August 4, 2008

Lenoir, NC – In its September issue, National Geographic Adventure magazine included Lenoir among the “The Fifty Next Great Adventure Towns.” Lenoir is named among 50 innovative towns and adventure hubs that are attractive for investment and relocation. Lenoir is also the only city to receive the recognition in North Carolina. Authors Sarah Tuff and Greg Melville explain, “…this year we selected 50 innovative towns that aren’t just prime relocation spots right now, but smart choices for the future. Not only do they have the action. They’ve got a plan.”

The article mentions Internet giant Google who recently located one of its data centers in Lenoir. With its attractive climate, cost of living, low taxes, and proximity to Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lenoir is seeing substantial growth in industrial, commercial and retail development, such as hi-tech newcomer VX Aerospace and pharmaceutical company Galexe Pharma Sciences.

The September issue also named Lenoir as a “hot bargain.” With median home prices at $115,000 and mountain views starting at $299,000, available and affordable homesites in the Lenoir area are leading to an unprecedented boom in residential growth. Over 13,000 acres of residential developments will include amenities such as hotel facilities, condos, lakes and world-class golf. Recently, Businessweek.com ranked the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area as the 14th best housing market in the U.S. for 2007.

And as an adventure hub—just minutes from Lenoir—opportunities can be found in Pisgah National Forest and the remote and rugged area of Wilson Creek, a federally designated "Wild and Scenic River." Camping, kayaking, hunting and fishing, waterfall hikes, off-road driving, and mountain biking are available in selected areas. In addition, Lenoir’s proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Blue Ridge Parkway and major metropolitan areas make convenience its greatest asset.