Since it was marked by a surveyor in 1856 as the “high point” on the tracks of the North Carolina Railroad, the City of High Point has been a place of convergence. The city brought together materials, craftsmanship, and commercialization over time to become the residential furniture capital of the world. Twice per year, the city hosts an average of 75,000 people from around the globe, generating a statewide economic impact of $5 billion.
High Point’s Vision
Local leaders have recognized the importance of creating a hub in the downtown that can serve as the convergence point for a new exciting and sustainable economy. This new place will not only work in support of and in synergy with the furniture economy, but it will celebrate the furniture heritage of the community, while linking the downtown with the surrounding quality institutions such as High Point Regional Hospital, which employs over two thousand people, and High Point University, which has grown from twelve hundred to five thousand students and has invested 1 billion dollars in new development and capital improvements since Nido Qubein became the university’s president in 2005.