As “High Point’s University,” HPU is committed to the city it calls home. The university continually partners with High Point on community service projects, experiential learning opportunities, business endeavors and more. These efforts underscore HPU’s commitment to the community and demonstrate a desire for local engagement.
Brush up on your High Point trivia with these five facts you might not know about your city:
1. Hosts 75,000 furniture industry leaders twice yearly
The High Point Furniture Market, known to many as “market,” is the largest semiannual home furnishings industry trade show in the world. Twice a year, market brings 75,000 vendors and visitors from 100 countries to the city of High Point. More than 2,000 exhibitors show their products in 11.5 million square feet of showroom space in 180 buildings throughout the city. It’s a global meeting of furniture professionals that’s been happening since 1909.
It also presents a specific advantage to HPU students who gain work at the showrooms twice per year. Students across the board – not just interior design and visual merchandising design majors – appreciate the hands-on experience and unparalleled networking opportunities it offers. And it all happens in their backyard.
2. Dubbed “North Carolina’s International City”
High Point has a few nicknames – including the “Silicon Valley of Furniture,” “North Carolina’s International City” and the “Home Furnishings Capital of the World.” Many of its international ties are due to market’s worldwide attraction. However, more than 70 international companies call High Point home year-round, making the city a globally-connected community for businesses.
Some of the national or global companies in the local area include Bank of America, Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, BB&T, Krispy Kreme, Proctor and Gamble, Mack Trucks, Honda Aircraft Company, PwC, Old Dominion Freight Lines and more.
3. Revitalization efforts
“Forward High Point” was recently formed as a redevelopment corporation to “transform downtown High Point into an extraordinary and vibrant destination to live, work, study and play.”
Although some details are still under development, the revitalization efforts aim to refurbish neglected housing, attract more young professionals and construction of a major multipurpose stadium downtown. This site will host games for the local baseball team, sports tournaments, concerts and more.
4. A city full of culture and small businesses
While furniture showrooms encompass much of the downtown district, Uptowne High Point has become a social, pedestrian-friendly hub for the city. Home to the legendary saxophonist John Coltrane, High Point hosts the annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival, which attracts visitors from all over the world. The High Point Arts Council organizes numerous theatre, music, dance and visual art exhibitions year-round to ensure the arts are accessible to everyone in the High Point area.
There are also many small businesses that thrive in High Point, including HPU Passport Partners like Simon Jewelers, Sir Pizza, Sweet Josephine’s; and “Our City. Our University.” partners like Blue Rock Pizza, Hamilton Street Bistro, JH Adams Inn, FosterHobbs Coffee and more.
5. A connecting point
The city of High Point is located at a prime location in North Carolina. It’s close to major airports in Greensboro (PTI), Charlotte (CLT) and Raleigh (RDU), which connect you to the rest of the world. And whether you want to take a trip to the mountains or the beach or anywhere in between, it’s an easy drive because of the city’s central location in the state.