The City of Kannapolis, a former mill village with a rich history of textile manufacturing and motorsports, is undergoing an economic transformation into an emerging food science and biotechnology hub. As home to the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC), this quaint city of 43,000 offers a historic colonial-style Williamsburg shopping district, the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, Kannapolis Intimidators Class A minor league baseball, the Gem Theatre and the Mike Curb Museum for Music and Motorsports. Kannapolis recently received the 2011 Governor’s Innovative Small Business Community Award for projects, strategies and initiatives that reflect excellence in community economic development, small business and entrepreneurship, and sustainability inNorth Carolina. Communities were selected based on their creative solutions to improve quality of life and well-being through job creation and job sustaining activities.
Kannapolis is a Let’s Move! city, one of a network of municipalities joining the national campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation. From healthy workplaces to ground-breaking nutrition and disease prevention research at NCRC to fitness programs and nutrition education opportunities, opportunities for healthy living abound. Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast offers excellent medical through a network of facilities throughout Cabarrus County, including the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital, the Batte Cancer Center,Cannon Heart Center and CMC-Kannapolis emergency care center.
Committed to open space preservation and sustainability, Kannapolis boasts numerous parks and a greenway system for year-round outdoor activities.VillagePark, adjacent to downtown and the NC Research Campus, is the location for over 20 summer concerts and cultural events, as well as a month-long holiday celebration during December. The park’s Splash Pad, Rotary Express Train, picnic shelters and playground draw thousands of visitors to downtown each year. The climate is moderate throughout the year, with average summer temperatures of 76 degrees, sunny and balmy spring and fall seasons and, on average, less than six inches of winter snowfall.