Registration Open for Lead Your City 2019

Registration Open for Lead Your City 2019

08th Feb 2019 Uncategorized

21st Century Wellness: Healthy City, Healthy You

Join synerG at the annual Lead Your City Summit to help young professionals GROW their leadership skills, BUILD on their ideas, SERVE their community, and CONNECT their network.

The Lead Your City summit will be held on Thursday, March 7 from 8:30am-5:30pm at the Van Dyke Performance Space in the Greensboro Cultural Center. This year’s summit is an opportunity to learn about how to be a healthy employee and community member, and how to live a productive, well-rounded life.

Caroline Dwyer, Project Manager for Renaissance, will lead the keynote panel focused on community health that will highlight innovative partnership approaches and designing public spaces that support physical and mental health of community members.

Other sessions during the day will cover topics such as mental health, healthy relationships in the workplace, and healthy habits to incorporate in your everyday life.

Check out more info about the summit here.

Register today for 2019 Lead Your City! You won’t want to miss this one!

Young Professional Educators Academy is Seeking Applicants!

Young Professional Educators Academy is Seeking Applicants!

19th Oct 2018 Uncategorized

Young Professional Educators Academy
Apply Today for the 2019 Class!

Through fun, interactive, and  informative sessions held at interesting locations
throughout Greensboro, participants will  have the opportunity to learn and
connect with other educators, interact with leaders in the community, engage with young professional organizations, and learn more about the area
where you live and work.

.  What’s included in this FREE program:

  • Welcome Reception
  • Four educational sessions for a total of 1 CEU credit; Topics include: Industry & Education; Makers & STEM; Diversity, Inclusion &Art; and Resources & Support
  • Dinner provided at each educational session
  • Childcare stipend if needed (limited number available)
  • Support from Learning Teams—groups of YPEA participants with similar roles within GCS
  • Opportunities to explore Greensboro and win prizes!

2019 Session Dates (all Thursdays):

  • 1/10 from 5:00-6:30pm
  • 1/17 from 4:30-7:00pm
  • 1/24 from 4:30-7:00pm
  • 1/31 from 4:30-7:00pm
  • 2/7 from 4:30-7:00pm
  • 2/21 from 4:30-7:00pm (weather make-up)

Click here to apply and for more information.

The National Folk Festival Is Back In North Carolina For One Last Year

The National Folk Festival Is Back In North Carolina For One Last Year

31st Aug 2017 Community

Mark your calendar for the biggest party in town – the 77th National Folk Festival, running September 8-10, 2017 in downtown Greensboro!

Festival attendees enjoying the music!

Don’t miss the opportunity to join us for the final year of the National Folk Festival—one of America’s largest and longest-running celebrations of music, art, culture, and heritage. The best part? This three-day celebration is FREE to attend!

More than 300 performers and artists from all across the nation—musicians, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople—will take part in the large-scale, three-day outdoor festival, with more than 50 different acts performing across seven outdoor stages throughout downtown Greensboro.

The celebration will kick off at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening with a performance by New Orleans’ legendary Tremé Brass Band.  The band will start on the Wrangler stage and join the crowd for the festival’s traditional opening parade through downtown. Bring your Mardi Gras beads and your colorful

Woman dressed in traditional Bahamas Junkanoo

umbrella and join in on the fun!

To accompany the above artists, the National Folk Festival will feature a variety of savory, southern dishes and ethnic foods as well as classic festival fare that will take diners on a culinary journey around North Carolina, America, and the world. On tap at the festival will be beer by Foothills and Natty Greene’s, cider by Bull City Ciderworks, and wine by Noble Vines and Bota Box.

Based on the success of the National Folk Festival, organizers are planning a legacy North Carolina Folk Festival which will take place September 7-9, 2018 in downtown Greensboro. Check over the coming months for updates.

To view the full 2017 festival performance schedule, learn more about the artists, explore the food and

Tap Dancer at LeBauer Park

marketplace vendors, and other event information please visit

You can stay connected to the event on Facebook (, Twitter (, Instagram (, and on the National Folk Festival/17DAYS app (


4 Reasons to Pay Attention to the Upcoming 7/18 City Council Meeting!

4 Reasons to Pay Attention to the Upcoming 7/18 City Council Meeting!


  1. The City Council will honor the City’s Parks and Recreation Department for their strong work. With 90 miles of trails and greenways, Greensboro is a national model! This month is National Parks and Recreation Month!
  2. City Council will vote on the potential expansion of the LimeBike bike share program. The expanded program would launch in early August with an additional 800 bikes added to the system…including in downtown!
  3. City Council will vote on allowing the newly adopted state “Brunch Bill” that allows cities to permit restaurants and vendors to sell alcohol on Sundays at 10am versus 12pm. The City requires 6 of 9 votes.
  4. City Councilperson District 2 Rep Jamal Fox, who is only 27 years old, will resign on Tuesday night due to his relocation to Oregon to be with his fiancé! The City Council will appoint a temporary Councilperson to serve until the November election. Five citizens have submitted their interest in the seat and each will have 3 minutes to make their case on why they could be selected. Council will then discuss and vote.




Being an accomplished stonemason requires an understanding of physics, geology and geometry, while also having a keen eye for art. And sometimes, brute strength is needed.

Nick Johnson, 28, is a local stonemason, following in the footsteps of his father. “My dad always did a lot of brick work. As I grew up, I started doing stone masonry as a hobby and I really liked it.”

Born and raised in Greensboro, Nick attended Page High School and played football for the Pirates. There, he earned a football scholarship to play at NC A&T State University for the Aggies.

Football though wasn’t his future; stone masonry was.

At NC A&T, Nick majored in Construction Management and studied the management of people, processes and materials. After earning his degree, Nick accepted a job in Maryland with Hensel Phelps Construction Company, one of the largest firms in the US. After a stint with Hensel Phelps and a year in Arizona, Nick made his way back home.

“I had some good friends from high school who owned their own landscaping company. They began referring masonry work to me and then they started encouraging me to start my own business, so I did.”

Nick now does brick, stone and concrete work with a small crew. “I want to focus on quality, so I don’t take on a lot of projects at one time. I prefer to focus and give my all on any project I take on. Business is great. So far I haven’t had to advertise. Word of mouth and referrals are keeping me busy.”

Recently, Nick worked with the Downtown Greenway on its relocation of “Grounded Here” public art piece by artist Juan Logan. The piece serves as marker of historical significance for the Warnersville community and will be re-dedicated in its new home at the newly finished The Salvation Army Center for Worship and Service and Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday, May 23 at 9:00am.

“I believe that if you provide a quality service, business will find you. I take pride in my work and craft and I hope it shows.”


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Summer In Greensboro: Action Greensboro’s Staff Favorites

Summer In Greensboro: Action Greensboro’s Staff Favorites

02nd May 2017 (Y)our Greensboro, homeslider

Last month, our friends at Campus Philly published a great blog post called Summer in Philly: Campus Philly Staff Picks. Our team at Action Greensboro enjoyed reading the post and wanted to provide a Greensboro version! In this post, we share our favorite summer activities in Greensboro, NC. *The Downtown Greenway is an initiative of Action Greensboro.

Dabney Sanders, Project Manager, Downtown Greenway

My idea of a perfect Sunday is to take the dogs for a walk in GreenHill Cemetery and head downtown along the open sections of the Downtown Greenway for brunch at Four Flocks & Larder.  On the way home, pop by elsewhere, Hudson’s Hill, the Forge, and GPS.  End the day with a picnic at Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park.

Laura Lorenz, Project Assistant, Downtown Greenway

My kids and I like to go to Yum Yum hotdogs on Spring Garden Street to eat a famous hot dog and bottled Coke or Cheerwine.  We get our ice cream to-go and head down to Morehead Park on the Downtown Greenway and eat our ice cream while walking on the ¼ mile stretch of the Downtown Greenway from Spring Garden to Gate City Blvd.  If we are lucky, we will meet a train as we go under the Over.Under.Pass. and watch the lights in the trestle move to the vibration of the train going overhead.

Cecelia Thompson, Executive Director, Action Greensboro

After growing up in the sweltering swampland of north Florida, summer is my favorite season in Greensboro. The best weekends are filled with neighborhood walks to admire flowering hydrangeas, kayaking at Lake Brandt, outdoor movie nights with cold beers under the Echelman sculpture in LeBauer Park, purchasing fresh okra, tomatoes, peaches and basil at the Greensboro Farmer’s Curb Market for a locally made outdoor dinner with friends. *Check out Cecelia’s delicious recipes on her blog here.

Candace Tucker, Operations & Communications Manager, Action Greensboro

Summer mornings are the best when I have Biscuitville for breakfast! Growing up in a small town, summers were always spent in the great outdoors. I love visiting the gardens of Greensboro; they are so peaceful and relaxing. After work, you can find me taking the free fitness classes in Greensboro Downtown Parks and on the Downtown Greenway, which are a plus for community members! Check out the Downtown Greenway fitness schedule here and the full calendar for Greensboro Downtown Parks here.

Hillary Meredith, synerG Young Professionals Director, Action Greensboro

When it comes to a nice Summer day in Greensboro, I love hanging out at one of the great patios in Greensboro. My favorites include Café Europa at the Cultural Arts Center Downtown or Fishbones on the corner of Walker & Elam. There’s also a vibrant art scene in Greensboro, and I enjoy attending the free Levitt Amp music series with a picnic, strolling through the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s internationally renowned modern art collection or taking an art class at Shelf Life Art & Supply Co. or the Art Alliance.

Beth Mannella, Program Director, Opportunity Greensboro Fellows Program

I moved to downtown Greensboro in June 2016, so I spent last summer learning my way around and exploring with the inaugural Fellows cohort. For my second summer in GSO, I am excited to go to City Market (local vendors and a great way to get out during the weeknight with friends), enjoy lunch in LeBauer Park (eating n0ma & Ghassan’s), attend Ethnosh dinners once/month, and continue volunteering at Carolina Theatre and the Community Theatre of Greensboro. Last but not least, I am going to search for the best bagel sandwich in Greensboro (I am from the north, so it will be hard to beat). If you have recommendations, let me know!

Get Fit Greensboro!

Get Fit Greensboro!

Get Fit Greensboro! By: Lauren Saul

Spring has sprung and that means outdoor fitness and other activities abound all around Greensboro!


Center City Park is partnering with Greensboro Downtown Yoga to offer FREE 8 weeks of Spring Yoga in the Park; Thursdays 5:45 – 6:45 pm from April 6 – May 25. To learn more about this offering, check out the Greensboro Downtown Yoga event page.

Speaking of yoga, Class on the Grass at the Grasshopper’s Stadium last year was such a success, it is being held again this year on April 30 at 3pm! Lululemon Athletica is hosting again alongside Dancing Dogs Yoga, Downtown Greensboro and Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. Registration is FREE but register early to be entered into a drawing for great prizes! Register at Class On the Grass!

Want a little beer with your exercise? Yogammunity at PigPounder is offered Saturday mornings at 11 am! Participate in an hour long yoga class then enjoy a beer in the tasting room or on the Patio. Gibb’s Hundred also has yoga and beer on Sunday mornings!

Another yoga opportunity is available at LeBauer Park hosted by Dancing Dogs Yoga, the only power yoga studio in Greensboro. Dancing Dogs is offering a 45-minute session for all levels on May 17,  May 31 and June 28. Learn more about Dancing Dogs here. Find out about other Fitness classes at LeBauer Park on their facebook page here.

*No yoga mats will be provided for any of these events, please bring your own.


RAM Fitness Bootcamp’s being held on Saturdays in April at LeBauer Park at 9 AM. It is a 45 minute total body work out using your own bodyweight to burn fat! (No equipment needed!) For more information, visit the RAM Fitness Bootcamp Facebook event page.

The Greenway will continue to host their free fitness class in partnership with the YMCA. Tuesdays at the Trailhead offers a different class each week on Tuesdays at 6 PM in Morehead Park.  Keep an eye out on the Greensboro Downtown Parks website for the 2017 schedule.


Is running a little more your speed? Greensboro offers a plethora of running events from 5K’s to Full Marathons! Check out Greensboro Race Series which includes several up and coming Triad races all for a good cause!

Greensboro Science Center will be hosting a unique race to raise money to save endangered African Penguins.  The 2017 Tuxedo Trot 5K and Kids Fun Run will be held on Saturday, May 20.  For event details, visit

Greensboro News and Record recently published an entire race day calendar of running events in the Triad. For a list of diverse running opportunities, and their direct registration links checked out this News & Record article.

Trails and lakes provide numerous recreation activities; from hiking, to kayaking and paddle boarding. Check out Greensboro Parks and Recreation’s What’s Happening at the Lakes link for information.

So get out there and get fit Greensboro!




After graduating from Page High School, Elizabeth Wicker, left Greensboro for NC State en route to earning a degree in apparel design.

The fashion world opened up for Elizabeth as she studied abroad in Spain and worked at a popular clothing boutique in Raleigh while taking all her design, sewing and textile classes. This led her to New York City where she worked with famed American fashion designer, Nanette Lepore.

After nearly six years in the big city, Elizabeth found her way back to her Greensboro roots. “Though NYC certainly has a piece of my heart, this is definitely home. I love living in Greensboro—my parents are here, I’ve got a great network of friends and it helps that I like my job.”

Not long after her return, Elizabeth met Bradshaw Orrell, owner of Bradshaw Orrell Interiors. Bradshaw, also a Greensboro native, made a name for himself by designing the Proximity Hotel, the first Platinum Green hotel in the country, and he continues to work with the Quaintance-Weaver Hotels & Restaurants group. Other projects include Biscuitville, Boulton Creative, Summerfield Farms and a line of furniture designed for Chelsea House.

Elizabeth has been working with Bradshaw for over seven years now. “Working for a small company allows me to see all sides of this industry. I naturally love the creative aspects of the job, but I have had to learn the business side as well.” Though Elizabeth has her hand in the commercial projects, she mainly works on all of their residential projects.

The relationships that they form with their clients are very important. “There is a certain level of trust that is made when you work with someone on their personal home or business. I really value all of those working relationships and many have turned into great friendships”

During Furniture Market in High Point, Elizabeth will be shopping for clients. “Furniture Market for me is fun and exciting. I really enjoy sourcing for items that we can use for our current or future projects.”

Outside of work, Elizabeth has been involved with many organizations like the Future Fund, Junior League and synerG. “I’ve met so many amazing people through my involvement with these organizations. It has really opened up my eyes to everything that Greensboro has to offer and it gives me a strong sense of community pride.”

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First Time Home Buyer Lunch & Learn Recap

First Time Home Buyer Lunch & Learn Recap by: Carlee Dempsey

Are you a first time home-buyer? Are you interested in learning how you can cash in on  $15,000? Did you miss synerG’s First Time Home Buyer Lunch & Learn? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this post is for you.

Due to the success of its initial program launch, the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (aka NCHFA) is offering their $15,000 Down Payment Assistance (DPA) to first time home buyers for the second time. For many of us first time home buyers the loan application process seems daunting. So we sat down with industry professionals over lunch from Potbelly courtesy of our presenters to learn how simple it is to cash in on the program.

The Skinny on the “Loan”

NCHFA’s $15,000 DPA is a 5-year, deferred loan at 0% interest. Which means, if you purchase a home and keep it for at least 5 years, the loan is forgiven.

Yes, it’s basically free money. So now, if you’re like us, you’re thinking “What’s the catch?”. The answer’s simple, there’s no catch as long as you meet the following five criteria.

  1. You’re a first time home buyer using NCHFA Home Advantage financing
  2. You meet household income limits (up to $59,000 total household income)
  3. You purchase an existing home below $245,000 (no new builds!)
  4. You purchase a home in Cabarrus, Cumberland, Guilford, Johnston, or Mecklenburg county
  5. You have a credit score of 640 or higher (Jon Needham with Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group can guide you if you need to raise your credit score.)

Now, if you’re thinking to yourself, “Okay, I think I might meet these criteria…but how do I check?”, in come our industry professionals – Jon Needham with Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group and Ashley Meredith with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Yost & Little.

The first step towards applying for the NCHFA Home Advantage financing, is to give Jon a call. Here’s his cell – (336) 482-8101. Jon will ask for a few documents (W4’s, pay stubs, etc.) in order to assess your eligibility. Then, barring you meet the above criteria, he will be able to grant you conditional approval within 24 – 48 hours.

Seems simple right? It is!

After receiving loan approval, your next step is to reach out to Ashley Meredith (i.e. your realtor). Here’s her email – Ashley will walk you through your Initial Consultation (note: you can have your Initial Consultation before receiving loan approval if you wish to do so). During this meeting, Ashley will get an idea of your needs, priorities and your budget, if your loan is already approved.

Now you’re well on your way to purchasing your first home!

Want to learn more about the home buying process? Click here to see the complete Home Buyer’s Guide courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Yost & Little.

Video from the NCHFA website ––1EfQ

Made In Greensboro – Andrew Norman, 28, Head Distiller

Made In Greensboro – Andrew Norman, 28, Head Distiller

21st Feb 2017 homeslider, Made in GSO, Profiles



Distilling spirits at Greensboro’s Fainting Goat Spirits is a family affair as dad Bill Norman serves as the Master Distiller and son Andrew serves as the Head Distiller. Together, this father-son duo is serving up Greensboro’s first legal spirits since Prohibition.

There were several ideas for the name of the new company, but Fainting Goat Spirits won. According to Bill “this describes our family dynamic. The fainting goat is our family mascot. When a goat faints, it’s funny as hell, but on the other hand, they are odd and okay with that. Just like our family, when we try something and fail, we deal with it and get right back up.”

The family has been part of the Greensboro community for years as they also own Kneaded Energy, where sister Lesley manages the practice, step mom Shelley oversees the laws and legalities of all the businesses and manages the massage school.

“We specifically chose the West Lewis Street location because of all the innovation and other businesses that are on this end of town. We love the renaissance of the community and wanted to a part of it,” said Bill.

“I was born and raised in Greensboro. It’s exciting to see the growth in Greensboro and be a part of it, especially in downtown,” added Andrew.

Fainting Goat Spirits currently offers its Tiny Cat Vodka and Emulsion American Gin for sale. They’re also working on a single-malt whiskey, rye whiskey and bourbon that will be ready for sale in the coming years.

“Once our single-malt hits the shelf, we will experiment with things like tequila and rum,” said Andrew.

Before starting the company, Andrew was a mortgage banker and sold property insurance, but was ready to trade in his suit and ties for overalls. I enjoy making a product that people like. “This is a labor of love that I get to give to people. The taste testing isn’t a bad way to spend the day either.”

Bill added “Whether you realize it or not, this is a chemical process and it’s an art. Andrew is an artist at this. He is able to slightly alter or tweak a product and make it his own. Our family is full of entrepreneurial spirits. We love doing what we do every day.”

“People ask if we are Fainting Goat Spirits or Greensboro Distilling Co.; we are both. Fainting Goat Spirits is our brand, but it is important for us to let everyone know that we are a Greensboro product.”

Each bottle proudly displays that it is distilled and bottled in Greensboro, NC.


Find more Made In Greensboro profiles here.

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