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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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Community Voting: SXSW 2017 PanelPicker

Wake County Economic Development (WCED), the City of Raleigh and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) are collaborating to showcase Raleigh as a top hub for innovation and creativity at SXSW 2017. As part of this initiative, the organizations and local partners have sub… Read more >


Dir. of Talent & Product Development to participate in the third cohort of the Fellowship for Education Attainment

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) has chosen Ashley Cagle, Director of Talent and Product Development at Wake County Economic Development (WCED), to participate in the third cohort of the Fellowship for Education Attainment. Cagle is one of only 22 chamber professio… Read more >


Raleigh's Cost of Living remains below National Average

The Council for Community and Economic Research has published The Cost of Living Index for 2016Q1. The Cost of Living Index measures regional differences in the cost of consumer goods and services, excluding taxes and non-consumer expenditures, for professi… Read more >


Nonstop Service from RDU to Paris to Bring Positive Economic Impact

Patrons of the Raleigh-Durham International Airport can now easily enjoy Ladurée macarons or climb the Eiffel Tower with a non-stop flight to Paris. Thanks to Delta passengers can connect to more than 70 destinations throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East with one easy… Read more >


State of Downtown Raleigh Reveals Major Growth for Area

Downtown Raleigh Alliance hosted their annual ‘State of Downtown,’ Tuesday morning, April 26 to take an in-depth look at all that happened in 2016. Raleigh is one of the fastest growing downtown’s in America which is in the midst of a $1.1 billion construction boom and an… Read more >


Site Assessment Program Prepares Land for Industrial Development

In February, Wake County Economic Development launched into the second year of our Site Assessment Program (SAP). The first year of the Site Assessment program dispelled myths, engaged the community and supplied Wake County towns with resources to make steps towards logical and economica… Read more >


Executive Director, Adrienne Cole, shares about WCED and her career

Adrienne Cole, Wake County Economic Development's Executive Director, was awarded the Triangle Business Journal 2016 Women in Business Award. Cole was listed among a high caliber of women in the region, who also received the award, several of whose companies are strong WCED su… Read more >


WCED Hosts Priceline Co-Founder at 2016 Economic Development Forum

Wake County Economic Development (WCED) had the privilege of hosting Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of and serial entrepreneur at this year’s Economic Development Forum. Hoffman provided a global perspective on why it’s important to foster and support entrepreneu… Read more >


The Maker Movement Makes a Mark

  When most people think of the startup community in Raleigh and the Triangle, their minds typically gravitate toward the IT/Technology industry and more specifically Software, SaaS, and Mobile sectors.  While IT/Software will always remain a top cluster within our community, the&… Read more >

Venture Capital

The State of Startup Funding in the Region

The focus of several sessions we attended as well as many of the conversations we had at South by Southwest (SXSW) is venture capital.  We have heard over and over here at SXSW the need for strong and diverse capital markets to support an entrepreneurial ecosystem.  T… Read more >