HIGH POINT, N.C., May 7, 2014 – High Point University honored local businesses with a luncheon on campus today to thank them for their partnership in building a strong city.
Dr. Nido Qubein, university president, said that both HPU, which brings thousands of new faces to the city each year, and leaders of High Point businesses, who welcome those faces in their restaurants, hotels, retail shops and many other establishments, serve as the major economic engines in High Point. Together, the university and these businesses constantly partner to build a better High Point.
“We appreciate you and want you to be successful,” Qubein told the business owners. “A strong business community is good for High Point University, and a thriving High Point University is good for the city. This is not a separation; we are one.”
The university honored both Passport Partners – businesses that allow HPU students, faculty and staff to make purchases using their HPU ID card, as well as community partners who share their university pride through their businesses in unique ways. HPU provides student shuttles to and from many of these businesses during the week. The college also invites businesses onto campus to promote their products and services.
Each year, HPU brings more than 80,000 visitors to the city in addition to the 4,200 students that call High Point home. For example, the university’s Commencement Ceremony alone attracted nearly 10,000 visitors on May 3.
“Every week, we have people coming into our business because of HPU,” said Nancy Auman, general manager of the Courtyard Marriott hotel in High Point, at the event. “This partnership has made such an impact on our business. It truly is a partnership, and the university is willing to help us in any way that they can because they want us to be successful.”
“We partner with the community to create an inspiring environment that extends beyond campus into our city through valued partnerships,” added Natalie Haire, community relations manager at HPU. “These partners welcome our 4,200 students and 80,000 visitors into their business. This luncheon shows our appreciation and provides a time to share exciting initiatives for the coming year.”
When it began in 2006, the Passport program had fewer than 10 partners. Today, it includes nearly 100 partners that feature a variety of restaurants, retail shops and more. All partners are identified by the HPU umbrellas, flags and decals on their shop windows and doors.