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WCED Blog

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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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 >

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Recap: Media Trip to NYC

Each year, in partnership with the City of Raleigh and as part of our national media campaign, we take the Raleigh story on the road to New York City. This year, we invited Todd Olson and the Pendo team to join us to visit national media outlets, as well as site selectors. You may remember -… Read more >

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Event Recap: Why FDI Matters in the Research Triangle Region

On Thursday, July 18, the second annual State of Foreign Direct Investment forum kicked off with a notable keynote speaker from Brookings Institution. Marek Gootman is the fellow and director of strategic partnerships and global initiatives. He also leads the Global Cities Initiative, which … Read more >

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2019 Metro Comparisons Released - What did we find?

The Raleigh metro is a major competitor both on a national and global scale. It is home to a diverse population of both industry and people, our community has a strong business climate, a workforce of highly educated professionals, and a quality of life that is hard to beat. These are all th… Read more >

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Ashley Cagle Featured on NAWB Podcast

Ashley Cagle, assistant executive director for Wake County Economic Development (WCED), and Kimberly Wheeler, director of business engagement for Capital Area Workforce Development (CAWD) joined Ron Painter, National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), for an interview on the “Work… Read more >

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Michael Haley Featured on Garner’s Station Podcast

Michael Haley joined Joe Stallings on the Town of Garner’s Station podcast to discuss economic development in Wake County and the greater region. Timothy Downs, vice president of Economic Development for the Durham Chamber, also joined the podcast to discuss the importance of regiona… Read more >

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WCED Announces Senior Research Manager

Morgan Ross, Research Manager, has been promoted to Senior Research Manager for Wake County Economic Development. Morgan has been working for WCED for two years as a key member of the business recruitment and expansion team. Her role within WCED has served as the point contact for research, … Read more >

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SelectUSA 2019 Recap

By: Kathleen Henry, Economic Development Director June 10 – 12, Economic Development Director, Kathleen Henry attended the 2019 SelectUSA Summit in Washington D.C. as part of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina’s cooperative marketing agreement. The North Caro… Read more >