Pitt County is a rapidly growing, well-diversified employment and service center for eastern North Carolina. As one of the fastest growing centers in the state, the population increased by 23.3% between 1990 (108,480) and 2000 (133,798). Pitt County now ranks as the 13th most populous county in North Carolina. The Greenville MSA, which encompasses all of Pitt County, was the fourth fastest growing MSA in NC during the 1990's.
From 1990-1999, the civilian labor force expanded by 21.8% (from 57,584 to 70,124), compared with 14.1% for the state. Within this same period employment increased by 11,722, or 21.2% in Pitt County versus a 14.8% gain statewide. From 1999 to 2005, the labor force has expanded by 3,471 persons (4.9%) and employment has increased by 2,404 (3.6% ).
Preliminary figures indicate employment in Pitt County increased in 2005 with a total of 69,364 compared to 67,848 in 2004; the labor force increased by 1,692 to 73,595. The overall rate of unemployment in 2005 rose to 5.7% from 5.6% the previous year. New and expanded industrial investments for 2005 included Harper Brush, DSM Dyneema, CLP, GTP, and Alliance One. These and other primary investments for 2005 total in excess of $170 million and will provide 500 new jobs when the projects are completed.
Pitt County retains its position as the number one retail trade center in the central and northern areas of eastern North Carolina. Retail sales for fiscal year ending June 2005 ($2.15 billion) increased 4.1% from FYE 2004 ($2.15 billion) and exceeded $2 billion for the second consecutive year. Pitt County is ranked 13th in the state overall. The City of Greenville is also 13th in the state and posted a 3.7% increase from the previous year.
Boardings for 2005 at Pitt-Greenville Airport were up 2.5% from 2004 with a total of 101,501 for the year .
A wide variety of housing is available in Pitt County. Once the decision has been made where to live, townhouse, condo, or private residence, urban neighborhood, small town, or country estate, the newcomer will be pleased at the broad selection and moderate prices. The Greenville/Pitt County area is rated one of the fifty most livable communities in the United States because it offers the combination of pleasant living conditions and proven low cost of living. This is particularly true in housing. The average price of housing sold during 2005 was $138,466, based on the sale of 2,874 single family homes, condos, townhouses, and mobile homes through the Multiple Listing Service. The average price of 1,981 single family homes sold was $165,852.
Single Family Housing
There is a wide variety of single family homes available in Greenville/Pitt County and over the last few years, there has been an average of about 1000 residential properties on the market at any one time. Homes are available in all price brackets. Types of architecture range from ranch to contemporary, Cape Cod, Williamsburg and traditional.
Many new homes are under construction in Pitt County. Individual prices of new construction generally range from the low hundreds to over $300,000. New homes may also be custom built and there is a good representation of contractors who can provide quality construction.
There are typically between 100 and 200 listings of lots and acreage in MLS. Prices vary considerably depending upon the size of the lot, whether it's wooded or cleared, and its location. An average price range for residential lots is $25 - 35,000. Individual builders usually have lots available in different area subdivisions.
While single family homes may be rented, the availability of homes to suit individual requirements is limited. A three bedroom home will typically rent from $600 to $1,000 per month depending upon location and amenities. A year's lease and a one month's deposit are generally required. There are a number of real estate agencies in the area which provide rental services.
At the present time there are a great number of townhouse/condominium units within Pitt County. Prices vary from the high fifties to units of $90,000 to $200,000 that are custom built to the individual buyers requirements. A wide variety of financing is available including shared equity, conventional, FHA and VA.
There are over 150 apartment developments in the Greenville area ranging from four units to four hundred units. The large developments may have a pool and clubhouse. One, two, and three bedroom units are available. Most units are two story with some one story units now being constructed. Some units have fireplaces and dens. Prices range from around $350 to $450 for one bedroom units, $500 to $650 for two bedrooms, and $700 or more for three bedroom units.
Duplexes are available through various rental services provided by real estate agencies. These vary in price and range from $350 to $995. Condos and townhouses are also available in one to three bedroom units with prices ranging from $475 to $800 per month.
For rentals of apartments, duplexes, and townhomes, a year's lease and a month's deposit is typically required. In units where pets are acceptable, a pet deposit is also required.
Pitt County, North Carolina is located on the U.S. Atlantic seaboard approximately midway between Boston, Massachusetts and Miami, Florida and within a day's drive of over one-half the nation's population. Many of the principal U.S. industrial markets such as Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis, and Miami are within a two day's drive by truck. Additionally, the Pitt County/Greenville area offers an advantageous location for exporters/importers of either bulk or containerized freight, being equidistant from the three east coast ports of Norfolk-Hampton Roads, Wilmington, and Morehead City (see Transportation for greater detail).
Pitt County is situated in the central portion of the North Carolina Coastal Plain, approximately 90 miles east of the Research Triangle, 30 miles inland from coastal waters, 80 miles from the Atlantic Ocean (the famous Outer Banks), and roughly 275 miles from the Appalachian Mountains (the Blue Ridge Parkway).
Greenville, the county seat and largest city, is centrally located within the County. Greenville is approximately 85 miles east of Raleigh, N.C. (the state Capital and eastern-most point of the Research Triangle), 163 miles south of Richmond, Virginia, and 115 miles north of Wilmington, N.C. (the State's major seaport).
Ideally situated within eastern North Carolina at the hub of a radiating highway network, the Pitt County/Greenville area is the logical point of distribution east of Raleigh. Nearly three-quarters of a million people (750,000) people live within a forty-five (45) mile radius of Pitt County in such industrialized cities as Rocky Mount, Tarboro, Wilson, Washington, Goldsboro, Kinston and New Bern. In-bound freight can be delivered via CSX Transportation and the Norfolk Southern Railway or over major four-lane highways (multi-lane divided highways run from Pitt County to all North Carolina borders). For distribution purposes, all of the major regional cities can be accessed directly via state/federal numbered highways, ensuring minimal transit times, safe driving conditions on wide pavement, and few, if any, weight or height restrictions.
For more detailed maps of Pitt County and the State of NC, please visit the NC Dept.of Transportation's website at www.dot.state.nc.us and click on State Travel Maps.
The Pitt County Area lies in the Atlantic Coastal Plain physiographic province and slopes gently to the east and southeast. Broad, flat interstream areas are the dominant topographic features; marked topographic variations are lacking. Slopes generally are less than 4 percent, except for breaks along the south side of the Tar River and its tributaries. Also, the area north of the Tar River slopes more gently than the southern section.
Areas north of the Tar River area generally are lower in elevation than that part south of the Tar. Elevations in the northern and southern parts range, respectively, from approximately 10 to 50 feet and 10 to 75 feet above mean sea level. The highest elevations are encountered along the extreme western boundary of the county.
Streams are of sufficient abundance to provide good drainage. The Tar River and its tributaries drain most of the county, but tributaries of the Neuse River, Swift Creek, and Contentnea Creek drain all the southern and extreme western areas of the county, respectively.
Pitt County is underlaid by unconsolidated beds of sand, clay, and calcareous sediment. Inclined southeasterly at a rate slightly greater than the land's surface, the beds thicken as they near the coast and reach their greatest thickness offshore. For the most part, these beds were deposited in sea water as the sea advanced and retreated during the geologic development of the Atlantic Coastal Plain. To a much lesser extent, streams deposited layers of sediment which mixed with that deposited on the sea floor. About 750 feet underneath the sedimentary cover underlying Greenville is a basement rock floor consisting of weathered granite, gneiss, schist, and slate. Load bearing capabilities of soils vary widely; many areas of the county can support heavy industrial loads without the need for pilings. Soil boring tests are suggested. Preliminary test data is available for selected sites.
Underground aquifers in the region provide stable well yields of 250 gallons per minute up to 800 gallons per minute at depths of 350 feet to 550 feet. Average yields are 450 gpm.
Pitt County is in the warmest area of North Carolina due to its close proximity to the ocean and its low-lying topography. Greenville has an average daily maximum temperature of 72°F and an average daily minimum of 48°F. The average annual precipitation is 49.0 inches. A large part of the rainfall during the growing season (approximately 220 freeze-free days between late March and early November) is due to thunderstorms and is quite variable between months, years, and localities. Winter rainfall is less variable. Frozen precipitation occurs nearly every winter, but accumulations are usually small and melt quickly. Wind speeds average about 8 miles per hour. The average relative humidity in midafternoon is about 50%, falling from about 85% at sunrise. Cloudiness is variable with sunshine about one-half of the total daylight hours in winter and two-thirds of the total daylight hours in other seasons.
There are over 300 active clubs in Pitt County representing approximately 150 different organizations. These clubs appeal to people of all ages and satisfy virtually any area of interest, personal or professional. Chess, pinochle, or train fanatics, even people with a fancy for clowning or collecting can find a group that fits their niche. There are also opportunities for those who want a more active involvement (horseback riding, singing or flying), or those who are business oriented (engineers, business women, etc.).
Pitt County has more than 20 major parks facilities (including River Park North), the Greenville Aquatics and Fitness Center, nearly 200 clubs and organizations, twelve fitness centers, seven country clubs, over 3000 churches and synagogues.
River Park North includes 309 acres of land with 1.2 miles of river frontage and four lakes. Activities at River Park North include pedal boating, picnicking, fishing, camping, and hiking.
The Greenville Aquatic and Fitness Center is a full-service, YMCA type facility. It includes an indoor Olympic size pool, supervised nursery, and a full range of exercise equipment and programs.
Clubs and organizations for pre-schoolers, youth, adults, and the elderly are available to suit every interest.
The Greenville Parks and Recreation Department operates three gymnasiums, a municipal pool, tennis centers (24 courts), a community building, a baseball stadium, five lighted softball fields, a teen center, and 22 parks.
In 2004, Greenville was recognized as having one of the 50 best recreation and parks departments in the US and was designated as North Carolina's winner of the title "Sportstown USA" by Sports Illustrated.
Parks and Recreation Departments throughout the county offer residents of all ages, interests, and skill levels hundreds of classes and special programs in which to participate.
Both private health clubs and country clubs are located in all parts of the county. Fees are reasonable and affordable, and the clubs are well-maintained.
East Carolina University offers strong intercollegiate athletic programs, particularly in football and baseball.
A wide variety of restaurants are available, including a number of foreign cuisines.
Local clubs and lounges feature both live regional and national performers and local performers and D.J.'s.
Churches and synagogues offer both regular services and a wide variety of special services and programs.
The library systems offer a Health Sciences Library, Music Library,
Manuscripts Collection, Rare Books Collection, a special Children's Library, and a number of other specialized components.
Both county and university libraries have media centers offering microfiche and microfilm collections and readers, computers and software, VCR's, DVD players, and a variety of commonly used audio-visual items.
Pitt County's Sheppard Library offers story hours for toddlers and pre-schoolers, a school visitation program for kindergartners and elementary school children, and "Popcorn Theatre" for grades 4-7. Sheppard and its branches provide homework services for all grade levels, a summer reading program, and a number of adult literary programs.
The cultural climate of Pitt County is unsurpassed in Eastern North Carolina, providing the proper environment to nurture the artist as well as to satisfy the desires of the art lover. Everything from old fashioned cloggers to ballet, from jazz ensembles to symphony orchestras, and side walk art shows to fine art exhibits are available throughout the year. The abundance of cultural events is largely attributable to the activities and presence of the Schools of Art and Music at East Carolina University.
The ECU School of Art is the largest in North Carolina and one of the largest in the southeast. The School has been an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design since 1962 and is the only accredited program in North Carolina and one of only 180 nationwide. Its undergraduate program is the largest in the state, and the Wellington B. Gray Gallery is the state's largest university art gallery.
Additionally the activities of the Pitt-Greenville Arts Council, the Farmville Arts Council, the Greenville Museum of Art, the Playwrights' Fund of North Carolina and many other cultural organizations in Pitt County serve to sponsor and coordinate artistic and cultural events and publications for the benefit of area residents.
The East Carolina University/Loessin Playhouse Production Series
Each school year the East Carolina Playhouse puts on four to six productions of popular dramas and musicals for the faculty, students and the general public. The casts for these productions are primarily ECU Theatre Arts Majors, however auditions are open and often members of the community and non-Theatre Arts Majors get the opportunity to participate.
Past performances have included the musical fantasy Peter Pan , My Fair Lady , Little Shop of Horrors , Crimes of the Heart , and The Glass Menagerie . The 2005-2006 season begins with The Pajama Game and The Importance of Being Earnest in the fall and concludes with Godspell and The Time of Your Life in the spring semester.
A special attraction during the East Carolina Playhouse's regular season is Dance Theatre. A favorite with area residents, the evening features a varied program of ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance works choreographed by faculty and guest artists and performed by the most-gifted students in the professional dance programs. Dance Theatre 2006 will be presented January 26 - 31.
Individual or season tickets for East Carolina Playhouse productions can be purchased at McGinnis Theatre, Mon-Fri, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 252-328-6829.
ECU has been home to the Summer Theatre for over 30 years. Previous seasons of Summer Theatre have featured award winning musicals and dramas starring accomplished actors and actresses from New York's Broadway as well as local performers involved in community theatre.
The 2006 season features three spectacular musicals. First will be Frank Loesser's great Broadway classic, Guys and Dolls, running from June 27 - July 1, followed by off-Broadway's longest running musical ever, The Fantastics , from July 11 - 15. Rounding out the season from July 25 - 29 is Footloose , a musical bursting with high energy rock music and jazz dance.
Shows run from Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. with a matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m. Season packages and single tickets are available. Senior citizen and youth prices are also offered. Contact: McGinnis Theatre Box Office on campus at 252-328-6829, M-F 10-4.
The S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series
The Alexander Performing Arts Series celebrates its 45th anniversary during the 2006-2007 season and is unique because it features touring artists from around the world performing a wide variety of concerts, plays, ballets and special dance productions.
The 2006-2007 Performing Arts Series offers nine events: the Van Cliburn Gold Medalist pianist Alexander Kobrin, jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton, The Pirates of Penzance by the Gilbert and Sullivan Players, the L.A. Theatre Works production of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial , Grammy-winning violinist Hilary Hahn, the NC Symphony Orchestra, the Koresh Dance Company, the Moscow Festival Ballet's performance of Don Quixote , and the Emerson String Quartet.
Season and single tickets are available. For more ticket information call the Central Ticket Office at Mendenhall Student Center at 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS.
The Family Fare Series is celebrating its sixteenth season in 2005-06 and will provide four fun-filled adventures for families performed by some of the nation's finest young-audience entertainers. The events are: My Hero...Reaching for the Stars! by ECU's own Storybook Theatre, Amber Brown is Not A Crayon , The Rainbow Fish , and Toying With Science . Each event is held on a Saturday at 2 p.m. Season tickets, a season pass for a family of four, and individual tickets are offered. All tickets are available at the Central Ticket Office at Mendenhall Student Center 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS
East Carolina University's approximately 60 music faculty members and more than 400 music students from across the nation provide over 200 free, high quality performances each year for the enjoyment of area residents. The School of Music's symphony orchestra and Concert Choir are highly sought for national tour performances. Additionally, a wide variety of free or low-cost concerts are given throughout the year by different musical groups. A favorite is the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department's "Sunday in the Park" series which features everything from classical to country to rock to bluegrass in an outdoor amphitheater setting.
Tar River Community Band ECU Jazz Ensembles Suzuki Violinists of North Carolina ECU Jazz Bones Greenville Summer Pops Orchestra ECU Horn Ensemble Greenville Choral Society ECU Guitar Ensemble Greenville Boys Choir ECU Early Music Ensemble Emerald City Big Band ECU Concert Choir ECU University Chorale ECU Concert Band ECU Symphony Orchestra ECU Chamber Singers ECU Symphonic Wind Ensemble ECU Chamber Orchestra ECU Symphonic Band ECU Brass Chamber Ensemble ECU Percussion Ensemble Eastern Youth Orchestra ECU Opera Theatre The Eastern Symphonette ECU Marching Pirates Barbershop Choruses Performing Musical Organizations
Each semester the faculty and students of the School of Music at East Carolina University perform a variety of concerts that are absolutely free of charge. These concerts are usually performed by students as a requirement for a particular musical degree so they, therefore, present a great variety. There are recitals in voice, cello, violin, percussion, and many other instruments. The music played at these concerts has been rehearsed and sometimes composed by the student. These talented students have mastered their pieces and/or instruments and give excellent performances.
The concerts go on throughout each semester. There are usually 3-5 per week but the schedules vary. A list of the concerts and their dates and times can be obtained in the Fletcher Music Building on campus at the beginning of each semester, by phone at (252) 328-4370, or online at www.music.ecu.edu/calendar/concert.html .
Billy Taylor Jazz Festival
The ECU Jazz Ensemble helps organize and serves as the host and clinic group for the annual Billy Taylor Jazz Festival held each spring. The Festival is a two- or three-day series of jazz workshops, clinics, and discussions culminating with a gala jazz concert featuring the ensemble with visiting guest artists. Past performers have included Greenville native Billy Taylor, for whom the series is named, Vanessa Rubin, and Melton Mustafa. The 2006 Festival dates are April 20-22. For more information, call (252) 328-4370 .
The NewMusic@ECU Festival
The NewMusic@ECU Festival, a showcase of contemporary works, is sponsored by the Theory, Composition and Musicology Department in the School of Music. The 2006 Festival will feature five concerts, three master classes, reading of student compositions, and seminars by visiting distinguished composers. The Festival will be held March 1-4, 2006. For more information, contact (252) 328-4280. To purchase tickets, call the School of Music at 328-5386
Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival of Eastern North Carolina
The Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, founded in 2000, brings the world’s most dynamic chamber musicians to eastern North Carolina to perform and interact with the community. The Four Seasons is unique as a festival in that it occurs at five different times during the year. During each residency, the guest artists and Artistic Director Ara Gregorian, conduct master classes for ECU and community students, present open rehearsals, and perform interactive concerts for young children in the region in addition to the concert that concludes each residency. The 2005-06 concerts are August 26, 2005 ; October 28, 2005 ; January 13, 2006 ; February 19, 2006 and April 28, 2006 . Performances are held in the A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall at the ECU School of Music. Season and single concert tickets are available. Tickets can be purchased at the Central Ticket Office at (252) 328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-Arts.
Travel-Adventure Film Series
The Travel-Adventure Film Series, a popular community event, is presented each year by the ECU Department of University Unions and the Student Union Travel Committee. The series showcases cinematographers screening the best of their films as well as post-film question and answer sessions and a reception with the cinematographer.
For 2004-2005, the six exciting journeys are "Bavaria and the Black Forest," "The Best of Portugal," "Alaska - Inside Passages," "In Search of Shangri-La," "Hawaii," and "In Search of the Albino." Season ticket prices for the films run from $51 to $54 and from $24 to $78 for the film and reception packages. Individual film and film/reception tickets are also available. Both tickets may be purchased at the Central Ticket Office, 252-328-4788.
PERFORMING ARTS FACILITIES
While Pitt County does not manage its own performing arts facility, its citizens have access to the programs and facilities at East Carolina University. ECU has three "state of the art" facilities: Wright Auditorium (1500 seats), Hendrix Theatre (760 seats), and McGinnis Auditorium (600 seats). These halls are equipped to handle major events such as symphony orchestras and touring Broadway shows, as well as less complex programs such as lecturers and solo musicians. A fourth hall, Fletcher Recital Hall (400 seats), is primarily a musical performance hall. Approximately 50 major cultural events are scheduled on campus each year, and countless smaller events are available on a daily basis. All campus cultural events are open to the public.
Sheppard Memorial Library serves all of Pitt County. A 34,000 square foot addition opened in September of 2000 and expanded the main library located in downtown Greenville to 60,500 s.f. Sheppard is now the largest public library building east of I-95 in North Carolina. The library also has four branches - Carver, East, Langston/Boyd (Winterville), and Blount (Bethel) - and a bookmobile. The bookmobile serves local libraries, neighborhoods, and other locations on a three-week cycle. There are also independent libraries located in Farmville, Ayden, Grifton, and Fountain. All are cooperative, sharing many programs.
Sheppard is the regional collection center for census information for northeastern North Carolina. The library also has extensive business reference materials including Moody's and Dun and Bradstreet. The library contains 215,498 volumes and subscribes to 30 newspapers and nearly 360 magazines. Database searches are conducted at cost. A complete list of the holdings of the university and community college libraries is also on file.
Sheppard has one of the largest children's rooms on the east coast and conducts an extensive variety of special children's programs. All branches have regular story hours for children. Librarians visit daycare centers, schools, and retirement homes with books to share and read aloud. Holiday specials are scheduled for children in kindergarten through third grade, as well as puppet shows, storytelling on the Town Commons, and summer reading programs. All programs are designed to lead to reading.
The library offers a number of community services. It is the main tutoring site for the Pitt County Literacy Volunteers. It houses conference and meeting rooms which are available to the public. Public bulletin boards and display areas are also available as well as 11 computer workstations with internet access, 3 data processing workstations, and internet ports for patron-owned laptops.
For more information call: (252) 329-4580 or visit www.sheppardlibrary.org
Pitt Community College Learning Resources Center
The Pitt Community College Learning Resources Center (LRC) is open to all adult residents of Pitt County. Housed in a 35,000 square foot facility, the LRC specializes in non-fiction volumes, particularly in the technical and vocational areas. Reference materials are available in a wide-range of subject areas. Audiovisual materials or equipment may be borrowed by community agencies or institutions for use within Pitt County for a 24-hour period. For more information call: (252) 321-4350.
The largest of the ECU libraries is Joyner Library, a full service media center supporting all levels of study and research. The university also maintains two specialized libraries, the Health Services Library and the Music Library. The libraries are open to the public for a small yearly fee. For more information call: (252) 328-6514 or visit www.lib.ecu.edu
Joyner Library holds 1,248,068 bound volumes, 13,779 periodicals, and 10,829 e-journals (periodicals in electronic format). It also holds over 2.47 million items in its microforms Collection. Computer terminals located in the main lobby provide access to Joyner, Health Services, and Music Library Collections. Joyner itself houses a number of special collections, including a Media Resources Center, Oral History memoirs, and more than 531,600 Government Documents. The Map Collection contains 115,220 maps and charts.
Some library materials are general, geared to undergraduate students, but much is highly specialized for experts and researchers. Access to much of the library's resources is available on-line including the Joyner Library catalog, full-text article database, indexes and abstracts, subject guides, and a journal list. Personal computers and software are available for use during regular library hours.
Joyner just underwent a $29 million renovation/expansion that nearly doubled the usable floor space to 280,575 s.f. The library now has a capacity of 1.5 million book volumes, seats 1900 patrons, and provides 33 group study rooms, and 74 private faculty studies.
The Laupus Health Services Library is the primary resource facility for the Schools of Allied Health Sciences, Medicine, and Nursing. It is located in the Brody Medical Science Building (next to Pitt Memorial Hospital) and houses 167,208 bound volumes, 853 periodicals, 5,500 e-journals (held jointly with Joyner Library), and nearly 25,000 microforms. It also has a large collection of films, videotapes, slides and other audio-visual materials on health sciences and human services topics. The Library's catalog is on-line and many of the HSL resources can be accessed remotely through the internet.
A branch of Joyner Library housed in the A.J. Fletcher Music Center, the Music Library seats 40 patrons and contains a collection of nearly 80,000 books, scores, periodicals and media materials. Its listening facility contains equipment for playback of LP's, CD's, audio and video cassettes, DVD's, laser discs, interactive multimedia discs, computer software, and CD writing. Information is available concerning composers of centuries past or the latest popular performer. The library can track manuscripts in foreign libraries and maintains extensive holdings on current music therapy and music education.
Greenville Museum of Art - 802 S. Evans Street, Greenville. (252) 758-1946. Features collection of late 19th and 20th Century American art and one of the largest collections of North Carolina Jugtown pottery. Open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Wellington B. Gray Gallery - Jenkins Fine Arts Center, East Carolina University, Greenville. (252) 328-6336. Features exhibits of nationally and internationally known contemporary artists. Open (Sept. - May) Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
East Carolina Village of Yesteryear - Pitt County Fairgrounds, US 264 Bypass North, Greenville. Has 19 buildings that feature more than 1000 antique artifacts from 1840-1940 and depicts life in Pitt County and Eastern North Carolina during that period. Open by appointment. Call the Pitt-Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau at 329-4200.
Farmville Community Arts Center - 111 N. Main Street, Farmville. (252) 753-3832. Works by various artists on view. Open noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays (except June and July).
May Museum and Park - 213 S. Main Street, Farmville. (252) 753-5814. Features local Farmville history. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Grifton Historical Museum of Area Culture - Grifton Civic Center, 202 Creekshore Drive, Grifton. (252) 524-4708. Tobacco and farming exhibits, displays of life during the early 1900's. Open by appointment and during the Grifton Shad Festival.
Winterville Historical and Arts Museum - 2543 N. Church Street, Winterville. (252) 321-2660. Houses over 1500 artifacts, donated by more than 100 people. Open by appointment.
Mendenhall Student Center Gallery - East Carolina University, Greenville. (252) 328-4700. Works by ECU students, faculty, and other NC artists. Open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, noon to 2 a.m.; Sunday, noon to 11 p.m. Summer hours vary.
Greenville is a rapidly growing retail center. Retail sales have grown an average of 10% annually for over a decade, and now exceed $2 billion. Whether exploring a small specialty shop, or browsing in a major department store, shopping in Pitt County is a pleasant, relaxed experience among friendly merchants. In suburban malls as well as downtown, the shopper will find a wide variety of merchandise to choose from, and because of a moderate cost of living, prices are attractive. 181,000 W. Greenville Blvd. Wal-Mart (D) 97,016 University Commons Target (D) 27,741 South Park SteinMart 71,556 Carolina East Mall Sears 113,000 NC 11 South Sam's Club (D) 91,000 Colonial Mall J.C. Penney 83,576 Greenville Square K-Mart (D) 76,300 Colonial Mall Belk's (Women's) 47,476 Colonial Mall Belk's (Men's/Housewares) Square Footage Location Major Department Stores
Shopping Centers * Shopping Centers having a minimum of 5 tenants and 35,000 square feet. 1991 61,620 9 Winterville Winter Village 1970 87,350 7 Greenville Winn Dixie Marketplace 1996 347,000 30 Greenville University Commons 1989 57,000 9 Greenville University Center 1987 60,500 7 Greenville University Square 1986 127,750 21 Greenville Stanton Square 1981 65,000 8 Greenville South Park 1978 48,910 9 Greenville Rivergate 1996 38,000 9 Greenville Pirates Pointe 2002 152,000 15 Greenville Lynncroft (UC) 1975 164,800 17 Greenville Greenville Square 1997 50,100 12 Greenville Covengton Shoppes 1989 550,000 110 Greenville Colonial Mall - Greenville 1981 100,600 20 Greenville Carolina East Center 1979 355,360 57 Greenville Carolina East Mall 1987 97,200 10 Farmville Brightleaf Square 1987 68,000 8 Greenville Bells Fork 1982 36,000 6 Ayden Ayden Plaza 2001 51,400 5 Ayden Ayden Crossing 1984 175,000 52 Greenville Arlington Village 1999 84,000 8 Greenville Arlington Plaza Year Opened Square Footage Total Retail Establishments Location Major Shopping Centers*
Pitt County's first mall, Carolina East Mall, opened in 1979. The major tenant is Sears. Sears carries traditional clothing lines as well as major appliance, automotive, and home repair departments.
In addition, there are numerous clothing stores, shoe stores, jewelry stores, food establishments and many other shops specializing in sundries, cosmetics, toys, books, musical instruments, electronics, sporting goods, music, stationery, cameras, and gift items.
For more information contact: Mall Manager Carolina East Mall Greenville, NC 27834 252-756-1311
Colonial Mall, Greenville's largest mall, includes two Belk's (a 76,000 square foot women's store and a 50,000 square foot men's and housewares store), a 91,000 square foot J.C. Penney's, and approximately 180,000 square feet of additional shop space including a food court. Other major stores include Victoria's Secret, The Gap, The Limited Express, Lane Bryant, and Lerner of New York. Colonial Mall is one of the largest centers in eastern North Carolina, encompassing over 500,000 square feet of space and having 110 stores. The entire project covers nearly 45 acres.
For more information contact: Mall Manager Colonial Mall - Greenville 714 SE Greenville Blvd. Greenville, NC 27858 252-756-1748
Arlington Village, located at the corner of Red Banks Road and Arlington Boulevard, is a collection of over 40 specialty stores. The stores include clothing for all members of the family, interior design establishments, jewelry stores, a florist, a needlework shop, art galleries, cafes and restaurants, a variety of gift shops, and several businesses providing personal services.
For more information contact: Ric Miller R. R. Miller Construction, Inc. P.O. Box 1706 Greenville, NC 27834 252-758-7474
Regional headquarters of state and national banks, as well as local, federal, and state government offices, enjoy the ambiance of their proximity to a river front park, arts facilities, numerous and varied dining establishments and the campus of East Carolina University. Over 350 businesses and the residents of new center city condominiums, townhouses, and garden apartments, are all proud to call downtown home.
For more information contact: Wayne Bowers, Manager City of Greenville P.O. Box 7207 Greenville, NC 27835 (252) 329-4432
Regional health care center serving 29 county region and more than 1.2 million people
Pitt County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) is one of four designated Level I Trauma Centers in North Carolina and serves as the teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine at ECU
Over 60% of PCMH patient load originates outside Pitt County
PCMH has Active medical staff of over 500 representing more than 70 medical specialties
Specialized services include chemotherapy, open heart surgery, gamma knife surgery, and organ transplants
PCMH named among Top 100 Hospitals in US by Solucient and a Top 100 company for working moms by Working Mother magazine
Pitt County among top 3 counties in N.C. for physicians per person ratio
Room and service rates compare very favorably with state and national rates
First medical center in N.C. to start air ambulance service (helicopter) for critically ill. PCMH now has three helicopters in its air transport fleet.
Ronald McDonald House for families of seriously ill children; McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge for cancer patients and caregivers
Other area specialized facilities include public, mental health, alcoholic and vocational rehabilitation centers
Several rest homes, nursing homes, and assisted living centers in area
Brody School of Medicine research and special care centers complement local health care providers
Private emergency care clinics available for non-critical emergency treatment
Healthcare (cont’d) The creation of the School of Medicine at East Carolina University in 1972, followed by the construction of a modern medical center in 1976, established Greenville/Pitt County as a regional health care center in Eastern North Carolina. Pitt County has the third highest per capita ratio of physicians to population in the state of North Carolina. Emergence as a major medical center has required the constant creation and expansion of services and new facilities to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding regional population. One such facility and service is the Ronald McDonald House, a temporary place of residence for families of critically ill children being treated at the medical center. The following is a list of public medical facilities serving local and regional populations:
Children’s Hospital of Eastern NC
Brody School of Medicine
Eastern Carolina Family Practice Center
Eastern Carolina Vocational Center
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center
Pitt County Memorial Hospital
PCMH Regional Rehabilitation Center
Ronald McDonald House of Eastern NC
Walter B. Jones Alcoholic Rehabilitation Center
ECU Biotechnology Center
Eastern Area Health Education Center
Eastern Carolina Radiation Oncology Center
Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center
Pitt County Health Department
PCMH Birthing Center
Pitt County Mental Health Center
SurgiCenter Services of Pitt, Inc.
ECU Pediatric Outpatient Center
All of these facilities are located in the medical district, with the exception of the Vocational Center, the Health Department, and the Mental Health Center which are located in the Greenville Industrial Park. There are many other private, for-profit centers providing health care to regional populations in such areas as neurology, plastic surgery, C-T scanning, home health, radiology, and physical therapy.
Healthcare (Cont’d) University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina
In 1998, PCMH was transformed from a publicly owned hospital with a mission of regional service to a private, not-for-profit five-hospital regional health care system. The reorganization enables the hospital and its health system to compete more effectively with other health systems, thus ensuring the availability of high quality care, clinical staff and physicians into the foreseeable future.
UHS is one of the largest health systems in North Carolina and consists of six hospitals and several subsidiaries. Serving 29 counties and 1.2 million people, it provides comprehensive, leading-edge services that cover every aspect of health care, from wellness and prevention to rehabilitation, home care and hospice. The system also includes physician practices, home health and other independently operated health services. UHS is affiliated with the Brody School of Medicine.
Subsidiaries and affiliates:
1) Carolina Summit Healthcare, Inc. provides health plan administration services to its customers.
2) East Carolina Health serves as the governing liaison and management oversight division for UHS community hospitals. Those hospitals are:
Heritage Hospital in Tarboro, a 127-bed facility owned by UHS;
Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head, a 19-bed facility jointly owned with Chesapeake Health;
Bertie Memorial Hospital in Windsor, a 6-bed critical access hospital leased by UHS;
Chowan Hospital in Edenton, a 111-bed facility leased by UHS; and Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie, a 124-bed facility leased by UHS.
3) HealthAccess is an umbrella organization focusing on home health care along with wellness programs through ViQuest ViQuest wellness centers are located in Greenville and Ahoskie.
4) Pitt County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) is a 745-bedtertiary referral facility in Greenville that also serves as the teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine. PCMH has six "Centers of Excellence" that offer state-of-the-art care. These are the Cardiovascular Center, the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center, the Regional Rehabilitation Center, the Children's Hospital, the Level I Trauma and Critical Care Center, and the Women's Clinic.
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The Trauma Center received Level 1 verification by the American College of Trauma Surgeons.
The Regional Rehabilitation Center received accreditation or reaccreditations for 10 programs from CARF, the national accrediting agency for rehabilitation.
Opened a state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care unit.
A new Gamma Knife facility was constructed and placed in operation. The Leksell Gamma Knife - an important tool for treating brain tumors and other conditions - is only the second to be installed in a NC hospital.
Received approval from the state to add 49 acute care beds and to move forward with the construction of a new $150 million, 120 bed heard hospital.
5) SurgiCenter Services of Pitt, Inc. in Greenville is a freestanding, not-for-profit ambulatory surgery center. The 32,500 sf center is staffed by 170 physicians and support personnel.
6) Six regional hospitals have formal affiliation agreements with UHS. These are Beaufort County Hospital in Washington, Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, Duplin General Hospital in Kenansville, Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids, Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, and Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven.
Healthcare (Cont’d) PCMH Active Medical Staff as of February 2006 - Pulmonary Disease - General - Neurology 185 Internal Medicine - Neonatology - Sports Medicine - Learning/Behavioral - Geriatrics - Infectious Diseases - General - Hematology/Oncology 48 Family Medicine - Genetics 24 Emergency Medicine - Gastroenterology - Pain Management - Endocrinology - General Pediatrics (cont). 18 Anesthesiology Specialty Specialty Pitt County Memorial Hospital Active Medical Staff as of February 2006
Healthcare Active Medical Staff (Cont’d) - Otorhinolaryngology - Forensic & Hospital Autopsy - Orthopedics - Cytopathology - Oral and Maxillofacial - Clinical Microbiology - Ophthalmology - Clinical - Oncology - Chemical - Neurosurgery - General - Gastric Bypass 22 Pathology - Dentistry - Reproductive Endocrinology - Colorectal - Maternal/Fetal Medicine - Cardiothoracic - Gynecologic Oncology - General - General 99 Surgery 33 Obstetrics & Gynecology
Healthcare Active Medical Staff (Cont’d) - Vascular - Critical Care/Diabetes - Urology - Critical Care - Trauma - Child Abuse/Neglect - Thoracic - Cardiology - Plastic & Reconstructive - General - Pediatric 68 Pediatrics
PCMH Economic & Health Services Indicators *Combined Revenue and Expenses for all University Health Systems operations 288.5 mil 193.3 mil 174.5 mil 147.0 mil *Investments held for Capital Improvements 766.3 mil 712.8 mil 635.6 mil 593.8 mil *Total Operating Expenses 401.5 mil 371.7 mil 340.0 mil 313.6 mil *Payroll 3,689 3,611 3,418 3,520 Births 223,489 201,011 198,952 197,236 Total Outpatient Visits 78,363 70,343 66,015 69.060 ER Visits 36,863 36,631 36,066 32,772 Admissions 29,337 28,066 26,770 26,693 Surgeries 52.7 37.1 43.9 48.0 mil Capital Funds Expended 316.0 279.8 268.4 238.1 mil Salaries/Benefits 6,134 5,647 5,628 5026 Employees 2005 2004 2003 2002 PCMH Economic & Health Services Indicators
Healthcare (Cont’d) Services and Facilities at Pitt County Memorial Hospital
Trauma Center Emergency Department Operating Rooms Neurosurgery and Trauma ICU Injury Prevention Program
Regional Rehabilitation Center Stroke/General Rehab Spinal Cord Injury Rehab Traumatic Brain Injury Rehab Pediatric Rehabilitation Day Rehabilitation Outpatient Rehabilitation ViQuest Rehabilitation Orthopedic/Musculoskeletal Program WorkReady Program Aquatics Program Pain Management Center Independent Living Suite InRoads Driver Assessment Hand Program Vestibular Rehabilitation Vocational Evaluation Lymphedema Management
Cancer Center Support Groups Gynecology Oncology Gamma Knife Center Hematology Oncology Pediatric Oncology Surgical Oncology Radiation Oncology Thoracic Oncology Clinic Photodynamic Therapy Biotherapy Stem Cell Transplantation
Community Health Programs Pitt Partners for Health School Health Programs Senior Services Programs
Cardiovascular Center Cardiac surgical and medical ICU Minimally invasive cardiac surgery Mitral Valve Center/Robotic surgery Cardiac catheterization Electrophysiology/Pacemaker labs Echocardiography Center Pediatric cardiology Cardiopulmonary reahabilitation Vascular services Heart Failure program Atrial Arrhythmia Center Laser Removal of Pacer Wires
Children's Hospital General pediatric care Diabetes education Sedation services Asthma Program Cleft palate/craniofacial clinic Complex and chronic conditions School Health Program Neonatal Intensive Care Level III Pediatric Intensive Care Developmental Feeding Program Child Life Program In-Hospital School program
Women's Center Family Birth Center Obstetrics Labor & Delivery Postpartum Follow-up Newborn Nursery Childbirth and newborn care classes Lactation services
Behavioral Health Acute Care Electroconvulsive Therapy Geropsychiatry Mentally retarded/mentally ill unit General Adult Program Outpatient Services Ambulatory medical unit Ambulatory surgical unit Burn outpatient service Hemodialysis Unit Observation Unit Pain Management Center MedDirect Sleep Center Outpatient Lab Services Gastroenterology Lab Neurophysiology/Sleep Disorders Lab Pulmonary Diagnostics Lab Urodynamics Lab Radiology Diagnostic/Fluoroscopic Radiology Portable/Mobile Radiology Mammography Vascular/Interventional Radiology Nuclear Medicine Computed Tomography (CT) Magnetic Reasonance Imaging (MRI) Ultrasound Ambulatory Radiology Unit
Healthcare (Cont’d) The Brody School of Medicine At ECU
THE BRODY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AT ECU
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University represents nearly four decades of desire and dedicated service by university officials, community physicians, local business and governmental leaders, and state legislators. Originally committed to expanding opportunities for medical education in North Carolina and improving health care delivery to state residents, the school's clinical services, degree programs and research activities have grown well beyond original expectations since it opened its doors to the first twenty-eight students in 1977. The Brody School of Medicine is now recognized as the country's most successful medical school in terms of meeting its mission of training primary care physicians, providing access to minority and disadvantaged medical students and improving the health of the people of our region.
Today, the full-time faculty includes 300 physicians and research scientists actively engaged in basic and clinical research as well as contractual product testing services. About 300 medical students and 50 doctoral students are enrolled and approximately 300 physicians participate in 27 residency and fellowship programs. In addition to the M.D. programs, Ph.D. programs are offered in anatomy and cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology, pathology, pharmacology and physiology. Accredited residency programs include: pathology and laboratory medicine, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatric medicine, surgery, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.
The Brody Medical Sciences Building is the center of the School of Medicine's education, service, and research programs. Opened in 1982 and expanded in 1990, this nine-story 489,000 square-foot facility houses the basic and clinical science departments, and has several conference rooms, well-equipped laboratories, and a 525-seat auditorium in addition to classrooms and administrative offices. The Brody Outpatient Center is located on the first floor of the Brody Building and was renovated in 1998.. Patients from throughout the region visit the Outpatient Center for general, diagnostic, and subspecialty ambulatory care.
The William E. Laupus Health Services Library was founded in 1969 and serves the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health Sciences. The two-story, 41,700 square-foot facility adjoining the Brody Building contains 155,616 bound volumes and offers over 9,000 journals in print and electronic formats. In addition to major printed resources, the Library also provides an extensive collection of slides, videocassettes, audiotapes, and models. Computer assisted instructional programs are also available in the library's computer laboratory. The library's catalog is on-line and many of the HSL resources can be assessed remotely through the internet.
The Biotechnology Center , completed in 1988, provides specialized areas to accommodate the advanced instrumentation requirements of biotechnology, as well as additional office and laboratory space for faculty involved in molecular biology and genetics research. The program provides core research facilities for: flow cytometry (analytical and sorting); amino acid and protein analysis; automated peptide sequencing and synthesis; manual DNA sequencing; polymerase chain reaction; x-ray developing; monoclonal antibody services; access to computerized international molecular biology databases and analysis programs; access to computerized molecular modeling; and a discount molecular biology enzyme and reagent stock service.
Children's outpatient clinics are housed in the ground floor of the biotechnology building. The Pediatric Outpatient Center accommodates the school's many specialty and general health clinics for infants, children, and adolescents.
The Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center , opened in 1985, is a 39,000 square-foot facility located between the Brody Medical Sciences Building and Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The center houses treatment services in radiation oncology, gynecologic oncology, oncology hematology, pediatric oncology, and surgical oncology. The center enables area physicians to administer the full spectrum of treatment and ensures that its patients have access to state-of-the-art techniques and national treatment protocols. The Center also supports basic science, clinical and epidemiological research into the causes and treatment of cancer, and sponsors educational programs about cancer for health professionals, patients, and the general public.
The addition of the 8,700 sf Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center in 1988 introduced a new and sophisticated imaging tool to aid physicians in the diagnosis of certain diseases. MRI scans provide strikingly clear images of the human anatomy without surgery, pain or exposure to ionizing radiation. The Center includes rooms for patient reception, counseling, film developing, offices and operations.
The Eastern Carolina Family Practice Center , designed as a model clinic for Family Medicine practitioners, serves an educational as well as a health care delivery purpose. The 28,000 square-foot facility adjacent to the Cancer Center draws patients from a 50-mile radius of Greenville and serves as many as 1,000 patients per week. In addition to standard family practice services, the Center also provides physical therapy, psychology, sports medicine and dental services. The Family Practice Center has been operational since 1977.
The Edward N. Warren Life Sciences Building , a 60,000 square foot facility, was dedicated in 1999. The building provides researchers laboratory space to house their equipment and conduct research as well as providing comfortable housing for research animals. The facility also includes operating rooms for experimental procedures, a cardiac catheterization lab, classrooms, and seminar rooms.
Other facilities include: 1) The Developmental Evaluation Clinic - a section of the Department of Pediatrics; 2) ECU Women's Physicians - the group practice of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; 3) Firetower Medical Office - a model practice including family physicians, general internists, and pediatricians; 4) Medical Pavilion complex - general internal medicine, cardiology, gastroenterology, and pulmonology practices; 5) ECU Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - the gruop practice of surgical subspecialty; and 6) ECU Dialysis Center - 25 dialysis stations and the clinical practice of the nephrology section.
For more information contact: Dr. Cynda Johnson Dean, Brody School of Medicine Brody Medical Sciences Building Greenville, NC 27858-4354 252-744-2201 www.ecu.edu
14.9 percent of students enrolled are African Americans; 4.7 percent are other
12.6 percent of students are from out of state, coming from forty-seven states
and the District of Columbia.
19.7 percent of first-time freshmen are from out of state.
189 students are from fifty-six foreign countries.
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