Piedmont Triad

AUG 2012

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TRIAD Piedmont Triad Research Park is home to the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. the company's decision to invest in the Piedmont Triad region. Another legacy of that tradition, specifi cally textile and tobacco manufac- turing, is the robust road and rail system. It wasn't long after the days when Shugart's father and grandfather drove that wagon into Winston-Salem to auction their tobacco crop that trucking became a booming local business. Roads, highways and tracks were laid to ship cigarettes and clothing to the rest of the country and around the world. Indeed, Greensboro was nicknamed the Gate City after railroad lines converging there turned the city into an East Coast transportation hub. More than half of the nation's population and most of its major markets are within a 650-mile radius. Interstates 40, 73, 74, 77 and 85 cross the region. Last year, Gov. Beverly Perdue announced expedited funding and construction on the last legs of the Greensboro Urban Loop (I-840) and funding for the fi rst section of the Winston-Salem Beltway (I-274), with construction scheduled to begin in 2014. In addition to the two urban loop projects, construction continues on I-73 and I-74, which will serve as important connectors between the Midwest and Southeast. Recent logistics-based Piedmont Triad Partnership

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