The economic power of the Kannapolis community had its genesis with the textile factory of Cannon Mills in 1906. Owner James W. Cannon wanted to build a community around the new facility to provide housing for factory workers. Loosely translated from its Greek origin, the name Kannapolis means City of Looms. Today, one of the Cannon operations is still a major regional employer and continues to refine its methods and automate its facilities in the production of home fashions. Warm and friendly neighbors, affordable and attractive housing, quality schools, and small-town charm are factors in the attraction to Kannapolis. This family-friendly environment is filled with parks and greenways, sparkling lakes, a dynamic business and retail community, charming historic districts, and upscale neighborhoods that are rich in amenities. Festivals, sporting events, an active YMCA, and charming Cannon Village shopping are just a few of the advantages. Residents and planners share a commitment to controlled growth where new neighborhoods and new businesses are seamlessly integrated to preserve the high quality of life.