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by Jordan Green

Monitoring the economic pulse of the Triad

FEASIBILITY STUDY ON HIGH POINT CONVENTION CENTER LAUNCHED

The High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau and the economic development organization High Point Partners have hired Strategic Advisory Group of Atlanta to conduct a feasibility study for a facility equipped to host conventions and meetings in the city.

Civic leaders want to bring a convention center to High Point to allow the city to compete “as a year-round business destination for meetings, trade shows and conventions” to augment the biannual furniture market, the two agencies indicated in an announcement last week.

“Over the last year, the High Point Partners have discussed the need for a gathering place for our city,” said Jeff Miller, president and CEO of High Point Regional Health System, and chair of the economic development organization. “This study will give us facts we need to make an enlightened decision about this important aspect of our local economy.”

Tony Peterman, a senior partner with Strategic Advisory Group, will lead the study, which is slated for completion in July 2014.

BUSINESS FAIR FOR MINORITY AND WOMEN CONTRACTORS TO BE HELD

Minority and women business owners are invited to the Gate City Minority Business Opportunity Fair, a free networking event hosted by East Market Street Development Corp., on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. The event takes place at the Galleria Events Center on South Eugene Street, and will afford opportunities to meet with representatives of the city of Greensboro, Guilford County, Guilford County Schools, GTCC, NC A&T University, the NC Department of Transportation, the NC Military Business Center and UNCG, along with event sponsors DH Griffin, Balfour Beatty Construction, Edifice, High Point Bank, KBR Building Group, Lend Lease, Rentenbach Constructors, Volvo Group Trucks and Weaver Cooke Construction.

FARMERS MARKET NOW ACCEPTING ‘FOOD STAMPS’

The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market is now accepting Supplemental Nutritional Assurance Program, traditionally known as “food stamps,” as payment for food and produce. The benefits are distributed on electronic benefits cards that can be swiped at the market manager’s station, similar to the way a debit card works. The Guilford County Department of Public Health is working with the farmers market and the county department of social services to publicize the new payment option as part of a campaign to encourage consumption of healthy foods. Implementing “food stamp” benefits as a payment option was part of the proposal by the nonprofit Greensboro Farmers Market Inc., which submitted a successful bid to take over management of the market from the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department.

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