should research your facts before you post.
Durham, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem all benefited from trusts established 50 years ago or longer, by the Tobacco families such as Reynolds and Liggett. Initially funded with some cash and tobacco company stock, the value of those trusts sky-rocketed when those tobacco companies were sold through leverage buy-outs.
Those funds were established to promote performing arts, museums, and such. Where do you think the money came from to establish Duke University? Where do you think the money came from to fund the move of Wake Forest University from Wake Forest to Winston-Salem?
Look at the annual tourist impact on Myrtle Beach. No wonder they have funds to spare.
I'm not conversant on Hickory; but common sense would indicate they must have access to some trusts of some sort. Does Hickory even have an airport?
Need I go on? Yes I will.
With the exception of Roy's River Boat Landing and Rith's Chris, Jacksonville can compete with Wilmington on the basis of restaurants.
And frankly, it's a lot safer to walk the streets of Jacksonville or the mall parking lots than it is to do the same in Wilmington.
If you are attempting to promote baseball, why are you knocking Kinston? They have the Kinston Indians.
It appears you spoke without researching.
Ultimately, you are what you speak.
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