Living in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area all of my life, times have been good, times have been bad. Well, in the last month or so things have gotten really bad as far as the job market goes. Development in the area has come to a complete halt with no sign of improvement any time soon. Been talking with my wife for the last couple of weeks or so and her and I are thinking it's time for a change. The reason we decided on the N.C. area is we won't be but 2-4 hours from the rest of our family that lives in the same area we live now. The question I have is, how is the development as far as shopping centers, new homes, subdivisions, etc. going in N.C. I've heard according to Yahoo, N.C. is one of the happening places as far as jobs go. Guess I forgot to mention that I'm a Civil Enginner thats been in the business for going on 16 years. Any andvice on where to start looking as far as jobs, housing, etc. would be greatly appreciated. I do have two kids, ages 9 and 11 so schools are a factor and the wife is a manager at Petsmart so transferring should be no problem for her. Once again, I'd love to here what you guys think of your state.