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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. 

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Recap: NCEDA 2019 Fall Conference

Active involvement in the North Carolina Economic Developers Association (NCEDA) is a priority for Wake County Economic Development, with attendance at conferences and active participation in committees that are shaping the industry for the state. NCEDA conferences provide an excellent oppor… Read more >

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The Importance of Understanding Japanese Culture in Business

Last week at our Partners Meeting, Wake County Economic Development hosted Jonathan Brewster with the NC Japan Center to discuss Japanese culture and business protocol. The NC Japan Center serves as a focal point for interaction between Japan and North Carolina and is a statewide resource in… Read more >

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Behind the Scenes: Midtown Raleigh Development

North Hills, located in the heart of Midtown Raleigh, a short commute via I-440 interstate, and only 15 minutes from RDU International Airport continues to expand its reach in Raleigh. If you live in the Triangle region, then you’ve likely visited North Hills at least once. Whether yo… Read more >

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Trade Mission Takeaways - What we Learned from France and the UK

By: Kathleen Henry, Economic Development Director The team at Wake County Economic Development and representatives from the Town of Holly Springs, NC Biotechnology Center, EDPNC and Research Triangle Regional Partnership traveled to France and the UK Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, 2019. In case you mis… Read more >

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Black Entrepreneurship Week Recap

On Sept. 16 - 20, events filled the streets of downtown Raleigh supporting Black Entrepreneurship Week. There were inspiring keynotes, a small business expo, lunch-and-learns, networking opportunities, and much more. Black Entrepreneurship Week is sponsored by Shaw University’s Innovat… Read more >

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Sites and Speed Dating: A Perfect Combination

In economic development, site readiness is a critical component of preparing and developing land for usage. With Wake County experiencing fast growth and an ever-increasing population, having marketable “sites” or land is a huge advantage for our local municipalities. The site as… Read more >

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Our Trade Mission to Europe is Next Week

The team at Wake County Economic Development and representatives from the Town of Holly Springs, NC Biotechnology Center, EDPNC and Research Triangle Regional Partnership will be traveling to France and the UK Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, 2019. This trade mission is a critical element in ou… Read more >

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How Apprenticeships Are Solving Regional Workforce Challenges

By: Albert Alwang, Economic Development Manager The success of Wake County (more than 8,000 new job announcements since Oct. 1, 2018) is due to the people living and working throughout the region. Wake County and the Research Triangle is home to a highly educated workforce, with more than 4… Read more >

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Team Success in 2019

Economic Development is an incredibly competitive field, which pushes our team at Wake County Economic Development (WCED) to remain focused on continuous learning, relationship building, and working to elevate our community. This year was full of team wins and we are excited to share a recap… Read more >

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Raleigh-Based Manufacturer Schmalz Inc. Announces Major Headquarters Expansion

Schmalz Inc., headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, announced the expansion of the Oak Forest Drive location on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Schmalz Inc. is the global leader in vacuum automation products, robotic end-of-arm vacuum gripper tools, material-handling vacuum lif… Read more >