Bowling Green, Kentucky
Bowling Green is centrally located on Interstate 65 about 110 miles south of Louisville and about 60 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee.
49,296 (2000 Census)
29 years (2000 Census)
PRIMARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION:
Bowling Green offers schools that operate on both the traditional and year-round calendars.
- Western Kentucky University (WKU)
- Bowling Green Adult Learning Center
- Bowling Green Technical College
- Daymar Institute
- Vanderbilt University and University of Louisville are within 1-2 hours of Bowling Green
- E.A. Diddle Arena
- Bowling Green Ballpark
- Russell Sims Aquatic Center
- Warren County Aquatics Facility
- Site Selection magazine has ranked Bowling Green among the top five U.S. Small Towns for corporate expansion.
- Forbes magazine has selected Bowling Green as 14th on their list of “Best Small Places To Do Business.” The list ranked Bowling Green 11th nationwide for the lowest cost-of-living and 36th for highest job growth.
- Bowling Green was named as one of the Top 10 places to retire in Retire in Style: 50 Affordable Places Across America.
Cary, North Carolina
Our proximity to the Research Triangle Park (RTP) and renowned universities has produced a spirit of innovation and learning in Cary.
61% of our adult population hold Bachelor's degrees or higher.
Almost 25% have Master's or Doctoral degrees.
Cary offers schools that operate both on the traditional and year-round calendars. Cary also enjoys the advantage of proximity to some of the nation's top universities, including DUKE University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, as well as numerous well-regarded local colleges.
Every year, thousands of people travel to the Triangle for some of the world's best medical care. Located within a very short drive of our Cary campus is Wake Med, UNC Hospitals, REX hospital and Duke University Medical Center.
Cary is home to:
- World-renowned SAS Soccer Park
- USA Baseball training center
Raleigh/Wake County Recognition:
- #1 Best Place to Live in the US (msnbc, June 2008)
- #2 Best City to Live, Work and Play (Kiplinger's, July 2008)
- #1 Best Place for Business and Careers (Forbes.com, March 2008)
- #9 Best City for Jobs (Frobes.com, January 2008)
- #4 Best City for a Tech job (Forbes, October 2013)
- Top Research Science Park (NCSU-Centennial Campus, The Association of University Research Parks, November 2007)
- Top 5 Best Place to Retire (Money Magazine, October 2013)
- #8 Safest City (Morgan Quitno Press, October 2006)
- Best Place in NC for Veterans (USAA & Military.com, November 2012)
Dayton, Ohio is the heart of a dynamic region where a rich history of invention and innovation continues to unfold. Dayton’s creative side is complemented by attractive neighborhoods, a diverse economic base, distinct cultural attractions, expansive recreational space and excellent city services. In Dayton, you’ll find the best of past is being adapted to create an exciting future.
- Musicals, concerts, plays and more presented by the Victoria Theatre Association
- Outdoor recreation available in multiple locations Five Rivers MetroParks
- Close proximity to Columbus, Cincinnati and Indianapolis
- Professional football, baseball and hockey teams in close proximity
Erie, Cambridge Springs or Saegertown, Pennsylvania
Erie is situated directly between Cleveland, Ohio, Buffalo, New York and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the south-central shores of Lake Erie and is the state's fourth largest city.
103,717 (2000 Census)
34 years (2000 Census)
PRIMARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION:
The district has 23 public schools including elementary, middle, high and one charter school. Other than public schools, the city is home to more than 40 private schools and academies.
LECOM is a large medical campus with a branch in Bradenton, Florida, has one of the largest enrollments of medical students in the country.
The Behrend College is the largest Penn State branch. The university is noted for being one of the best value colleges in the country.
Currently has the number one rated Division II lacrosse team in the US
Erie is a regional leader in health care with two of its hospitals being ranked nationally.
Hamot Medical Center, has consistently been ranked as one of the best hospitals in the country.
Hamot & St. Vincent Joint Ventures
- The Tri-State Regional Trauma Center
- The Regional Cancer Center (TRCC) one of the largest free-standing community cancer treatment centers in the United States
Erie Shriners Hospital for Children (won a 2007 achievement award from the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania).
Arts & Culture
- Erie Philharmonic
- Lake Erie Ballet
- Erie Art Museum
- Warner Theatre
- Erie Playhouse (3rd oldest community theater in the U.S.)
- Erie SeaWolves
- Erie Otters (OHL, Ice Hockey)
- Erie Storm (AIFA, Indoor Football)
- Erie BayHawks (NBA D-League, Basketball)
- Erie Illusion (NWFA, Women's Football)
- Lake Erie Speedway (NASCAR Sanctioned Race Track)
- Presque Isle Downs & Casino (Horse Racing & Casino)
- Presque Isle State Park
- Tom Ridge Environmental Center
- Bayfront Convention Center
- Bicentennial Tower
- Dobbins Landing
- Erie Land Lighthouse
- Erie Maritime Museum
- U.S. Brig Niagra
- Millcreek Mall (11th largest shopping mall in US)
- Presque Isle Downs & Casino (Horse Racing & Casino)
- Splash Lagoon (largest indoor water park on the East Coast)
- Erie Zoo
Hilden – today with approximately 57.000 inhabitants is the 4th biggest city in the county of Mettmann, touching the south-eastern border of Duesseldorf with appr. 580.000 inhabitants, the capital city of North Rhine-Westphalia. Geographically, Hilden is situated in the triangle between the cities of Duesseldorf, Cologne and Wuppertal.
West of the Ruhrgebiet, one of the most powerful industrial centers of Germany and Europe, the Hilden/Duesseldorf region is described as its administration and service oriented heart.
More than 20 hospitals, around 2,000 practicing medical specialists, the Heinrich-Heine University, Academy of Arts, Robert-Schumann-Academy for Music, the German Rhine Opera, numerous theaters, museums and recreation parks, characterize one of the most vivid and exciting regions in Germany.
More than 100,000 foreign inhabitants, about 5,000 international businesses (USA 450, Netherlands 750, Japan 450, UK 350, France 250 and others), approximately 275,000 overnight stays in hotels, six international schools, the Duesseldorf and Cologne airports, the International Exhibition Centre (Messe Duesseldorf) and the Rhine- Westphalia stock exchange, give evidence of the international flair of the whole region.
Hilden itself is a very attractive place to live, in particular for singles and families with children. A modern infrastructure, attractive shopping malls, all kinds of sports and entertainment complete the overall attractiveness of city, county and region. “Old” industries like Metal/Steel and Textile have meanwhile been replaced by a variety of Sales & Marketing, Service, Administration, Fashion and Consulting businesses, with a very positive impact on environment and health.
A beautiful landscape with green and smooth hills and valleys in the east and southeast invite for walking and trekking tours through the whole year as well as skiing or skating during winter time.
Hong Kong, China
Once home to fishermen and farmers, modern Hong Kong is a teeming, commercially-vibrant metropolis where Chinese and Western influences fuse.
The History and Political System
The former British colony became a special administrative region of China in 1997, when Britain's 99-year lease of the New Territories, north of Hong Kong Island, expired. Hong Kong is governed under the principle of "one country, two systems", under which China has agreed to give the region a high degree of autonomy and to preserve its economic and social systems for 50 years from the date of the handover. Hong Kong's constitution, the Basic Law, provides for the development of democratic processes.
Hong Kong's economy has moved away from manufacturing and is now services-based. The region is a major corporate and banking centre as well as a conduit for China's burgeoning exports. Its deepwater port is one of the world's busiest. Companies based in Hong Kong employ millions of workers in the neighboring Chinese province of Guangdong. Industrialization gathered pace, and by the 1970s Hong Kong had become an "Asian tiger"; one of the region's economic powerhouses.
With little room for expansion across its hilly terrain, high-rise Hong Kong has among the highest population density in the world; some 6,300 people per square kilometer. Skyscrapers and temples, shopping malls and traditional markets sit cheek-by-jowl. But amid the urban hustle there are quiet parks and green spaces, beaches and mountain-top views.
Today, of the seven million residents, only five percent or about 350,000 are non-Chinese. More than 50 nationalities make their home in Hong Kong. The top three foreign communities are Filipinos, Indonesians and Thais, with many thousands of Americans, Indians, Canadians, British, Australians and Japanese.
Few places have accomplished as much as Hong Kong has in its brief modern history. It is recognized as one of the world’s greatest cities. It is also one of the most resilient, having weathered many political, economic, sociological and health crisis over the years. And at every turn or dip in the road the people of Hong Kong, with their energy, drive and entrepreneurial spirit, have been profoundly instrumental in Hong Kong’s indomitable success.
Indianapolis, often referred to as the “Crossroads of America,” is the 13th largest city in the nation. More interstates converge in Indianapolis than any other U.S. city, making it one of the most accessible cities. Greater than 65% of the U.S. population lives within a 700 mile radius of Indianapolis.
An entrepreneurial spirit and business-friendly environment have created and maintained economic vitality, keeping Indianapolis’ reputation as a business center thriving. Economic diversity (boasting strong manufacturing, distribution, retail and service sectors) and steady growth have been the foundations for Indianapolis’ strong business performance, particularly evident these past few years.
Cost of living and unemployment rates continue to remain below the national average.
Indianapolis enjoys the advantage of 20 colleges and universities (with enrollment in excess of 175,000) located within a 60-mile radius including: Indiana University, Purdue University and Butler University. It is also home to the nation’s 2nd largest medical school, Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM).
There are a multitude of attractions and landmarks in Indianapolis, including world-class museums and cultural landmarks detailing history and heritage.
Deserving of the title “amateur sports capital of the world,” Indianapolis is home to many professional sports teams and 10 world-class sports venues. More than a dozen sports-related organizations have located their national/world headquarters in the state. Known worldwide as the home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the city hosts the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and the only Formula One race in the US. In the past 30 years, over 400 national and international sporting events created an economic impact of over $2 billion dollars.
Indianapolis is home to:
- 15 Major Sports Facilities (including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Lucas Oil Stadium)
- 12 Certified Technology Parks
- 20 Colleges and Universities
- Indianapolis consistently ranks as one of the cleanest and safest cities of the nation.
- “While the city lays claim to 10 world-class sports venues, that is just a fraction of its cultural institution tally: 14 museums, 21 galleries and 25 performing arts centers and theaters.” (The Washington Post, May 28, 2008)
- Indiana was listed as one of the Top 10 “Best Cities for Jobs” in 2008. (Forbes, January 2008)
- Indiana has the 4th lowest business costs in the nation, based on labor, energy and taxes. (Forbes, July 2007)
- “In recent years, the Hoosier state capital region raised its profile as a destination, despite its lack of oceans or mountains …” (The Wall Street Journal, March 12, 2008)
- “Cosmopolitan with Midwestern appeal, Indianapolis is fast becoming one of America’s favorite cities.” (Northwest Airlines WorldTraveler , May 2008)
Jundiai, São Paulo, Brazil
Jundiai lies at 2,460 feet (750 metres) above sea level along the Jundiaí River. Formerly called orta do Sertão, Mato Grosso de Jundiaí, and Vila Formosa de Nossa Senhora do Destêrro de Jundiaí, it was given town status and made the seat of a municipality in 1865. Jundiaí is located 63 km from São Paulo city, the capital of São Paulo state.
Urban area: 112 sq. km.
Rural area: 228.6 sq. km. Registered area (Serra do Japi): 91.4 km2
Population: 323,000 inhabitants
Average altitude: 762.0 meters
Maximum altitude: 1290.6 meters (Serra do Japi)
Minimum Elevation: 673.6 meters (Rio Jundiaí)
Climate: tropical in altitude
Rainfall: 1400 mm / year
Annual average temperature: 20.9 ° C
Main rivers: Jundiaí, Guapeva, Jundiaí-Mirim
Emancipation policy: 1865
Main agricultural production: grape, strawberry, peach
The inauguration of a chapel dedicated to “Nossa Senhora do Desterro,” in the year 1651, when it was taken as a city.
The name Jundiaí comes from Tupi (previous Brazilian language), means “river of catfish,” or just catfish.
In the following decades, the city became a strategic area of rail junction, which allowed the immigration of English, Spanish and Italian, driven by government incentives, which intended to replace the labor-slave.
In the last decades of the nineteenth century, Jundiaí highlighted as a major coffee producer in the state of São Paulo and, from 1890, the city received a large body of Italian immigrants, whose influence began to emerge in perfect harmony with the inhabitants of the city.
In the first half of the twentieth century, Jundiaí found its industrial vocation, which lasts until today because the city has one of the largest industrial parks in Latin America.
Jundiaí there is, currently, in developing areas of cultural, educational, technological and EnvironmentaI.
The leisure industry is also of increasing the city's economy, with the installation of theme parks that attract tourists and create jobs.
Monzambano is located in one of the most beautyfull countrysides of northern Italy. In the middle of the three provinces of Verona, Mantova and Brescia today with approximately 6,000 inhabitants is a small city in the country of Mantova in the south eastern part of regione Lombardia right at the border of Veneto. Here starts the pedestrian walk along the Mincio River that drives you to Mantova and then to the Po River. The ancient village of Monzambano stands on a 90-foot hill with its castle built in 1700.
At a distance of only 15 km from the Lake of Garda (renomated tourist location) it offers a lot of activities and leisures and even gastronomic tours among the numerous agriturism and wineyards. Only 30 km drive from Monzambano the three big cities of Verona , Mantova and Brescia.
For the past thousand years and more the city walls have enclosed a unique and breathtaking range of art-works and monuments. Recently awarded the status of “World heritage Site,” Verona has delighted painters, poets, travellers and celebrities for centuries. A fascinating crossroad of culturs.
A walk through its narrow streets allows you to get in touch with its varied and fascinating past: traces of its splendid Roman origins, its prevailing medieval structure dating back to the time of knights and castles, its magnificent Renaissance palaces as well as the impressive fortifications which protect it. A suggestive blend of art and history which continuously fascinates the onlooker.
The Arena, Verona’s most famous monument, visited by tourists worldwide. If you contemplate it in silence, it’s not difficult to imagine it crammed with spectators as in Roman times: all you need do is shut your eyes or go to see one of the splendid opera performances held here and the Arena will come magically to life.
Served with the more modern medical centers, universities, industries and means of transportation (bus, train, airport) it’s worth not only a tourist visit.
This little, but very well-designed city, is home to the famous Renaissance painter Mantegna and famous for its medieval buildings. Mantova represents a pearl of arts and cultures.
Brescia modern town of shopping and steel industries.
Only half and an hour drive from Milan, one of the biggest and powerful industrial centers of Italy the Monzambano area offers a wide variety of services also on the social and medical side.
In an area of not more than 100 km the highly specialized medical centers of Northern Italy. The nearest in Peschiera del Garda, Verona Policlinico and Brescia Spedali Civili.
Renomated Italian Universities have their seat in Verona and Brescia . Brescia offers the famous Politecnico and in Verona one of the best Universities of languages and Business Administration.
In the middle of a touristic area it offers a wide range of accommodations of any level. Theaters, operas and commercial centers within 20 minutes drive.
A beautiful landscape will invite you to relax and enjoy the countryside and the hills covered with vineyards.
Shanghai is the largest city in China in terms of population and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with 20 million people. Located on China's central eastern coast at the mouth of the Yangtze River, the city is administered as a municipality of the People's Republic of China with province-level status.
Originally a fishing and textiles town, Shanghai grew to importance in the 19th century due to its favorable port location and as one of the cities opened to foreign trade by the 1842 Treaty of Nanking. The city flourished as a center of commerce between east and west, and became a multinational hub of finance and business by the 1930s. Late in 1990, the central government started developing Pudong area, and has become the well-known booming metropolis city.
Shanghai and Hong Kong are rivaling to be the economic center of the Greater China region. Hong Kong has the advantage of a stronger legal system, international market integration, superior economic freedom, greater banking and service expertise, lower taxes, and a fully-convertible currency. Shanghai has stronger links to both the Chinese interior and the central government, and a stronger base in manufacturing and technology. It has increased its role in finance, banking, and as a major destination for corporate headquarters, fueling demand for a highly-educated and modernized workforce. Shanghai has recorded a double-digit growth for 15 consecutive years since 1992. In 2008, Shanghai's nominal GDP posted a 9.7% growth to 1.37 trillion yuan. The Shanghai Stock Exchange is the world's fastest growing, with the Shanghai Composite Index growing 130% in 2006.
Tokyo is the capital of Japan and of Tokyo prefecture, the central Honshu, at the head of Tokyo Bay. The population of Tokyo is 12 million people or more, approximately 10% of population of Japan. Tokyo has the population density with 5,750 people per square kilometer.
The city of Tokyo is the administrative, financial, educational, and cultural center of Japan and a major industrial hub surrounded by numerous suburban manufacturing complexes. Tokyo is also one of the world's most important cities in terms of economic power and influence, and it serves as the corporate and communications hub for the Pacific Rim. It is also an important wholesale center. Among the diverse industries of Tokyo are the manufacture of electronic apparatus, transport equipment, automobiles, cameras and optical goods, furniture, textiles, and a wide variety of consumer items, as well as publishing and printing.
Frequent rebuilding in the wake of disasters has made Tokyo one of the most modern cities on the globe. Because space is so precious, it is also one of the most crowded and expensive cities in the world.
Tokyo is the chief transportation hub for Japan, as well as an important international traffic center. It is served by a dense network of electric railways, subways, bus lines, and highways.
One of the world's foremost educational centers, Tokyo has over 100 universities and colleges, including Keio-Gijuku University, The University of Tokyo and Waseda University. There are numerous museums and more than 200 parks and gardens.
Vermont enjoys a reputation as one of the safest, most beautiful states in the nation. The rural character is defined by rolling hills, vibrant and beautiful landscapes, and villages rich with history. Located between the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains, outdoor activities tend to be a way of life for Vermont natives. Mountains, lakes, and forests offer ample opportunities for hiking, biking, skiing, and boating.
Although rustic in nature, Burlington also possesses a refined, modern sense of style and elegance. The arts, theatre and music venues along with museums, galleries and boutiques offer something for everyone. Central to Burlington, is the Church Street Marketplace. Four pedestrian-only brick blocks offer unique shopping options as well as fabulous eating options and an array of street performers.
Vermont is consistently ranked as one of the safest and healthiest places to live. It is the 6th least extensive and the 2nd least populous of the 50 United States, with easy rail, bus and car access to Montreal, Boston, Manhattan.
Vermont has enjoyed recognition as the ‘happiest small city’, the 2nd most peaceful state in the nation and was ranked #1 as the Best Place to Raise a Family. With a high rate of volunteerism (ranking eighth in the nation in 2007), there is a strong sense of community.
Vermont is also a leader in protecting the environment. Burlington claims the first utility in the country to focus on energy efficiency in the community. Tourism appeals to many Vermonters partly because it is non-polluting.
Vermont has a long standing spirit of entrepreneurship and many famous high tech startups call Vermont home. The state is committed to creating an environment where entrepreneurs can flourish and continues to develop innovative training programs and workforce education funds.
Vermont is famous for its high-quality and affordable higher education. There are 23 colleges and universities in Vermont and four of these colleges are within 10 square miles of one another. The largest public university is the University of Vermont. There are also five public institutions organized as the Vermont State Colleges system.
- Vermont is the home to minor league baseball’s Vermont Lake Monsters. Burlington businessman Ray Pecor purchased the Jamestown Expos (1978-1993) and moved them to Vermont as the Vermont Expos. They played their first season in Burlington in 1994 and changed their name to the Vermont Lake Monsters in 2006.
- A semi-professional football team, the Vermont Ice Storm is based in South Hero, VT.
- The Vermont Voltage is a USL Premier Development League soccer club that plays in St. Albans, VT.
- Vermont also has a few auto racing venues. Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont is well known for its tight racing and short track stock car racing.
- Winter Sports are very popular. Some well known attractions include, Burke Mountain Ski Area, Jay Peak Resort, Killington Resort, The Quechee Club Ski Area, and Smugglers' Notch Resort.
Burlington, Vermont Recognition
Burlington has won awards across a wide range of areas:
- #1 Quality of Life: Best overall standard of living.
- #1 Safety: Lowest crime rate for all types of crime.
- #1 Environment: Best air quality.
- #1 Business: Best business climate in the Northeast and highest investment in the manufacturing sector.
- #1 Dream Town: Selected for "real life and real jobs."
- #1 For Kids: Least stressful metro area for raising children.
- #1 Education: Highest percentage of students with disabilities served in regular classrooms or resource rooms.
- #2 of "10 Great Places to Live, 2013" as rated by Kiplingers
- America's Best Adventure Towns as ranked by National Geographic
- Forbes: America's Best Downtowns! Also posted on Yahoo Travel!
- Vermont Ranked Healthiest State in the Nation for Fifth Straight Year - Reuters Dec 2011
- Burlington, VT metro area ranked happiest small city (population under 300,000) in Gallup Poll survey.
- Vermont ranked as the 2nd most peaceful state in the nation according to the United States Peace Index 2012.
- Vermont Ranked Greenest State in the Nation on a Survey of Pollution, Energy Use and Policy in all 50 States conducted by 24/7 Wall St website.
- Kiplinger's "Best Cities for the Next Decade" recognizing Vermont's 'green-powered' economy.
- A #1 ranking on Children's Health Magazine's "100 Best Places to Raise a Family".