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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. 


Day 4: Our Final Day at SXSW

By: Jen Miller, Senior Marketing Manager, Wake County Economic Development A lot of time, effort, planning, and collaboration went into planning our entire activation at SXSW. Breaking through the noise and reaching attendees is extremely hard to do, but when you think about ways to effec… Read more >


Day 3: How SXSW Has Changed for The Better

Guest Blog by: Jenn Bosser, Senior Business Retention & Expansion Manager(City of Raleigh, Office of Economic Development & Innovation) Seven years ago, in 2012, the City of Raleigh and Wake County Economic Development made our first touchdown in Austin for SXSW, with a team of th… Read more >


Day 2: Turning Tourists into Talent: Why Tourism Matters

Guest Blog by: Loren Gold, Executive Vice President of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh) Many communities often overlook the role tourism plays in driving broader economic development. Yet studies repeatedly have shown investing in the visitor economy drives… Read more >


Day 1: Representing Raleigh at the SXSW Trade Show

Day one of the South by Southwest trade show is complete! After a successful setup on Saturday, March 9, we opened the SXSW trade show on Sunday by greeting attendees with cold brew coffee and a chance to win a Raleigh gift basket. This week is sure to be filled with lots of conversations … Read more >


WCED Announces Economic Development Director

Kathleen Henry, Economic Development Manager, has been promoted to Economic Development Director. Kathleen has been working with WCED since 2017 as a key member of the business recruitment and expansion team. Her role within WCED has also focused on strategic efforts around Wake County Eco… Read more >


Raleigh Delegation Prepares for Trip to South by Southwest

On Saturday, March 9, a team of partner organizations will travel to Austin, Texas and host a booth at the South by Southwest Interactive Trade Show. Wake County Economic Development, the City of Raleigh, and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau will host a new activation at … Read more >


Recap: Triangle Talent Forum

The Triangle region is growing at a rapid rate with young professionals, startups, entrepreneurs, and companies of all sizes, which means there is a growing need to support incoming talent. This year’s Triangle Talent: The Workforce of Tomorrow focused on the changing needs of the tale… Read more >


Join us at our Triangle Talent Forum

At this year’s Triangle Talent forum, we will explore “The Workforce of Tomorrow” and will be answering the question - how are you and your organization preparing for the future workforce? Did you know that more than 70 percent of our existing businesses in the Research Tr… Read more >


Advanced Manufacturing represents a Key Cluster in Wake County & the Triangle

By: John Johnston There’s a long history of manufacturers and advancing manufacturing in Wake County. Home to more than 200 companies, Wake County and the Research Triangle region play a critical role in the future of North Carolina’s advanced manufacturing economy. In Wake Coun… Read more >


Ashley Cagle Wins 40 Under 40 Award in Economic Development

On Sunday, Jan. 27, Ashley Cagle became the second member of the Wake County Economic Development team to accept the Economic Development 40 Under 40 award. Jenn Bosser (City of Raleigh) also was a recipient of the award several years ago.  Ashley was selecte… Read more >