natural beauty that has attracted visitors to the area for a century. Take a drive on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway and a scenic hike in Hanging Rock State Park to learn how easily visitors become residents in North Carolina. With 469 miles passing thru the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia and North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway is America’s longest linear park. This not to be missed drive was originally built to connect Shenandoah National Park with the Great Smokey Mountain National Park.