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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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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 >

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The Emergence of Fintech - The Future of The Triangle

Keegan O’Toole, WCED Intern Financial Technology, better known as “Fintech” is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the information technology industry. This sector emerges from the integration of technology with traditional financial services. Improvements in cybers… Read more >

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BIO 2019 Convention Recap

June 3-6, representatives from Wake County Economic Development, Morrisville Chamber of Commerce, City of Raleigh Economic Development, Town of Holly Springs, NC Biotechnology Center, and EDPNC attended BIO International Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Members from Wake County and the Triang… Read more >

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Michael Haley Wins Major Award

We are excited to share that Michael Haley has been named “Economic Developer of the Year” by the North Carolina Economic Development Association (NCEDA). The NCEDA team announced this award at the annual conference, taking place in Beaufort, NC.Each year, t… Read more >

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Responsible Growth and Takeaways from Economic Development Forum

By Felicia Woodard, business banking market manager for the Carolinas at Bank of America In the past 20 years, Wake County has grown by more than half a million people. That’s a gain of 90 percent, which is a much larger increase than the national rate of 18 percent. To improve as … Read more >

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A Look into the Advanced Manufacturing Industry

By: Albert Alwang, Economic Development Manager Earlier this year, Wake County Economic Development helped establish and began leading an Advanced Manufacturing Strategy Task Force (see previous blog post). This group of regional economic developers, industry leaders, private businesses, K-… Read more >