High Point has a prosperous urban citizenry living in close densest population of North America from north to south.proximity to its historical economic and cultural assets in Within a few hours reach of three ocean ports and threetextiles and furnishings. It lies in the center spot of a world international airports, it is the co-beneficiary of unparalleledclass pool of design talent and manufacturing and retail logistics opportunities and futuristic Aerotropolis plans. It isexpertise that stretches across North Carolina and spreads the home of the cutting edge High Point University and ainto Virginia and South Carolina. The internationally branch campus of the rapidly growing GTCC, and shares therenowned High Point Market remains the largest furnishings strong regional assets of other major state and privatetrade show in the world addressing the largest furniture colleges.market in the world. Twice yearly, it brings tens of thousandsof domestic and international visitors into the area. The high With the beauty of the region, moderate climate, andpoint on the historic east-west Plank Road, High Point is the pivotal centralized position between ocean and mountains,third leg of the prominent Piedmont Triad cities region, and is High Point enjoys timeless appeal.seated where four major high ways intersect, connecting the January 2010 To the City of High Point, Investors, And Other Interested parties: The High Point Bridge Group believes tremendous opportunity lies ahead for High Point to grow our unique residential/industrial character. We believe the answer lies in part in refreshing the community’s ability to prosper in its key home furnishings industry-- building on a powerful design heritage by investing in transitional business models, the arts, family entertainment, and by expanding retail and multi-use facilities that tie High Point into the Piedmont Triad as an equal leg of the region through transportation and educational projects. The High Point Bridge Group’s core strength is that we are furnishings insiders, and we know how to transition High Point’s past manufacturing assets into logistics, self-sustaining commercial opportunities, and cultural assets. It is time to harness the vast unmeasured knowledge base amassed in decades of being the center of the textile and furnishings industries, and prepare our city for the global opportunities that do indeed exist for a city as rich in talent, location and assets as ours. We suggest an architectural symbol—The High Point Bridge—as an icon of our commitment to transition, and recognition of the power of design. Literally, it is a foot bridge crossing the rails from a historic Market Center District to a futuristic Furnitropolis. It is footed by a transportation terminal offering express transit between the triad cities. It opens to a boardwalk on the face of the Furnitropolis campus filled with cultural delights for the local community as well as the international. The campus itself, the Furnitropolis District, incorporates transitional textile and furnishings facilities, multi-use facilities, exciting retail, food, urban housing, hotel, and entertainment facilities. Symbolically, The High Point Bridge is the first step in creating a cultural embassy, a philosophical body of projects providing incentives to artists, musicians, and students to develop their studios throughout the city, supporting specialized curriculums in education, filling empty spaces in the Furniture District for international promotion during Markets, inviting the community to Market, building a world-class design competition, and ultimately developing the first all- inclusive Furnishings Design Museum in the world. In this vision, High Point bridges all barriers between the past and future, between community and private industry, between the City of High Point and region, and invites the world to put their other foot down here Sincerely, The High Point Bridge Group
Core Strategies of a futuristic FurnitropolisThe High Point Bridge Group is conceptually aligned with the High Point City Council and Mayor’s office,and with the Furnishings Cluster initiatives developing under the Wired grant through the PiedmontTriad Partnership. We have approached the idea of a revitalization plan for a unique district indowntown High Point by designing solutions to regional needs and by building on regional assets in ourfield of expertise, the entrepreneurial furniture industry.Furnitropolis is a campus adjacent to the Market Center District endorsing transitional business andcultural models. Its targets relate to sustaining both a global position of prominence in the furnishingsindustry, and to generating local and regional community interaction with this key industry. Whathappens inside Furnitropolis will… • Happen year –round. • Create thousands of new jobs. • Generate numerous entrepreneurial opportunities in furnishings, retail, education, the arts. • Improve the quality of life for local families. • Provide alternate usage for under-utilized buildings. • Stimulate high-end new building. • Retain High Point’s branded name as center of the Furnishings Industry. • Support the High Point Market. Furnitropolis is a commercially and culturally driven concept for developing High Point’s transitional Downtown Mixed Use District.
One: Industry Centers in FurnitropolisWhat remains of the furnishings industry without manufacturing as an industry anchor? The High PointBridge Group has fleshed out several business and cultural models to regenerate a center of gravitynourishing domestic and international interior furnishings trade. The first two business modelslaunching the campus are: 1. International Trade Center for Interior Furnishings (ITC), an office and convention center for international and domestic producers, suppliers, industry associations, and service providers to the industry promoting product development for residential and commercial applications. This is a meeting place for product developers to research and develop new global resource relationships. Trade shows and educational events will be produced throughout the year targeting niche and new market segments. A high-rise building will house 750-1000 industry members, offer cutting edge video-conferencing, meeting space, design thinking workspaces, and recruitment services. 2. International Design Center, a complex of buildings supporting both retail and wholesale showrooms especially targeting the design trade on a year-round basis. These buildings and showrooms will be filled with vertically organized furnishings firms such as Roche Bobois, market segment specialists such as kitchen and bath companies, and composite groups such as governments and agencies sponsoring their countries’ furnishings exports (for example, The Italian Pavilion, Brazilian Exports.)Many entrepreneurial or independently housed businesses that are transitional in nature and supportthe vital Furnitropolis profile will be stimulated and attracted by its targeted mission: • Specialized warehousing • Overlapping, extant, traditional showroom buildings • Design studios • Interior design firms • Architectural firms
Two: The Cultural EmbassyThe Cultural Embassy has two faces with one mission. First, the Cultural Embassy, a High Point BridgeGroup foundation, will develop commercial projects with cultural goals. Second, it will create andmanage incentives and special projects and events that create bridges between regional assets. 1. Commercial Projects a. International Furnishings Design Museum, the first museum in the world building a collection of furnishings and related textiles to represent an all inclusive history of international furnishings design. The museum will generate both profitable income and proven tourism benefitting many regional interests. b. International Annual Furnishings Design Prize, a million dollar prize awarded through an international board of judges for design with specific art, function, and production criteria. The prize will be self-sustaining, and will also provide fund raising for the museum as well as other Cultural Embassy non-profs. 2. Cultural Projects a. The Cultural Embassy Arts Incentives i. Managing incentives and world-wide promotion to artists, arts groups, musicians and colleges to develop studios in under-utilized buildings throughout the city, in and outside of Furnitropolis. ii. Placing gallery shows in empty High Point Market spaces utilizing the unique exposure to retail and design buyers available during Markets for fine art while revitalizing showroom corridors. b. High Point Market Consumer Tours, managing public tours at the High Point Market to invite regional residents into what has been an isolated and impersonal event, incomprehensible to most of the public and therefore difficult to support at grassroots or public sector levels. c. Evolving Ideas, working with other agencies to promote cultural events and concepts. d. Piedmont-Triad Cultural Transportation will promote public transportation and entertainment venues from transportation centers in High Point, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem. The public can travel easily and inexpensively from the Elm Street area in Greensboro, the Art Gallery district in Winston-Salem, or the Airport--to the High Point Furnitropolis in 15-30 minutes. 3. Furnitropolis Mall Entertainment, managing mall and Railwalk activities, including the exercise trail, a skate-board facility, and promotional family events throughout the year.
Three: Retail, Dining, Entertainment 1. The High Point Bridge. Spanning the tracks, the High Point Bridge carries pedestrians from the old High Point of manufacturing and traditional showrooms to a new High Point of international business opportunities and fine living. Like Venice’s Rialto, the High Point Bridge itself is a retail mall and is designed to be an icon of change, recognizable throughout the world. 2. The Railwalk is a boardwalk flanking the tracks, offering a nostalgic view of a freshly landscaped track to pedestrian traffic, serviced by retail shops and dining. The Railwalk is broad enough for art shows, musical and theatrical venues, café seating, and hosts part of an exercise trail for walkers, joggers, and skaters. 3. Furnitropolis Mall is the heart of High Point Bridge Group’s Furnitropolis vision, encompassing: The International Trade Center for Interior Furnishings The International Design Center An Imax Theatre A House of Blues Dining and Bars World-class Hotel Emergency clinic and pharmacyRadiating from Furnitropolis Mall are independent multi-use facilities, includingfurnishings-related facilities, fine dining, mall-quality grill and fast food dining,bars, boutique shopping, art galleries, additional world-class hotels, andplanned convenient public parking.
Four: Urban LivingRefurbished, loft, and condominium dwellings will support Furnitropolis from the inside-out. As analternative to hotel dwelling for frequent international travelers, as an investment for business classrental properties, and as urban dwelling for those who love urban living, Furnitropolis will offer big cityfeatures in a warm southern town setting.Imagine specialty food stores: wine, cheese, meat, produce…open air shopping…within walking distanceof home and entertainment.Five: Industry Advocacy Groups, GoingGreenRoughly 50 industry associations exist in the region related to the furnishings industry. The High PointBridge Group will build incentives to augment the natural draw for industry intelligence to gather inFurnitropolis.Not the least of the intellectual movements afoot is the green movement. A major goal of Furnitropoliswill be for High Point to become the world capital of green intelligence in all building and furnishingsdesign and construction.
The High Point Bridge Group Linda McLean Lin123@triad.rr.com 336-669-8747 Scott Morgan Sdmorg51@mac.com 310-962-7354 Hal McAdams email@example.com 336-312-1180