Every day, as I look outside from my GMA/FirstPoint office, I am amazed at how much the downtown landscape and vibrancy continues to grow and at a much faster pace than in the past.

The Carroll at Bellemeade hotel and apartment complex, LeBauer Park, and Tanger Performing Arts Center are quickly progressing. Soon the skyline of Greensboro will transform again.

When GMA built its downtown headquarters in 1983 on Commerce Place, we were on the edge of downtown with little new economic development around us. Now, there is a renewed energy and visible evidence of this growing and thriving block. NewBridge Bank Park, home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers, brings hundreds of pedestrians through this area as does Co//ab, and Elon College School of Law.

Charles Aris, an international executive recruiting firm, opened its stylish building last year at the corner of Bellemeade and Greene. Commerce Place provided an excellent and different venue for the Beach Music Blast in June, and National Folk Festival events will be here in September.

Much more development is planned on the GMA side of downtown.  All of us at GMA/FirstPoint are excited about the direction of our downtown and welcome our new neighbors.