The first wave of employees have moved into the City of Light, and the group is already enjoying exploring the local flavors of the Panhandle.
The employees, who work for Inspiration Networks, have spent the last three weeks moving into their new headquarters, the WorldReach Center, at the City of Light on Hwy. 521. The group has been spread out over more than 11 offices in Charlotte, but now has a place to call home.
"Things went very smoothly," said Kristina Hill, media relations manager. "We just had a great staff handling things. Everyone has been able to transition successfully."
Lunchtimes have been fun, Hill said, as employees venture out to Indian Land's restaurants and report their findings to the rest of the group.
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Di-Dee's Diner has already become a favorite of Hill's, who loves their cornbread and jokes that their food is "the kind that will get you in trouble if you eat it everyday." Si's Pizzeria has also become an employee favorite, she adds.
"The staff has been getting out venturing and getting to know the community," Hill said.
When it's completed, the City of Light campus will span 93 acres off of Hwy. 521 and feature a production and broadcast facility that will serve the Inspiration Networks' four TV networks. An international prayer center, an international ministry and media training center and a tea house for women's ministries are also planned for the site.
The centerpiece of the City of Light will be the Seven Shafts of Light - seven tall shafts representative of the seven continents of the world and the number seven, seen as a biblically symbolic number. The shafts of light rise from the future site of the Inspiration Gardens in front of the City of Light International Prayer and Welcome Center.
Some Inspiration Networks employees are still housed in Charlotte offices, but will be moved onto the City of Light campus as the other buildings are complete.
The International Prayer Center will be finished at the end of the year, Hill said.
Eventually, concerts and seminars will be held at the City of Light. Those events will be open to the community, Hill said.
"This is not only for us, this is for the community also," she said.