About EDGE


Wake County Economic Development is funded through investment from the private and public sectors through the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Competitive Edge initiative. Since its establishment in 1995, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Edge initiative has spearheaded economic development for Raleigh, Wake County, and the region. Managed in five-year campaigns, the Edge program plays a critically important role in the growth of the region. This long-standing and highly effective public-private partnership is built on a solid foundation of teamwork among key leaders in business, government, higher education and regional organizations. 

Edge 5, the fifth iteration of the Edge campaign, is a catalyst for our efforts and the approach to economic development, talent recruitment, and maintaining our quality of life. 

Edge 5 initiatives for 2015-2019:

1. Regional Competitiveness & Cooperation
2. Marketing/PR, New Business Attraction & Job Creation
3. Existing Industry Support, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
4. Talent Attractive & Development
5. Quality of Place & Sustainability

Since its launch in 1995, Edge has a proven track record of success & leadership for Raleigh, Wake County, and the Region. Past highlights include:

  • 168,500 or 58% increase in new jobs in Wake County between 1995 – 2012
  • 290,000 or 42% increase in new jobs in the region between 1995 – 2012
  • Passage of four school bonds totaling $3 billion for school construction
  • Recruitment of the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997
  • Expanded construction of 540, expansion of I-440 and other transportation and transit initiatives

For more information about the Edge 5 program please view the Case for Support.

Interested in joining? Call 919.664.7048 or email Brenda Kalavsky.

“Central to our vision of Greater Raleigh and the Triangle growing as an economic engine is for private-sector partners and government to work together to create an unbeatable business profile. Investing in Edge is a key component of realizing that vision."

Jim Hansen
Regional President, Eastern Carolinas, PNC Bank

“The decision to invest in Edge 5 was a big one for our company.  Although Newland is the largest developer of large-scale, master-planned communities in the U.S., we are a start-up business in Wake County. As a start-up, we are very selective with respect to our spending.  After meeting with Edge 5 representatives and investors, I was most impressed with the collaboration between the influential members of Edge 5 and the collaborative approach to growing business throughout the Triangle region with the various governmental jurisdictions and economic development entities. With that in mind, our company made the decision to jump in with both feet and we have not looked back. The relationships we developed through Edge 5 have directly contributed to our ability to meet our business plan goals. My team is now fully-integrated into the important economic development initiatives of our region, which allows us to influence and be in tune to growth opportunities. You simply cannot put a price on those benefits, so it makes our investment with Edge 5 perhaps the single greatest investment of this kind we have ever made.” 

Laurie Ford
Senior Vice President, NEWLAND

“WCED keeps me in the know on economic development and talent recruitment efforts and they are doing a fantastic job of spearheading these efforts for our Region!”

Grey Reed
Triangle Region President, BB&T

Thanks to our Edge investors, who fund our economic development program


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