It’s a short hop of about 55 minutes from The Village of Pinehurst in Moore County to Raleigh and Cary – the intense hotbeds of high tech, high stress. Those of us who raise our families in Moore County and commute daily to our high velocity careers know a life that most people can never appreciate.

I’m writing this in the first person because I want to share my experience with all you career-drivers who wish they could know a different kind of life.  A life that can be big enough to thrive in the daily pressure, and yet come home to a life with so much more room to be who you want to be, without having to wait ‘til your first social security check sneaks into your mailbox.

I’ve loved the energy, values and space of Moore County for over 20 years, every day commuting to Cary and Raleigh. And over the years I’ve founded and built businesses in Raleigh and Cary that have created jobs and careers for over a thousand people.

Here’s an interesting fact. My commute from Moore County takes less time and a lot less stress than the daily traffic slog that many of my associates and friends have to endure trekking through 2 counties creeping, trapped in solid traffic. Driving up the US 1 freeway to the city at a steady 70mph I encounter fewer cars and trucks through the whole journey than my friends have to deal with in just one solid mile on Rte 40.

There’s a magnificent side effect of a 55-minute drive home that my wife has continuously appreciated. Years ago as my career was expanding we lived 8 minutes from my office in North Raleigh. What do you think my mood was when I came flying through the front door still stewing over this or that “major problem,” which my wife didn’t care to hear about. Whereupon a discussion ensued.

On the other hand the inescapable stress that looms through the day still rides with me on my way home to Moore County.  However, it only rides with me part of the way and by the time I arrive home it’s all tucked away, the stress is gone.

What a difference a completely peaceful 55-minute commute will make. Ever since, my wife has known little about the business, because we like to talk about things she cares about.

Moore County and its towns and villages are swiftly evolving to a 21st century neighborhood, embracing the peace, power and velocity of a fast-energizing combination of unique communities. Enterprises, some among the largest businesses in their industries in the country, built their success in the space this special place represents.

Lakes, sprawling golf courses, horse farms, long expanses of pine forests rooted in the sands of prehistoric oceans from eons past: funny-looking squirrels and time to think are all the treasures of this special place. Come and see.

Howard Rockett, Pinehurst, Moore County, North Carolina


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