News & Media


Our blog discusses everything from economic trends in the area to the assets that make our community so great. If you want a more in-depth look into our community, here's where to find it. 


The Future of Wake County Transit

By: John JohnstonEconomic Development ManagerWake County Economic Development When you think about Wake County’s competitive advantages, many aspects come to mind:access to talent, a world-class higher education ecosystem, growth in key industry clusters such as tech and life s… Read more >


Startup Success in Raleigh

Monday, Dec. 3 marked a big day for Raleigh startup, Pendo. The company announced a massive expansion adding 590 jobs over five years, an investment of $34.5 million, and the designation of Raleigh as it corporate headquarters. With humble beginnings at HQ Raleigh just five years ago, Pend… Read more >


A New Chapter for Wake County

With the recent news of Advance Auto Parts relocating its corporate headquarters to Raleigh and the expansion of 435 jobs, this marks the first Fortune 500 Company to call Wake County home and demonstrates the power of the region. Advance Auto is on a mission to reignite its busi… Read more >


Innovate Raleigh Summit 2018 - A Bold Vision For The Future

This year’s 7th annual Innovate Raleigh Summit brought together nearly 500 attendees of movers and shakers, business leaders and creative minds wanting to advance our innovation ecosystem in the Triangle Region. WCED’s Bridget Harrington, Innovate Raleigh’s Executive Direc… Read more >


Raleigh Metro Recognized as Most Consistent Metro in the US by Forbes

By: Michael HaleyExecutive Director of Wake County Economic DevelopmentSenior Vice President, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce This past week Forbes released its rankings of The Best Places for Business and Careers 2018. This year the Raleigh metro ranked as the #2 Best Place for Busines… Read more >


Come See Us At Internet Summit

In partnership with the City of Raleigh, we’re proud to support this year’s (11th!) Internet Summit, taking over the Raleigh Convention Center this November 13-15. Join us and 2200+ of your peers — and dig deep into the latest digital marketing trends and practices from lea… Read more >


Danya Perry Speaks at Largest Open Source Event on the East Coast

A unique opportunity for the Open Source industry occurred on October 21, 2018, at the Raleigh Convention Center. For the first time ever, the team at All Things Open, a conference exploring open source, hosted a conversation around diversity and inclusion in technology.A lack of inclus… Read more >


Annual Report Released

It was another exciting year for Wake County Economic Development! We enjoyed many successes across key focus areas and initiatives. This past year included continued growth in key industries like IT/technology and growth in others such as financial technology (fintech). The team hosted seve… Read more >


Ireland’s Ambassador to the U.S. Visits Raleigh

On Friday, Oct. 5, His Excellency Ambassador Daniel Mulhall visited Raleigh to share and discuss the importance of the partnership between the U.S. and Ireland. The Consulate General of Ireland for the Southeast U.S. Shane Stephens, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, and Wake County Board of C… Read more >


The Timing is Right for Arlan and Raleigh

“I’m in.” Two words that proved to be the catalyst for Arlan Hamilton, founder of Backstage Capital. Hamilton once wondered when, if ever, she would find the success she was searching for, especially after multiple nights sleeping on a hard floor or going without food. But … Read more >