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What's Great About Greensboro

We can’t begin to tell you all the wonderful things about Greensboro, so we thought we’d show you.

  • Greensboro is home to AB Volvo's North American headquarters for Volvo Financial Services; Volvo Logistics; Volvo Information Technology; Volvo Parts; and of course, Volvo Trucks. Volvo employs over 2,100 professionals in Greensboro from many different countries. Learn more

  • On March 15, 1781, General Nathanael Greene led 4,400 American troops in battle against British general Lord Charles Cornwallis at Guilford Courthouse, NC. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, the nation's first national park established at a Revolutionary War site, preserves the 220-acre heart of that battlefield. Learn more

  • On February 1, 1960, four NC A&T State University freshmen sat down at the segregated F. W. Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro and asked to be served. Their non-violent protest was the first sit-in demonstration of the American Civil Rights Movement. The International Civil Rights Center & Museum opened in the Woolworth building on February 1, 2010, the sit-in’s 50th anniversary. Learn more

  • The Greensboro Science Center, established in 1957 and accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums in 2008, has over 300,000 visitors a year. Animal Discovery Zoological Park showcases the "Science of Survival" with tigers, meerkats, crocodiles and more. The OmniSphere 3D dome theater shows everything from stars to sharks and coral reefs.  Learn more

  • Greensboro has been the world headquarters of Mack Trucks since 2008. Founded in 1900, Mack sells and services trucks in over 45 countries. It began by manufacturing buses, followed by locomotives, then heavy trucks in 1918. The famous English bulldog became its corporate symbol in 1922. Mack Trucks became part of Volvo AB of Sweden in 2001. Learn more

  • The grounds of the Greensboro Cultural Center are the perfect setting for periodic outdoor sculpture exhibits. A partnership of the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro and the City of Greensboro has worked to establish a Public Art Commission for the city.  Learn more

  • Founded in 1998 and located in downtown Greensboro, Notion Music’s software allows musicians of all skill levels and genres to use their computers to compose, play back and perform their original music.  Learn more

  • William Sydney Porter, who wrote short stories under the pen name O. Henry, was born in Greensboro on September 11, 1862. His stories tended to follow a standard formula, dealing with commonplace events in the lives of ordinary people and arriving at a surprise ending through coincidence, which became known as an "O. Henry ending." Learn more

  • The Greensboro Coliseum Complex multi-building facility hosts athletic events, cultural arts, concerts, theater, educational activities, fairs, exhibits, and public and private conventions, convocations, trade and consumer shows. The 23,500-seat Greensboro Coliseum, built in 1959 and expanded a number of times since then, is the largest single-seat arena in the nation, hosting over 850 events annually. Learn more

  • The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) was founded in Greensboro on May 8, 1953 as a confederation of the athletic programs of seven nearby universities. Today the ACC has expanded to 15 universities located up and down the East Coast, and its headquarters remain located in Greensboro. An ACC basketball tournament in the Greensboro Coliseum is pictured. Learn more

  • Greensboro brims with nightlife for people of all ages, from entertainment at clubs and bars to art exhibits, music and dance performances and a wide variety of top-notch restaurants. The city's six colleges and universities offer numerous opportunities for entertainment as well as learning. Learn more

  • The Greensboro Children’s Museum, a hands-on, interactive museum for children and families, opened in May 1999. Over 20 permanent exhibits feed children’s curiosity, boosted by parent participation. In May 2010, the Museum became one of six Edible Schoolyard education programs in the US originated by chef Alice Waters. Learn more

  • TIMCO Aviation Services is the largest independent aircraft maintenance company in North America, with over 1,800 employees in Greensboro. Headquartered here, TIMCO provides global maintenance, repair and overhaul for commercial and government fleets and airlines. TIMCO also manufactures commercial aircraft interior products, aircraft seating, galleys & lavatories. Learn more

  • Edward R. Murrow, born in Greensboro on April 25, 1908, is perhaps the most distinguished figure in the history of American broadcast journalism. Over a 25-year career of more than 5,000 broadcasts, he helped shape electronic newsgathering as both a craft and a profession. Learn more

  • Greensboro’s J. Douglas Galyon Depot, built in 1927 as a Southern Railway terminal, replaced an 1899 depot still at 400 S. Elm Street and is North Carolina’s largest historic station. In August 2003 it began operating as a transportation hub for Amtrak passenger trains, Greyhound, city and regional busses. Learn more

  • Greensboro has many diverse not-for-profit art galleries and museums. Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNCG houses a permanent contemporary art collection of 6,000 works. Elsewhere Artist Collaborative is a living museum. In the Greensboro Cultural Center are Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, African American Atelier, Guilford Native American Gallery, and Center for Visual Artists. Learn more

  • Elon University School of Law, established in Greensboro in 2006, is a national innovator in legal education. Its 365 students, representing almost 100 undergraduate institutions, benefit from regular interaction with leaders in law, business and civic life. Elon Law also houses a working court, the N. C. Business Court. Learn more

  • This multi-cultural celebration in Center City Park illustrates Guilford County's unique diversity of immigrant communities and the opportunities they bring for cultural enrichment. 5,000 Guilford County School students speak English as a second language, with over 120 languages and dialects spoken in their homes. Learn more

  • The Greensboro Cultural Center, located at 200 North Davie Street, is home to diverse arts organizations such as the United Arts Council, Greensboro Symphony, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Eastern Music Festival, Community Theatre of Greensboro, African American Atelier, Guilford Native American Gallery and more. Learn more

  • The Wyndham Championship, North Carolina’s oldest professional golf event, was first played as the Greater Greensboro Open in 1938 at the Sedgefield Country Club course, designed by the legendary Donald Ross. Sam Snead, the 1938 winner, later won seven more times, establishing a PGA Tour record that still stands for most wins in one event. Learn more

  • The annual Fun Fourth Festival celebration of Independence Day in downtown Greensboro is regularly recognized as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism society. It offers a parade, pops concert, Freedom Walk and Run, fireworks, street festival with multiple entertainment stages, food, cold beverages, craft sales, and children’s rides and games. Learn more

  • The Proximity Hotel, with its Print Works Bistro, is the first hotel in the United States to earn Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The 147-room luxury hotel, constructed to use 40% less energy and 30% less water than comparable hotels, opened in 2008. Learn more

  • VF Corporation, headquartered in Greensboro, is the world’s largest apparel company. With $9 billion in annual revenue, VF offers over 30 lifestyle brands sold in 150 countries, with a global workforce of over 52,000. In 2010 Fortune magazine again named VF one of the World’s Most Admired Companies, ranking VF second overall among apparel companies. Learn more

  • Replacements Ltd, founded in Greensboro in 1981, has the largest selection of old and new dinnerware for sale in the world. Its huge facility houses 12 million pieces of china, silver, crystal and glassware in more than 390,000 patterns. Learn more

  • Kirkwood's Company of the Delaware Regiment was among the troops who fought under General Nathanael Greene at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. Today's Kirkwood's Company of local volunteers re-enacts the battle each March at the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Greensboro. Learn more

  • The Greensboro FedEx Air Mid-Atlantic Hub opened at Piedmont Triad International Airport in May 2009. The $300 million package-sorting hub employs over 250 people in a 500,000 square foot facility and can sort 24,000 packages per hour. The operation strengthens Greensboro’s position as a Southeast and Middle Atlantic transportation and logistics hub. Learn more

  • The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, a joint venture by UNCG and NC A&T State University, opened on December 7, 2011. The $64 million research facility is located in the South Campus of Gateway University Research Park and offers a space for industry and academic collaborations as well as commercialization of university-developed intellectual properties. Learn more

  • The Center for Creative Leadership, founded in Greensboro in 1970, works with clients worldwide cultivate creative leadership: the capacity to achieve more than imagined by thinking and acting beyond boundaries. Headquartered in Greensboro and ranked among the world's top providers of executive education has over 450 faculty and staff in seven countries around the world. Learn more

  • In 1890 Lunsford Richardson bought the W.C. Porter Drug Store in Greensboro, where he invented twenty-one medicines, Vicks Family Remedies. In 1898 he started L. Richardson Drug Company to manufacture Vicks products for sale throughout the state. Vicks Magic Croup and Pneumonia Salve became Vicks VapoRub. In 1985 Procter and Gamble bought VapoRub and an extended line of Vicks products. Learn more

  • Incorporated in 1968, Greensboro Beautiful is a nonprofit volunteer organization that partners with the City and citizens of Greensboro to conserve and enhance the beauty and ecology of the community. Greensboro Beautiful has over 2,000 active volunteers. The City provides staff to coordinate, implement and administer its programs and projects. Learn more

  • Kindermusik International, an employee-owned company headquartered in Greensboro, is the world's leading provider of music and movement programs for young children. Developed in Germany, Kindermusik was the first program of its kind when launched in the US in 1978. Today its classes are offered in all 50 states and over 70 countries. Learn more

  • The Fresh Market specialty grocery stores, founded in Greensboro in 1982, convey the feeling of open European-style markets, with smaller buildings, low-level lighting, classical music and flowers. Partnering with local growers and producers, the stores carry a variety of local produce, meats and dairy items. With 115 stores in 21 states, the company has sales of $1 billion. Learn more

  • Greensboro College, founded in 1838 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church, was chartered by the State as one of the earliest women’s colleges in the South; it became co-ed in 1954. Located on nearly 80 wooded acres in a historic district bordering downtown, it enrolls approximately 1,250 students from 32 states and 24 countries. Learn more

  • Bennett College was founded in 1873 with 70 students in the Warnersville Methodist Episcopal Church. By 1878 a group of emancipated slaves bought the present site, now covering 55 acres. In 1926 Bennett became a college for women only, and today the four-year liberal arts college enrolls 736 women, with 62% coming from outside NC. Learn more

  • The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, chartered in 1891, is one of three original institutions in the UNC system. This coeducational, public research university has 17,100 students from 50 states and 70 foreign countries. UNCG offers 100 undergraduate, 61 masters, and 26 doctoral programs. Its 204-acre campus is on the edge of downtown Greensboro Learn more

  • Guilford College, founded in 1837 as a coeducational school by members of the Religious Society of Friends, is today an independent college with 2,500 students and 150 faculty members. The fourth oldest degree-granting institution in North Carolina, Guilford’s campus is listed by the US Department of the Interior as a National Historic District. Learn more

  • Chartered in 1891, NC A&T State University is the largest publicly-funded historically-black university in North Carolina. It has 9,026 undergraduate and 1,675 graduate students. One of the nation’s leading producers of African-American engineers, NC A&T offers 116 bachelor’s degrees, 54 master’s degrees, and doctorates in Energy and Environmental Studies and Mechanical, Electrical, and Industrial Engineering. Learn more

  • Homecoming at NC A&T State University is Greensboro's longest-running, highest economic-impact ($11.8 million in 2008) regular college event of any kind. Highlights of the weekend include the Saturday parade through downtown led by the high-energy Aggie Marching Band and the famous tailgate picnics in the parking lot before the football game. Learn more

  • Opened in August 2011, the Greensboro Aquatic Center is a 78,323-square foot, state-of-the-art facility with three main pools and a seating capacity of 2,500. At a cost of $18.8 million, the facility brings together all major aquatic sports – competitive swimming and diving, synchronized swimming and water polo -- in one venue. Learn more

  • Founded in Greensboro in 1971, Unifi, Inc. manufactures polyester and nylon. Unifi’s REPREVE®, synthetic yarn from 100% recycled materials, reduces virgin polyester production and conserves petroleum-based resources. Since REPREVE® can be made from used plastic water bottles, the 2012 Focus Electric and Fusion Hybrids will recycle 2 million plastic bottles by using REPREVE® seat fabric. Learn more

  • Founded in Greensboro in 1991, RF Micro Devices designs and manufactures high-performance radio frequency systems, semiconductor components and solutions for applications that drive wireless and broadband communications. With over 1,700 employees in Greensboro, RF Micro’s products are used in telecommunications, Wireless LAN, GPS, Bluetooth and cable modems. Learn more

  • Opened in 2011, the ACC Hall of Champions showcases Atlantic Coast Conference history in an 8,100-square-foot museum through interactive displays, unique institutional exhibits and multi-purpose program space. Highlights include an interactive exhibit that lets fans face off in a head-to-head challenge to test their knowledge of ACC sports trivia. Learn more

  • The Greensboro Farmer’s Curb Market, established in 1874, is always crowded with shoppers on Saturday and Wednesday mornings. With fresh local produce, flowers, baked goods and much more, the Market has a festival atmosphere. Shoppers of all socioeconomic backgrounds delight in seeing friends and neighbors and building relationships with local farmers and vendors. Learn more

  • The Greater Greensboro CROP Hunger Walk, the second largest walk in the nation, began in Greensboro in 1981. In 2012 over 6,300 participants raised more than $220,000 to help fund the local Potter’s House soup kitchen and Church World Service, an international organization to eradicate hunger and poverty. Learn more

  • The American Hebrew Academy, founded in Greensboro in 1996, is the nation’s first Jewish boarding school. American and international Jewish students in grades 9-12 enroll in traditional college preparatory and Jewish studies courses. On a 100-acre wooded site, the Academy uses an award-winning geothermal energy system to heat and cool its campus buildings. Learn more

  • Founded in Greensboro in 1987, the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship is the state’s largest small-business incubator, graduating nearly 250 businesses with an 80.8% success rate (national rate is 44%). The incubator provides office and light manufacturing space and shared support services such as business counseling, training, technical assistance, marketing, and high-speed internet. Learn more

  • Greensboro is the world headquarters of Honda Aircraft Company, established at Piedmont Triad International Airport in 2006. The corporate offices, research, manufacturing, and maintenance operations for the HondaJet light aircraft employ over 750 people in Greensboro. Delivery of the first HondaJets, which will cost about $4.5 million apiece, is planned for 2014. Learn more

  • Greensboro’s Habitat for Humanity was formed in 1987 to bring volunteers together to build affordable houses and thriving neighborhoods. Twenty-five years later, with a staff of 30 Habitat Greensboro has coordinated almost 6,000 volunteers building over 400 homes. Since 2003 it has built 171 SystemVision certified energy-efficient homes, the most of any single NC builder. Learn more

  • Greensboro-based Gilbarco Veeder-Root is the global leader in manufacturing integrated fuel dispenser, payment, and automatic tank-gauging equipment for the retail and commercial petroleum industry. Their point-of-sale technology helps convenience stores increase traffic and sales inside the stores, where the profit is highest. Gilbarco has about 1,000 employees in Greensboro. Learn more

  • Opened on October 31, 1927 as a 2200-seat vaudeville theater, the Carolina Theatre was the first air conditioned commercial building in North Carolina. It began showing movies five times a day in 1928. Today the Carolina Theatre is a 1075-seat performing arts facility attracting 90,000 people a year to downtown Greensboro. Learn more