Established in 1774 as a regional trade center, Greenville has grown rapidly over the past two decades and is recognized as one of North Carolina's up and coming cities. More than a university town and the seat of Pitt County government, it is a focal point for cultural activity, high-technology industry, higher education and health care in eastern North Carolina.
Historically known for its agricultural base, Pitt County today has a balanced economy that includes major manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, automotive components and consumer goods. Despite its bustling growth, the community has retained a low cost of living, untarnished natural resources and a sense of neighborly hospitality characteristic of this progressive southern state. In this atmosphere, the ECU School of Medicine and Pitt County Memorial Hospital are valued institutions.
Greenville is a livable city that is only getting better. A fine school system, excellent city services and parks, and a multitude of shops and restaurants are among its assets. The main public library, Sheppard Memorial, is undergoing a major expansion that will make it one of the finest in the East. Uptown Greenville, a two-block area of the historic downtown area, has just undergone a major renovation that should make it a magnet for retail and entertainment trade in years to come. And the community boasts a busy airport with commercial flights throughout the day.
As the home of East Carolina University, Greenville enjoys many cultural advantages. Student and faculty music recitals, art exhibitions and theatrical presentations are open to the public. In addition, the university sponsors concerts, plays and lectures, often featuring celebrities of international acclaim. The city hosts Sunday in the Park, a series of outdoor summer concerts, on the Town Common. The Greenville Museum of Art has an expanding permanent collection. Division One intercollegiate athletics also provide entertainment nine months out of the year.
The city’s geographical location and gentle climate make it a haven for leisure activities. Medical students frequently field teams that compete in university intramural sports. Water-lovers enjoy fishing, boating and skiing on the Tar River, which runs through the town and empties into the Pamlico Sound and Atlantic Ocean. And it’s only a 90-minute drive to ocean beaches.