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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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Real Estate Partner Series: Maintaining a Strong Company Culture in the Midst of a Crisis

Guest Writer: Kimarie Ankenbrand, Raleigh/Durham Lead, Managing DirectorJLL Even before the pandemic, JLL was heavily focused on the human experience in the workplace. The impact a work environment has on employee fulfillment and engagement (which ultimately breeds culture) has historically… Read more >

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How John Deere is taking on the COVID-19 Crisis

Ashley Cagle, assistant executive director, Wake County Economic Development, interviews the John Deere team to share learnings from the COVID-19 crisis. 1. Describe John Deere’s presence in Wake County, employee count and range of services. John Deere is a world leader in manufactur… Read more >

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Danya Perry shares an Overview of the Wake Forward Program

The Wake County Wake Forward program will provide loans to small businesses and sole proprietors that have lost revenue due to COVID-19. The small business loan program allocates $5 million in total to support small businesses in Wake County, with $1 million of that funding set aside for sol… Read more >

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Gallagher’s Guide for Returning to the Workforce

Guest Writer: Pat Wilkins, Vice President, Community Relations Gallagher Insurance | Risk Management | Consulting Returning the workforce to a physical location while safeguarding the health and wellness of employees is a key consideration and unlikely to be a one-time event. The need fo… Read more >

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Real Estate Partner Series: COVID-19 Tests the Strength of Wake County’s Housing Market

Guest Writer: Cecily Durrett, Director, Relocation & Business DevelopmentBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices | Carolinas Realty  Despite the strength of the real estate market leading into 2020, the housing industry is not immune to the impacts of COVID-19. The upward trends in our loc… Read more >

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Real Estate Partner Series: Looking to the Future of Real Estate in the Triangle

Guest Writer: Rod Eller, Senior Vice President, Regional ManagerFonville Morisey Realty | A Long & Foster Company Here in the Triangle, as conversations shift from staying at home to developing –processes for the reopening of our community, it is likely that we are asking ourselv… Read more >

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Keep Your Business Engaged with Wake County Public School System during COVID-19

Guest Writer: Bill Seyler, School-to-Career ChairpersonWake County Public School System  As we find ourselves in the midst of a pandemic, we are finding that we are having to be more creative as a human race to make life as normal as possible. The fortunate part about our current stat… Read more >

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COVID 19 Employment Resources: Trends and Forecasts in Hiring

Guest Writer: Joyce Fang, Marketing Manager, Vaco At first glance, hiring seems to be in disarray. Headlines are dominated with news of layoffs and record-shattering jobless claims. Even for companies not actively laying off or furloughing, over 46% have frozen hiring initiatives for the ne… Read more >

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Real Estate Partner Series: Residential Real Estate Pivots in Time of COVID-19

Guest Writer: Lee Branscome, Corporate Services ManagerAllen Tate Relocation and Corporate Services The market is positioned for steady recovery, price appreciation through 2021 While real estate was deemed an essential business for the past six weeks under North Carolina’s stay… Read more >

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Navigating Recovery with Data

Guest Writer: Mike Hogan, RTI International The coronavirus has had a profound impact on North Carolina’s economy – it is among the hardest hit states by the economic downturn currently ranking fifth nationally in number of jobs lost according to WalletHub[1]. Employees in resta… Read more >