Raleigh originated in 1792 as Wake Crossroads. Its original mission was to serve as a place for those traveling north to south or vice versa to stop for a rest. Completed in 1840, the North Carolina Capitol building is, by its own admission "one of the finest and best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style of architecture." It was here at the capitol building that state legislators signed the Ordinance of Secession in the House of Commons Chamber.
Raleigh remained a small town until the 1920s, at which point it began to bustle, soon developing into the commercial nexus of the eastern part of the state. Agriculturally, the economy switched from cotton to tobacco, and the railroad was built up to connect Raleigh to the surrounding rural communities and beyond. Many of the small towns of eastern North Carolina that today remain small towns - their character and architecture - were fashioned in these early years of the century, courtesy of the railroad and tobacco.
By the end of World War II, Raleigh had begun its steady advance into the urban center that it is today, with the surrounding area remaining predominantly rural, as it did until the birth of Research Triangle Park.
The arrival of suburban life was heralded in 1949 with the opening of the southeast's first shopping mall, Cameron Village, which continues to more or less thrive.
Along with the business of state government, education is a major enterprise in Raleigh. In addition to North Carolina State University, Raleigh is home to Shaw University, St. Augustine's College, Peace College, Meredith College and Wake Tech Community College. Both Shaw and St. Augustine's were established shortly after the end of the Civil War - in 1865 and 1867, respectively - to educate freed slaves; Shaw was the first such institution established in the country for that purpose. Shaw is also the site of Estey Hall, the first building ever constructed for the purpose of providing higher education to African-American women, in 1874; the building still stands today.
This was in large part due to the establishment, in 1948, of the North Carolina State University School of Design, which attracted a number of influential modernist architects. The most prominent of the structures to rise from this movement was Dorton Arena, completed in 1952, designed by the Polish architect Matthew Norwicki, who helped rebuild Warsaw after WWII. Dorton continues to this day to be considered one of the most elegant livestock-judging facilities in perhaps the entire world.
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In December 2018 our Agency was further recognized and received The Elite Plus Circle of Champions status for 2019 which highlights the highest performing agents and brokers into this small and esteemed group. The Elite Plus designation is the pinnacle of the Marketplace Circle of Champions program. We were among the top performing agents or brokers in the Marketplace, helping 500 and more consumers make plan selections and enroll for plan year 2019.
In December 2017 our Agency was recognized and received a Certificate of Recognition from HealthCare.Gov in appreciation of our ongoing contribution and success during the 2018 Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment period. This recognition placed us in the Circle of Champions and is based on our hard work and high enrollment production. This has increased access to health care for many and made a lasting positive impact for all of our customers throughout the State of North Carolina.
NC Health Plans offers Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina health insurance plans both on and off the Health Insurance Exchange/Marketplace, Medicare Supplement plans, Group Health Insurance and Dental plans for all ages.
We also offer additional products through other carriers including, Temporary Health Insurance, Term Life Insurance, Vision Insurance, Short Term Disability, Home Health Care plans which is a great alternative to Long Term Care and Out of Pocket Protection plans that can help reduce or eliminate your health insurance deductible.