A supersonic jet factory.

A Toyota vehicle battery plant.

New area business expansions announced just about every week now.

When it comes to central North Carolina – and the state as a whole for that matter – there’s a lot of economic development happening everywhere you turn.

One economic development program, Carolina Core, is seeking to help make more of that growth happen – especially within a large corridor in central North Carolina that boasts a large number of assets such as universities, megasites, major highway connections, aviation access and more.

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the first-ever Carolina Core Real Estate Summit was held at the Wicker Civic and Conference Center in Sanford, North Carolina. The summit included a wide variety of people involved with development.

Carolina Core is looking for more ways to draw new business to North Carolina and to the “Core” region. The summit was, among other things, held to help get all the players on the same page.  Over 650 people attended the event –  including commercial and residential real estate professionals, business leaders, elected officials, economic developers and builders.

Guilford County is in the Core and the county stands to benefit in major ways if the Carolina Core branding is a success and it acquires the same type of allure as, say, Research Triangle Park.

Buses were chartered to take Guilford County attendees to the summit in Sanford.  One bus left from Greensboro and one from High Point.

The summit came about after Loren Hill, the Carolina Core regional economic development director of the Piedmont Triad Partnership, spoke to the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Greensboro REALTORS back in January in order to provide the group an overview of the Carolina Core.

Not long after that, Greensboro Regional REALTORS Association CEO Mike Barr proposed the idea of a Carolina Core Real Estate Summit to Hill, who immediately liked the idea and said he’d completely support the effort.

Zan Monroe, who’s the association executive of the Longleaf Pine REALTORS, Inc., which serves Fayetteville and Sanford, got in on the conversations and things were off and running.

One event organizer called it an “unprecedented gathering,” because it was hosted by 13 statewide associations and organizations.

On LinkedIn, Jon Lowder of TREBIC posted: “The Realtors associations from the region that comprises the NC Carolina Core pulled together a strong event in Sanford yesterday. The overarching message was regional collaboration is key to economic development AND to developing the infrastructure to support it.”

Kelly Marks, a realtor in Greensboro, posted on social media: “Terrific program today in Sanford for presentation on the Carolina Core and the successes through Regionalism, cooperation, collaboration, and branding! Thank you to the panel including Mike Fox, Darrell Frye, Chris Chung, Penny Whiteheart, Robbie Perkins, and others. Loren Hill of the Piedmont Partnership has a great group that is doing a fantastic job. The economic wins approach 15 Billion in investments from Toyota, Wolfspeed, and Vinfast. A win for one is a win for all! Love the slogan and ‘More in the Core.’ Thank you to NC Realtors and the other Realtor Boards around the Region who participated to make this event a success, and a special thank you to Mike Barr and Zan Monroe for suggesting this type of economic event.”

From the podium during the event, the emcees – as well as on the back page of the agenda – informed attendees that Hill is the “ambassador” for the Carolina Core brand, and that those who have ideas or want to participate should contact Hill.

Market President of NAI Piedmont Triad and former mayor of Greensboro Robbie Perkins (pictured above) gave the closing remarks at the event that was considered highly successful by the participants.