About Our Town
Accessed from US 321 north of Interstate 40, Granite Falls offers small town living near the larger market of Hickory. The Town's transportation network includes connections to I-40, I-85 and I-26. Home to nationally recognized Bank of Granite, the Town of Granite Falls' economy has been centered on manufacturing. Growth in tourism and the retirement industry are diversifying the economic base. Strong support of business with a commitment to small town quality of life is Granite Falls' recipe for economic success.
Caldwell County Labor Force: 35,992 (November, 2010)
Caldwell County Unemployment Rate: 12.5% (March 2010-April 2011)
Granite Falls' Largest Employers
Taxes (Per $100 Valuation)
Education and Training
Caldwell Community College, near Granite Falls, is part of the North Carolina Community College System, rated first in the nation for industry support and training. The New and Expanding Industry Training Program offers customized, free training to new and expanding industries. The Focused Industrial Training Program provides ongoing training to local companies at a very low cost. The Faye A. Broyhill Teaching Center is a collaborative effort between Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute and Appalachian State University and is located on the CCC&TI campus.
Lenoir-Rhyne University, a co-educational, private liberal arts institution, is located in nearby Hickory. Lenoir-Rhyne offers a rich foundation in the arts, humanities, social sciences, language, religion, and natural sciences. Appalachian State University is near Granite Falls in Boone and is part of the University North Carolina System. ASU provides undergraduate and graduate degrees in a broad spectrum of disciplines.
The new Hickory Metro Higher Education Center is a progressive collaboration between Catawba Valley Community College, Lenoir-Rhyne University and Appalachian State University. The institution is located adjacent to the community college campus and provides undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Quality of Life
Caldwell County has a wealth of outdoor recreation, arts and cultural opportunities. Cycling, hiking, boating, and golf are some of the activities in the immediate area. Caldwell Arts Council and Foothills Performing Arts are two of the local organizations involved in arts and cultural programs and the Hickory area has many more.
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