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for North Carolina Vol. 56 Issue 8, Aug 1998
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Reidsville's Chinqua-Penn Plantation is Rockingham County's main tourist attraction. Built in the 1920s by Betsy and Thomas Jefferson Penn, the 27-room mansion is a blend of gardens, architecture, and works of art.
Some people see investing in independent films produced in the state as a way to garner large profits. Points to consider before investing include reading the script, understanding film financing, and knowing how the completed film will be distributed.
Once dependent on the textile and tobacco industries, Rocking ham County looks to diversification to improve its economy. Among the largest employers are Miller Brewing Co. (beer), and Burlington Industries (home fashions). Abundant educational opportunities are available, and two fine hospitals serve the county.
No matter how quickly highways are built to and around cities, they soon become alarmingly crowded. Such congestion increases the acceptability of mass transit to commuters. Upcoming projects include the Triangle Transit Authority's 35-mile regional rail system and extending passenger train service to the western part of the state.
Once a quiet crossroads community, Cary is now the state's seventh-largest municipality, with a population of 85,000 and major companies, including MCI and Siemens. Howard S. Johnson, who has been Cary Chamber of Commerce president for twelve years, has played a pivotal role in this transformation.
A number of promising businesses fail to attract investors partly because of the low number of venture capital firms and the value of the funds. In 1997, the state ranked 16th nationally, with $202 million in venture capital invested. California was first with $4.9 billion. The state's largest sixteen funds are listed.