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17Oct, 2018

Sports Complex Ranked Best Soccer Facility in U.S.

For Immediate Release
Friday, October 12, 2018
Sports Complex Ranked Best Soccer Facility in U.S.
Goldsboro, NC — The City of Goldsboro is proud to announce the newly opened Bryan Multi-Sports Complex has been named one of the top rated soccer facilities in the nation according to Connect Sports.
“This national recognition reassures that which we already knew — we have one of the most unique sporting venues in the country right here in Goldsboro, North Carolina,” said Randy Guthrie, Goldsboro city manager. “It’s all thanks to the persistent efforts of Seymour Johnson AFB, the U.S. Air Force, and the generous sponsors, such as the Bryan Foundation. With their help, Goldsboro continues on its course towards economic growth and improved quality of life.”
Connect Sports is a senior leader in sports destination marketing and event management. From advertising to education, Connect Sports is the go-to source for improving the way in which sports benefits communities across the country.
“At the start of the project, the city didn’t set out to win awards. We just wanted to provide better services and amenities to our community in order to improve the quality of life,” said Ashlin Glatthar, travel and tourism director for Goldsboro-Wayne County. “Not only has the project surpassed its inherent goals, but the Bryan Multi-Sports Complex has clearly set a new standard in the industry as far as what tournament directors and athletes can and should expect out of a sports venue. It means a lot to us that a credible organization, such as Connect, recognizes the complex’s accomplishments.”
Five days after the grand opening on April 23, 2018, the City of Goldsboro and Wayne County United Soccer Club co-hosted the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) Kepner President’s State Cup, which brought in 50 teams and 1,700 visitors from across the state. The success of this tournament led to the bookings of two additional NCYSA state cups scheduled for October 27-28, 2018 and May 4-5, 2019, which will draw an estimated 50-60 soccer teams and 2,000 visitors per tournament weekend. The state’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) for youth soccer has booked the complex for several training events from November 2018 to March 2019 serving the athletes in eastern NC. Additionally, ODP will host a two-day soccer showcase on the first weekend in January 2019.
As the venue’s name suggests, the complex is designed for field […]
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12Jul, 2018

Jerrod Niemann to Headline Free Concert at NC Poultry Festival

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July 11th, 2018

Jerrod Niemann to Headline Free Concert at NC Poultry Festival

GOLDSBORO, N.C. — NC Poultry Festival is proud to announce Jerrod Niemann will headline this year’s main concert stage on September 8th, 2018 in Downtown Goldsboro, North Carolina. Formerly known as “Beak Week”, the festival changed its name this year in an effort to grow the event and awareness of Goldsboro-Wayne County’s important poultry heritage. With its new name and fun additions, the festival stages will also feature free concerts from Diggerfoot, Hip Pocket, and the Mikele Buck Band, before ending with platinum-certified #1 country artist, Jerrod Niemann.

Our headliner, Jerrod Niemann, is known for his clever wordplay and attention-grabbing lyrics. Fueled by nearly a decade-long career, the highly engaging singer-songwriter dug deeper than ever before on THIS RIDE, his latest album featuring upbeat smash “I Got This,” uplifting duet “A Little More Love” (with Lee Brice) and romantic ballad “God Made A Woman.” Niemann topped country charts with his PLATINUM-certified multi–week No. 1 anthem, “Drink to That All Night,” from HIGH NOON – on which he co-wrote eight of the 12 tracks. The Kansas native first burst onto the scene in 2010, with his critically-acclaimed major-label debut, JUDGE JERROD & THE HUNG JURY, which skyrocketed PLATINUM-certified No. 1 smash “Lover, Lover” and GOLD-certified Top 5 “What Do You Want.” His second release, FREE THE MUSIC, included Top 15 “Shinin’ On Me” and poignant ballad “Only God Could Love You More.” From Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, and CMT Award nominations, to headlining and touring with some of country’s hottest acts: Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban, Niemann continues to make his mark by creatively pushing boundaries all while offering a sincere nod to the legends before him. Jerrod Niemann’s performance is made possible by the strong community partnership with WRNS 95.1, which is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year!

“In 2013, the City of Goldsboro began a renovation of Center Street in its downtown- this project known as “Street Scape” was completed in 2016.  In an effort to draw people downtown to witness the changes, many nonprofit organizations along with city departments joined efforts to create a signature festival that was available to residents and visitors. Being the home of major poultry industries, it was a natural fit for Goldsboro-Wayne Country to celebrate its long-standing poultry heritage with a festival themed in its honor. Hence, Beak Week was born! Or, as we like to say, “hatched,’” said Ashlin Glatthar, Director of Travel & Tourism for Goldsboro-Wayne County.

NC Poultry Festival is the new name, but “Beak Week” still lives as the nickname for the fun-filled week leading up to Saturday’s street festival. The main festival traditionally takes place the second Saturday in September. Coming back from the Labor Day holiday, Tuesday kicks off the poultry celebrations with a “Beak Week Beer Run” at Well-Travelled Beer, followed by a “Chicken Chase” 5K at Goldsboro’s newest greenway, “Turkey Trivia” at Goldsboro Brew Works, “Fowl Play Softball Game”, “PEEP Show” […]

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20Apr, 2018

Athletes Gain Unique Playing Fields in Goldsboro, North Carolina

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Thursday, April 19, 2018


Athletes Gain Unique Playing Fields in Goldsboro, North Carolina


Goldsboro, NC— The City of Goldsboro is excited to announce the grand opening of what has become one of the most unique sports venues in the country, the Bryan Multi-Sports Complex. The opening ceremony is scheduled to take place on the grounds of the complex located at 501 South Oak Forest Road on Monday, April 23rd, at 10 a.m., and the event is open to the public. The ceremony will entail a ribbon cutting, guest speakers, musical performances, a jet dedication for the F-4E Phantom permanent display, and a two-ship flyover by F-15E Strike Eagles. Alongside leadership from the city and Seymour Johnson AFB, special guest Mr. John Henderson, Assistant Secretary of USAF Installations, will be present for the historic occasion.  “The city has been working towards this day for so long, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the help and persistent efforts of Seymour Johnson AFB, the U.S. Air Force, and generous sponsors, such as the Bryan Foundation,” said Randy Guthrie, Assistant City Manager.


In many ways, the multi-sports complex is the first of its kind. Randy Guthrie explains it is “the product of a joint P4 partnership between a military base and its home community. This P4 collaboration between the City of Goldsboro and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is part of a pilot project to share resources among government and private entities to reach common goals. The United States Air Force is leasing its land to the city to promote economic impact, and in return, the city has built a 2,500 sq. ft. addition onto SJAFB’s main fitness center. It’s a prime example of how positive collaboration between the Air Force and neighboring communities can strengthen the quality of life throughout the region.”


Located on 63 acres of Seymour Johnson AFB, the complex has six irrigated natural Bermuda hybrid and two artificial turf fields all installed on engineered soils. Currently, three fields are illuminated with plans to install lighting on all eight fields. Additional amenities include a cutting edge fieldhouse with meeting space and concessions, premium restroom facilities, paved parking areas, and a retired F-4E Phantom on static display welcoming visitors to the site. This aircraft was assigned to the 334th “Eagles” Fighter Squadron for its entire distinguished history from September 1977 to December 1990. This aircraft was the last operational F-4E to serve at Seymour Johnson AFB.


A custom splash pad, playground and covered picnic shelters are expected to be installed at the complex in the near future. “We wanted to make sure the complex caters to the multi-faceted needs of the community and visitors. The playground, splash pad, covered picnic shelter, and walking trails will make the complex a park and inviting for the public to enjoy,” said Scott Barnard, Director of Goldsboro Parks & Recreation.


“From the moment people turn into the complex’s main entrance and are greeted by an F-4E, we hope they are impressed by how well the complex characterizes […]

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25Jan, 2018

Accidental Discovery of Black Soldiers Role in the Civil War Sparks Excitement in North Carolina

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January 25, 2018



Goldsboro, NC— Over 150 years later, a lost piece of American Civil War history has been found that challenges the accuracy of historians and highlights the existence of a forgotten U.S. Colored Troop based in North Carolina—the 135th U.S. Colored Troop (USCT).


Amy and Jay Bauer, historical preservationists in Goldsboro, North Carolina, attended a history talk at the Wayne County Public Library in 2014. There, they learned of a rumor that Goldsboro was home to a union troop at the tail end of the Civil War called the 135th USCT. Simple curiosity compelled them to research the topic, but soon after discovering the 135th written in pension records at the National Archives, the Bauers realized they uncovered lost history.


“After three years of research, we’ve visited many of the gravesites, travelled to the Library of Congress in D.C. six times and tracked down several living descendants of these brave and honorable men” Amy said. She went on to say it was difficult to receive callbacks from historians. “Even when finally getting them on the phone, it wasn’t easy to convince them we proved the existence of a USCT that history completely left out.”


Hari Jones, professional Civil War historian and author, explains why this discovery has not been easy to accept for many experts. “This story means that the narrative promoted by scholars who have claimed there were no African American officers, no African American field grade officers, no African Americans in regiments other than USCT regiments, no USCT regiments marched in the Grand Review, and at least a dozen other false statements must be jettisoned for a new narrative inclusive of the many facts discovered by lay historians and genealogists.”


To build interest in North Carolina about the true role of black soldiers who fought in the Civil War, a research commission was organized in Goldsboro, NC by Amy and Jay Bauer. Its members include many of the living descendants of the 135th troops, along with prominent Civil War historians, such as Earl Ijames from the North Carolina Museum of History, UNC’s Dr. Reginald Hildebrand, Dr. Ben Speller from NCCU, and Dr. Malcom Beech from Washington D.C. The commission has gained strong support from the local and state community and has plans for a Civil War living history weekend on April 6-8, 2018 in Goldsboro, NC.


General William T. Sherman’s March-to-the-Sea, along with his March through the Carolinas, required the manpower to move more than 60,000 troops, consisting of ten miles of supply wagon’s, artillery, and ambulances. To accomplish this amazing logistical feat, General Sherman employed liberated slaves, and in March 1865, the 135th USCT was formed The 135th USCT consisted of 220 North Carolinians from Wayne, Lenoir, Johnson, Duplin, and Green Counties


“They had this opportunity, and they decided to be a part of the success of people coming out of slavery,” said Deborah Jones, and retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. and descendant of a 135th USCT soldier.


To celebrate and learn more about the heritage of the 135th USCT […]

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10Oct, 2017

State Championship of Tennis Returns to Goldsboro for 5th Straight Year

Goldsboro, NC –  Since 2013, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) North Carolina has continued to call Goldsboro home to the USTA North Carolina Singles League State Championships.  This year, the tournament will be headquartered at historic Herman Park on October 12th -15th, and spectators are welcome to watch and enjoy the park facilities at no cost.


450 of the state’s best tennis players will face off over the three-day tournament this weekend utilizing minimum of 48 courts throughout Goldsboro, Wayne County and Greene County. Since Goldsboro’s first year hosting the USTA North Carolina Singles League State Championships in 2013, the tournament has grown from 300 to 450 players generating an estimated economic impact of almost $1 million over the last 5 years to the local economy.


“Goldsboro is one of my favorite areas to host a State Championship. Their facilities are fantastic, the hotels are accommodating to our needs, but most of all, the people are the absolute best to work with,” explained Jenny Phelps, Director of Adult League Tennis – USTA North Carolina, when asked what makes Goldsboro an appealing destination for the sport. “I was impressed with the level of hospitality and excellent customer service…will keep our tournament coming to Goldsboro as long as they will have us!”


The 2016 championships were scheduled originally for October 6th-9th, but the devastation of Hurricane Matthew caused the tournament to be rescheduled a couple months later in December. The USTA NC office coordinated a toy and food drive with the Goldsboro Salvation Army to help families affected by the flooding. An estimated 180 toys and 400 cans of food were collected and donated over the course of the tournament weekend.
Goldsboro will host the championships again in October of 2018.




For more information regarding the NC Singles League State Championship 2017, email Ashlin Glatthar, Tourism Director for City of Goldsboro, aglatthar@goldsboronc.gov.


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17Aug, 2017

Booming Tourism Industry Helps Set New Record for Wayne County


CONTACT:  Ashlin Glatthar │(919) 734-7922


August 17, 2017


2016 Booming Tourism Industry Helps Set New Record for Wayne County

County Spending by Domestic Visitors Increases by 3.9 Percent to $162.31 million


Visit North Carolina announced today that domestic visitors to and within Wayne County spent $162.31 million in 2016, an increase of 3.9% from 2015.

“Years of growing demand and rising average daily rates in our hotel market has put Goldsboro-Wayne County on a record breaking streak over the last 5 years. The wave of economic development in our area is also telling of our strengthening travel industry. After a $15 million revitalization of our historic downtown in 2015 and over 40 new restaurants, retail and commercial companies opening in the last 3 years, Goldsboro-Wayne County is rapidly becoming an attractive destination offering a more dynamic experience for our visitors and residents. We only expect to continue this positive trend as we open the doors to The Maxwell Center and Goldsboro Multi-Sport Complex in 2018.” -Ashlin Glatthar, Director of Travel & Tourism for Goldsboro & Wayne County

Wayne County tourism impact highlights for 2016:

  • The travel and tourism industry directly employs more than 1,000 in Wayne County.
  • Total payroll generated by the tourism industry in Wayne County was $22.3 million.
  • State and local tax revenues from travel to Wayne County totaled $12.48 million.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced in May that visitors to North Carolina set a record for spending in 2016. The $22.9 billion in total spending represented an increase of 4.4 percent from 2015.

These statistics are from the “Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Counties 2016,” which can be accessed at partners.visitnc.com/economic-impact-studies. The study was prepared for Visit North Carolina by the U.S. Travel Association.

“All eight economic development regions of the state had spending growth of 3 percent or more, and 96 percent of the state’s counties saw direct tourism employment growth from 2015 to 2016,” said Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit North Carolina. “Tourism continues to be major driver of economic development across North Carolina, which is the sixth most-visited state in the country.”

Statewide highlights include:

  • State tax receipts as a result of visitor spending rose 5.1 percent to nearly $1.2 billion in 2016.
  • Visitors spend more than $62 million per day in North Carolina. That spending adds more than $5.1 million per day to state and local tax revenues (about $3.2 million in state taxes and $1.9 million in local taxes).
  • The travel and tourism industry directly employees more than 219,000 North Carolinians.
  • Each North Carolina household saves $497 in state and local taxes as a direct result of visitor spending in the state.


Ashlin Glatthar

Director of Travel & Tourism Goldsboro-Wayne County

919-734-7922 │ aglatthar@goldsboronc.gov

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