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For those who don’t yet know me, I’m Taylor Wanbaugh, the new assistant editor at Business North Carolina. Although I’m a newbie to the magazine, I’m certainly no rookie when it comes to North Carolina.

Prior to moving to Charlotte last week, I worked at the National Society of Professional Engineers in Alexandria, Va. It was difficult to leave my job and apartment in the D.C. area behind, but I didn’t hesitate at the chance to relocate to Charlotte. I grew up in Cary, and I always knew that I wanted to end up back in North Carolina.

It’s hard to find a reason not to like living in North Carolina. There’s not many states that can brag about having both beautiful beaches and a wide stretch of mountains. I love the tangy, vinegar-based Carolina BBQ almost as much as I love its buttery, warm biscuits and bottles of sweet Cheerwine. It’s the true home of the first flight, no matter how many times Ohioans try and tell you otherwise.

There’s the southern charm and true kindness of the people who live here that draws you in every time, although everyone knows “bless your heart” is not a phrase to be taken as a compliment. It’s a place that I will always refer to as my home state, even after I’ve lived in several different states around the country.

Although I haven’t been here long, I think I can say with a certain amount of confidence that Charlotte is an awesome place to live, especially for the young professionals crowd. From its public transportation, major sports teams (Go Panthers!), museums, artwork, outdoor activities, restaurants, bars and microbreweries, there’s no reason for boredom. I can’t wait to keep exploring our state and see all it has to offer!

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