Companies and economic developers in the Piedmont Triad Metropolitan Area are diversifying their economy through international trade. In so doing, the area has become the state's most important export center and ranks 37th nationwide.
The Piedmont Triad Metropolitan Area is slowly becoming a competitor for Charlotte and the Research Triangle as a result of painstaking planning and long-needed cooperation among governmental units and agencies. The Triad is not only a manufacturing center, it also offers support to entrepreneurs and access to university research services.
The Piedmont Triad is made up of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point and is North Carolina's manufacturing center. Grain and textile mills, as well as furniture manufacturers, make up most of the business in this area.
North Carolina developers believe the recession will have a minimal impact on the state's three biggest metro areas, Charlotte, the Triad, and the Triangle. This is in part due to the latest trend in municipal planning, in which development is corralled into more easily serviced areas and sprawl is slowed, allowing for more economical use of resources and infrastructure.