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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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Annual Report Released

We are excited to share that our 2018-2019 annual report has been released! The annual report shows an overview of activity from the past year and provides a high-level look at projects, initiatives, partnerships, and awards. This fiscal year, we saw an increase in jobs and investment, furth… Read more >

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Belgian Ambassador Visits the Research Triangle

Dirk Wouters, ambassador of Belgium to the United States, traveled to North Carolina on Dec. 9-10 to learn more about the Research Triangle region. Ambassador Wouters was appointed in Washington D.C. in 2016. The ambassador represents Belgium’s federal government in the United States … Read more >

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ECONOMIX 2019 - What we Learned & New Trends

The ECONOMIX conference is a blend of state and local economic development professionals, site selection consultants, and utility representatives. The annual conference brings the economic development community together to share insights and practical tools to enhance work in their respect… Read more >

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Why Headquarters Thrive in Wake County

Over the last five to 10 years, several successful corporate companies have chosen Wake County as their new home. Why? The Raleigh metro is the most competitive in the United States. The diverse talent pool, proximity to an international airport, lower tax rate, top-tier education, and a co… Read more >

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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 >