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WCED Blog

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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Behind the Brand: Reimaging Our Work

By: Noor Bokhari, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusivity Program Coordinator The Triangle DEI Alliance is expanding to bigger and brighter horizons every day. As we build our spaces for our business community to advance their DEI journey, our Alliance is also learning and evolving. We learn f… Read more >

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Economic Development Summit Series: Seminar #1 Recap

By: Michael Haley, Executive Director, Wake County Economic Development  The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have impacts across our community. This included a quick pivot on our part to host our first virtual Economic Development summit series. While we would have preferred to be with… Read more >

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COVID-19 and Preparing for the Next New Normal

Written by: Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner, Economic Leadership LLC  As part of our Economic Development Summit Series, Ted Abernathy recaps his session on the Evolution of Economic Development & the Impact of the Pandemic on the Regional Economy below. Nostradamus is credited w… Read more >

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Our Statement

In our role as economic developers, we strive to create widely shared prosperity. Through a network of partners, investors, members, and elected officials, we work within our community to bring opportunities to our neighbors in the county, region, and state. A major focus for the economic d… Read more >

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Take our survey to aid Wake County COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

By: Albert Alwang, Economic Development Manager, Wake County Economic DevelopmentWhy are surveys important to our business ecosystem? Surveys offer the chance to share your opinion. Your feedback drives important decision-making to help move our community forward. Recently, WCED has been ci… Read more >

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Market Activity Insights from our Business Recruitment & Expansion Team

By: Ashley Cagle, Assistant Executive Director, Wake County Economic Development At Wake County Economic Development, a program of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, we fulfill our mission of economic prosperity for all in many ways, but primarily through targeted business recruitment… Read more >

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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 >