Why Greensboro Thrives


Greensboro…an economic engine

Greensboro’s thriving business landscape is made up of organizations of all sizes and types—from renowned global corporations to highly specialized entrepreneurial and creativity-driven firms. And their reasons for locating here are as varied as the business sectors they represent. Large companies like Honda Aircraft Company, The Volvo Group, Procter & Gamble, and VF Corporation are drawn to our well-trained workforce and our geographic advantage as an East Coast nexus of transportation and logistics, situated within 650 miles of more than half of the U.S. population. Entrepreneurs and small businesses thrive in the young-minded, knowledge-based atmosphere of a city where nearly a third of the population has an undergraduate, graduate or professional degree.

Plentiful opportunities to earn, a competitive cost of living and our off-the-scale livability make the greater Greensboro area an excellent place to build your future.


Greensboro…a place to make a future

In addition to a vibrant quality of life, Greensboro offers a thriving business community made up of world-renowned companies. With our outstanding East Coast location midway between New York and Miami, we are within 650 miles of more than half of the U.S. population. Four major interstates – I-40, I-85, I-73, and I-74 – already intersect in the Greensboro/High Point area or soon will, and Piedmont Triad International Airport offers more than 60 direct flights daily to major U.S. cities. For all of these reasons and many more, companies like American Express, FedEx Express, Lincoln Financial Group, Bank of America, BB&T, Honda Aircraft Company, The Volvo Group, Procter & Gamble, and VF Corporation have large operations in our area. Plenty of opportunities to earn coupled with a competitive cost of living makes the greater Greensboro area an excellent place to build your future.



Greensboro …an educational leader

With more than 47,000 undergraduate and post graduate students studying here, Greensboro is an educational community where opportunities begin, grow and thrive. It is home to seven colleges and universities—Bennett College for Women, Elon University School of Law, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Guilford Technical Community College, North Carolina A&T State University and UNC Greensboro. These institutions employ 6,000 people as faculty and staff educating the people who will build and guide the knowledge-based economy of tomorrow.

Traditional careers in education, business and law begin here, along with those in disciplines of the future like nanoscience, nanoengineering, biotechnology and global logistics.
Greensboro’s institutions of higher learning house a vast reservoir of intellectual capital that is a tremendous resource for our business community. And the eagerness with which academic leaders share this resource plays an important role in helping opportunity thrive here.


Bennett College

Bennett College is a small, private, historically Black liberal arts college for women. The College offers women an education conducive to excellence in scholarly pursuits; preparation for leadership roles in the workplace, society, and the world; and life-long learning in a technologically advanced, complex global society. As a United Methodist Church-related institution, Bennett College promotes morally grounded maturation, intellectual honesty, purposeful public service, and responsible civic action.


Elon University

Elon is a selective, mid-sized private university renowned as a national model for engaged and experiential learning. Students work closely with faculty who are dedicated to excellent teaching and scholarship. The curriculum is grounded in the traditional liberal arts and sciences and complemented by nationally accredited professional and graduate programs.


Greensboro College

Greensboro College, an independent, coeducational college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is an academic and social community that unites the liberal arts and Judeo-Christian values in an atmosphere of diversity and mutual respect. Founded in 1838 and located near downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,200 students from 26 states, the District of Columbia and 24 nations in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master’s degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features an 18-sport athletic program and dozens of service and recreational organizations.


Guilford College

Guilford College is committed to making a liberal arts education accessible to all motivated students, regardless of means or background. With emphases on academic reputation, social responsibility, principled problem solving, and civic engagement, the college has been educating leaders since 1837. In 2010 the college’s enrollment reached 2800, with a student body composed of approximately 50% traditional undergraduate students and 50% adult (age 23+) students under the continuing education division. The Early College at Guilford comprises 100 talented Guilford County high school juniors and seniors earning concurrent high school and college credits and has been consistently ranked as a top U.S. high school by US News and Newsweek magazines.


Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC)

Guilford Technical Community College provides access to lifelong learning opportunities for personal growth, workforce productivity, and community service. GTCC is changing with new technologies, creating new and innovative programs to help our students achieve their goals and dreams. Working hard to ensure that students have access to the latest technology and equipment – the type used in the workplace – in order to leave GTCC prepared to work in the top industries. Student success in the classroom and workplace is the mission of GTCC.


Elon University School of Law

Elon Law prepares students to be successful lawyers who excel in the profession and global citizens who lead in their communities, nation, and world. Students at Elon Law are able to master the fundamentals of law through a rigorous core curriculum, while developing knowledge and skills in the business and ethical dimensions of the profession through the school’s Leadership Program and Preceptor Program, through which accomplished attorneys mentor students from the start of their law school experience. The school’s high-tech facilities in downtown Greensboro include the North Carolina Business Court, making Elon one of the few law school’s in the country to house a working court.

Student life is enriched through a close association with both the faculty, who provide a global perspective and a commitment to innovative teaching, and with the law school’s advisory board, chaired by David Gergen, adviser to four U.S. Presidents, and including two former governors, three former Chief Justices of the N.C. Supreme Court, the Chair of the American Red Cross, and several international leaders in business and law. Students engage the law through three law clinics serving the greater Greensboro community and trial advocacy, moot court, and field-placement programs.


The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG)

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) is a public, coeducational, doctoral-granting, residential university chartered in 1891. It is one of the three original institutions of The University of North Carolina System. UNCG is classified by The Carnegie Foundation as a

Research University with High Research Activity.

UNCG is a …

Learner-centered, accessible, and inclusive community fostering intellectual inquiry to prepare students for meaningful lives and engaged citizenship;

Research university where collaborative scholarship and creative activity enhance quality of life across the lifespan;

Source of innovation and leadership meeting social, economic, and environmental challenges in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina, and beyond; and Global university integrating intercultural and international experiences and perspectives into learning, discovery, and service.

In 2010 – 11 UNCG enrolled approximately 17,300 on-campus students and more than 1,000 others in distance-learning programs. Twenty-four percent of UNCG students are from out-of-state. UNCG is proud of its ethnic minority enrollment which is about 33 percent.

In addition to the College of Arts & Science and six professional schools housed on the university campus, UNCG has successful partnered with North Carolina A & T to form the Gateway University Research Park home of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T)

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is a public, doctoral/research, 1890 land-grant university committed to exemplary teaching and learning, scholarly and creative research, and effective engagement and public service. The university offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, and has a commitment to excellence in a comprehensive range of academic disciplines. Our unique legacy and educational philosophy provide students with a broad range of experiences that foster transformation and leadership for a dynamic and global society.

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