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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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Raleigh Metro Recognized as Most Consistent Metro in the US by Forbes

By: Michael HaleyExecutive Director of Wake County Economic DevelopmentSenior Vice President, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce This past week Forbes released its rankings of The Best Places for Business and Careers 2018. This year the Raleigh metro ranked as the #2 Best Place for Busines… Read more >

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Come See Us At Internet Summit

In partnership with the City of Raleigh, we’re proud to support this year’s (11th!) Internet Summit, taking over the Raleigh Convention Center this November 13-15. Join us and 2200+ of your peers — and dig deep into the latest digital marketing trends and practices from lea… Read more >

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Danya Perry Speaks at Largest Open Source Event on the East Coast

A unique opportunity for the Open Source industry occurred on October 21, 2018, at the Raleigh Convention Center. For the first time ever, the team at All Things Open, a conference exploring open source, hosted a conversation around diversity and inclusion in technology.A lack of inclus… Read more >

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Annual Report Released

It was another exciting year for Wake County Economic Development! We enjoyed many successes across key focus areas and initiatives. This past year included continued growth in key industries like IT/technology and growth in others such as financial technology (fintech). The team hosted seve… Read more >

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Ireland’s Ambassador to the U.S. Visits Raleigh

On Friday, Oct. 5, His Excellency Ambassador Daniel Mulhall visited Raleigh to share and discuss the importance of the partnership between the U.S. and Ireland. The Consulate General of Ireland for the Southeast U.S. Shane Stephens, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, and Wake County Board of C… Read more >

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The Timing is Right for Arlan and Raleigh

“I’m in.” Two words that proved to be the catalyst for Arlan Hamilton, founder of Backstage Capital. Hamilton once wondered when, if ever, she would find the success she was searching for, especially after multiple nights sleeping on a hard floor or going without food. But … Read more >

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German Journalist Writes about Raleigh

In partnership with the City of Raleigh, Wake County Economic Development manages a national media campaign as part of the effort to attract attention and gain awareness for Raleigh. The campaign for 2017/18 closed with a visit from a German journalist, Claus Hulverscheidt. Claus and his wif… Read more >

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Continuing the DEI Conversation: Conference Recap

WCED’s Danya Perry was both overwhelmed and excited with the success of the Raleigh Chamber's first Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity Conference. "The response from the community, the involvement of the task force, the level of interest in sponsorships, and the quality and depth of t… Read more >

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The Meaning and Importance of DEI

Interview with Danya Perry With the first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Conference (DEI) coming up, I sat down with Danya Perry to talk about the meaning behind DEI and how Danya is working each day to bring our community together. As many of you know, Danya is part of the Wake County … Read more >

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Consul General of Japan Opens First FDI Forum

In partnership with the Raleigh Chamber, Wake County Economic Development hosted the first forum focused on Foreign Direct Investment. The forum focused on Asian investment in the Research Triangle region and drew a crowd of area professionals, out of town guests, and students and educators … Read more >