The High Point Economic Development Corporation (HPEDC) has always taken great pride in its publications – which are meant to let people know what’s happening in the city and also meant to help encourage even more economic development.
The group’s annual report every year is especially intended as a document to draw new business to the area, and now the HPEDC just published its 2021 Annual Report on all the great things that happened in the city last year.
The report, titled “Recruit. Retain. Revitalize,” is trying to do exactly what the title suggests – “recruit new business, retain existing industry, and revitalize the community.”
Over the last decade, High Point has seen an impressive number of companies open shop or expand there, and, each year, the HPEDC’s report highlights those victories and collects them together in one glossy booklet.
This year, the 16-page publication features the year’s big economic development announcements, like “DC Blox’s $305M Tier III data center and Key Risk, a Berkley Co., anchoring the 275 N. Elm building at The Outfields, along with many more.”
A two-page spread profiles downtown investments from Congdon Yards, Peters Development, Stock + Grain Assembly, the Qubein Children’s Museum and Truist Point.
The report also highlights other infrastructure and residential projects that are meant to help support existing and future economic development efforts.
It also features client testimonials and offers a “Community Profile” section that gives info on demographics and other “fast facts.”
This is the first report put out by HPEDC Director Sandy Dunbeck, who took over last year from former longtime HPEDC leader Loren Hill who stepped down. Hill always loved showing off the annual reports – and some years he would get the Guilford County commissioners to pretend to read the reports all at once while he got a picture of the group.
Milestones for the City of High Point are also included in the new report. It recounts the hiring of new High Point City Manager Tasha Logan Ford, the construction of the new Police headquarters in the city, and a $20 million grant for greenway extension and streetscapes.
The annual report also recognizes the city’s key economic development partners like High Point University, Guilford Technical Community College, Visit High Point, the High Point Market Authority, the Guilford County Economic Development Alliance and the Carolina Core.